For immediate release | April 22, 2013

Octavia Spencer closes ALA Annual Conference on a lively note

CHICAGO — Octavia Spencer has recently been busy, appearing on "30 Rock" and writing her first novel, in addition to her other star turns. Attendees will find out more when she appears as keynote speaker at the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2. She’ll be talking about (among other things) her upcoming first novel, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit” (October 2013, Simon & Schuster).

In the book, Randi Rhodes is a 12-year-old Brooklyn vigilante with a black belt, who has moved to Tennessee after her mother dies and must solve a mystery in the town. Spencer, who was a fan of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown growing up, said in a statement quoted in USA Today, "My biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery."

A veteran character actor, and one of Hollywood’s most-sought-after talents, Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film “The Help” won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors. Her appearance is sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, repeating the format introduced in 2012, where current ALA President Maureen Sullivan will pass the gavel to the 2013-14 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling and introduce new division presidents. The Closing General Session will be immediately followed by the elegant Inaugural Brunch honoring Stripling and the new division presidents. This ticketed brunch event includes food, entertainment and more.

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