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Format: 11/21/2017 - 8pm
Format: 11/21/2017 - 8pm
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Friday, June 27 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Opening General Session - Featuring: Jane McGonigal Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C1
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Jane McGonigal
Sponsored by Penguin Group

Jane McGonigal believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. This world-renowned and inspiring designer of alternate reality games— games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems—will get you excited from the very first session of Annual Conference about the myriad possibilities for how serious games can be integrated into a variety of library programming.
McGonigal specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, including poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. She’s a New York Times bestselling author (Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Penguin Press, 2011) and inventer/co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has already helped more than 250,000 players tackle health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. She has created and deployed award-winning games, sports, and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the New York Public Library, American Heart Association, International Olympics Committee, and World Bank Institute. Her best-known games includes EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, Find the Future, and The Lost Ring, featured in the New York Times, Wired, and The Economist, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR.

Also a future forecaster, McGonigal is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group. She is the founder of Gameful, "a secret headquarters for worldchanging game developers," and has consulted and developed internal game workshops for Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. A frequent speaker including at TED and the New Yorker Conference, she has keynoted SXSW interactive, the Game Developers Conference, the Idea Festival, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Web 2.0 Summit, UX Week, Webstock, and more.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 28 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jane Fonda Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
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Jane Fonda is a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. You might be less aware that her focus for almost 20 years has been on adolescent reproductive health and the empowerment of women and girls. Fonda will offer informative options for a large number of your patrons and students, drawing on her forthcoming book “You, Your Body, Your Life.” Join us for a unique Auditorium Speaker session on a critical topic.
“You, Your Body, Your Life” (March 2014, Random House) is a frank, straightforward and thorough guide to the body, sexuality, pregnancy prevention and STIs, identity, friendship, family, feelings and more. It is informed by Fonda's personal experience working in the field of adolescent sexuality and development with young people and experts at The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which she founded in 1994, and Emory University's Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which she founded in 2001, as well as two years of independent research. It addresses her conviction that young people are still not getting the information they need.
Sponsored By: Random House

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 28 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Azar Nafisi Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran (also a book group favorite), returns in her latest book, Things I’ve Been Silent About, to Iran and her childhood. Come and hear a master of the modern memoir talk about this personal reflection on women’s choices, her unforgettable portrait of a woman, a family, and a troubled homeland, her exploration of a young girl’s pain over family secrets and a mother’s lost life, a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, and the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval. Hear also about her next book, The Republic of Imagination: A Portrait of America in Three Books (Viking, October 2014).
Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, received many awards, including the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from Booksense, and was a finalist for the 2004 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir. Nafisi has lectured and written extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as on the important role Iranian women and girls continue to play in calling for change and pluralism in Iran. She is a promoter of literacy as well as of reading books of universal literary value.
Sponsored By: Viking

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 28 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Stan Lee Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

Treat yourself to magical superpowers, a sinister conspiracy, and an
unlikely hero with Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™, and hundreds of others.
Lee will talk among other things about his forthcoming action-packed illustrated novel Zodiac, based on the Chinese Zodiac. Co-written with Stuart Moore and illustrated by Andie Tong, it follows Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. (January 2015, Disney Publishing Worldwide.)
Lee remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, serves on the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics, and is currently Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company he co-founded. POW! has debuted several titles including Solider Zero, Traveler, and Starborn with Boom Comics, Stan Lee and the Mighty 7 with Archie and A Squared Entertainment, and Romeo and Juliet: The War with 1821 Comics. Lee has been involved in creating feature film scripts, a live action musical, and is working on Indian and South American superhero franchises.
Sponsored By: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 28 - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Alexander McCall Smith Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

You know how many of your readers love his books. And you probably do too, so don’t miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. The more than 100 books he has written or contributed to also include solo novels, short story collections, specialist academic titles, and popular children's books. Books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series have been translated into 45 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and the Isabel Dalhousie series that followed immediately leapt onto bestseller lists.

