Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2015
Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. She was recipient of the 2013 Lawrence Foundation Award and the Francis Mason Harris ’26 Prize in Poetry from Brown University, and has been resident at the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and The Ragdale Foundation. Her new novel, The Wonder Garden, will be published by Grove Press in May, 2015. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.
Chantel Acevedo is the author of A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2014), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the Latino International Book Award. She studied writing at the University of Miami with the late Lestor Goran. She is an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review. The Distant Marvels, which Cristina Garcia (author of Dreaming in Cuban) describes as "a compelling, gorgeously-written epic about Cuban women as fierce as the storms and the hardships they endure," is her first book with Europa Editions, publishing in April, 2015.
Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and five short story collections, including Baboon (Two Lines Press), which received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and the Danish Critics Prize for Literature. Her first novel, Rock, Paper, Scissors, will be published by Open Letter and distributed by Consortium in August 2015.
Elizabeth Alexander is the author of six books of poetry--including American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—and is the first winner of the Jackson Prize for Poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellow. She is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir, The Light of the World will be published in April 2015 by Grand Central Publishing.
Terry Alford is Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College. He is the author of Prince Among Slaves, which was made into a PBS documentary in 2007. His new book, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth will be published by Oxford University Press in April, 2015, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Alford is shown here handling the gun Booth used in the assassination.
David Arnold is a stay-at-home dad who wrote Mosquitoland while his son napped and watched Sesame Street. This is his first novel. The family lives in Lexington, KY and readers can find David Arnold online on Twitter @roofbeam and visit him at www.davidarnoldbooks.com. Mosquitoland will be published in March 2015 by Viking Juvenile.
Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, MA, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and stayed there despite the lack of seasons. She is currently an author and screenwriter. Victoria's debut novel, Red Queen, will be published by HarperTeen in February, 2015, and has been chosen as a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce title. You can find her at www.victoriaaveyard.com.
Calvin Baker's three previous novels, Naming the New World, Once Two Heroes, and Dominion, have been critically acclaimed, translated into five languages, and hailed as among the best works of fiction by an American writer in the past decade. He has taught at Columbia University and the University of Leipzig, Germany. His new novel, Grace, will be published by Tyrus Books in July, 2015.
Samuél L. Barrantes is an essayist and novelist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His work has appeared in Paris Lit Up Magazine, SLAM Magazine, and The International Forum for Logotherapy. He is a specialist in Viktor Frankl's philosophy and the Three Viennese Schools of Psychotherapy. He currently lives in Paris. His first novel, Slim and the Beast, will be published by Inkshares, distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, in February, 2015.
Ann Bauer is author of two novels, The Forever Marriage and A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards, and co-author of the culinary memoir, Damn Good Food. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, Redbook, and The Sun. From 2006 to 2010, she was a regular contributor to Salon. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Boston. Her new novel, Forgiveness 4 You, will be published by Overlook Press in March 2015.
John Benditt has had a distinguished career as a science journalist. His own writing began as poetry. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore he was awarded the John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize by Robert Creeley and studied with Adrienne Rich. Over time the emphasis of his writing has shifted from poetry to prose-poetry and finally to fiction. The Boatmaker is his debut novel and will be published by Tin House Books in February, 2015. Booksellers may request an early eBook copy of The Boatmaker from Nanci McCloskey at email@example.com .
Wendell Berry is the beloved author of more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than 40 years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya Berry, in Kentucky. His most recent collection, Our Only World: Ten Essays, will be published by Counterpoint in February, 2015.
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Switch Press, an imprint of Capstone Publishing, will publish Gwenda's new title, Lois Lane: Fallout in May, 2015. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on twitter.
T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published fourteen novels and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World's End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America’s obsession with image and materialism. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. His new novel, The Harder They Come, will be published by Ecco in March, 2015.
Max Brallier is the author of more than twenty books and games. He writes children’s books and adult books. He’s also a humor writer, having published The All-Star Bathroom Sampler, Toilet Trivia, Reasons to Drink, and Reasons to Smoke. In the olden days, he worked in the marketing department of a book publisher. Max lives in New York City with his girlfriend, who is way too good for him. His new book, Galactic Hot Dogs #1: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway, will be published in May 2015. Follow him on Twitter @MaxBrallier.
Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series, including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children's Choice Book Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. Nick has also written and illustrated popular picture books including Who is Melvin Bubble? and Bob and Otto. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Westchester, New York.
