Julie Andrews to sign books for first 100 lucky buyers

Contact: Leonard Kniffel
Editor in Chief
American Libraries
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2007

Julie Andrews to sign books for first 100 lucky buyers

CHICAGO - Julie Andrews will look back at a career in theater, film, and television that spans the last half-century at a special program sponsored by American Libraries on Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Ballroom C of the Washington Convention Center. She also will talk about her work as an author of children’s books and a reading advocate.

In the prefunction area outside the Ballroom immediately following the program, the stage and screen legend will sign books for 100 lucky holders of a voucher available with purchase of an Andrews title from the ALA Store, where her latest books will be on sale—“The Great American Mousical” and “Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child.” The voucher will entitle the holder to one signature on one special book. Buy early; the vouchers won’t last long. The ALA Store will be open from 10 a.m. June 22 onward. Arrive early; seating begins at 10:15.

An entertainment icon the world over, Andrews has enchanted generations for more than 50 years. Her films “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music” are two of the most beloved productions of all time. Her unparalleled career in musical theater introduced the world to “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot”—two of the most successful Broadway shows ever produced.

Andrews achieved more popularity for her role as “a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman” in the movie “Victor/Victoria” and in the successful Broadway version of the film. Recently, Andrews has garnered a new generation of fans with her role as Queen Clarisse in “The Princess Diaries” and the voice of the Queen in the “Shrek” films.

Under her married name, Julie Andrews Edwards (her husband is renowned film director Blake Edwards), Andrews published her first children’s book, “Mandy,” in 1971. She and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, have published a series of children’s books, including “The Great American Mousical,” published in 2006 by HarperCollins, where she has launched her own imprint “The Julie Andrews Collection.” The mother-daughter duo recently published “Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child.” A longtime advocate for children and literacy, Andrews works for UNICEF and Save the Children.

Part of the Auditorium Speakers Series, the program is cosponsored by HarperCollins in honor of the American Libraries’ centennial celebration.