Denver Sunrise Speaker Series features four intriguing authors

Contact: Karee Williams

ALA Conference Services



For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO—Start the day off with four distinguished authors at the American Library Association (ALA) Denver Sunrise Speaker Series.

The series is part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting held in Denver, Colo. from Jan. 23-28, 2009, and will be held each morning from 8 to 9 a.m. Speakers will include authors Leigh Rubin, Dom Testa, Kevin J. Anderson and Richard North Patterson.

Leigh Rubin, creator of the cartoon panel
Rubes will kick off the series with a laugh at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. Once self-syndicated,
Rubes is now distributed to newspapers all across the county, totaling more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Rubes can also be seen on millions of greeting cards, mugs, t-shirts and calendars.

Rubin is also the author of a series of cartoon collection books. His most recent include “The Wild Life of Dogs, Pets, Cows”and“Farm Animals,” as well as the award winning “The Wild Life of Love” and “The Wild Life of Cats.”

Next up the following morning will be Dom Testa and Kevin J. Anderson speaking together at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Dom Testa is a 30-year radio broadcast veteran, advocate of children’s literacy and science-fiction author. Testa co-hosts the top-rated radio morning show in Denver, the “Dom and Jane Show,” and has received multiple awards from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association for “Morning Show of the Year.”

Testa founded The Big Brain Club to encourage students to overcome peer pressure and to provide a forum to help them explore their writing talents. The club hosts writing workshops and assemblies at schools and libraries.

Testa is also author of the award winning Galahad series. The first volume, “Galahad 1: The Comet’s Curse,” was selected by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association as the “Best Young Adult Book” in Colorado.

Science-fiction author
Kevin J. Anderson has published more than 80 novels, including 29 national bestsellers. His critically acclaimed novels include “Captain Nemo,” “Hopscotch” and “Hidden Empire.” He has collaborated on a number franchise series, including Star Wars, X-Files and Dune.

Anderson’s most recent, “The Last Days of Krypton,” is a tale of the planet Krypton’s struggle before Superman—then Kal-El—came to Earth. Anderson also writes comic books in his spare time.

The series will wrap up at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 with political and legal fiction writer
Richard North Patterson. He is the New York Times bestselling author of “Exile,” “The Race” and 13 other critically acclaimed novels.

Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson was the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the board of several Washington advocacy groups.

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