Alex Brunkhorst is a novelist and a real estate agent specializing in multi-million dollar estates for Los Angeles’ wealthiest professionals. She is also the founder of the popular luxury lifestyle website Bungalux.com. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine, to be published by MIRA, was inspired by Alex’s glimpse into the world of extreme wealth and privilege. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Buckley’s two middle grade series, the Sisters Grimm and NERDS, have sold more than 2.5 million copies. Before starting to write children’s books, he worked as a stand-up comic, television writer, advertising copywriter, and a singer in a punk rock band. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website at www.michaelbuckleywrites.com. HMH Books for Children will publish his next book, Undertow, in May, 2015. An eGalley of this title is available through Edelweiss or by contacting Ann Dye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Bustard is the former co-owner of the children's bookstore Toad Hall Bookshop in Austin, Texas and an MFA graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her picture book biography, Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (S&S/Wiseman 2005) was an IRA Notable Book and a Bank Street Book of the Year. Anywhere but Paradise, to be published by Egmont in April, 2015, is her first novel, and like that story's character, Peggy Sue, Anne has lived in both Texas and Hawaii.
Graeme Cameron lives with his family in Norfolk, England. He has never worked as a police detective, ER doctor, crime reporter, or forensic anthropologist. His first novel, Normal, will be published by Harlequin/MIRA in March, 2015.
Chris Cander's novel Whisper Hollow, set in a coal mining town in West Virginia in the first half of the twentieth century, is forthcoming from Other Press in March 2015. Cander is a novelist, children’s book author, freelance writer, and teacher for Houston-based Writers in the Schools. Her novel 11 Stories, published by a small press in Houston, was included in Kirkus Reviews' best indie general fiction of 2013.
Jared Chapman was born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas, went to college in Georgia, lived in Austin, and now calls the piney woods of northeast Texas his home. He and his young brood prefer silly underwear to serious, and broccoli to celery. That will all make sense when Abrams Appleseed publishes his new book, Vegetables in Underwear, in April, 2015.
Melissa Cistaro is an events coordinator at Book Passage, the legendary San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstore. A writer and mother, she has been published in numerous literary journals including the New Ohio Review, Anderbo.com, and Brevity as well as in two anthologies alongside Anne Lamott, Jane Smiley, and others. She lives in San Francisco. Her memoir, Pieces of My Mother, will be published by Sourcebooks. To receive an early galley, email email@example.com.
Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of the bestselling memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. He has written for The New York Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar. Did You Ever Have a Family is his first novel, coming in September 2015 from Gallery Books. Email Wendy.Sheanin@
Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking. Since then, Jennifer has hiked more than 11,000 miles on six different continents, with North American hikes including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont's Long Trail, and the Colorado Trail, and completed three thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail. She has hiked and traveled on six continents; some of the highlights include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the 600-mile Bibbulmun Track in Australia. In the summer of 2011, Jennifer topped her own 2008 Women's Endurance Record for the fastest thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, making her the overall record holder for both women and men. Jennifer is the first woman to hold the overall title. Beaufort Books, distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, will publish the trade paperback edition of Jennifer's memoir, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph, in January, 2015.
Margaret Lazarus Dean is the author of The Time It Takes to Fall, and Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of Spaceflight, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. She is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA and Tennessee Arts Commission. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville.
Rebecca Dinerstein was born and raised in New York City. Upon her graduation from Yale, she received the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Lofoten, Norway, where she penned the first draft of The Sunlit Night as well as a collection of poems (Lofoten) that was published in a bilingual English-Norwegian edition. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from NYU, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow, and lives in Brooklyn. The Sunlit Night will be published by Bloomsbury in June, 2015. Booksellers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an early ARC.
Carson Ellis has been a babysitter in New York, a hot-dog vendor in California, a chairlift operator in Vermont, an artist’s model in Montana, and a cocktail waitress in Minnesota. These days she is happy to be an illustrator in Oregon, providing art for such books as The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Additionally, she is the illustrator-in-residence for the band The Decemberists. Home is the first picture book she has both written and illustrated and will be published by Candlewick in February, 2015. Carson lives with her family outside Portland, Oregon.
Mark Essig holds a PhD in U.S. History from Cornell. He is the author of Edison and the Electric Chair, which was named one of the twenty best science books of the year by Discover Magazine. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. His new book, Lesser Beasts, will be published by Basic Books in June 2015.
Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. He lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. The Honest Truth is his first book, and will be published through Scholastic in January 2015. Visit him online at www.dangemeinhart.com.
Chris Giarrusso is best known as the creator of the much-loved G-Man series of graphic novels, as well as the world–famous Mini Marvels for Marvel Comics, published in countless Marvel comics and collected editions. Chris lives in Queens, NY. The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins, will be released in February 2015 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is passionate about social justice, the San Francisco Giants, and organizing things by color. She studied writing at UC San Diego and San Francisco State, and enjoys serving on the NaNoWriMo Associate Board and leading creative writing workshops for teens. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her family in an apartment teeming with books. She would be thrilled to hear from you on Twitter @KellyLoyGilbertor at www.KellyLoyGilbert.com. Her debut novel is Conviction and will be published by Disney-Hyperion in May of 2015.
Catherine Gildiner’s childhood memoir Too Close to the Falls (1999) was a New York Times bestseller and on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for over a year. In 2010, she published a sequel, After the Falls, also a bestseller. Her third memoir, Coming Ashore, was recently published by ECW Press. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Highly respected Atlanta chef and season six Top Chef Fan Favorite, Kevin Gillespie shares his unbounded passion for pork in 100 unique recipes with global flavors in Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World, set for release in March 2015 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. As executive chef at his restaurant, Gunshow, Gillespie is renowned for incorporating the use of fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His first book, Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking was published by Andrews McMeel in 2012. (Photo credit Andrew Thomas Lee).
Marianne Gingher is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the editor of Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers. She is also the editor of Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in March, 2015.
A former correspondent and editor at U.S. News & World Report, Paul Glastris was a special assistant and speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and a co-creator of the "D.C. Reads" summer program. He is currently editor in chief of the Washington Monthly and lives in Washington D.C. Along with other Washington Monthly staff, Paul has edited The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You, to be published by The New Press in March, 2015.
Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have covered the Scandinavian tech industry for several years. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden. Seven Stories Press will publish the second edition of their bestselling title Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything in early 2015.
Marcia Goldman has a Master's degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on autism. She is the author of two previous books about Lola, Lola Goes to Work and Lola Goes to the Doctor. The newest book in the series, Lola and Tattletale Zeke, will be published by Creston Books in June, 2015.
Two decades after his debut novel, The Boy Who Went Away, won the Rome Prize, Eli Gottlieb returns to the subject of autism in an inspired new novel. Best Boy will be published by Liveright in August, 2015. Gottlieb lives in New York.
Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times best-seller Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and The Haunted Mystery series from Random House. He is also the co-author, with James Patterson, of the #1 best-selling series I Funny and Treasure Hunters. His new book, The Island of Dr. Libris, will be published by Random House in March, 2015. You can visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com.
N. Griffin is the author of The Whole Stupid Way We Are, for which she was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Flying Start Authors of 2013. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives outside Boston. Her next book, Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11, will be published by Candlewick.
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.
Jacky Colliss Harvey is a writer and editor. She studied English at Cambridge University and art history at the Courtauld Institute. She has worked in museum publishing for the past 20 years and is a commentator and reviewer who speaks in both the U.K. and abroad on the arts and their relation to popular culture. Her red hair has also found her an alternative career as a life model and a film extra playing everything from a society lady in Atonement to a Parisian whore in Bel-Ami. She lives in London. Her new book, Red: A History of the Redhead, will be published by Black Dog & Leventhal in June, 2015.
Maria Dahvana Headley is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Year of Yes. She is also a novelist and editor, most recently of the New York Times bestselling anthology Unnatural Creatures (coeditor with Neil Gaiman). Her work of short fiction “The Traditional” was nominated for a Shirley Jackson award. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s. Her new novel, Magonia, will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books in April, 2015. You can find her at www.mariadahvanaheadley.com.
New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied journalism and German at Towson State University. Named after Eleanor of Aquitaine, her grandmother twenty-eight times removed, she is related to most of the royal families of Europe. For eight years she was associate publisher for North America for NATO's Nations and Partners for Peace magazine. An accomplished lecturer, and TV and radio commentator on royal issues, Herman is married and lives in McLean, Virginia, where she writes history from a woman's perspective. Her newest novel, Legacy of Kings, will be published by Harlequin Teen.
