Junot Díaz and Rick Steves Headline the 2018 TLA Annual Conference

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2018 KeynotesThe Texas Library Association (TLA) is proud to announce that Rick Steves and Junot Díaz will deliver keynote presentations at the 2018 TLA Annual Conference in Dallas, April 3-6, 2018.

Broaden your global perspective at General Session I. Libraries and travel have much in common. Both expand our understanding by exposing us to different cultures and perspectives. Librarians and travel guides lead us to discover and appreciate the diverse world we live in. Rick Steves—acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series—believes there's more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act" can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today's world. In this provocative presentation, Steves will explain how travel, whether overseas or through libraries, can be truly transformational, providing the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

TLA's General Session II speaker is Junot Díaz, who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Díaz will discuss his debut picture book Islandborn, which captures the universal immigrant experience while celebrating our imagination's boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past, and to ourselves.

The General Sessions are free for all individuals registered for the 2018 TLA Annual Conference. Registration will open before the end of December. More information, registration rates, and the link to book your hotel are posted on the Annual Conference webpage

Created on Dec 14, 2017 | Last updated December 14, 2017