24 acclaimed authors LIVE! At ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Angela Thullen
Program Officer, Communications, ALA Public Programs Office
(312) 280-5286
For Immediate Release,
May 8, 2008

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Francesca Lia Block, Mark Doty, Firoozeh Dumas, Leif Enger,

John Francis, Anya Ulinich and more

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 24 critically acclaimed and best-selling authors on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage, from noon to 4 p.m. June 26-July 2 in the exhibits hall at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Attendees are welcomed to take a break from their busy conference schedules and listen to some of their favorite authors and poets read from and autograph their recent works. Located in the 2500 aisle of the exhibits hall, the Live! @ your library Reading Stage is free for all conference attendees. Authors to be showcased on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage are:

  • Saturday, June 26 – Francesca Lia Block, Matthew Eck, Bich Minh Nguyen, Yxta Maya Murray, Leif Enger, Nina Revoyr, Lisa Hernandez;
  • Sunday, June 27 – Anya Ulinich, Kaya McLaren, Graciela Limón, John Francis, John Clinch, Alan Bern, Dan Kennedy, Lila Karp;
  • Monday, June 28 – Firoozeh Dumas, Brunonia Barry, Keir Graff, Ellis Avery, Daniel White, Kimberly Pauley, Mark Doty, Alex Lemon.

For additional information about these programs, including reading times and author biographies, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/calendar/ac2008/LIVEstage2008.cfm

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has an exemplary track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming (www.ala.org/ccf). More than 10,000 libraries and at least 10 million individuals have participated in library programming initiatives supported by the Public Programs Office. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.