Clyde Edgerton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Karin Slaughter and many more authors LIVE! at ALA/CLA Annual Conference


Laura Hayes, Public Programs Program Officer


312-280-5043

For Immediate Release


June 13, 2003

Clyde Edgerton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Karin Slaughter and many more authors LIVE! at ALA/CLA Annual Conference

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present a series of highly anticipated author events at the upcoming ALA/Canadian Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference in Toronto, June 19-25, 2003.
The events provide several entertainment and learning opportunities for conference attendees.

The first event, “Songs and Stories from Clyde Edgerton and the Rank Strangers Band” will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Metro Toront Convention Centre Auditorium and features music and literature from beloved North Carolina novelist Clyde Edgerton and his Rank Strangers band.
Part of the ALA’s Auditorium Speaker Series, the event is the second “Songs and Stories” program to be offered at an ALA Annual Conference.
Last year’s “Songs and Stories from Good Ol’ Girls” featuring bestselling authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle drew record crowds and was one of the highlights of the 2002 ALA conference in Atlanta.

Immediately following the show, Edgerton will sign free advance copies of his latest book, “Lunch at the Piccadilly” for all attendees.

Edgerton is the author of eight novels, five of which have been
The New York Times Notable Books.
His works include “Raney,” “Walking Across Egypt,” and “Lunch at the Piccadilly,” which will be released by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in September.
An accomplished musician, he performs around the country with his band Rank Strangers.
He is professor of creating writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Saturday, June 21, through Monday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m., authors and poets from across the country will read from their works on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in Aisle 4500 of the South Exhibition Hall. This year’s LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage features readings by 18 authors and poets representing the best in current contemporary literature and poetry.
Appearing on the stage are acclaimed authors Anita Rau Badami, Kim Echlin, Wayne Johnston, Eric McCormack, Michael McGarrity, Karin Slaughter, Lewis DeSoto, Jan Wong; seasoned poets Robert Creeley, Carl Dennis, Lorna Goodison, Pam Mordecai, and Naomi Shihab Nye; and new novelists Edward P. Jones, Tess Uriza Holthe, Gretchen Moran Laskas, and Erica Simone Turnipseed.

The LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office and Poets House.
“Songs and Stories from Clyde Edgerton and the Rank Strangers Band” is presented by the Public Programs Office and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Support for these programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission to all events is free to conference attendees.
For additional information about these programs, please visit
www.ala.org/publicprograms/events.

The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries.
Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.