ALA President's Program featuring Lois Lowry

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner is the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s President’s Program. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry, who will then be joined by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges to talk about “The Giver,” and the program will wrap up with a Q&A with the audience.

Lowry is one of the world’s most beloved and versatile authors for children and young adults. The author of more than 40 books, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series, she has also been honored with the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. For her contribution as a children's writer, she was a finalist in 2000 (and U.S. nominee again in 2004) for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. In 2007 she received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contribution to young adult literature.

Only four months old when he made his first screen appearance, Bridges is a popular award-winning actor, producer, and country musician; his long list of impressive roles now includes a starring one in the movie version of Lowry’s book “The Giver,” scheduled for release in August 2014. “I’ve been trying to make this movie for about 20 years,” he says. Visitors to his website at can find out about his many artistic accomplishments as well as his commitment to the End Hunger Network that he helped found in 1983.

Lowry and Bridges’ appearance is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

The ALA Awards will be presented before Lowry’s appearance. Daniel Handler himself will present the first ever Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. This new award, administered by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, is described by Handler/ Lemony Snicket as follows: “It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. . . . It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”

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