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Friday, June 26 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Opening General Session featuring Roberta A. Kaplan Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade Ballroom
Description :

Hear how Roberta A. Kaplan—with the help of a band of supporters–extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. Kaplan will offer insights into how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how laws get overturned, and how change is made legally.
“Robbie Kaplan has been involved in some of the most important legal developments of recent years,” notes The Financial Times. When Edie Windsor called Roberta Kaplan to take on the case that would bring down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Kaplan did not hesitate, as gay advocates and other lawyers had. In Windsor, the nation's highest court ruled that a key provision of DOMA violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage conferred under federal law. Kaplan’s forthcoming book, “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Fight for Gay Marriage” (Norton, Fall 2015), will offer a complete account of the success.
Described as a “litigation superstar,” a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and a “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture,” Kaplan is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, and is currently litigating the case against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban. Selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers,” as well as a 2013 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Above The Law and the 2014 “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times, she was ranked as number 5 in this year's "Politico 50."

Sponsored by W. W. Norton & Company

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 27 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Gloria Steinem Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

Writer, lecturer, editor, journalist, social and political activist, and self-described “hope-aholic,” Gloria Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s. Hear her talk about the path that led her there, including a challenging childhood and a short stint as a Playboy Bunny. After helping found New York magazine in 1968, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. In 2005, Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works "to make women visible and powerful in the media." Steinem currently travels internationally as an organizer and lecturer and is a media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Steinem’s numerous awards include the National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and in 2013, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her forthcoming book Diary of a Nomad: My Life on the Road (her first in 20 years and with all new material, October 2015) is an inspiring, intimate memoir that tells her whole life story.

Sponsored by Penguin Random House

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 27 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Haifaa al-Mansour Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Winner of an EDA Female Focus Award, al-Mansour’s first feature-length film “Wadjda” also won the Best International Feature Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, among other awards, and is the first feature-length movie filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first feature filmed by a female Saudi Arabian director, and the first Saudi Arabian film submitted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

The film is the basis of al-Mansour’s middle-grade (and debut) novel The Green Bicycle, about a spunky and sly eleven-year- old living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, who constantly pushes the boundaries of what's considered proper. The story of her attempt to get a bicycle, considered improper for girls to ride, unfolds against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, and explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family with warmth, spirit, and humor.

The daughter of a poet, al-Mansour studied comparative literature in Cairo and later attended film school in Australia. Her 2005 documentary “Women Without Shadows” speaks to the hidden lives of women in Arab States of the Persian Gulf and was shown at 17 international festivals, received the Golden Dagger for Best Documentary in the Muscat Film Festival, and got a special jury mention in the fourth Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam. Her next film, “A Storm in the Stars,” about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and starring Elle Fanning, is set to release in 2016.

Sponsoerd by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 27 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Sarah Vowell Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

Be among the first to hear this journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture as she talks (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was a general who became wildly unpopular in his native France but so beloved by Americans that George Washington considered him a son and 90,000 people showed up to cheer for him when he sailed into New York Harbor after a 30-year absence. In the forthcoming book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” (October 2015), Vowell offers an insightful look at a nation’s idealism and its reality through her portrait of the one Frenchman we could all agree upon.

Vowell is often referred to as a "social observer,” and her previous books include Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, and essay collections Take the Cannoli and Radio On. She was a contributing editor for This American Life and an original contributor to McSweeney’s. She has been a columnist for Salon, Time and San Francisco Weekly and writes occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. In addition to making numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Vowell is also the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in the Academy Award-winning animated film The Incredibles.

Sponsored by Riverhead, a division of Penguin

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 27 - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Nick Offerman Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

Actor, author, humorist, and woodworker Nick Offerman--best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”—promises attendees plenty of laughter as well as a special library connection. As a lifelong reader coming from a family of librarians, he credits his aunt, Michele Houchens, the local history librarian at the Three Rivers Public Library in Minooka, Illinois and his sister, Lauren Offerman, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Public Library District, with encouraging his love of reading.

