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Let's be honest, sometimes you just want to hear authors talk about books. Check out these sessions.

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Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin
Saturday 8:30 - 9:30AM
World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her new book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, in which she draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized by others as leaders.  

It's a Mystery to Me
Saturday 10:30 -11:30AM
Mystery and horror writers will discuss their latest books. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can’t Put Down
Saturday 2:30 – 3:30PM
This program will focus on compelling stories about real life events    . Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert. A book signing will follow.

Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Saturday 4:00 – 5:00PM
From the golden age of science fiction and epic fantasy to the multifaceted world of today, our views and concepts of gender and sexuality have shifted along with the times. A panel of acclaimed authors - Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Jacqueline Carey, and Sherrilyn Kenyon - will discuss how the lens of science fiction and fantasy reflects the world that we see today as well as the world we want to become.

First Author, First Book
Saturday 4:00 – 5:00PM
In this traditional United for Libraries program, first-time authors will introduce their debuts, providing a chance to get to know future bestselling writers. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert. 


Isn't it Romantic?
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30AM
Popular romance authors will discuss their books in this program, which will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. A book signing will follow. 


ALCTS President's Program: Dining From A Haunted Plate
Monday 10:30 - 12:00Noon
Join Michael W. Twitty author of The Cooking Gene (HarperCollins 2017) as he discusses his journey to uncover the history of Southern food in his own family. Twitty will recount his extensive research at libraries and archives and plantations across the South and how he translated that journey into food through museum education and historic interpretation. In tracing his family roots through food from enslavement to emancipation, from West and Central Africa to the Old South, his work invites all Southerners of all backgrounds to a complicated, uncomfortable groaning table rich in heritage and tradition in which new conversations and connections emerge.


Closing General Session featuring Viola Davis
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30AM
Viola Davis will close the 2018 Annual Conference as she discusses her children’s book, Corduroy Takes a Bow. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler, Davis celebrates 50 years of America’s favorite teddy bear with a brand new, classically illustrated picture book. Using her own experiences as a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, Davis writes the story of Corduroy and Lisa's first trip to the theater.