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Actor and author John Cho and journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will present at the 2022 Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that actor and author John Cho and journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will present at the 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC, June 23-28, 2022.

Registration is open.

Cho’s prolific acting career spans more than two decades, from his breakthrough roles in the cult comedies “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “American Pie,” to his iconic portrayal of Sulu in the franchise to hit “Star Trek,” most recently starring in his critically acclaimed and award-winning performance in Netflix’s “Searching” and “Cowboy Bebop.” He will talk about his first book, “Troublemaker,” a young adult novel that follows the events of the LA riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates between school and family. The book will highlight the unique Korean American perspective.

Hinojosa’s journalism career spans nearly 30 years, reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN and NPR and anchoring and producing the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA. She will discuss “Once I Was You,” a memoir that shares her intimate experience growing up as a Mexican-American in South Chicago. She offers a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward foreigners, but has also sanctioned willful neglect and profiteering at the expense of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. , blaming us for the broken system we have today. This is an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all. It’s also a portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen and a journalist who owns her voice while fighting for the truth. The memoirs are published in Spanish, under the title “Una vez fui tú”. Once I Was You,” the Young Readers Edition, will be available August 2022.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our first priority. ALA is carefully following all the latest health and safety guidelines for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which works with service providers environmental, health and safety technology. upgrades, food and beverages and other services. To see the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page which will be regularly updated in case of change.

ALA’s annual conference invites library professionals at all career levels and from all types of libraries to engage in top-quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160 training sessions, and to have access to the latest information from experts in policy, research and technology during the News You Can Use sessions. There will be over 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers sharing their unique insights on the main stage.

The library market will host many popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 knowledgeable exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other on-site favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, Live at the 25 Podcast Booth, Free Advanced Reading Copies (ARC), and more.

the Preliminary programmer currently includes a variety of interactive sessions hosted by ALA Divisions and Units. The planner will be updated with new agenda content as we move forward into the conference.

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Media interested in registering for the session can contact Macey Morales, Deputy Director, ALA Office of Communications and Marketing at [email protected]

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