Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2016

    An Indies Introduce Author  A Revisit & Rediscover Author
    Laurie Alberts
    A Well-Made Bed, Red Hen Press
    Laurie Alberts is the author of three previous novels, two memoirs, a story collection , and a book on the craft of writing. Her work has received the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award, the Hackney Literary Award, an American Fiction prize, and a James Michener Award. She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing at Vermont College of the Fine Arts, Hampshire College, and the University of New Mexico. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Vermont.  Her most recent title, A Well-Made Bed, co-authored by Abby Frucht, will be published by Red Hen Press in March, 2016. For galley and eGalley request, please contact Alisa Trager atmarketing@redhen.org
    Sarah Andersen
    Adulthood is a Myth, Andrews McMeel

    Sarah Andersen is a young cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of herself, her friends, and her beloved pets.   Her first book, Adulthood is a Myth, will be released by Andrews McMeel in March, 2016.

    Derek Anderson
    Ten Hungry Pigs, Orchard Books

    Derek Anderson is the award-winning illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Quack books, written by Lauren Thompson, and Hot Rod Hamster, written by Cynthia Lord. Anderson is also the author and illustrator of Romeo and Lou Blast Off, which was named a Parent & Child magazine Best Book of the Year, Ten Pigs, and  the forthcoming follow-up, Ten Hungry Pigs, which will be published by Orchard Books in May, 2016. He lives in Minnesota with his wife. Please visit him online at www.DerekAnderson.net

    John David Anderson
    Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Walden Pond Press

    John David Anderson is the author of SidekickedMinionThe Dungeoneers, and the upcoming Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, which will be published by Walden Pond Press in Summer, 2016. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org. For early galleys or eGalleys, bookseller attendees may contact Kathy Faber  at Kathleen.faber@harpercollins.com or their HarperCollins sales representative.

    Kevin Anderson
    2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush, ECW Press
    Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of over 125 novels, including Clockwork Angels: The Novel, which fictionalizes the most recent Rush concept album. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; Terra Incognita; Resurrection, Inc.; Hopscotch; and many others. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, DC Comics, StarCraft, The X-Files and, with Brian Herbert, is the co-author of fifteen novels in the Dune universe. He is the editor of the recent ECW Press story collection 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.  He lives in Colorado.  Booksellers may send eGalley requests for 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush to susannah@ecwpress.com.
    Jesse Andrews
    The Haters, Amulet Books

    Jesse Andrews’s debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, was published to critical acclaim and starred reviews. His adaptation of the book for the big screen won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jesse is also a musician and screenwriter. His upcoming novel, The Haters, will be published by Amulet Books in April, 2016. Jesse lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit Jesse at www.jesseandrews.com.

    Jennifer Armentrout
    The Problem with Forever, Harlequin TEEN

    Jennifer Armentrout is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of young adult paranormal, YA thrillers, New Adult and contemporary romance who also writes as J. Lynn. Jennifer has received numerous awards for her work, including being nominated for Goodreads Best Author, 2012. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs. Jennifer’s next title with Harlequin TEEN, The Problem with Forever, will be published in May, 2016. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Siena Koncsol at Siena.Koncsol@harpercollins.com.

    Nick Bantock
    The Pharos Gate, Chronicle Books

    Nick Bantock, born and raised in England, now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. An acclaimed writer and artist, he is the author of a range of books including the New York Times bestselling Griffin & Sabine series. The fourth and final installment in the series, The Pharos Gate, will be published by Chronicle Books in Spring, 2016. Nick's art is publicly and privately collected throughout the world.

    Laura Barnett
    The Versions of Us, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Laura Barnett is a writer, journalist, and theatre critic. She has been on staff at the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and now freelances regularly for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out London, as well as several other national newspapers and magazines. The Versions of Us is her first novel and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May, 2016. She lives in London.

    Fiona Barton
    The Widow, New American Library

    Fiona Barton lived for many years in London where she worked as a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at The Daily Telegraph, and as chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards. Since leaving her job in 2008 to volunteer in Sri Lanka, Barton has trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world. Born in Cambridge, England, she now lives in southwest France with her husband and is currently at work on a second book. New American Library will publish Barton’s debut novel, The Widow in February, 2016. Visit Fiona Barton online at fionabartonauthor.com and on Twitter @figbarton.

    Deni Ellis Béchard
    Into the Sun, Milkweed Editions
    Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of the novel Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, as well as Cures for Hunger, a memoir about growing up with a father who robbed banks. His work has appeared in the LA TimesSalon, and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from Afghanistan, India, Rwanda, and Iraq. Into the Sun, a novel set in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the end of the “civilian surge,” is Deni’s second novel and will be published by Milkweed Editions in September, 2016.
    Marie Benedict
    The Other Einstein, Sourcebooks Landmark

    Marie Benedict, writing as Heather Terrell, is the author of The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare. Terrell is a graduate of Boston College and of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Her next novel, The Other Einstein, will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in October, 2016.

