Annual Conference closing session to feature Caroline Kennedy

Contact: Deidre Ross
Director, Conference Services
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2006

ALA Annual Conference closing session

to feature Caroline Kennedy

Author Caroline Kennedy, who is the president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference's closing session on Tuesday, June 27 in New Orleans.

Kennedy has published several books over the past five years, including "A Patriot's Handbook" and "Profiles in Courage for Our Time," and is the co-author of "The Right to Privacy" and "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action."

She also has been highly praised for "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," a national best seller.

"The most unexpected part of publishing that book," she said, "was how many people spoke and wrote to me about sharing the same poems in their own families."

That response inspired Caroline Kennedy to create a poetry anthology for families, drawing from the poems her own family cherished. "A Family of Poems" includes 100 poems, from all five continents, illustrated with watercolors by Jon J. Muth. "A Family of Poems" is a 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book.

Hyperion Press will sponsor Kennedy's appearance.