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Lisa See

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

Lisa See is the author of New York Times best-selling books Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She 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.

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Jason Reynolds

General Session II, Friday, March 27, 8am

Jason Reynolds’ latest book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a remix of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas – and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. The book is scheduled for release March 10, 2020.

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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, 11am

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

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