ALA President Michael Gorman to speak at Association of American Publishers meeting in New York

Contact: Kathy Mirkin

Public Information Office

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

ALA President Michael Gorman to speak at Association of American Publishers meeting in New York

CHICAGO — “Where Have All the Readers Gone? And How Can We Find New Ones?” will be the topic of a program featuring American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman and a stellar group of literacy leaders at the upcoming Association of American Publishers (AAP) 2006 Annual Meeting at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York.

AAP President Pat Schroeder announced that Gorman will share the podium with Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, during his March 14, 2:30 p.m. EST appearance. Gorman and Gioia will engage in a discussion on increasing reading and literacy among adults. John Sargent of Holtzbrinck Publishers will moderate.

“I want to share with this audience the resources the ALA and libraries offer to help develop readers, encourage literacy, and help adults to gain the skills they need to live, learn, and work in an information society,” said Gorman.

The AAP meeting will explore reading and literacy from a variety of perspectives, including early childhood, elementary and secondary public education, higher education, the political sphere, and lessons to be learned from entertainment media.

Other featured speakers at the meeting include Reach Out and Read founder Dr. Barry Zuckerman, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman, and Angela Shapiro, president of Fox Productions.

Over 200 publishers from across the country, representing all segments of the publishing industry, along with their guests, are expected to attend the meeting. Additional information and registration forms for the AAP 2006 Annual Meeting may be found at:

ALA, the “voice of America’s libraries,” is the oldest, largest, and most influential library association in the world. The ALA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. Its members include most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets, computer software, and electronic products and services.