From Mars to the Moon: Author Weir Flies High

Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to applause while taking the stage to deliver the ALA Closing General Session. Clinton Closes ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition with Admiration for Librarians potent presentation. She told the audience, “We need librarians more than ever.” Reading changes lives

“I had to write some code to help me cal- culate plausible landing trajectories,” said Weir, who was a software engineer in real life before becoming famous for his science fiction. “Nerds are my people!” he cajoled, maintaining that his readers likely enjoy identifying scientific errors and the con- versations they ignite. He also admitted to having more than a layman’s knowledge of the space industry, which helps him to craft accessible stories which include details from multiple scientific disciplines. Weir’s jovial and humorous banter included onstage interactions with the sign

by Michelle Kowalsky, Rowan University R ight before the June 26 Auditorium Speaker Series, bestselling author Andy Weir caught a glimpse of his first galley copy of Artemis (Crown Publish- ing, 2017). Weir surprised the audience by explaining that the librarians present would be the first people to see the new book aside from the publishers. Weir is also the author of The Martian , on which the Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon was based. The premise of Artemis involves building a city on the moon; it is based on scientific fact as closely as possible to be authentic.

Colleen Cirocco/Wayne State University (MI) D elivering a speech combining up- lifting support for librarians and accounts of personal experiences, former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and bestselling author Hillary Rodham Clinton closed the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Clinton coveredmany topics that are at the heart of the library profession in her

Clinton reminisced about the excitement she felt when she got her first library card, how it served as her “passport to the world.” She reflected on the escapism reading pro- vides, even how books helped her get past

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Stephanie Barnaby, San Jose State University A LA President Julie Todaro kicked off the Opening General Session on June 23, thanking the sponsors and highlighting some of the sessions she was most excited about. Todaro emphasized the librarian’s role in society, stating, “Ours is a noble profession, dedicated to equity and inclusion.” Now more than ever, librar- ies must be safe spaces and as welcoming as ever before. The Opening General Session highlighted various attractions in the Exhibits and throughout the conference space. With over 1,800 programs and more than 2,500 events happening in Chicago, there was something for everyone. Todaro mentioned the self- serve kiosk where interested individuals can sign up for the Libraries Transform campaign for free swag and support. The Stand for

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