Authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan to present at the virtual Digital Experience at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/17/2022


Donna Hunter

Conference Marketing Specialist

Conference Services

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan will virtually present at the 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition – Digital Experience.

Picoult is the New York Times-bestselling author of 28 novels, including "Wish You Were Here," "Small Great Things," "Leaving Time," and "My Sister’s Keeper," and the young adult novels "Between the Lines" and "Off the Page" with daughter Samantha van Leer. Picoult’s books have been translated into 34 languages in 35 countries, and several of her novels have been adapted for television and film.

Boylan is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books. She is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University and a 2022–2023 Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. An advocate for human rights, Boylan is a trustee of PEN America, and for many years was the national co-chair of GLAAD. She was also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

Picoult and Boylan will discuss "Mad Honey," available October 2022, a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take to become ourselves. Picoult says:

“Mad Honey” has all of the things: alternating narratives, suspense, courtroom drama, and a love story at its core. It’s about authenticity, identity, and it explores the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become our true selves.”

The Digital Experience

New this year, the ALA Annual Conference will host The Digital Experience, a virtual offering of 42 education sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions, and four main stage sessions. These sessions will be live-streamed from the conference in Washington, D.C., direct to registrants. Registration for the Digital Experience includes on-demand content for a total of 60 sessions through August 31, 2022.

Registration is open.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors are our priority. ALA is carefully tracking the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is working with suppliers in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage and other services. See the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page that will be regularly updated should changes occur.

The ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals at all levels of their careers and from all library types to engage in top quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160 education sessions, and have access to the latest insights from experts on policy, research, and technology at the News You Can Use sessions. There will be more than 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers who will share their unique insights on the main stage.

The Conference Scheduler includes a variety of education sessions and programs organized by ALA Divisions and Units. It will be updated with new agenda content as we move toward the conference.

The Library Marketplace will host many of the popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 knowledgeable exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other onsite favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, the Live at the 25 Podcast booth, free advanced reading copies of books, and more.

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