Looking Back at #ALAAC23


United Against Book Bans

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi addresses the Rally for the Right to Read

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi kicked off ALA with his keynote for the first-ever annual Rally for the Right to Read. “There can be no greater compliment than to call a human being a freedom fighter,” Kendi said. “And if you’re fighting book bans, if you’re fighting against censorship, then you are a freedom fighter.”

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Downloadable Resources

Printable Library Bookmarks

ALA Bookmarks Available for DownloadClick here to download the files for our printable bookmarks, featuring library-themed quotes from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, 2023 Carnegie Medal-winner Ed YongGeraldine Brooks, and Colson Whitehead.


PRHSB Digital Brochure

Images of Emily St. John Mandel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Celeste Ng, Kiley Reid, Isabel Wilkerson, Tommy Orange, Brit Bennett, Sabaa Tahir
Browse our roster of library speakers, with spotlights on gala headliners, book club blockbusters, buzz-worthy literary voices, regional favorites, and more!


PRHSB Speakers at #ALAAC23

Photos of Cathy Park Hong, Ed Yong, Jean Kwok, and Kiley Reid

PRHSB speakers Cathy Park Hong, Ed Yong (shown here accepting the Andrew Carnegie Medal), Jean Kwok, and Kiley Reid took the stage at ALA.

Popular Programming Themes

Learn more about popular programming themes among attendees, including:

LGBTQAI+ Representation

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Andrea Bartz

Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers


Will Schwalbe

New York Times-bestselling author of We Should Not Be Friends

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Jacob Tobia

LGBTQ+ rights activist, actor, and writer


Bryan Washington

Award-winning author of Lot and Memorial

More speakers for Pride and LGBTQAI+ Representation

Community Reads

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine

National Book Award Finalist and author of Sabrina & Corina and Woman of Light

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Emily St. John Mandel

Author of 2014 National Book Award finalist Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility

Charles Yu

National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown


Gabrielle Zevin

New York Times-bestselling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

More notable names for your Community Reads Program

Plan Ahead for Banned Books Week

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#1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and The Anthropocene Reviewed, YouTube content creator, podcaster, and philanthropist

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

Marjane Satrapi

Academy Award-nominated director, cartoonist, and author of Persepolis

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Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically-acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste

More speakers for Banned Books Week

The Hottest Advanced Reading Copies at ALA


Eve - Cat Bohannon

THE REAL ORIGIN OF OUR SPECIES: a myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution still shapes all our lives today.


Light - Pierce Brown

Darrow returns as Pierce Brown’s New York Times bestselling Red Rising series continues in the thrilling sequel to Dark Age.

The Vaster Wilds

The Vaster Wilds - Lauren Groff

A taut and electrifying novel from celebrated bestselling author Lauren Groff, about one spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to survive.


Wellness - Nathan Hill

The New York Times bestselling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and witty novel about marriage, the often baffling pursuit of health and happiness, and the stories that bind us together.

Crook Manifesto

Crook Manifesto - Colson Whitehead

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of Harlem Shuffle continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.