Born in what is now Zimbabwe, McCall Smith was educated there and in Scotland, became a law professor, and returned to Africa to work in Botswana. He was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and has been a visiting professor at universities including in Italy and the US, and has served as vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and as a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO. His numerous awards include The Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award, UK Author of the Year Award, Sweden’s Martin Beck Award, and multiple honorary doctorates. In 2010 he was awarded the Presidential Order of Merit by the President of Botswana.

And although it hasn’t won any awards, perhaps he’ll also entertain you with stories of "The Really Terrible Orchestra" that he co-founded and in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the horn. You can find more about McCall Smith and his work on his website.

Sponsored by Random House

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Ilyasah Shabazz Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
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Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed “Growing Up X,” Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move you as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker.

Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises and is a Trustee for The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. She is co-editor with Herb Boyd of “The Diary of Malcolm X” (forthcoming 2015), worked with illustrator AG Ford on “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X” (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and with Kekla Magoon on “X” (forthcoming, 2014). Shabazz promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, produces a youth empowerment program called The WAKE-UP Tour™, and participates on international humanitarian delegations.

Maya Angelou said of “Growing Up X,” "Only Ilyasah Shabazz could have told this story and however painful the memories, I congratulate her on the courage to remember, the courage to see, and the courage to say what she saw." Hear directly from Shabazz about the sources of this courage and other inspiration when you attend this session.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 29 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation Presidents program, Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
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Following the recognition of PLA’s 2014 award winners, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA President, Carolyn Anthony, will welcome keynote speaker Barry Lopez for the PLA President’s Program.

Barry Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. His most recent book is a short story collaboration with artist Barry Moser titled Outside. He has also written for high profile publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Orion, and National Geographic among others. His books, along with his magazine work, reflect a life of travel and cultural inquiry that has taken him to nearly seventy countries.

Sunday, June 29 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm
ALA President's Program featuring Lois Lowry Presidents program, Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

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 http://www.jeffbridges.com 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.”

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, June 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
United for Libraries President's Program featuring Author and High Wire Artist Philippe Petit Presidents program, Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

Join United for Libraries President Rod Wagner for a talk, performance, and book signing by Philippe Petit, subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, and author of "To Reach the Clouds" and "Why Knot?" Petit has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years, and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also lectures, practices magic, and street juggles. He has been a featured speaker at TED and other national venues.

Monday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:45am
The Quiet Strengths of Introverts: ALCTS President's Program featuring Jennifer Kahnweiler Presidents program, Speaker series, Program Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
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The world of work is changing. It’s fast, virtual, and global. The introvert’s quiet strengths are keys to meeting the challenges ahead. Introverts can challenge the status quo, provoke new thoughts, and inspire others. Most importantly, they can be highly effective leaders, influencers, and colleagues when they build on their inherent strengths.

Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., is the author of The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength and Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference.

ALCTS thanks Elsevier for sponsoring this program.

Sponsors :

Tuesday, July 1 - 9:30am

9:30am - 11:00am
Closing General Session featuring B.J. Novak Author Event, Other, Speaker series Las Vegas Convention Center
N249
Description :

Don't miss the chance to be entertained and energized by what B. J. Novak has to say about the power of words and a new accomplishment as he adds book author to an already impressive résumé. He has long been well known as a stand-up comedian, writer, TV and film star (especially as Ryan on NBC's Emmy Award-winning "The Office" and in films including Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks), executive producer, and Screen Actors Guild and Writers' Guild of America award winner. Library users of all ages are likely to seek out his books-in 2014, he's already published One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories for adults (February 2014, Knopf), to be followed by his first children's book, The Book with No Pictures (September 2014, Dial Books for Young Readers).

"I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies-that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures," he says about The Book with No Pictures, which turns the notion of the picture book on its head by delivering a text-only story book for young children. "Also, I can't draw."

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories became an immediate New York Times bestseller and has been widely praised. Booklist called it "high-concept, hilarious, and disarmingly commiserative . . . clever and fresh, at best spectacularly perceptive, and always commanding."

Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)