Sunday Annual Banquet & Emerson Greenaway Award Presentation
Monday NERTCL Lunch Speaker – Sara Shepard
Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists, Heiresses, and Amateurs.
Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.
Passionate about storytelling and writing, Shepard speaks on various topics from the craft of writing to screenwriting and more. From literary conferences to library and school events, a presentation with Shepard will captivate your audience.
For as long as she can remember, Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.
She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.
Monday General Lunch – Bassey Ikpi
Bassey Ikpi is a writer and mental health advocate. Her debut essay collection, I’M TELLING THE TRUTH BUT I’M LYING, is forthcoming in August from Harper Perennial. An active voice in the mental health community, Bassey is the founder of The Siwe Project, a global non-profit centering the lives of Black and Brown people in conversations surrounding mental health. She is also the creator of #NoShameDay, an initiative that attempts to reduce stigma and create space for neurodivergent people to be heard and seen through their own stories. Bassey lives in Maryland and is working on various projects.
Baker & Taylor YA Book Buzz Lunch – Bobbie Bensur & Rory Power
During Tuesday’s lunch, join us for a Book Buzz of upcoming children and young adult titles. Author Rory Power will also be in attendance to talk about her debut book, “Wilder Girls.” Then come back to the vendor hall after lunch for a chance to pick up some swag at the Baker & Taylor booth! Rory will also be signing complimentary copies of her book. First come, first serve!
Rory Power grew up in Boston, received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Massachusetts. To learn more about Rory, go to itsrorypower.com and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.
As the CATS sales manager for the Eastern Region at Baker & Taylor, Bobbie works to support the children’s and teen librarians east of the Mississippi River. Before joining Children’s & Teen Services (CATS) department at Baker & Taylor, she spent nearly ten years on the publishing side of the children’s trade book industry, most recently as a sales rep for Random House Children’s Books. She has a Masters in Creative Writing with a concentration in children’s fiction, and is currently working on a YA novel of her own! Bobbie is based in southern Maine.
HarperCollins Adult Literature Book Buzz Lunch – Chris Connolly, Lainey Mays & Virginia Stanley
During Tuesday’s lunch, join us for a Book Buzz of upcoming adult literature. Then come back to the exhibit hall and visit the NELA table for a chance to leave your card and win one of 25 first edition copies of upcoming titles!
Chris Connolly is the Marketing Associate of the Library Marketing team. Hailing from IN, he spends his free time reading science fiction and wandering NYC park. David Lynch is his spirit animal. Lainey Mays is the Marketing Assistant of the Library Marketing team. Originally from MS, her hobbies include visiting museums in the city, podcasts, and watching too much Netflix. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, and it’s all because of a librarian. Virginia Stanley is the Director of Library Marketing. She was included in Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers edition, being called a “Bridge Builder” because of her outreach to libraries across the country and including libraries on author tours as often as possible.