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January 20–24, 2017



Authors LeUyen Pham, Susan Tan, and Scott Westerfeld Team Up for a Midwinter Conversation

Award-winning author and illustrator LeUyen Pham, and award-winning authors Susan Tan and Scott Westerfeld will team up on Saturday, January 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., in the Auditorium Speakers Series for a conversation with moderator Daniel Kraus.

Pham is the bestselling illustrator of The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There and is the illustrator of many other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math.

LeUyen Pham, Susan Tan, Scott Westerfeld with David Kraus
Saturday 1/21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday Speakers

Debut author Tan grew up in a mixed-race family, and like Cilla, the heroine of her enthusiastically received new novel, was bald until the age of five. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire is a middle-grade novel about a biracial Asian American girl who dreams of becoming a famous, bestselling author, but first must deal with the arrival of a new sibling and the differences between the two sides of her family.

Westerfeld is the author of 18 novels (five for adults, 13 for young adults), including the worldwide bestselling Uglies series and the Locus Award-winning Leviathan series. He is co-author of the Zeroes trilogy, and his other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. In 2017 he will publish the graphic novel The Spill Zone set in the near future Poughkeepsie, NY.

Kraus, the moderator, is the Booklist Books for Youth Editor and himself the award-winning author of such novels as Rotters, Scowler, and The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch.

The authors’ appearance at the Midwinter Meeting is sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Group.

Comedian W. Kamau Bell to Open Midwinter

Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition on Friday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. Bell, who describes himself as a “Socio-Political Comedian and Dad,” has been voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine, and praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit.”

“Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable,” according to The New Yorker. His many roles include hosting the docu-series “United Shades of America,” the public radio show “Kamau Right Now!” and co-hosting the podcasts: “Politically Re-Active” and “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period.” He performs his one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour” at colleges across the country, has appeared on various Comedy Central programs, and his writing has been published in, Salon,, Buzzfeed, and The Hollywood Reporter.

His memoir and manifesto, titled The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4”, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Black, Proud, and Asthmatic Blerd, Mama’s Boy, B-Student, and Stand-up Comedian, will be released in June, 2017. The book will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling issues such as race relations, fatherhood, the state of law enforcement, superheroes, politics, and many other issues.

W. Kamau Bell
Opening Session
Friday 1/20, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Bell is the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice and serves on the advisory boards of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment.

Bell’s appearance is sponsored by Penguin Random House. Get more information and add this to your schedule now.

Symposium on the Future of Libraries’ Concurrent Sessions Explore Near- and Long-Term Futures

Civic engagement. Creative placemaking. Diversity and ethics in changing landscapes. The future of librarian labor. Virtual reality. These topics and more will be part of the over 25 concurrent sessions in the Symposium on the Future of Libraries. The schedule includes library leaders, advocates, and partners sharing near- and longterm visions for the futures of academic, public, school, and special libraries.

The Symposium on the Future of Libraries, organized and facilitated by the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, is included with 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits full registration. Each of the three days – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – begins with plenary sessions focused on civic, education, and social innovation (see story page 8).

The full schedule of concurrent sessions includes bold visions for the futures of New York Public Library and the MIT Libraries; innovative approaches to knowledge discovery, civic engagement, and library exhibits; models for mobile service, universal design, and services to entrepreneurs; library integrations of highimpact educational practices, TED talks, and virtual reality; and important conversations about diversity, ethics, labor, and sustainability.

Concurrent sessions were selected from an open call for proposals reviewed by members of the Center for the Future of Libraries’ Advisory Group as well as partnership with ALA divisions and offices.

Two day-end discussions – Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. will provide attendees with additional opportunities to share ideas and inspiration gleaned from the plenary and concurrent sessions.


Opening Session NEW!
W. Kamau Bell
Friday, January 20
4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, January 21 – 22
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ALA President’s Program
Sunday, January 22
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.