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The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce the lineup for our August 4 virtual event, below.

For more information on what’s available in our virtual portal, see the educational sessions and exhibitor showcases documents here:
Pre-Recorded Educational Sessions
Exhibitor Showcases


Speakers for August 4, 2020.

LIVE Opening Keynote Speaker: Tami Charles

Tami Charles is a former teacher and full-time author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made it her mission to introduce her students to all types of literature, but especially diverse books. While it was refreshing to see a better selection than what she was accustomed to as a child, Tami felt there weren’t nearly as many diverse books as she’d hoped for. It was then that she decided to reignite her passion for writing. Tami is the author of the middle grade novels Like Vanessa and Definitely Daphne, the picture book Freedom Soup and the YA novel Becoming Beatriz.

Featured Speaker: Brian Jay Jones

New York Times bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones is known for covering iconic creative geniuses who have made indelible contributions to pop culture. He has celebrated the lives and legacies of George Lucas, Jim Henson, Washington Irving, and Dr. Seuss for serious fans and newcomers alike.

His most recent book, Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination (Dutton, 2019), has been celebrated as “nuanced, profoundly human” (NPR), “compelling [and] sweeping in scope” (The New Yorker), and “a rich, anecdotal biography” (Kirkus).

Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon

Featured Speaker: Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites series, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator-author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.


LIVE Chat: Marketing & Advocacy

Featured Speaker: Diane Cardwell

Diane Cardwell, a founder of Vibe magazine, is a former reporter and editor for The New York Times, where she ranged wide over two decades. An inaugural writer of “Portraits of Grief,” the signature profiles of those killed in the 9/11 attack, she also covered alternative energy, politics, urban development and even surfing, focusing on how new priorities, tastes, policies and technologies change people’s lives. Her new book is Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life, her inspirational story of learning to surf and creating a new life for herself in gritty, eccentric Rockaway Beach, New York.



If you are already registered for Virtual, you will have access to Summer of Learning programming at no extra charge.

If you have not registered for TLA 2020 Virtual, you can register here.

  • New (and current) registrants will be able to view all of our virtual conference sessions from April 21 and 22, June 2, July 7, August 4, as well as educational sessions, all currently available on demand until August 31.
  • More than 50 hours of Continuing Education credit, recognized by the State Board of Educator Certification (provider #500383) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, are currently available in our virtual portal, with an additional 50 hours scheduled to be added over the summer.
  • Our Exhibitor Resources and Exhibitor Showcase will continue to be available throughout the summer, with more new additions, as well.
  • You must be registered by June 29 to participate in the July 7 live events; and by July 30 to engage in the August 4 live events.

Remember, all of our TLA 2020 Virtual sessions will be available to view on demand until August 31, 2020. You can find these sessions under “Education Sessions” on the home page of the virtual portal.

July 7 virtual attendees, please fill out this survey.