Offerman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living and the forthcoming Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Dutton, May 2015). He acted with Chicago theatre companies, worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and has appeared in numerous films. Prior to “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, his most prominent role was as factory worker and Benny-Lopez-love-interest Randy McGee on “George Lopez.” In 2007, he co-starred in the Comedy Central series “American Body Shop.” Other TV appearances include as a plumber on “Will & Grace,” as a hobo on “The King of Queens,” in “24,” and in an episode of “The West Wing.”

Attendees can look forward to a humor-filled hour if the introduction on Offerman’s professional woodshop’s website is any indication: “We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines and fine furniture. From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.”
Sponsored by Dutton, a division of Penguin Publishing.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Joshua Davis with Rick Jacobs and David Thomson - President Christine Lind Hage's Program—From Cover to Screen — Books to Movies Author Event, Presidents program, Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

Joshua Davis, author of “Spare Parts,” will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs and esteemed film critic David Thomson to talk about the writing of the book, the creation of the movie and how movies are judged and reviewed. Attendees will also view a trailer for the film version, starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marissa Tomei. “Spare Parts” is about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech underwater robot competition against teams from elite universities, and has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post.

Sponsored by Macmillan and Random House

Monday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Edwidge Danticat Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

A writer named "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference" in Harper's Bazaar, featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch, and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine is definitely one not to miss. Edwidge Danticat’s first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was also an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection Krik? Krak! made her the youngest National Book Award nominee ever.

Born in Haiti, Danticat immigrated to a Haitian American neighborhood in Brooklyn at age 12. Her disorientation in her new surroundings saw her turn to literature for solace, and two years later she published her first writing in English in a citywide magazine written by teenagers. “Writing for New Youth Connections had given me a voice. My silence was destroyed completely, indefinitely.” Prominent themes in her writing include national identity, mother-daughter relationships, and diasporic politics, and she is a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home. Her work has been translated into many languages, and her numerous awards include a Pushcart Short Story Prize, The National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, a Langston Hughes Medal, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and fiction awards from Essence and Seventeen magazines. Her most recent novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was shortlisted for ALA’s 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
The forthcoming picture book Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation is a poignant and tender story about the human side of immigration and how every child has the power to make a difference, highlighting the connective and transformative power of words and stories. (September 2015)
Sponsored by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, June 29 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Sonia Manzano Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

One of America’s “most influential Hispanics” according to People en Español, Sonia Manzano—best known as the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on Sesame Street—has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as best performer in a children’s series. She is the author of the Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012 and hailed in a starred review in Booklist as a “wry . . . moving” novel. Manzano has also been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C.
Becoming Maria, Manzano’s latest book, is her coming-of-age memoir, the remarkable story of a girl plunged into a world she never expected. It’s the story of dreams—some of them nightmares, others visions of romance and escape. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, it’s the tale of a family that is loving and troubled, and of the child who grew up to become a TV star. Sonia’s creative drive keeps her afloat despite the turbulence of her life and times—including the cramped, colorful world of her Latino neighborhood and an abusive and alcoholic father. Spiced with Nuyorican culture, heartache, and humor, the memoir paints a revealing portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Sponsored by Scholastic.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Tuesday, June 30 - 9:30am

9:30am - 11:00am
Closing General Session featuring Robbie Robertson and David Shannon Speaker Series Moscone Convention Center
Esplanade 305
Description :

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Courtney L. Young will pass the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA President Sari Feldman and introduce the new Division Presidents. An exciting conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner (No, David!) David Shannon will close out the conference as they talk about their new book, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Written in a lyrical voice and paired with arresting oil paintings, the book is bound to both fascinate and educate your young students and patrons about Native American history.
Robertson was the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary musical group The Band. Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, he learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only united the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution. Shannon is the internationally-acclaimed illustrator of numerous bestselling books for children, and his illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone.
Sponsored by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)