     

    Bill Beverly
    Dodgers, Crown

    Bill Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. His research on criminal fugitives and the stories surrounding them became the book On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, DC.  Bill's debut novel, Dodgers, will be published by Crown in April, 2016.

    Alexandra Bracken
    Passenger, Disney-Hyperion
    Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series (Disney-Hyperion). Her most recent novel, Passenger, will by be published by Disney-Hyperion in January, 2016. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study History and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

     

    Mary Casanova
    Wake Up, Island, University of Minnesota Press

    Mary Casanova is the author of One-Dog Canoe and thirty other books, several of which are published by the University of Minnesota Press. These books have earned countless awards such as the ALA “Notable,” Parent’s Choice “Gold” Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. Her newest title, Wake Up, Island, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in March, 2016. She lives with her husband and three dogs in Ranier, Minnesota.

    Emma Cline
    The Girls, Random House

    Emma Cline is from California. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House and The Paris Review. She won the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel, The Girls, will be published by Random House in June, 2016.

    Carmela LaVigna Coyle
    Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?, Taylor Trade Publishing

    Being in nature is central to all of Carmela LaVigna Coyle’s many picture books. She walks daily under a canopy of cottonwoods because she believes there’s always something extraordinary to see outside. Carmela lives, works, and camps (happily) in Colorado with her family. Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? will be published by Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, in January, 2016.  Visit Carmela at CarmelaCoyle.com.

    Patrick Dacey
    We've Already Gone this Far, Henry Holt & Co.

    Patrick Dacey holds an MFA from Syracuse University. He has taught English at several universities in the U.S. and Mexico, and has worked as a reporter, landscaper, door-to-door salesman, and most recently on the overnight staff at a homeless shelter and detox center. His stories have been featured in Zoetrope All-StoryGuernicaBombmagazine, and Salt Hill among other publications. His debut title, We've Already Gone this Far, will be published by Henry Holt & Co in February, 2016. Originally from Cape Cod, he currently lives in Virginia.

    David Dayen
    Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, The New Press
    David Dayen is a contributing writer to Salon and a weekly columnist for the Fiscal Times. He lives in Los Angeles and also writes for other publications including the New Republic, the American Prospect, The Guardian, Vice, The Intercept, and the Huffington Post. His new book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud will be published by The New Press in May, 2016. Egalleys will be made available on Edelweiss.
    Natasha Deón
    Grace, Counterpoint Press

    Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf, Dickinson House in Belgium and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Named one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by L.A. Weekly, she has an MFA from UC Riverside and is the creator of the popular LA-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, B O D Y, The Feminist Wire, and You: An Anthology of Second Person Essays, among others. She has taught creative writing for Gettysburg College, PEN Center USA, and 826LA. A practicing lawyer, she currently teaches law at Trinity Law School and Mount Saint Mary’s College. Her debut novel, Grace, will be published by Counterpoint Press in June, 2016.

    Kurt Dinan
    Don’t Get Caught, Sourcebooks Fire

    Kurt Dinan is a high school English teacher. He has had several short stories published, including one in 2010’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, three young sons, and baby girl. Kurt’s debut young adult novel, Don’t Get Caught, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in April, 2016. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact stephanie.graham@sourcebooks.com.

     

    Kemper Donovan
    The Decent Proposal: A Novel, HarperCollins

    Kemper Donovan has lived in Los Angeles for the past twelve years. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, he worked at the literary management company Circle of Confusion for a decade, representing screenwriters and comic books. He is also a member of the New York Bar Association. His debut novel, The Decent Proposal, will be published by HarperCollins in April, 2016.

    Rikki Ducornet
    Brightfellow, Coffee House Press

    The author of nine previous novels as well as collections of short stories, essays, and poems, Rikki Ducornet has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, honored twice by the Lannan Foundation, and the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.  Her new novel, Brightfellow, will be published by Coffee House Press in July, 2016.

    Danielle Dutton
    Margaret the First, Catapult

    Danielle Dutton is the author of the novel, Margaret the First, to be published by Catapult in March, 2016. She is also the author of a collection of prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, and a novel, SPRAWL, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. She also wrote the text for Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artist book of collages by Richard Kraft. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, BOMB, Fence, Noon, and other periodicals. Dutton, who grew up in Central California, holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder of the independent press Dorothy, a publishing project, dedicated to works of fiction mostly by women, and perhaps best known for publishing Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper (2014). Dutton teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where she lives with her husband and son. Booksellers interested in print and eGalleys may contact Jennifer Abel Kovitz, PR/Marketing Director, jennifer.kovitz@catapult.co / 206 227 9991

    Lindsay Eagar
    Hour of the Bees, Candlewick

    Lindsay Eagar lives with her daughter in the mountains of Utah Valley, Utah. Hour of the Bees (Candlewick) is her first novel and a 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title.

