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Auditorium Speaker Series
Journalist and Author Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb is the co-anchor
of "NBC News' Today" and
co-host of the fourth hour of
"NBC News' Today with Kathie
Lee Gifford." She has served as
a correspondent for "Dateline
NBC" and covered a wide variety
of domestic and international
stories across all NBC News
platforms, including numerous
human-interest stories and
features.  Kotb has reported on
the aftermath and one-year anHoda Kotb
niversary of Hurricane Katrina, a
story personal to Kotb who lived
in New Orleans for six years, the war in Iraq, video, shining a light on pediatric canthe conflict in the West Bank and Gaza, cer. Kotb was also awarded at the Daytime
and the war on terror in Afghanistan. She Emmys, as part of  "Today's" recognition
was also a part of the
as the best morning
network's extensive
news program.  
Hoda Kotb
coverage of the 2012
Prior to joining
Auditorium Speaker
Summer Olympics
News, Kotb
Saturday 6/22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
in London, 2016
worked as
an anchor
Sponsored by HarperCollins
Summer Olympics
and reporter in New
Children's Books
in Rio, and 2018
Orleans and in Fort
Winter Olympics in
Meyers, Florida.
Pyeongchang. This session will take place She graduated from Virginia Tech UniverSaturday, June 22 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. sity with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast
at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & journalism.
Exhibition in Washington, DC.
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A New York Times bestselling author, Kotb now.
has written six books: You Are My Happy, I've
Loved You Since Forever, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee, and Ten Years Later: Six People Who
Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives » from page 1
and Where We Belong. Kotb  is a nine-year
breast cancer survivor and is involved in and book-related podcasts. 
several initiatives to raise awareness about
At the Live from the 25 Podcast booth,
the disease. Her book, You Are My Happy, record a short podcast with an author from
illustrated by Suzie Mason and available the exhibits in a semi-soundproof recording
now, was inspired by the nighttime routine booth. In a differshe shares with her daughter, Haley Joy. The ent area, find indie
book is about gratitude for the things in life - and emerging audio
both big and small - that bring us happiness.  publishers who will
Kotb was recognized with a 2016 Gracie be introducing their
Award for Outstanding Host in Entertain- newest titles as well.
ment/Information for her radio show, "The
The Gaming Grove is an oasis of gaming
Hoda Show on SiriusXM"  and in  2015, amid the sea of exhibits. Stop by the Gaming
she was honored with a Gracie Award for Lounge to explore game resources for your
Outstanding Host in News/Non-fiction and library programs. Join the GameRT for open
a Webby Award for her Truly Brave music gaming from its library of game resources,


Author, Writing Coach Tomi Adeyemi
Tomi Adeyemi
Auditorium Speaker
Monday 6/24, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Macmillan
Children's Publishing
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American
writer and creative writing coach based in
San Diego, Calif. After graduating Harvard
University with an honors degree in English
literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology
and culture in Salvador, Brazil, where she
discovered her inspiration for her novel,
Children of Blood and Bone.
Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was named
a 2019 YALSA Morris Award Finalist and
has spent over a year on the New York Times
Bestseller list. It was also recently awarded
the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for
2018. A Children of Blood and Bone movie
is currently in development with Rick
Famuyiwa attached to direct.
Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as
"the new J.K. Rowling," she has appeared
on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," "Good Morning America," and "BBC
Breakfast" and she has been featured in Elle,
Essence and O Magazine.

sit down for demos from leading game publishers or explore poster and sharing sessions
from other librarians who are exploring and
implementing successful gaming programs
in their library spaces.
Other Specialty Pavilions include Artist
Alley, where attendees can meet many of
today's leading artists, illustrators, and
creators of comics,
games, graphic novels, and books for
readers of all ages,
and enjoy original artwork. Also featured
are the VR/AR Demo Pavilion, Gaming/
Graphic Novel Pavilion and Government
Information Pavilion.The International
Pavilion is the perfect place to find multi-

Tomi Adeyemi

Adeyemi seeks not only to inspire readers through her work, but to help people
of all races, ethnicities, and orientations
understand that they matter and that their
dreams are achievable. When she's not
watching BTS and Seventeen music videos,
she can be found teaching creative writing
to her 12,000 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.
com, named one of the 101 best websites
for writers by Writer's Digest.
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lingual and multi-cultural publications
and library materials. With suppliers from
around the world, one stop at this pavilion
helps you build your collection. The Library
School and Instruction Pavilion, Mobile Applications Pavilion, the Small Press/Product
Area, University Press Pavilion, and the
ever-popular Zine Pavilion round out the
targeted, specialized areas of the exhibit floor
that offer an unparalleled opportunity to
learn and explore.

At the Live from the 25
Podcast booth, record
a short podcast with an
author from the exhibits
n a semi-soundproof
recording booth.


Attendees create zines at the Zine Pavillion in the exhibit hall.


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