For immediate release | February 22, 2011

2011 National Bookmobile Day Honorary Chair Audrey Niffenegger advocates for America’s bookmobiles

CHICAGO – Audrey Niffenegger, library supporter and acclaimed author of "The Time Traveler’s Wife," "Her Fearful Symmetry" and the illustrated novel "The Night Bookmobile," will lend her voice in support of America’s bookmobiles as 2011 Honorary Chair of National Bookmobile Day, celebrated on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

National Bookmobile Day celebrates the more than 800 bookmobiles and dedicated bookmobile staff that provide vital library services to their communities. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for Americans to express their support for these important mobile institutions. For more than 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life.

Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Northwestern University. Miss Niffenegger's art work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Newberry Library. She is also the author of "The Time Traveler's Wife," a novel which has been translated into more than 30 languages; a movie based on the novel was released in 2009 by Warner. Her graphic novels "The Three Incestuous Sisters," "The Adventuress" and "The Night Bookmobile" have been published by Harry N. Abrams. Her second novel, "Her Fearful Symmetry," was published in October 2009 by Scribner and was an international best seller. She is currently working on a new novel, "The Chinchilla Girl in Exile."

National Bookmobile Day, begun in 2010, is celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (April 10-16), and honors mobile delivery outreach as an integral and vital part of library service in the United States. National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

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John Amundsen