ALA Press Release


For Immediate Release

December 6, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Petersen

ALA PR Coordinator


Author Lisa Genova unites readers through neuroscience

CHICAGO – Best-selling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova has been chosen to present the 15th annual Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 25 – 29, 2013 in Seattle. Genova is well-known for discussing complicated topics in her novels that affect the daily lives of millions of Americans nationwide.

Each year, the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture is presented by an individual who plays a unique role in bringing the arts to the library community and demonstrating the long-standing idea that libraries transform communities. With help from her extensive background in neuroscience, Genova was able to achieve this by bringing people together through their shared experiences with brain disorders.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 from 4-5 p.m., Genova will discuss her status as best-selling author and her newest release, “Love Anthony,” a story about life, love and autism. Genova’s two previous novels about life after a traumatic brain injury, “Left Neglected,” and living with Alzheimer’s disease, “Still Alice,” have also appeared on the “New York Times” best-seller list.

Often traveling across the country to discuss the causes, treatments, ways to prevent and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s disease, Genova has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Fox News and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary “To Not Fade Away.”

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 60,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

For more information on the ALA Midwinter Meeting, please visit For advance press registration or to schedule an interview, contact Macey Morales at (312) 280-4393,, or Jennifer Petersen at (312) 280-5043,