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Lisa See

General Session I, Wednesday, March 25, 8:15am

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Her newest novel is The Island of Sea Women, about the free-diving women of South Korea’s Jeju Island. Jodi Picoult praised The Island of Sea Women, saying “this novel spans wars and generations, but at its heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled.”


Lisa See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.
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Jason Reynolds

General Session II, Friday, March 27, 8am

Stamp Out Racism with Author Jason Reynolds

Racist ideas in America were built to last. Let’s start tearing them down. Bestselling author Jason Reynolds will talk about his new book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. This re-imagining reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future by providing ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. “This is not a history book,” Reynolds said to Booksource about his latest work. “It’s a book about the here and now. It talks about the why. You have the opportunity to undo the paradigm of racism.”

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, and Look Both Ways. He is a National Book Award finalist; the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors. Reynolds was recently named to the TIME 100 Next List, which showcases rising stars who are shaping the future of their industries. “Every human being was put here for service,” he said at the TIME 100 event. “My conduit for service is literature, specifically literature for and about young people of color.”
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Nick Offerman

TLA After Hours Keynote, Tuesday, March 24, 7:15pm

If you watch Parks & Recreation, you know that the character Ron Swanson thinks that libraries are “the worst place ever.” Fortunately Ron’s alter-ego,  our TLA After Hours keynote speaker does not agree!

Nick Offerman is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series Parks & Recreation and Karl Weathers in the acclaimed FX series Fargo. Recent film credits include Hearts Beat Loud, The Founder, Bad Times at the El Royale, Lucy in the Sky, The Hero, The Lego Movie (1 & 2), White Fang, and The Little Hours.

Offerman has penned four New York Times bestselling books, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Gumption, Good Clean Fun and, most recently, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, written with his wife, Megan Mullally.

In his spare time, he can be found at his woodshop in Los Angeles building hand-crafted items ranging from fine furniture to canoes to ukuleles.

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Lois Lowry

TLA President’s Spotlight, Thursday, March 26, 4pm

Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver (which was made into a 2014 feature film starring Jeff Bridges.)

“My books have varied in content and style,” Lowry writes, “yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections.”

Lois Lowry writes, “I am a grandmother now. For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation – I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another.”

She lives in Maine. Visit her at and on Twitter @LoisLowryWriter

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