    Patricia Engel
    The Veins of the Ocean, Grove Press

    Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and Young Lions Fiction Award, and the acclaimed novel It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston ReviewA Public SpaceHarvard Review, and Guernica, among other publications and anthologies, and she has received numerous awards including a 2014 fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Patricia's new novel, The Veins of the Ocean, will be published by Grove Press in May, 2016.

    Nancy Bo Flood
    Soldier Sister, Fly Home, Charlesbridge
    Nancy Bo Flood lived and taught on the Navajo Nation for fifteen years. She was a research psychologist and studied brain development at the University of Minnesota and the University of London before she began writing books for children. Her books include Warriors in the Crossfire and Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo. Her newest title is Soldier Sister, Fly Home and will be published by Charlesbridge in August, 2016. Charlesbridge will be offering early eGalleys of Soldier Sister, Fly Home to attendees. To receive the download info, booksellers can email Donna Spurlock at dspurlock@charlesbridge.com, or via telephone at (617) 926-0329, x 122.
    Gayle Forman
    Leave Me, Algonquin Books

    Gayle Forman is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indies Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. Leave Me will be published September 13, 2016. For galley and eGalley request, please contact Craig Popelars (craig@algonquin.com).

    Otis Frampton
    Oddly Normal, Image Comics

    Otis Frampton is a comic book writer/artist and animator. He is the creator of Oddly Normal (published by Image Comics) and the webcomic/animated series ABCDEFGeek. He is also one of the two artists on the popular animated web series How It Should Have Ended. Otis lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where he spends his time working and eating pizza.

    Matti Friedman
    Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story, Algonquin Books

    Matti Friedman's first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the Sami Rohr Prize, the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Friedman has worked as a correspondent in the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press news agency, where he specialized in religion and archaeology, and reported from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., as well as Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the Caucasus. In addition to the AP, his work has appeared in the Atlantic and the New York Times. Friedman grew up in Toronto, moved to Israel as a teenager, and served three years in the Israeli military. Today he lives in Jerusalem. Pumpkinflowers will be published May 3, 2016. For galley and eGalley request, please contact Craig Popelars (craig@algonquin.com).

    Abby Frucht
    A Well-Made Bed, Red Hen Press
    Abby Frucht has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She has published five novels and two collections of stories, and has been awarded a Quality Paperback Book Club Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction prize, and a Best of the Web citation. Raised in New York, she currently lives on a lake in Wisconsin, has raised two sons, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and counts her friendships among women as one of the driving inspirations of her life. Her most recent title, A Well-Made Bed, co-authored by Laurie Alberts, will be published by Red Hen Press in March, 2016. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Alisa Trager at marketing@redhen.org.
    Ann Garvin
    I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around , Tyrus Books

    Ann Garvin is a sought after speaker and educator at writers conferences and festivals in between her full-time position at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and her adjunct Master’s of Fine Arts’ position at Southern New Hampshire University. Her next book I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around will be published next Summer, 2016 by Tyrus Books. She is the author of the previous titles On Maggie's Watch and The Dog Year. Ann believes in the enduring power of stories to create empathy and understanding as these are the qualities that bind together in humanity.

    Natalie Goldberg
    The Great Spring, Shambhala Publications

    Natalie Goldberg is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala) and Wild Mind (Bantam). Her most recent title, The Great Spring, will be published by Shambhala in February, 2016. A renowned teacher, speaker, and painter, she lives in New Mexico. Find out more about the author at nataliegoldberg.com.

    Matthew Griffin
    Hide, Bloomsbury Publishing

    Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He was born and raised in North Carolina and currently lives with his partner in Louisiana, where he is a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Hide, is his first novel and a 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title. It will be published by Bloomsbury in February, 2016. Booksellers can get digital galleys of Hide on Netgalley or by request to laura.keefe@bloomsbury.com.

    Kali Nicole Gross
    Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, Oxford University Press

    Kali Nicole Gross is the author of Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, which will be published by Oxford University Press in February, 2016. She is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the author of Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The Washington PostJet, and Ebony, among other publications.

    Katherine Hannigan

    Katherine Hannigan was raised in western New York. She has undergraduate degrees in education and secondary mathematics, as well as painting with a graduate degree is in studio art. She has worked as the education coordinator for a Head Start program and, most recently, as an assistant professor of art and design. She is the author of Ida BEmmaline and the BunnyTrue (. . . Sort Of)Gwendolyn Grace, and the upcoming Dirt + Water = Mud, which will be published by Greenwillow Books in July,2016. Ida B is an American Booksellers Association Revisit & Rediscover title, a New York Times and Indiebound bestseller and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, and it appeared on more than thirty state award lists. Katherine lives in Iowa with a bunch of cats and the occasional bunny or bird visitor.