Mary-Beth Hughes is the author of the best-selling novel, Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book, and the acclaimed collection Double Happiness which earned Hughes a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and A Public Space. Her new novel, The Loved Ones, will be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in June, 2015. She lives in Brooklyn and Rhinebeck, NY.
Born in New Orleans, T. Geronimo Johnson received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley. He has taught writing and held fellowships—including a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship—at ASU, Iowa, Berkeley, Western Michigan University and Stanford. He is also a curriculum designer for Bay Area non-profits and director of the UC Berkeley Summer Creative Writing Program. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices, the Indiana Review, the LA Review, and Illuminations, among others. His first novel Hold it ‘Til it Hurts was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He is currently a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and William Morrow will publish his new novel, Welcome to Braggsville, in February, 2015.
Charles Kaiser's nonfiction book The Cost of Courage, about a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance, is forthcoming from Other Press in June 2015. He is a former reporter for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and a former press critic for Newsweek. He is the author of 1968 in America (Grove/Atlantic), one of the most admired popular histories of the music, politics, and culture of the 1960s, now used as a textbook in colleges across the United States, and The Gay Metropolis (Houghton Mifflin and Grove), the landmark history of gay life in America, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Lambda Literary Award winner. His articles and reviews have also appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, New York, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Guardian (UK), and New Republic, among many other publications.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is known for her lush writing, meticulous research and exotic settings. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Her critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audiobooks. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her new book, A Desperate Fortune, will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in April, 2015. To receive an early galley, email email@example.com
Jamie Kornegay moved to the Mississippi Delta in 2006 to establish the independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi. His first novel, Soil, is an Indies Introduce Debut Authors Selection for Winter/Spring 2015. Email Wendy.Sheanin@
Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian and was the host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite. She is a James Beard Foundation award winning and New York Times best selling author, and Washington Post columnist who has also written for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie is the author of several cookbooks including the highly acclaimed Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less and the upcoming You Have It Made!: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals coming January 2016.
Reif Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. A Montana Honor book, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet was a finalist for the Indies Choice Book Award, was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and is currently being released as a film in France and the United States. Reif's new novel, I Am Radar, will be published by The Penguin Press in February, 2015.
Déborah Lévy-Bertherat lives in Paris, where she teaches comparative literature at the École Normale Supérieure. She has translated Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and Gogol’s Petersburg Stories into French. The Travels of Daniel Ascher is her first novel, published in May 2015 by Other Press.
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Monstrous Affections and Steampunk! She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her newest collection, Get in Trouble, will be published by Random House in February, 2015.
Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the preeminent club for bibliophiles in North America. The author of The Bookman's Tale, his new book, First Impressions, will be published by Viking in October, 2014. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.
The author of Faces in the Crowd and Sidewalks, Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983, grew up in South Africa, and lives in New York City. The Story of My Teeth, written in installments for workers in a juice factory in Mexico, will be published by Coffee House Press in September, 2015.
Sally Mann is one of America's most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), Proud Flesh (2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Her newest book, Hold Still is a revealing and beautifully written memoir and will be published by Little, Brown and Company in May 2015.
Katie McGarry is the author of Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On, Breaking the Rules and the novellas Crossing the Line and Red at Night. In addition to receiving starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, Katie’s novels have been selected for the Summer 2012 Kids’ Indie Next List and received a YALSA Readers’ Choice Award and placement on the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten list. Her new novel, Nowhere But Here, will be published by Harlequin Teen in May, 2015.
Sophie McManus was born in New York City and is a graduate of Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Jentel Foundation. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction and Tin House, among other publications. The Unfortunates is her first novel and will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June, 2015. If you would like an early galley or eBook download, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Meeropol’s characters live on the fault lines of political turmoil and human connection. She is the author of two novels, House Arrest (Red Hen Press, 2011) and On Hurricane Island (Red Hen Press, 2015). Her short fiction and essays have been published in Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, The Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Beyond the Margins, The Drum, and The Writer’s Chronicle. A former pediatric nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Western Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.ellenmeeropol.com.
Jakob Melander was born in 1965. He entered the '80s punk scene as a bass player and guitar player in various bands and currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. The House That Jack Built, his first book available in English and the first installment in his Lars Winkler series, will be published by House of Anansi Press in May, 2015.
