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Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen. His films have received two Academy Award nominations, thirteen Emmy Awards, and two Grammy Awards. Burns is delighted to introduce children to America's presidents as leaders and as people in Grover Cleveland Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents, which will be published in July 2016.

Kurlansky is celebrated for books focusing on eerything from salt, cod, and frozen food to the pop song, “Dancing in the Street.” The author of 28 books, he has received multiple awards and honors ranging from a Los Angeles Times Science Writing Awrd and a James Beard Award for Food Writing to a New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award, an Orbis Pictus Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and ALA Notable Book Awards.

After starting out as a playwright, Kurlansky shifted to journalism and is a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His many other jobs include commercial fisherman, dock worker, paralegal, cook, and pastry chef. He has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. His forthcoming book is Paper: Paging Through History (May 2016).

Tempest Williams is an award-winning author of 14 books, a conservationist, and an activist whose writing is rooted in the American West and ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation, to women's health, to exploring our relationship to culture and nature. Her books include Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. Her forthcoming book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks (June 2016) offers a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them, and is timed to honor the centennial of the National Park Service.

The authors are appearing thanks to the generous sponsorship of their publishers, Random House Children's Books (Ken Burns), W.W. Norton (Mark Kurlansky), and Macmillan (Terry Tempest Williams).

Donna Seaman is Booklist's Editor for Adult Books. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and she has received the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, and Literacy Chicago's Literacy Hero Award. Seaman's author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books and she has moderated many author appearances for the American Library Association, the Chicago Public Library, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

The Exhibits Round Table is pleased to sponsor the ERT/Booklist Author Forum as one of the many ways they collaborate with ALA staff and members to make the exhibits a dynamic part of ALA conferences.

Booklist can be found at booth #1923 in the Exhibits Hall, where you can discuss all things book and media related with the editors and get a demo of the integrated print, online, and digital edition access.

Mark Kurlansky
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Terry Tempest Williams
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Libraries Transform™ Events not to Miss at Midwinter Meeting

Because of you. Libraries Transform. In addition to what's highlighted below, use the tag “Libraries Transform” in the Midwinter Meeting Scheduler at to find transformation-related “News You Can Use,” Ignite, and ALA Masters sessions, discussions groups, Washington Office and Office for Information Technology Policy events, and more.

Creativity, Innovation and Change: Libraries Transform in the Digital Age!

Sunday January 10, 1:002:30 p.m., BCEC-153AB

Join ALA President Sari Feldman and Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School, and others in a conversation about innovative library environments and how we can illustrate our value to decision-makers and infiuencers. Featuring work from Harvard's Library Innovation Lab and how it can be leveraged to make our case at the national level through ALA initiatives such as the Policy Revolution, and how you can make the case locally through ALA's new public awareness initiative, Libraries Transform.

Libraries Transform -Understanding Change

Saturday January 9, 1:004:00 p.m., BCEC-103

Trainers from Kotter International, experts in the process and leadership of change, will lead an interactive session to explore libraries’ current context and look ahead to meeting imperative for Libraries Transform. Using Dr. John Kotter's renowned 8-Step Process for Leading Change — and its core principles — as a backdrop, session participants will have the opportunity to work with colleagues and Kotter International to answer the questions: Where am I in the process of leading change, and what do I need to be doing now to move my library into the future?

Sponsored by the Center for the Future of Libraries.

Libraries Transform: Civic and Social Innovation

Civic Innovators — Sunday January 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Social Innovators — Monday January 11, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. BCEC-103

Join Boston-based civic and social innovators, including representatives from Boston's Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston College's Center for Social Innovation, and leaders from non-profits and design firms, for two outward-looking forums exploring the changes happening in our communities. Learn more about the issues Civic and Social Innovators are addressing and the strategies they are employing. These innovations can inspire our efforts to help libraries transform. Sessions are designed for individuals’ busy meeting schedules — each day will feature three presentations and attendees are encouraged to drop in as their schedule allows.

Sponsored by the Center for the Future of Libraries and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

If I Hadn't Believed It, I Wouldn't Have Seen It: Exploring Systemic Racism and Its Implications for Our Lives and Work

Sunday January 10, 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. and Monday January 11, 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Seaport Boston Hotel — Constitution Room (With the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

In this interactive workshop (offered twice) we will explore how race, systemic racism, and racial privilege have implications for our personal and professional lives. It will provide tools to help us better recognize and address racism and other forms of oppression in our relationships, organizations, and institutions.

Speakers: Paul Marcus and Donna Bivens from Community Change Inc.

Knight News Challenge on Libraries

Saturday January 9, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., BCEC-206AB

In February, Knight Foundation will launch its second Knight News Challenge on Libraries, offering innovative projects a share of $3 million. Learn more about the Challenge's 2016 focus, get tips on applying, and hear how winners are working to advance the future of libraries.

Aspen Dialogue Report: Learn about the Action Guide for Use in Your Community

Saturday January 9, 1:002:30 p.m., BCEC-253A

Learn about the new Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, a toolkit of resources for library leaders to use in their communities.

Invited speakers - Change Agents and Transformation

Senator Cory Booker, ALA President's Program, with the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Sunday January 10, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., BCEC-Ballroom West

Rising U.S. Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative, and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — joins President Sari Feldman as speaker on the President's Program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Jo Ann Jenkins, Auditorium Speaker, Sunday January 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., BCEC-Ballroom West

Dynamic change agent, nationally recognized leader known for her strong sense of social mission, and former chief operating officer at the Library of Congress, current AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins will share her message of innovation.

Mary Frances Berry, Keynote Speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration, Monday January 11, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m., BCEC-Ballroom West

One of the most prominent activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice in the U.S., Mary Frances Berry has written on numerous related topics.

Attendees can also pick up Libraries Transform™ ribbons and window clings at registration, stickers, and postcards in the ALA lounge, where they can also enjoy interactive activities including a photo booth.

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