    Harriet Reuter Hapgood
    The Square Root of Summer, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

    Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie ClaireELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. Her debut novel, The Square Root of Summer (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan) was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance, which includes a thesis on Dawson's Creek, part of her dissertation on romantic comedies at Newcastle University. The Square Root of Summer is a 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title and will be published in May, 2016. She lives in Nottingham, England. Learn more about the author at harrietreuterhapgood.com

    John Hart
    Redemption Road, Thomas Dunne Books
    John Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, The King of LiesDown RiverThe Last Child and Iron House. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller's Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in over seventy countries. A former defense attorney and stockbroker, John spends his time in North Carolina and Virginia, where he writes full-time. His newest novel, Redemption Road, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in May, 2016. Early reading copy requests may be sent to: Paul.Hochman@stmartins.com
    Adam Haslett
    Imagine Me Gone, Little, Brown and Company

    Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and he has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City. His new novel, Imagine Me Gone will be published by Little, Brown and Company in May, 2016.

    Noah Hawley
    Before the Fall, Grand Central Publishing

    Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced and served as showrunner for ABC's My Generation and The Unusuals and was a writer and producer on the hit series Bones. Hawley is currently executive producer, writer, and showrunner on FX's award-winning series, Fargo. His new novel, Before the Fall will be published by Grand Central Publishing in May, 2016.

    Michael Helm
    After James, Tin House Books

    Michael Helm was born in Eston, Saskatchewan. His new novel is After James, to be published by Tin House Books. His earlier works include Cities of Refuge, a Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a Globe and Mail and Now magazine Best Book of the Year; The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in several North American magazines, including Brick, where he's an editor. He lives in semi-rural Ontario.

    Grady Hendrix
    My Best Friend's Exorcism, Quirk Books

    Grady Hendrix's first novel, Horrorstör, an illustrated story about a haunted IKEA, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. He lives in New York City. His most recent title, My Best Friend's Exorcism will be published by Quirk Books in May, 2016. 

    Monica Hesse
    Girl in the Blue Coat, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Monica Hesse is a features writer at The Washington Post, where she writes widely-shared long-form pieces and has covered royal weddings, dog shows, political campaigns, and White House State Dinners. Monica has talked about those stories and others on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, FOX, and NPR. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog. Her novel, Girl in the Blue Coat will be published in April, 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
    The Smell of Other People's Houses, Wendy Lamb Books

    Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. A third generation Alaskan and a longtime journalist for Alaska Public Radio, she spent ten years fishing commercially and raised her children on a boat in Southeast Alaska. She now lives in Lyons, Colorado. The Smell of Other People's Houses is her first novel and will be published by Wendy Lamb Books in February, 2016.

    Pati Jinich
    Mexican Today, Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table, and appears regularly on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, and CBS's The Talk. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and and has cooked at the White House for Cinco de Mayo.  She lives in Chevy Chase, MD. Her newest cookbook, Mexican Today, will be published in April, 2016 (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

    Julia Claiborne Johnson
    Be Frank With Me: A Novel, HarperCollins

    Julia Claiborne Johnson worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines before marrying and moving to Los Angeles, where she lives with her comedy-writer husband and their two children. Her novel, Be Frank With Me, published by Wiliam Morrow/HarperCollins will debut in February, 2016.

    Rheta Grimsley Johnson
    The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years, John F. Blair, Publisher

    Rheta Grimsley Johnson writes a weekly column for King Features Syndicate of New York that appears in approximately 50 newspapers across the nation.Her column is one of the longest-running syndicated columns written by a female. Rheta is also the author of America’s Faces (1987),Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989), Georgia (2000), Poor Man’s Provence: Finding Myself In Cajun Louisiana (2008), Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming (2010), and Hank Hung the Moon and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts (2012). Her most recent tile, The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years will be published by John F. Blair, Publisher in April, 2016.

    Mark Kurlansky
    Paper: Paging Through History, W.W. Norton

    Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City.  His new book, Paper: Paging Through History, will be published by W.W. Norton in May, 2016.

    Jonathan Levi
    Septimania, Overlook Press
    Jonathan Levi is an American writer, producer, and author of A Guide for the Perplexed. His short stories and articles have also appeared in many magazines including GrantaCondé Nast TravelerGQTerra NovaThe Nation, and The New York Times. His most recent title, Septimania, will be published by Overlook Press in April, 2016.  Born in New York, he currently lives in Rome, Italy.
    Samantha Mabry
    A Fierce and Subtle Poison, Algonquin Young Readers

    Samantha Mabry credits her tendency toward magical thinking to her Grandmother Garcia, who would wash money in the kitchen sink to rinse off any bad spirits. She teaches writing and Latino Literature at a community college in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband, a historian, and her pets, including a cat named Mouse. A Fierce and Subtle Poison is her first novel. It will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in April, 2016. The eGalley can be downloaded from Edelweiss using this link.

