Lois Lowry at ALA Annual

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA. Photo Credit: Matt McKee

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA. Photo Credit: Matt McKee

President’s Program

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Lois Lowry

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

I am pleased to announce that Lois Lowry will be the speaker at the Presidential Program.

2014 is the 20th anniversary of the year The Giver won the Newbery Medal and 2014 is also the year the feature film based on the book will be released. (August 2014 is the release date). Ms. Lowry is an exceptional speaker who consistently crafts beautiful, moving speeches. Among other things, she may speak about the inspiration for The Giver, which is now a classic piece of children’s literature, the success of the novel (which has been and is still being taught in thousands of classrooms across the country), as well as the fact that the book consistently appears on banned/challenged book lists.

Lois Lowry is captivating speaker that I’m sure the members of ALA would enjoy hearing from, which is why we are so pleased to welcome her as this year’s speaker at the Presidential Program. This is a not to be missed event.



Lois Lowry is one of the world’s most beloved and versatile authors for children and young adults. She is the author of more than forty books, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has sold millions of books worldwide and twice received the prestigious Newbery Medal, for NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Other honors she has earned include the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. For her contribution as a children’s writer, she was a finalist in 2000 (and U.S. nominee again in 2004) for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. In 2007 she received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contribution to young adult literature. She divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a 1769 farmhouse in Maine. Visit her online at loislowry.com or follow her on Twitter @LoisLowryWriter

Photo credit: Matt McKee