“Await Your Reply” author Dan Chaon joins Literary Tastes Breakfast lineup

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398



For Immediate Release

March 25, 2010

CHICAGO—Award-winning fiction author Dan Chaon, whose most recent title “Await Your Reply: A Novel” (Random House)was a 2010 Notable Books List selection, will speak at the upcoming Literary Tastes Breakfast at the American Library Association’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Literary Tastes Breakfast is an Annual Conference tradition, and a not-to-be-missed event for book lovers. The breakfast features authors from among the 2010 selections for RUSA’s book and media awards—to date, authors Laney Salisbury (“Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art”, 2010 Notable Books List) and Adriana Trigiani (“Very Valentine”, 2010 Reading List) are slated to appear at the event. Attendees enjoy a delicious breakfast while authors read from their work, ruminate on writing and sign books. The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 27 as a part of the
Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) exciting events at the
2010 ALA Annual Conference.

 “Await Your Reply” was a fiction selection for this year’s Notable Books List, which was revealed at the
2010 Book and Media Awards in Boston this past January. This chilling exploration of the modern meaning of identity follows three people on the fringes of society as they invent—and reinvent—their pasts, and face the future. The Los Angeles Times Book Review called the novel "Riveting...There's a bristling momentum that develops, as in any great tale of suspense....[Chaon] writes with an eloquence rarely seen in the world of page-turners." Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and hailed its "Elegant prose, haunting plot and knockout literary excellence,” while The Washington Post called it "Mesmerizing...engrossing...hypnotic...You need to step into this work of psychological suspense completely unprepared for what lurks here.... You'll never guess."

Chaon is the acclaimed author of “Among the Missing”, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and “You Remind Me of Me,” which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. His fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Oh., and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

The breakfast is a ticketed event—those not attending the conference are invited to purchase tickets for the breakfast by selecting “Preconferences and Ticketed Events Only” as your registration type, then selecting the breakfast (event code RU1) from the list of ticketed events. Tickets start at $50 for RUSA members. Access the
online conference registration form to register today, or visit
www.ala.org/annual for more information.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA and CODES to your ALA membership by calling 1 (800) 545-2433, option 5. Learn more at