    Lee Martin
    Late One Night, Dzanc Books

    Lee Martin is the author of eight books, including The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English and a past winner of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. His most recent title, Late One Night,will be published by Dzanc Books in April, 2016.

    Kimberly McCreight
    The Outliers, HarperCollins

    Kimberly McCreight is the author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex awards, as well as the USA Today bestseller Where They Found Her (Harper). The Outliers is her first novel for teens and will be published by HarperCollins in May, 2016. McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. Find out more at www.kimberlymccreight.com.

     

    Sean McGinty
    The End of Fun, Disney-Hyperion

    Sean McGinty is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, farmer, and English instructor. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches reading and writing. Published by Disney-Hyperion, The End of Fun is his debut novel and a 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce selection.

    Cammie McGovern
    Just My Luck, HarperCollins

    Cammie McGovern is the author of teen novels Say What You Will and A Step Toward Falling (HarperTeen) as well as the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact, and The Art of Seeing. Her newest title, Just My Luck, is her first novel for middle grade readers and will be published by HarperCollins in February, 2016. Cammie is also one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. You can visit Cammie at www.cammiemcgovern.com. For early galleys or egalleys, bookseller attendees can contact either Kathy Faber (Kathleen.faber@harpercollins.com) or their HarperCollins sales reps. Just My Luck is also already available as an eGalley on Edelweiss.

     

    Goldy Moldavsky
    Kill the Boy Band, Scholastic Press

    Goldy Moldavsky writes YA fiction from her hometown of Brooklyn. She studied journalism in college, where she got to interview some cool celebrities for her school paper. After a bit, she realized it would be more fun making up stories about celebrities, so that's what she does in her writing. Some of her influences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the esteemed works of John Irving, and the Mexican telenovelas she grew up watching with her mother. Kill the Boy Band, published by Scholastic Press, is Goldy’s first novel and is a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce title.

    C.E. Morgan
    The Sport of Kings, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    C. E. Morgan is the author of All the Living. She lives in Kentucky. Her new novel, The Sport of Kings, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May, 2016. For advanced galley requests, email Ian.Bonaparte@fsgbooks.com.

    Julie Morris
    Superfood Smoothies, Sterling Publishing

    Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural foods chef, on-camera personality, and New York Times best-selling cookbook author. An internationally-known pioneer in cooking with superfoods, Julie is also a spokesperson and executive chef for Navitas Naturals, as well as a recipe developer and consultant for cutting-edge health companies and restaurants.  Her four books – Superfood Kitchen, Superfood Smoothies, Superfood Juices and Superfood Snacks, all published by Sterling Publishing -- have been published in nine languages, and are revolutionizing the way people think about a healthy lifestyle all around the globe, showcasing how to use the world’s most beneficial foods to create beautiful recipes that feel as good as they taste. Julie’s mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and delicious to follow.

    Tim Murphy
    Christodora, Grove Press

    Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years for such publications as Poz Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, OutAdvocate, and New York Magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen, PrEP, was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, the arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including the New York TimesConde Nast TravelerDetails, and Yahoo Style. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley. Tim's novel, Christodora, will be published by Grove Press in August, 2016.

    Scott Nash
    Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly, Candlewick

    Scott Nash is the creator of the illuminated middle-grade novel The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate and the early reader Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain (Candlewick). He is also the illustrator of Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields and many other children’s books. His newest title, Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet and Silly, will be published by Candlewick in April, 2016. He lives on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine.

    Freddy Negrete
    Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos: My Life in Black and Gray, Seven Stories Press

    Legendary tattoo artist, Freddy Negrete, is best known for his pioneering black-and-gray tattoo style, honed while serving time in a series of correctional facilities during a youth mired in abuse, gang life, and drug addiction. After a ten-year period of renouncing his tattooing success in favor of bible study, Freddy returned to tattooing in 1990 to find that he had become a tattoo superstar. Freddy has been on the History Channel's Marked series, in the documentary Tattoo Nation, and on Spike TV's Inkmaster among many other features. Freddy now works closely with young addicts at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, a treatment center based on Jewish spirituality and Twelve Step principles. He lives in Hollywood with his son Isaiah, who is also a successful tattoo artist. They both work at the Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip and have tattooed numerous celebrities, musicians, and sport personalities. Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos: My Life in Black and Gray will be published by Seven Stories Press in August, 2016.

    Maggie Nelson
    The Red Parts, Graywolf Press

    Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and nonfiction author of books such as The ArgonautsThe Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and Jane: A Murder. She teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles, California. Maggie's newest book, The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, will be published by Graywolf Press in Spring, 2016. 

