Producer, educator and author Kwame Alexander and actor and author Max Greenfield to present at ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/27/2024


Donna Hunter

Conference Marketing Specialist

Conference Services


CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced two speakers that will present at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding hotels in San Diego, California, June 27-July 2.

Poet, educator, producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kwame Alexander, will discuss his new book, “Black Star." Set during the turbulent segregation era and the beginning of The Great Migration, the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling “Door of No Return” trilogy stars Kofi’s granddaughter, Charley, as a baseball phenom with big dreams in a spellbinding story of struggle, determination, and the unflappable faith of an American family. Available September 2024.

Also joining the speaker lineup, actor and author, Max Greenfield, will discuss his new book, “Good Night Thoughts,” a lovely picture book that offers a simple but complex message about acknowledging anxiety without succumbing to it. The book will appeal to so many little ones (and adults) out there who find that nighttime is when their thoughts carry the most weight. Available September 2024.

Registration is open.

The 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition invites library professionals from around the world to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities, including the ALA President’s Program with ALA President Emily Drabinski; ALA division, chair, and round table sessions that will focus on the important topics and challenges that libraries face today; ALA leadership programs, ALA Governance sessions, and more. The event will host 175+ education programs, 700+ speakers/authors, and 650+ exhibitors.

The Library Marketplace will feature exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services and titles; publishers that will host established and new authors on nine live stages; “Meet the Authors” and the “Autographing Area” allowing opportunities for attendees to chat with authors and have books signed; e-zine and makerspaces for creative projects; the Podcast Recording Booth, where authors will record podcasts, free advanced reading copies of books, ALA @ the Beach, and additional fun activities.

The ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer career coaching, Mentoring on the Fly, an Open House and Job Fair, photography services, resume reviews, and career guidance workshops.

San Diego is the 2024 ALA Annual host city and offers beautiful outdoor landscapes and weather, museums, restaurants, the San Diego Central Library, and other fun places to visit.

Visit the preliminary Conference Scheduler, with education and President & Chair programs, Ticketed Events, and exhibitors. Featured Speakers, leadership sessions, and activities will be added soon.

Get updates from the 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition and follow #ALAAC24 and social media at ALA Twitter/X, ALA Conferences Twitter/X, ALA Facebook, and Instagram

Media interested in registering for the session may contact the ALA Communications and Marketing Office at

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