Judith Claire Mitchell, the author of The Last Day of the War, is an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing, currently ranked #3 nationally by Poets & Writers. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Judy has received fellowships from the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Arts Institute of the University of Wisconsin, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Madison with her husband, the artist Don Friedlich. Her new novel, A Reunion of Ghosts, will be published by Harper in March, 2015.
Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978. Originally from Cleveland, she now lives in New York. Her first book, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, will be published by W.W. Norton in April, 2015.
Aline Ohanesian's great-grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Her history was the kernel for the story that Ohanesian tells in her first novel, Orhan's Inheritance. Ohanesian was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction and Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. Born in Northridge, California, she lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons. Her website is www.alineohanesian.com. Orhans's Inheritance will be published by Algonquin in March, 2015. Contact Craig Popelars at email@example.com to request a galley or eBook download.
Leslie Parry is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She was recently a resident at Yaddo and The Kerouac House. Her writing has also received a National Magazine Award nomination and an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2013. She lives in Chicago. Her debut novel, Church of Marvels, will be published by Ecco in May, 2015.
Heidi Pitlor grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and got her BA at McGill University and her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. She was a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for nine years before she became the series editor of The Best American Short Stories. She has worked with Stephen King, Salman Rushdie, Alice Sebold, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Perrotta, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and others. She is the author of the novel The Birthdays and her fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, the Huffington Post, and Labor Day: True Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. In Fall 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, which she coedited with Lorrie Moore. Heidi lives outside Boston with her husband and twin son and daughter. Her new novel, The Daylight Marriage, will be published by Algonquin in March, 2015. Contact Craig Popelars at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a galley or eBook download.
Raziel Reid is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. He currently lives in Vancouver where he is an “anti-social columnist” on DailyXtra.com. His debut young-adult novel, When Everything Feels like the Movies, recently won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the most prestigious children’s literature prize in Canada. Anne Rice has said of him: “Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going.” When Everything Feels like the Movies will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press and distributed by Consortium in April 2015.
John Renehan served in the Army’s Third Infantry Division as a field artillery officer in Iraq. He previously worked as an attorney in New York City and currently lives with his family in Virginia. His debut novel, The Valley, will be published by Dutton in March 2015.
Joe Rhatigan has authored more than fifteen books for children and adults, including Don't Unravel When You Travel and Out-of-This-World Astronomy. He has also produced several best-selling books and series, including 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12!, The Boo Boo Book, and the My Very Favorite Art Book series. Joe has been a poet, a teacher, a marketing manager, and a newspaper boy. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and three children. His newest book, Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole, a retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic, will be published by Imagine, an imprint of Charlesbridge Publishing, in February 2015.
Ashley Rickards is best known for her lead role on Awkward., MTV’s popular scripted comedy-drama, for which she was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and Teen Choice Award. A former equestrian, Rickards graduated from high school with honors at the age of fifteen and is a member of Mensa. In addition to acting, she also writes (screenplays, short films/sketches, poetry, articles and songs), paints and sings (outside of the shower, too). Harlequin will publish her new book, A Real Guide to Really Getting It all Together Really Once and for All in March, 2015. She currently resides in Los Angeles -- of course.
Geoff Rodkey is best known as the screenwriter of the hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas. The author of the acclaimed middle grade adventure-comedy trilogy The Chronicles of Egg, he's also written for the educational video game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the non-educational MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, and Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect. Geoff currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons, none of whom bear any resemblance whatsoever to the characters in The Tapper Twins books.
Pam Muñoz Ryan is author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and twice the recipient of the Willa Cather Award for writing. She has written over thirty books for young people, from picture books for the very young to young adult novels, including Esperanza Rising and, most recently Echo, to be published by Scholastic in February, 2015.
Ted Sanders is the author of the short story collection No Animals We Could Name, winner of the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications such as the Georgia Review, the Gettsyburg Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. A recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, he lives with his family in Urbana, Illinois, and teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly is his first book for younger readers and will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books in March, 2015. You can visit him online at www.tedsanders.net.
Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Border Run and Forecast, and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. An editor at The Nervous Breakdown and co-founder of Monkey Bicycle, he won the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction at Brown University, where he received his MFA. He lives in New York. His latest novel, The Guild of Saint Cooper, will be published by Dzanc Books in May, 2015.
Rebecca Scherm holds an MFA the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, where she currently teaches. Her work has appeared in Subtropics, The Hairpin, Hobart, and Fiction Writers Review. Her debut novel, entitled Unbecoming, will be published by Viking in January, 2015.
Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of New York Characters (2001). She is a writer and freelance photographer specializing in portraits. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, Forbes, and Oprah Magazine. She graduated from the University of Michigan, where she majored in psychology, and Cardozo Law. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter. Abrams Image will publish her new book, Getting There: A Book of Mentors, in April, 2015.
Bradley Somer’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, reviews, and anthologies. His debut novel, Imperfections, published in Canada, won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award for debut of the year. Bradley currently lives in Calgary, Canada. His new novel, Fishbowl, will be published by St. Martin's Press in August, 2015.
Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a “beautifully written, unique love story,” and has been published in over 20 countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. Her new book, Every Last Word, will be published by Disney. Visit Tamara at tamarairelandstone.com.
Nova Ren Suma has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing and photography from Antioch College and has been awarded a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone. Nova lives in New York City, and her website is www.novaren.com. Her new novel, The Walls Around Us, will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in March, 2015. Want to read The Walls Around Us before you get to Winter Institute? Please request an e-galley on Edelweiss.
Sabaa Tahir was born in London but grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. After graduating from UCLA, Sabaa became an editor on the foreign desk at The Washington Post. Three summers later, she came up with the concept for her debut novel, An Ember in the Ashes to be published by Razorbill in April, 2015. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family. For more information please visit SabaaTahir.com.
Joni Tevis is the author of The Wet Collection (Milkweed Editions, paperback 2012). Her writing has appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Ecotone, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. In 2006, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University. Milkweed Editions will publish her new collection, The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse, in May, 2015.
Lynne Truss is the author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which spent 45 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and Talk to the Hand, also a New York Times hardcover bestseller. Her children’s picture-book version of Eats, Shoots & Leaves was selected as a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor. Her new title, Cat Out of Hell, will be published by Melville House in March, 2015.
David Usher is a musician, entrepreneur, speaker, and founder of CloudID Creativity Labs in Montreal. As a musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums. David sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty. His book Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything, will be published by House of Anansi Press in March, 2015. Connect @davidusher
Sarai Walker received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Glamour and Mademoiselle, among others. She was an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves (2005) and has taught creative writing and literature at several universities. Sarai's debut novel, Dietland, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May, 2015.
Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and novelist. His fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, Wired, Salon, and other magazines. As a musician, he has put out an EP with Decca Records and performed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. His debut novel, We All Looked Up, will be released in March 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Read, hear, and stalk him at TommyWallach.com.
Holman Wang is a former middle-school teacher and lawyer who now creates children's books full-time. He has an education degree, a masters degree (architecture history) and a law degree, all from the University of British Columbia. He and his twin brother, Jack, grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Best known for their Cozy Classics board books, they will be publishing a new series with Chronicle Books in Spring 2015 called Star Wars: Epic Yarns, offering a lightspeed take on each of three original Star Wars movies. To learn more, go to www.jackandholman.blogspot.com
North Carolina-born Ian Weir is an accomplished playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His first novel, Daniel O'Thunder, was a Library Journal top historical fiction title for 2011 and a finalist for four awards: The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for First Book, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Ian lives near Vancouver, B.C., and his new novel, Will Starling, will be published by Steerforth Press in February, 2015.
Kamy Wicoff is the founder, with author Deborah Siegel, of SheWrites.com, the world's largest online community for women who write. She is also the founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. Wicoff’s first book, the best-selling I Do But I Don't: Why The Way We Marry Matters, was published by Da Capo Press in 2006. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, and has been anthologized in Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out On Love, Loss, and Who Does The Dishes (Hudson Press, 2006), and About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror (Seal Press, 2008). She serves on the board of Girls Write Now, a mentoring organization in New York City, and also formerly served on the Advisory Council for Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Wicoff lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed. Her newest book, Wishful Thinking: A Novel, will be published by She Writes Press, distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, in April, 2015. To learn more, visit kamywicoff.com
Devora Zack is author of the internationally released, award-winning Networking for People Who Hate Networking (Berrett-Koehler 2010) and Managing for People Who Hate Managing (Berrett-Koehler 2012). She is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc. (OCC) providing leadership programs to over 100 clients. Her newest book, Singletasking: Get More Done - One Thing at a Time, will be published by Berrett-Koehler in May, 2015.