    Robin Newman
    Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, Creston Books

    Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Her first book, A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, published by Creston Books, earned a starred review from Kirkus.  She lives in New York with her family. Robin's newest book, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, will be published by Creston Books in Spring, 2016. Early eGalleys are available upon request to marissamoss@crestonbooks.co

    Denise Nicholas
    Freshwater Road, Agate Bolden

    Denise Nicholas is an actor and writer who has starred in numerous films and TV shows, including Room 222, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations, and In the Heat of the Night, for which she also wrote several episodes. She lives in Southern California and is currently at work on a memoir. Agate Bolden will reissue a 10th Anniversary edition of her powerful coming-of-age novel, Freshwater Road, in April, 2016.

    Phaedra Patrick
    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, MIRA Books

    Phaedra Patrick is an award-winning short story author from the United Kingdom, and former communications manager and film festival director. She lives outside of Manchester with her family. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel and will be published in May, 2016 by MIRA Books. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Emer Flounders (Emer.Flounders@harpercollins.com).

    Alexandre Vidal Porto
    Sergio Y., Europa Editions

    Alexandre Vidal Porto was born in São Paulo, Brazil. A career diplomat, Harvard‐trained lawyer, and human rights activist, he writes a regular column for Folha de S. Paulo. His fiction has appeared in some of the most respected literary publications in Brazil and also abroad, and he is widely considered a leading figure in Brazil’s “New Urban Fiction” movement. Sergio Y.,  winner of the Paraná Literary Prize for best novel, is his English-language debut and will be published by Europa Editions in May, 2016. For eGalley requests, contact rachaelsmall@europaeditions.com.

    Molly Prentiss
    Tuesday Nights in 1980, Gallery/Scout Press

    Molly Prentiss was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She was a Writer in Residence at Workspace at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and at the Blue Mountain Center and was chosen as an Emerging Writer Fellow by the Aspen Writers Foundation. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. Her stories, essays, and poems can be found in Fourteen Hills, Hobart, HTMLGiant, Wilder Quarterly, The Aesthete, and La Petite Zine, among others. Her debut novel, Tuesday Nights in 1980, will be published by Gallery/Scout Press in April, 2016 and is a 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Meg Little Reilly
    We Are Unprepared, MIRA Books

    Meg Little Reilly is the former Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Spokesperson at the US Treasury. She also worked at the Environmental Defense Fund and is a graduate of the University of Vermont and George Washington University. We Are Unprepared is her first novel and will be published by MIRA Books in September, 2016. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Emer Flounders (Emer.Flounders@harpercollins.com).

    Elizabeth Renzetti
    Based on a True Story, House of Anansi Press

    Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for the Globe and Mail and for several years worked the London bureau. She has been the editor of the Books and Arts sections of the Globe and Mail and editor of Elm Street magazine. Her work has been anthologized in collections of essays, and she regularly appears as a radio and television commentator. Based on a True Story, published by House of Anansi Press, is her first novel. 

    Luanne Rice
    The Secret Language of Sisters, Point/Scholastic

    Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for adults. There are more than twenty-two million copies of her books in print across the world, and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. The Secret Language of Sisters is her YA debut published by Point/Scholastic. Luanne divides her time between New York City, Connecticut, and Southern California. Visit her online at www.luannerice.net.

    James Riley
    Story Thieves, Aladdin

    James Riley lives in the DC area. He is the author of Half Upon a TimeTwice Upon a Time, and Once Upon the End, as well as the Story Thieves series, published by Aladdin.

    Ray Robertson
    Lives of the Poets (with Guitars): Thirteen Outsiders Who Changed Modern Music, Biblioasis
    Ray Robertson is the author of the novels I Was There the Night He Died, Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, and David, as well as two collections of non-fiction: Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. His most recent title, Lives of the Poets (with Guitars): Thirteen Outsiders Who Changed Modern Music will be published by Biblioasis April, 2016.

     

    Sharon Robinson
    The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend, Scholastic Press

    Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction published by Scholastic. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father, including Jackie's Nine: Becoming Your Best Self and Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America. Her newest book, The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend, will be published January, 2016 by Scholastic Press.

    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Behave, Soho Press
    Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of The Spanish Bow, a New York Times Editors' Choice that was translated into 11 languages, and The Detour, as well as numerous works of nonfiction. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a co-founder of 49 Writers, a statewide literary organization. Recently, she has divided her time between Alaska, Mexico, and Asia. Her newest title, Behave, will be published by Soho Press in March, 2016.
    Steven Rowley
    Lily and the Octopus, Simon & Schuster

    Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and their dog. Lily and the Octopus is his first novel and will be published by Simon & Schuster in June, 2016. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MrStevenRowley.

