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JANUARY PREVIEW Cognotes ALA 2015 MIDWINTER MEETING JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 3, 2015 Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton to Highlight Auditorium Speaker Series Jason Segel Will Delight as Saturday's Auditorium Speaker W ell known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Segel will appear as Auditorium Speaker on Saturday, January 31, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first installment of his middlegrade trilogy Nightmares! (co-written by Kirsten Miller), with the second in the series, Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic due for publication in September 2015. At its heart, Nightmares! is about kids overcoming their fears, inspired in part by Segel's own childhood struggle with nightmares. "Ultimately, it's a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me," he said. Segel will next star in James Ponsoldt's dramatic » see page 9 Human Rights Activist, Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali Named 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer W hat happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Award-winning human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want wholesale change - contrary to conventional wisdom in the West. As 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, she will speak about these and other ideas on Saturday, January 31 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. In her forthcoming book Heretic (March 2015), the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repres- CLICK for: Ayaan Hirsi Ali sion of women. Courageously engaging fundamentalists on their own turf - religion itself - she boldly calls for a Muslim Reformation, identifying five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in TRA VEL & HOUSING order to break from seventhcentury traditions and fully engage with the 21st century. Hirsi Ali interweaves her personal journey, historical parallels, and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures. Hirsi Ali is also the author of The Caged Virgin, in which according to a Booklist review, she " . . . challenges Western culture and Islam to honestly confront issues of religion and individual freedom in this compelling look at Islam and gender politics." Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, Hirsi Ali grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. A prominent speaker, debater, and op-ed writer, » see page 4 P assionate and lifelong children's literacy advocate, actor, producer, director, and educator LeVar Burton will offer an unmissable treat for Midwinter Meeting attendees when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker on Sunday, February 1, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. For three decades, Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers. He was host from 1983 - 2009 of the beloved original "Reading Rainbow" PBS series, is cofounder of the award-winning "Reading Rainbow" digital library, and is currently developing the next generation of innovative children's educational media. Burton has recently pub- LeVar Burton lished his first children's book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, a picture book written with poet Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrated by » see page 4 The Chicago skyline as seen from north of downtown. Chicago boasts great museums, world-class shopping and festive nightlife. Click here to learn more. (Photo: © Choose Chicago) REGISTER EXHIBITS INFO

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