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Empire State Center for the Book & RASS Are Doing Lunch

Pauline Chen

The Empire State Center for the Book invited the Reference and Adult Services Section “to do lunch” and together they have created a special luncheon to kick off the Conference.  They have lined up authors Will Schwalbe, Pauline A. Chen and Brian Castner to join them and to talk briefly about their latest books. Afterwards, they will be available for autographing.

The lunch will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 12:00-1:30 at the Convention Center. Members who are responsible for programming for the library will surely want to come and consider the speakers for visits to their libraries. 

Brian Castner

Pauline Chen is the author of the children’s novel Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas, and most recently the novel, The Red Chamber. The Red

Chamber is based on the epic Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the most famous love stories in Chinese literature.

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq, as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. He used his experiences to write The Long Walk - a thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly-honest book that deals with the camaraderie of combat and the unshakable fear, anxiety, and survivor guilt.

Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe is a New York Times bestselling author of End of Your Life Book Club, the inspiring true story of a son and his mother who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.  He is the founder of, has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); in new media; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and The South China Morning Post.

Tickets are $40 per person, and can be purchased with your Conference registration.