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Authors Galore at NYLA Annual Conference

The NYLA Conference may be in early November but it is also a great time to get some of your holiday shopping done.  Over the course of the three days, there will be a chance to meet and have books autographed by the following authors:

Thursday November 6

12:00 – 1:30

Kevin Fitzpatrick (@K72ndSt) – Empire State Center for the Book Literary Luncheon

Kevin Fitzpatrick will speak about the Algonquin Round Table, drinking, and Dorothy Parker.  Fitzpatrick is the president of the Dorothy Parker Society. His first book, A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York, was published in 2005. It was followed in 2009 by The Lost Algonquin Round Table: Humor, Fiction, Journalism, Criticism, and Poetry from America's Most Famous Literary Circle and Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang in 2010.  Lyons Press, a division of Globe Pequot Press, published his latest book, Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide, in November 2013. This fall, he will be releasing a book about the members of the Algonquin Round Table.

Patricia MacLachlan & Steven KelloggEmpire State Center for the Book Literary Luncheon

Steven Kellogg is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 90 children's books. Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. The first fifty people to register for the luncheon will receive a copy of Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg’s picture book Snowflakes Fall, compliments of the Center for the Book and Giving Tuesday.

Tickets are $45 per person or included in the Conference Package Registration.

4:00 – 5:30

Charles R. Smith Jr (@CRSjr) – YSS Membership Meeting

Smith, who is a poet and photographer will be presenting at the membership meeting.  His book My People was the 2010 Coretta Scott King Award winner for illustration.  I am the World is his latest book.


5:30 – 7:30

Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart) – PLS Author! Author!

Shteyngart’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications, His books have been translated into twenty-six languages. Absurdistan was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine. He was named a Granta Best Young American Novelist and a New Yorker “Best Writer Under 40."  In his most recent New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir, Little Failure, Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado.

Tickets are $35 per person and include h'orderves from the Bread Basket Bakery and a copy of Little Failure.

Friday, November 7

12:30 – 2:00

Julia Spencer-Fleming (@JSpencerFleming) - RASS Noted Author Luncheon

Julia Spencer-Fleming is an Agatha, Anthony, Barry, Dilys, Gumshoe and Macavity Award winner. Her books, the most recent Through the Evil Days, the eighth novel in the New York Times bestselling Clare Fergusson/Russ VanAlstyne series, have been shortlisted for the Edgar and Romantic Times RC awards.

Tickets are $35 per person or included in the Conference Package Registration.

Jacqueline Woodson (@JackieWoodson) – YSS Empire State Award Luncheon

A prolific and accomplished author, she has won several lifetime achievement awards including the 2006 Margaret A. Edwards Award in writing for young adults, the 2010 St. Katherine Drexel Award, the 2012 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Reader’s Literature and was shortlisted for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award.  She has received three Newbery Honors for the books After Tupac & D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. She won the Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Miracle’s Boys and had three CSK author honors for From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This, and Locomotion.  She won a Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon, the Jane Addams Peace Award for Each Kindness and has been a National Book Award finalist twice for Hush and Locomotion.

Tickets are $35 per person or included in the Conference Package Registration.

2:15 – 3:30

Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99) – LAMS Clive Thompson Talks Tech

Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He  is one of the most prominent technology writers, respected for doing deeply-reported, long-form magazine stories that get beyond headlines and harness the insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. He specializes in writing not merely on the inventors of technologies, but about how everyday people use them—often quite unpredictably. In addition to the New York Times Magazine and Wired, he writes for Mother Jones and Smithsonian. He is one of the longest-running bloggers, having launched his science-and-tech blog Collision Detection since 2002. In his spare time he’s also a musician, performing in The Delorean Sisters and writing original music as part of the duo Cove.

His book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Your Minds for the Better will be available.

Saturday, November 8

11:00 – 12:15

Bryan CollierSSL Membership Meeting

Bryan Collier will speak informally about his work, how he became an artist, and where he finds his inspiration. Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the first Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Martin’s Big Words, Dave the Potter, and Rosa, which are all Caldecott Honor Books, and of numerous books which earned him Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors.