outstanding program on tap. It begins
with the Opening General Session on
Friday (4–5: 15 p.m., in the auditorium),
which features a keynote from attorney
Roberta Kaplan, who, in her forthcoming book, Then Comes Marriage: United
States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
(Norton), shares the story of a key gay-rights victory before the U.S. Supreme
Court—a timely topic indeed.
Author, activist, and feminist pioneer
Gloria Steinem kicks off the Auditorium
Speaker series on Saturday (8:30–9: 30
a.m.); Steinem will talk about her incredible career and her forthcoming book
Diary of a Nomad: My Life on the Road
(Random House), her first book in 20
years that features all new material.
Award-winning Saudi Arabian film
director and writer Haifaa al-Mansour
will also take the stage on Saturday
(10:30–11: 30 a.m.). Her next film, A
Storm in the Stars, set for a 2016 release, is
about Frankenstein author Mary Woll-stonecraft Shelley. She’ll be followed by
bestselling journalist, essayist, and social
commentator Sarah Vowell, who will
talk about (among other things) her new
book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
(Riverhead), a humorous and perceptive
account of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette.
And closing out Saturday, actor, author,
and humorist Nick Offerman—you may
know him as Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks
and Recreation—promises attendees laughs
and a look at his new book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s
Gutsiest Troublemakers (Dutton).
On Sunday (3:30–4: 30 p.m), join ALA
president Courtney L. Young for the ALA
Awards, followed by featured speaker
Sarah Lewis. Lewis has served on President
Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, was
selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Power List, and
is a Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University.
The Auditorium Speaker series picks up
again on Monday (8:30–9: 30 a.m.) with
Joshua Davis, author of Spare Parts: Four
Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and
the Battle for the American Dream (FSG), who
will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs
and film critic David Thomson to discuss
the forthcoming film version. Davis and
his crew will be followed by author Ed-
widge Danticat (10:30–11: 30 a.m.).
Danticat’s most recent novel, Claire of the
Sea Light (Knopf), was shortlisted for
ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2014, and her forthcoming picture book Mama’s Nightingale:
A Story of Immigration and Separation (Dial)
is set for fall.
Emmy-winning actor Sonia Manzano,
who plays Maria on Sesame Street, will
close out the Auditorium Speaker series
on Monday ( 12–1 p.m.). Manzano is the
author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
(Scholastic), a Pura Belpré Honor Book,
and her latest book, Becoming Maria
(Scholastic), is a coming-of-age memoir.
If you’re still in town, don’t miss the
Closing General Session and Inaugural
Brunch Event on Tuesday (9: 30–11 a.m.),
at which 2015–2016 ALA president Sari
Feldman, executive director of the
Cuyahoga (Ohio) County Public Library
System, will be inaugurated, and speakers
Robbie Robertson, the influential songwriter and guitarist for the Band, and coauthor Caldecott Honor
winner David Shannon, who will talk about their new book,
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker (Abrams).
Awards and More
Check the ALA program booth for signings; events at the Pop
Top Stage events; GraphiCon, billed as ALA’s mini-Comic-Con; talks at the Book Buzz Theater, where your favorite
publishers describe their newest titles; and, of course, the
opening reception in the exhibit hall on Friday, immediately
following the opening general session.
And celebrate great books with the ALA’s award programs,
including the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in
Fiction and Nonfiction (Saturday, 8–10 p.m., at the Hotel
Nikko ballroom), which will feature keynote speaker Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar—the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a bestselling author, and a longtime champion of libraries. Winners of
the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, given to the year’s best
African-American authors and illustrators of children’s and
YA books, will be feted at the annual Sunday breakfast ( 7 a.m.
at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Golden Gate Ballroom). And the Stonewall Book Awards, the nation’s oldest
awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender writing, will be presented on Monday ( 10 a.m.,
MC 3005W). Check the ALA annual program ( alaac15.ala.org)