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Midwinter Meeting January Preview




January 2014

James McBride and Gospel Quintet Highlight Wrap Up/Rev Up in Philly

Wrap Up/Rev Up Monday, January 27 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wrapping up the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and revving up for Annual Conference in Las Vegas, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and bestselling author James McBride and his gospel quintet will have attend ees on their feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel music. The band will combine selected readings with music inspired, and in some cases even sung in the nineteenth century, by the abolitionist John Brown, as they present McBride's award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird in the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27.

The novel, described by the New

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James McBride

Harry Potter Alliance's Andrew Slack on President's Program

ALA President's Program Sunday, January 26 3:30-5:30 p.m.

High-demand speaker and energetic activist Andrew Slack offers attendees an outstanding opportunity to learn more about his work and how he sees it relating to libraries and their role in the community. Co-founder and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, Slack is currently developing the Imagine Better Network — “an unprecedented movement that goes beyond Harry Potter to all fandoms so that fantasy

Andrew Slack


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A view of Center City Philadelphia. The 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in the City of Brotherly Love, January 24-28. Click on the photo for more information about Philadelphia and its many attractions. (Courtesy PCVB)

Exhibits to Feature Stages, Authors and Great Products

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, the ALA Exhibits is an integral part of the learning and professional development that takes place at the Midwinter Meeting. The Exhibit Hall opens immediately following the Author Forum on Friday, January 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and local dignitaries. The Exhibits Opening includes food, drink, and entertainment throughout the exhibit hall, giving exhibitors and attendees their first chance to network as the exhibits kick off.

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