    Richard Russo
    Everybody's Fool, Knopf

    Richard Russo is the author of seven previous novels, The Whore’s Child, a collection of stories, and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO mini-series. His new novel, Everybody's Fool, will be published by Knopf in May, 2016.

    Benjamin Rybeck
    The Sadness, Unnamed Press

    Benjamin Rybeck is the marketing director at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Literary HubThe Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. The Sadness is his first novel and will be published by Unnamed Press in June, 2016.

    Sarah Schulman
    The Cosmopolitans, Feminist Press

    Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, and journalist. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine. Sarah is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project and MIX:NY Queer Experimental Film Festival, now approaching its 30th year. Sarah has published 17 books. Her most recent, The Cosmopolitans, will be published by Feminist Press in March, 2016.

    Martin Seay
    The Mirror Thief, Melville House

    Martin Seay is the executive secretary to the mayor of the village of Wheeling, IL. His first novel, The Mirror Thief, published by Melville House, is an Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2016 debut title. 

    Ruta Sepetys
    Salt to the Sea, Philomel/Penguin

    Ruta Sepetys (www.rutasepetys.com) was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy. Her new novel, Salt to the Sea, will be published by Philomel Books in February, 2016. Ruta lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter at @RutaSepetys.

     

    Gena Showalter
    Firstlife, Harlequin TEEN

    Gena Showalter is the multi-New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The White Rabbit Chronicles and the Intertwined novels for Harlequin TEEN and the Lords of the Underworld series for HQN Books. Gena’s next book, Firstlife, is the start of a brand-new fantasy series and will be published in February, 2016 by Harlequin TEEN. Gena writes full-time and lives in Oklahoma with her family and two slobbery English bulldogs. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Siena Koncsol at Siena.Koncsol@harpercollins.com.

    Wendy Simmons
    My Holiday in North Korea, RosettaBooks

    Wendy Simmons is a passionate traveler and a well-regarded photographer whose work has been the subject of solo shows in the U.S. and internationally. A storyteller by nature, Wendy provides a rich and revealing visual and narrative commentary of the places she visits and people she meets. She writes regularly about traveling for Huffington Post Blog.  Her most recent title, My Holiday in North Korea, will be published by RosettaBook and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services in May, 2016.

    Dana Claire Simpson
    Unicorn vs. Goblins, Andrews McMeel
    Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from The Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit. From 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip Ozy and Millie. Her syndicated comic strip, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, appears in nearly 200 newspapers throughout the country.  Dana's first book, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, won a 2015 Washington State Book Award. Her second book, Unicorn on a Roll, is shortlisted for a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award. A third book, Unicorn vs. Goblins, will be released in February, 2016, by Andrews McMeel. Dana currently lives in Auburn, Washington with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat.
    Mychal Denzel Smith
    Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education, Nation Books

    Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, and a contributor to Feministing.com and Salon. He has also written for The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe GuardianThe Root, theGrio, ThinkProgress, and The Huffington Post, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, HuffPost Live, and a number of other radio and television programs. His work has won praise from celebrated writers, journalists, and public intellectuals, including Marc Lamont Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jeremy Scahill, Jessica Valenti, and more.  Nation Books will publish Mychal's new book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education, in June, 2016.

    Amber Smith
    The Way I Used to Be, Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Amber Smith grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her two dogs. After graduating from art school with a BFA in painting, she earned her MA in art history. When she’s not writing, she is working as a curator and art consultant. Margaret K. McElderry Books will publish her first novel, The Way I Used to Be, in March, 2016. Visit her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com.

    Lisa Smith
    Girl Walks Out of a Bar, SelectBooks
    Lisa Smith is a writer and a lawyer in New York City. Her darkly comic and wrenchingly honest memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar, is the story of her descent into and recovery from high-functioning drug and alcohol addiction. She is an Expert Blogger at Addiction.com, focused on breaking the stigma of addiction in the workplace. Lisa received her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from Rutgers School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Rutgers Law Review.  She is on the board of directors of the New York Writers Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing writing programs to underserved populations. Girl Walks Out of a Bar will be published by SelectBooks, distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, in April, 2016
    Dinitia Smith
    The Honeymoon, Other Press

    Dinitia Smith is the author of four novels, including The Illusionist, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications and she has won a number of awards including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. For eleven years, Smith was a cultural correspondent for the New York Times specializing in literature and the arts. She is also an Emmy-Award winning film maker, and has taught literature at Columbia University, New York University, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City with her husband, the historian, David Nasaw, and she has two sons. Her new novel, The Honeymoon, will be published by Other Press in May, 2016.

    Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
    The Nest, Ecco/HarperCollins

    Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

    Ed Tarkington
    Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Algonquin Books

    Ed Tarkington received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to Chapter16.org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, the Pittsburgh Quarterly,the Southeast Review, and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His debut title, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, was a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce title and will be published by Algonquin in January, 2016. For galley and eGalley requests, please contact Craig Popelars at craig@algonquin.com.

