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February 9–13, 2018


DENVER, CO                                                                     AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Award-winning Author Dave Eggers to Speak at Midwinter

Dave Eggers is an award-winning and acclaimed author of many books, including What Is the What, winner of France’s Prix Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and more recently The Circle and Heroes of the Frontier, long listed for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. The session will take place on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Eggers will discuss his soon to be released picture book, Her Right Foot, a fascinating, non-fiction tale, uniquely American in its frank tone. Eggers and debut illustrator Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue, her raised right foot. What they find is the powerful message of acceptance essential to the story of America. Eggers writes, “Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require movement. And adaptation. And more than anything else, it’s unfinished business. It never ends!” In response to the heightened concern for the rights of immigrants and refugees seeking to enter the U.S., the creators have accelerated the release date to Fall 2017.

Eggers’s new adult, non-fiction book to be released in late January from Knopf Books, The Monk of Mokha is a heart-pounding, true story weaving together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through a civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man, a Muslim and a U.S. citizen, following the most American of dreams.

Eggers co-founded 826 National, a network of seven educational centers throughout the U.S., offering free tutoring to children of all backgrounds. Later he co-founded ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization connecting students with resources, donors and colleges to make higher education possible for those in low-income communities. Currently over two hundred students are now enrolled in college, with a 97 percent retention rate.

Other awards include the TED Prize for his work in education, Amnesty International Chair, the Heinz Award, the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award, Germany’s Albatross Award, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, and he has been named one of “Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People” in the world. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society of the country’s 250 leading architects, artists, composers, and writers.

Sponsored by Chronicle Books. Get details and add to your schedule now.

Dave Eggers
2/10, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2&3

Activists Patrisse Cullors, Marley Dias to Open the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000black-girlbooks Campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when two generations tackle issues of inequality and strive for grassroots level solutions. The Opening Session will take place on Friday, February 9 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias
2/9, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2&3

Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, Cullors is an artist, freedom fighter and performance artist. In 2013, Cullors cofounded a global movement with a hashtag. #BlackLivesMatter has since become an international organization with dozens of chapters and thousands of determined activists fighting anti- Black racism worldwide.

Given the opportunity to publish her memoirs, Cullors cowrote When They Call You A Terrorist with journalist asha bandele. The book, with a foreword by activist Angela Davis, is a poetic biography and reflection on humanity. Cullors has been named an NAACP History Maker – and she’s been invited to the White House. Her appearance is sponsored by Macmillan.

Dias made headlines as a sixth grader, when she started the #1000blackbirlbooks Campaign to collect and donate 1,000 books that featured black girls as the main characters. She realized that she saw no characters like herself in the books she was reading and wanted to make a difference. And a difference she has made with a campaign that has, to date generated more than 10,000 books. She has been featured in the New York Times and was recognized as a “21 under 21” Ambassador for Teen Vogue. In her new book, Marley Dias Gets It Done – and So Can You, which features an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Dias shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities.

Her appearance is sponsored by Scholastic. Get details and add to your schedule now.



Friday, February 9

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, February 10-11
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 12
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Auditorium Speaker Series
Saturday & Sunday
February 10-11