ALA/ERT Author Forum - from book to big screen

CHICAGO—Best-selling authors will gather in Boston at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting for the ALA/ERT Author Forum to discuss the process of taking a best seller to the big screen.

Eric Van Lustbader,
Chuck Hogan,
Tracy Chevalier and Julie Powell will share their experiences.

Sponsored by ALA and ERT (Exhibits Round Table), the forum will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Eric Van Lustbader has written many
New York Times best sellers including “
The Testament
The Ninja.” He has also been chosen by Robert Ludlum's estate to continue the Jason Bourne series. His Jason Bourne novels include “
The Bourne Legacy”and “
The Bourne Deception.”

Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including “
The Standoff” and “
Prince of Thieves,” which won the 2005 Hammett Award and was called one of the 10 best novels of the year by Stephen King. He is the co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the
New York Times bestseller “
The Strain.” “
Prince of Thieves” will soon be a major motion picture.

Tracy Chevalier is the
New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including “
Burning Bright”
“Girl with a Pearl Earring,
which won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. “Girl with a Pearl Earring” has sold almost 4 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

Julie Powell, author of “
Julie & Julia” - made into a major motion picture by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams - had a misspent youth involving loads of dead-end jobs and several questionable decisions, but has finally found her calling as a writer-cum-butcher. Her new book, “
Cleaving: A story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession,” is due out in December 2009.

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