2017 Conference Keynote Performances
AAC Conference Keynote Performances
Allison Larkin

The Times    “Alison Larkin offers hugely entertaining, marvelously light-footed reflections on how we become the kind of people we think we are, nature vs nurture and the ups and downs of the great Anglo-American love affair… a lesson in the human condition.”

Larkin’s bestselling novel The English American sprang from her first one woman show which was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and tells the story of an adopted Englishwoman who finds her birth mother in Georgia! 
 
A Vogue ‘most powerful book of the season’ and Redbook Magazine’s Book Club pick of the month the novel has an authentic adopted heroine at its center and received rave reviews internationally. Since the audiobook of The English American won the prestigious AudioFile Earphones award in 2012, Alison has narrated over 140 audiobooks for all the major publishers, many of them NY Times bestsellers. 
 
As an actress Larkin has appeared on and off Broadway with the Royal National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since winning an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of The English American in 2012, she has narrated over 140 audiobooks, many of them New York Times bestsellers.
 
Larkin won AudioFile’s Best Non-Fiction of the year award for her narration of Sunday Times columnist Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork and her narration of Jane Austen’sEmma was so funny it was covered in a special feature in The New Yorker. Other recent narrations include Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and the great adoption classic,  Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter for which she recently won her second AudioFile Earphones award.
 
To learn more about Alison, please visit www.alisonlarkin.com.
Amy Mihyang Ginther

 
  

Amy Mihyang Ginther is a professor in the Theater Arts Department at UC Santa Cruz and has lived, taught, and performed in the US, UK, Argentina, Czech Republic, Ireland, Vietnam, and South Korea. Her first solo show, between , was performed in New York, Seoul, and at the Edinbugh Fringe. Amy has also worked with Theatre Amoeba, for which she was featured in a TEDx talk in Cheongju. She was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine in 2014, is a contributing writer for Transracial Eyes , and has been referenced in Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, KoreAm , and The Toast.
Andrew Tash and Derek Frank

Six Word Adoption Memoirs - 2

Andrew is a father, birth father, and late discovery adoptee. He teaches media and works on sharing adoption voices.  Derek  is a documentary filmmaker, professor of film production and adoptee in reunion. They were motivated by Jean Strauss’ workshop in 2013, giving voice to adoption  experiences