including Inglorious Basterds and Saving
Mr. Banks), Novak is also the author of
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
(Knopf). His first children’s book, The
Book with No Pictures (Dial Books for
Young Readers) will be published in September.
Bestselling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner, Lois Lowry will speak at the ALA President’s Program and Awards Presentations (Sunday,
3:30–5: 30 p.m.), followed by featured
speaker, Academy Award–winning actor
Jeff Bridges, who will talk about the
upcoming movie version of Lowry’s be-
loved The Giver, in which he will star.
The program will wrap up with a q&a
with the audience.
In addition to Lowry and Bridges’ appearances, the ALA’s annual awards will
be handed out, including Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler’s presentation
of the first-ever Lemony Snicket Prize for
Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.
The award will go to New Orleans-based
librarian Laurence Copel, known as “the
book lady” for her dedication to her community, where, among her efforts, she has
set up a library in her own home and
brought books, by bicycle, to families in
need. Along with a certificate and a
$3,000 check, she will also receive “an
odd object from Handler’s private collection.”
As usual, ALA has lined up a great slate
of auditorium speakers. On Saturday
(8:30–9: 30 a.m.) bestselling author, ac-
tivist, and legendary Oscar- and Emmy-
winning actress Jane Fonda will discuss
her love of libraries and her book Being a
Teen (Random House).
Billed as a “frank, straightforward, and
thorough guide to the body, sexuality,
friendship, family, feelings, and more.”
The book is informed by Fonda’s personal experience working with young
people and experts in the field of adolescent sexuality at the Georgia Campaign
for Adolescent Power & Potential, which
she founded in 1994, and at Emory University’s Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which she
founded in 2001. Fonda’s years of independent were driven by her belief that
young people are not getting the information they need—a problem libraries
should be able to help with.
Following Fonda, Azar Nafisi,
award-winning author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, will discuss her latest book, Things I’ve Been Silent
About (Random House), her next book,
The Republic of Imagination: A Portrait of
America in Three Books (Viking, Oct.
2014), and her engagement in promoting literacy (10:30–11: 30 a.m.).
In what is sure to be one of the highlights of program, Stan Lee ( 12–1 p.m.),
chairman emeritus of Marvel Comics and
beloved comic book superhero creator,
will talk about, among other things, his
forthcoming action-packed graphic novel Zodiac (Jan. 2015, Disney).
Based on the Chinese Zodiac, the
book, cowritten with Stuart Moore and
illustrated by Andie Tong, 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.
the strange and
bizarre, ready to
be checked out!
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B.J. Novak Lois Lowry Jeff Bridges
Azar Nafisi Stan Lee Jane Fonda