Susan Cain, John Green highlight ALA Auditorium Speaker Series

CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2011) - Author/blogger Susan Cain and New York Times best-selling author John Green will headline the Auditorium Speaker Series during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 20 – 24 in Dallas.

From 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 , Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking," will discuss how dramatically our culture misunderstands and undervalues introverts in this increasingly social world. Cain will address, based on the latest psychology and neuroscience, why she considers these to be advantageous traits. She will offer a perceptive critique of collaboration and outline a plethora of practical skills such as how to network if you hate small talk and how to modulate your personality according to circumstance.

Cain is a blogger for and is author of a “most e-mailed” New York Times article on the value of shyness and introversion. Her work has been compared to Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink. Her appearance is sponsored by Random House.

Sunday’s Auditorium Speaker, New York Times best-selling young adult author John Green, is well-known for his thoughtful, entertaining presentations and is wildly popular among young adults. From 10 – 11 a.m., he will address how social networking relates to literature and how libraries can reach patrons through fun and inventive social networking. An unparalleled social networker himself, Green has more than one million Twitter followers, while his Vlogbrothers YouTube channel has 500,000 subscribers and almost 125 million downloads. Vlogbrothers is also one of the 100 most subscribed YouTube channels of all time and is consistently in the top 100 most viewed daily videos.

Green’s appearance at Midwinter, sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, kicks off the tour for his new book, "The Fault in Our Stars," which has already received wide attention following his YouTube announcement that he would personally sign the entire first print run.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 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,


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