     

    Janet B. Taylor
    Into the Dim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
    Janet B. Taylor is a history buff who travels extensively and loves to weave contemporary teens in with her favorite historical figures. Member of both the Historical Novel Society and SCBWI, Janet lives in a tiny town in Arkansas with her hilarious family. Her most recent novel, Into the Dim (HMH Books for Young Readers) will be published in March, 2016. Visit her website at www.janetbtaylor.com. Galleys will be provided at the author reception. Additional requests can be sent to Ann Dye at Ann.dye@hmhco.com

     

    Aaron Thier
    Mr. Eternity, Bloomsbury

    Aaron Thier is the author of The Ghost Apple, a semifinalist for the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He live with his wife in Miami and writes a column, Food & Consequences, for Lucky Peach and is a regular book critic for the Nation.  His new novel, Mr. Eternity, will be published by Bloomsbury in August, 2016.  Early galleys are available upon request to Laura Keefe at laura.keefe@bloomsbury.com.  EGalleys may also be requested on netgalley.com.

     

    Kara Thomas
    The Darkest Corners, Delacorte Press

    Kara Thomas has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. She's a True Crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. Her upcoming novel, The Darkest Corners will be published by Delacorte Press in April, 2016. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit kara-thomas.com and follow @karatwrites on Twitter.

    Luis Alberto Urrea
    The Devil's Highway, Back Bay Books

    A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Luis Alberto Urrea is the bestselling author of many celebrated titles including The Hummingbird’s DaughterInto the Beautiful NorthQueen of America, and The Devil’s Highway, an American Booksellers Association Revisit & Rediscover title. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, an American Book Award, the Christopher Award, and an Edgar Award, among other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois–Chicago.

    Juan Gabriel Vásquez
    Reputations, Penguin Books

    Juan Gabriel Vásquez's previous books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The InformersThe Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. Vásquez's novels have been published in twenty-five languages worldwide. His new novel, Reputations, will be published in 2016. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogotá.

    Zachary Tyler Vickers
    Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, Indiana University Press (Dist. by Ingram Publisher Services)

    Zachary Tyler Vickers is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was the Provost’s Fellow. He is also the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize, and his stories have appeared in numerous journals.  His debut collection of linked stories, Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, will be published by Indiana University Press in May, 2016.  His website is www.ztvickers.com

    Frank Viva
    Sea Change, TOON Books

    Frank Viva started out as an illustrator working for places like TimeEsquireThe New York Times and The Boston Globe. He later began a second career as a graphic designer and now runs a design company in Toronto, Canada. When asked – and sometimes when not – he will lecture about typography, design and things like that. He is a cover artist for The New Yorker magazine and sits on two college advisory boards. His first picture book, Along a Long Road, was recognized as one of The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2011. His latest book, Sea Change, will be published by TOON Books, distributed by Consortium, in April, 2016.

    Siobhan Vivian
    The Last Boy and Girl in the World, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of GirlSame Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her most recent title, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, in April, 2016. Learn more about the author at SiobhanVivian.com.

    Len Vlahos
    Scar Girl, Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing Group

    Len Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school to go on tour with the punk-pop band the Woofing Cookies. Len’s experience playing guitar and traveling with a bunch of teenage friends in a dysfunctional van formed the backdrop of critically acclaimed debut novel, The Scar Boys, a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. By day, Len and his wife Kristen Gilligan, are the co-owners of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO. They have two sons, one cat, and a very happy life. Len's new YA novel, Scar Girl, will be published by Carolrhoda Lab, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, in March, 2016.  To receive an eGalley prior to Wi11, contact Libby Stille at lstille@lernerbooks.com.

    Russell Wangersky
    Walt: A Novel, House of Anansi Press

    Russell Wangersky was born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Canada. He is the Atlantic regional columnist for TC Media. Wangersky has won numerous awards for his writing. Walt, published by House of Anansi Press, is his first psychological thriller. It has been nominated as People’s Choice: Best Crime Thriller at the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

    Brad Watson
    Miss Jane, W.W. Norton

    Brad Watson is the award-winning author of two collections of stories and a novel, The Heaven of Mercury, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, among other publications. He teaches at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. W.W. Norton will publish his new novel, Miss Jane, in July, 2016.

    Lindy West
    Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, Hachette Books

    Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ Magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | / It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father. Her first book, Shrill will be published by Hachette Books in May, 2016.

    Sunil Yapa
    Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Lee Boudreaux Books
    Sunil Yapa holds a bachelor's degree in economic geography from Penn State University and an MFA from Hunter College. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including time in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, and India, as well as London, Montreal, and New York City. His debut novel, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist was published in January 2016 from Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, and is an 2016 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title.