Meet award-winning authors at the AASL National Conference

Contact: Kathy Agarwal
Communications Specialist
For Immediate Release
January 29, 2007

Meet award-winning authors at the AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce two exciting author events that will take place during its 13th National Conference & Exposition in October 2007.

On Friday evening, October 26, author Wendelin Van Draanen will be the guest of honor at the Author Banquet. Her first book was published in 1997, and since then her titles have been nominated for State Award Master Lists across the country. Now in its 10th installment, the "Sammy Keyes Mysteries" have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery four times in six years, with "Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief" bringing home the statue. Additionally, Van Draanen has won the Christopher medal for "Shredderman: Secret Identity," and the California Young Reader Medal for "Flipped." The Author Banquet will be held from 6 to 9 pm; the registration fee for this special event is $49. Van Draanen’s appearance is made possible by Random House Publishing.

On Sunday morning, October 28, 8-10 a.m., AASL will host the Author Brunch with David Lubar, award-winning author of "Hidden Talents," named one of ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Lubar is known for his many works for young readers, including "The PsychoZone" series and "Accidental Monsters." A former magazine editor, computer programmer, and video game designer, he has written more than 100 articles for publications ranging from Highlights for Children magazine to The New York Times. Lubar’s latest book "True Talents" is due out this spring. David Lubar’s appearance is sponsored by Torr Books. This special event fee is $29.

In addition to special author events, the AASL National Conference will feature eight preconference workshops, more than 100 concurrent sessions, over 200 exhibiting companies, school and educational tours, and special appearances by many award-winning children’s and young adult authors. For more information about the AASL 13th National Conference and Exhibition, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.