For immediate release | February 19, 2013

Paula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s On Us Sponsored by SAGE”

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us" sponsored by SAGE,” featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Poundstone ("There’s Nothing in this Book That I Meant to Say," Three Rivers Press/Random House), is a frequent panelist for NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Poundstone was the first woman to win an ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy performance and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

An outspoken advocate for libraries, she works with Friends of the Library groups around the country to help them fundraise and raise awareness of the importance of libraries.

Selena Coppock ("The New Rules for Blondes: Highlights from a Fair-Haired Life," HarperCollins), will join Poundstone along with other comedians and humorists for this event. Coppock is a standup comedian,writer and storyteller based in New York City. Her storytelling abilities have been showcased at shows throughout New York and Boston, and she has been featured at comedy festivals across the country.

The event is sponsored by United for Libraries corporate supporter SAGE Publications, Inc. “As a United for Libraries board member and a personal contributor I know that fine work this organization provides for libraries across the country,” said Ed McBride, United for Libraries board member and executive director of library sales for SAGE Publications, Inc. “I am pleased to be associated with SAGE, a company that is committed to libraries and supporting organizations like United for Libraries. I’m especially pleased that SAGE is underwriting ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ a fun and important fundraiser for the organization.”

Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Some books will be given away free and others will be available for purchase at a generous discount. Advance tickets to “The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by SAGE” cost $49, $45 for United for Libraries division members (event code UFL1). Onsite tickets cost $55. Early ticket purchase is recommended as the event often sells out. More information about the event, including additional authors as they are added to the lineup, is available on the United for Libraries website at

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



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