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Authors Added to Author Toast Sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Lisa Unger and Delia Owens have been added to the lineup for United for Libraries’ Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Ballroom A.

Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 15 novels, including Under My Skin. Her books have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, and Amazon.

Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa – Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has also written Where the Crawdads Sing.

The Gala Author Toast sponsored by Reference USA, will also feature Susan Orlean, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lou Berney and Leif Enger. Raise a glass to celebrate these writers – festive beverages and light snacks will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards at this program.

Orlean’s forthcoming The Library Book tells the story of the 1986 Central Library fire in Los Angeles, an event she uses as a lens through which to tell the story of all libraries – their history, their meaning, and their future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world – in a book that is ultimately a love letter to libraries and their central role in society. Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.

Reid is the author of Daisy Jones and the Six, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, Forever, Interrupted, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Berney is the author of November Road, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Enger worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller,

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Toast cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event codeH UNI3.

For more information about United for Libraries events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community to feature Amy Stewart and James Mustich

“Book Club Central: Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community” will be presented on Sunday, June 24 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Morial Convention Center, rooms 395-396.

Learn about using and promoting Book Club Central ( in your library and community. Donna Seaman of Booklist will moderate a panel that will include Bill Kelly of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library; author James Mustich (bookseller and author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die), and author Amy Stewart.

Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Ossining, N. Y., in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalogue A Common Reader. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers and is currently vice president for digital product at Barnes & Noble.

Stewart is the award-winning author of nine books, including her acclaimed fiction debut Girl Waits with Gun and the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist, and Wicked Plants. She and her husband own a bookstore called Eureka Books. For more information about United for Libraries events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

In this year’s ALA elections, the Video Round Table (VRT) voted to change its name to the Film & Media Round Table (FMRT) to better capture the full range of its members’ interests. The margin of the vote was 64 - 15, or 81 percent for and 19 percent against. This change is effective as of September 2018. Please stay tuned to the VRT website ( for further updates!




It’s Time to Celebrate!

In 2018, we’ve produced a new white paper, advanced our Oxford Research Encyclopedias program, commemorated the Oxford English Dictionary on 90 years of publication, and we’re ready to celebrate! Join in the fun at BOOTH #3015 and play our trivia game, attend catered presentations, talk with our representatives, and enter to win prizes!

Reference with a purpose: The OREs and problems they solve

Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00–3:00pm

There’s a lot of information out there—but no need to fear, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias are here! Enjoy Louisiana-style hors d’oeuvres and join our scholarly reference discussion.

Happy Birthday, OED!

Friday, June 22, 2018 5:30–7:00pm

We’re throwing the OED a 90th birthday party! Stop by to play a word matching game, snag some party favors, and indulge in sweet birthday treats.

Coffee and the (white) paper

Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:00 – 10:00am

Join us for coffee, beignets, and the (white) paper this morning! We will explain our most recent research on the ways students use scholarly reference today.

View the full schedule of events and demos in our booth