For immediate release | December 10, 2019

Emmy-nominated David Nicholls (“Patrick Melrose”) among featured authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, during Midwinter

EXTON, Pennsylvania —David Nicholls, Lily King, Judy Batalion, Janelle Brown, Sam Lansky, and Amy Engel will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 26 at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

This event is a ticketed program that will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott, Grand HIJ. Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert, will moderate. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2019 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

David Nicholls (“Sweet Sorrow,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the best-selling author of “Us,” “One Day,” and “The Understudy and Starter for Ten.” His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages. Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, and he recently won a BAFTA for the SHOWTIME minseries “Patrick Melrose,” his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, for which he also garnered an Emmy nomination.

Lily King (“Writers & Lovers,” Grove Press/Ingram) is the author of the novels “The Pleasing Hour,” “The English Teacher,” “Father of the Rain,” and “Euphoria,” one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Judy Batalion (“The Light of Days,” William Morrow/HarperCollins) is the author of “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between.” She has written for The New York Times, Vogue, Washington Post and many other publications.

Janelle Brown (“Pretty Things: A Novel,” Random House/Penguin Random House) is the New York Times bestselling author of “Watch Me Disappear,” “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything,” and “This Is Where We Live.” An essayist and journalist, she has written for Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and numerous other publications.

Sam Lansky (“Broken People,” Hanover Square Press/Harlequin) is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “The Gilded Razor” and the West Coast Editor at TIME magazine, where he oversees arts and entertainment coverage. He's written for New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, and Out.

Amy Engel (“The Familiar Dark,” Dutton/Penguin Random House) is the author of “The Roanoke Girls” and “The Book of Ivy” series.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event code: UNI2.

For more information on purchasing tickets and other United for Libraries events and meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit For information about registering for Midwinter, visit

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Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries