Sunday Annual Banquet & Emerson Greenaway Award Presentation – Chris Bohjalian
Critically acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian’s works explore contemporary social issues and the ways in which they play themselves out in the lives of ordinary people. His writing covers such controversial topics as midwifery, gender reassignment surgery, animal rights, homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, and the personal, moral, and ethical dilemmas that arise from them. He is the author of 18 books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 30 languages, and three of his books have become movies. Learn more about his work, and his newest novel, The Sleepwalker, at http://chrisbohjalian.com.
Monday AM Author Speaker – Garth Stein
Garth Stein is the author of five novels, two children’s picture books, and an award-winning play. The Art of Racing in the Rain remained on the New York Times bestseller list for four years, has been selected for dozens of Community Reads programs across the country, and has become a beloved contemporary classic. Garth lives in Seattle with his family. Learn more about his work at http://www.garthstein.com.
Monday NERTCL Lunch Author – Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means hewrites a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. He is the bestselling author of the children’s books, A Tale Dark and Grimm and its companions; The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi; and most recently, The Inquisitor’s Tale, which has been awarded a 2017 Newbery Honor.
Monday General Lunch Author – Ann Hood
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, among other works of fiction. She is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and has won numerous awards, including two Pushcart Prizes and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. In her new memoir, MORNINGSTAR: Growing Up with Books, August 1, 2017, acclaimed novelist Ann Hood revisits the books that influenced her early years and provided some of her most valuable life lessons. In beautifully wrought essays, Hood relates her childhood and teenage years through the books that mattered most to, and had a lasting impact on, her life.
Tuesday AM Author – Deborah Lee Rose
Deborah is an internationally published, award winning author of 15 children’s books. BEAUTY AND THE BEAK is coauthored with renowned raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest in Idaho, who led the beak engineering team that made Beauty’s 3D-printed, prosthetic beak and takes care of Beauty. Deborah and Jane speak about Beauty and the book nationwide. Deborah’s new nonfiction book BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: HOW SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND A 3D-PRINTED BEAK RESCUED A BALD EAGLE is a Junior Library Guild selection and has been named to the CALIFORNIA READS teacher recommended book list of the California Teachers Association. Learn more about her work at http://www.deborahleerose.com.
Tuesday Author Lunch – Catherine Hakala-Ausperk – “Renew Yourself”
You’ve heard the expression, “Life doesn’t have a dress rehearsal?” Well, the same goes for careers. If you want to grow, if you want to make more of a contribution, if you just want to be happier in life, then it’s up to you to re-visit, reconsider and renew yourself and your future.
I am a librarian, trainer, planner, and consultant with 30+ years of real experience. I am also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011), Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013), and the upcoming Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, 2017).