Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2018

    An Indies Introduce Author

    Keynote Speakers

    Junot Díaz
    Islandborn, Dial Books for Young Readers

    Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His new picture book Islandborn will be published in March 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers.

    Alberto Manguel
    Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, Yale University Press

    Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader and a lover of books. Born in Buenos Aires, he has since resided in Israel, Argentina, Europe, the South Pacific, and Canada. He is now the director of the National Library of Argentina. Packing My Library goes on sale in February, 2018 from Yale University Press.

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Editorial Director, SJP for Hogarth

    Sarah Jessica Parker is an award-winning television and film actress, producer, and designer. She recently launched SJP for Hogarth in partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President, Publisher of Crown and Hogarth. In her new role as Editorial Director, Ms. Parker acquires and curates high-quality works of fiction that reflect her own taste as a reader by both established writers and emerging voices. She is directly involved in the editorial and publishing process for each book issued under her imprint.

    Pamela Paul
    My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, Henry Holt and Co.

    Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, Inside The New York Times Book Review. Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. She is also the author of four other books By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, and Vogue.

    Dan Pink
    When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Riverhead Books

    Daniel H. Pink is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Drive, To Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 35 languages. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

    Amy Webb
    The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, Public Affairs

    Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base. She is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how to predict and manage technological change. It was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016 and was a Washington Post bestseller. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages.

    Featured Presenters

    Elizabeth Acevedo
    The Poet X, HarperTeen

    Elizabeth Acevedo is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in performing arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. With more than fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC. Find her online at

    Charles Frazier
    Varina, Ecco

    Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.

    Morten Hansen
    Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More, Simon & Schuster

    Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at University of California, Berkeley. He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and Great at Work. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), professor Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His academic research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Morten Hansen was also a manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised corporate clients worldwide. Born and raised in Norway, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters, and he travels the world to give keynotes and help companies and people become great at work.

    Jesse Mecham
    You Need a Budget, Harper Business

    Jesse Mecham founded YNAB in 2004 to help him and his new wife, Julie, watch their money. Studying for his masters of accountancy at Brigham Young University at the time, he put his numbers wizardry to work to develop a system to track their expenses that became YNAB. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dar Williams
    What I Found in a Thousand Towns, Basic Books

    Dar Williams is a renowned folk musician and composer based in the Hudson Valley who has sold millions of albums and toured across the United States. Williams is also a well-known environmentalist and social justice advocate.

    Appearing Authors

    Heather Abel
    The Optimistic Decade, Algonquin Books

    Heather Abel was raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended Swarthmore College and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor for political newspapers. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New School, where she later taught creative nonfiction writing. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters. The Optimistic Decade is her first novel.

    Tomi Adeyemi
    Children of Blood and Bone, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

    Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Visit her at Follow her @tomi_adeyemi. Children of Blood and Bone is her first book.

    Samira Ahmed
    Love, Hate and Other Filters, Soho Teen

    Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in a small town in Illinois in a house that smelled like fried onions, cardamom, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools. She's lived in Vermont, Chicago, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.

    Melissa Albert
    The Hazel Wood, Flatiron Books

    Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney’s, MTV, and more. She lives with her husband in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, where she reads, swims, and experiments in the kitchen. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert.

    Ethan M. Aldridge
    Estranged, HarperCollins

    Ethan Aldridge is a New York Times best-selling illustrator and author. He was raised in a very small town in Utah, where his parents read him books about dragons and ghosts. He studied art at Snow College, where he learned how to better draw things both real and imaginary. Growing up, Ethan’s favorite things to draw were monsters and whatever dinosaur took his fancy that week. He now does more or less the same thing for a living. Ethan lives in New York and Florida with his husband, Matthew, and some kind of small wolf. Estranged is his full-color fantasy graphic novel debut, which will be coming out in August 2018. You can find him online at

    Masih Alinejad
    The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran, Little, Brown and Company

    Masoumeh (Masih) Alinejad-Ghomi was born in 1976 in Ghomikola, Babol. She is an award-winning Iranian journalist, broadcaster, blogger and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom movement. A 2011 graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Alinejad currently reports and presents a weekly TV segment on VOA, called Tablet, where she mixes hard news and satire. Masih has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Huffington Post, Time magazine and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Luke Allnutt
    We Own the Sky, Park Row Books

    Originally from the U.K., Luke Allnutt has lived and worked in Prague since 1998. He works as an editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and has written for various publications about technology and Eastern European politics. We Own the Sky is his debut novel publishing in April 2018.

    Carol Anderson, PhD.
    One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, Bloomsbury

    Carol Anderson is Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Anderson is the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955. Professor Anderson's most recent work, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, published by Bloomsbury, is a New York Times bestseller. In March 2017, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her new book One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy will be published by Bloomsbury in September, 2018. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Jesse Andrews
    Munmun, Amulet

    Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review. He lives in Brooklyn.

    Nick Arvin
    Mad Boy, Europa Editions

    Nick Arvin’s first novel, Articles of War, was named one of the best books of the year by Esquire, Detroit Free Press, Rocky Mountain News, and The Independent. It won the Rosenthal Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Boyd Award, and was selected for the One Book, One Denver reading program. His second novel, The Reconstructionist, was described as “thrilling and soulful” by David Wroblewski and was selected by Amazon as a Best Book of the Month. Arvin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and numerous other periodicals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He lives in Denver.

    John August
    Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, Roaring Brook Press

    John August is a screenwriter whose credits include Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. He is also the creator of the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling school distributed to more than two thousand classrooms worldwide. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John now lives in Los Angeles with his family. Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first in John's debut series about a twelve-year-old boy who joins a special scout team to learn how to survive in both the wilds of the forest and the magical world that lies within it. You can find him online at

    Mac Barnett
    Hi, Jack!, Viking Children's Books

    Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author whose books for children have sold more than one million copies in the United States and have been translated into over 30 languages. His picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, which also won the E.B White Read-Aloud Award, and Extra Yarn, which won both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson, and The Skunk, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, were named two of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New York Times. Mac's novels include the Brixton Brothers mysteries and The Terrible Two series. He lives in Oakland, California.

    Gillian Best
    The Last Wave, House of Anansi Press

    Gillian Best is a writer, swimmer, and seaside enthusiast. Her debut novel, The Last Wave, is published in North America by House of Anansi Press and in the UK by Freight Books. She won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition and Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize. She was also longlisted for the WriteIdea Short Story Prize. Originally from Waterloo, Canada, Gillian has been living in the UK for the best part of twelve years. Arriving in Falmouth to study for her Masters in Professional Writing, she later went on to receive her PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She currently lives, works, and swims in Bristol, UK.

    Shira Boss
    Up In The Leaves, Sterling Children's Books

    Shira Boss is a writer who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, three blocks from Central Park. Up in the Leaves is her second book. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, including a master’s in Journalism. When her Japanese maple tree needed pruning, several people suggested she call arborist Bob Redman. He said it was the smallest tree he had ever worked on (about four feet high, in a pot). Now they have two sons, two whippets—and many more trees. Connect with them at

    Lauren Bradshaw
    Magnolia's Magnificent Map, Cameron Kids

    Lauren Bradshaw, the designer of a line of artisanal dolls known as Walnut Animal Society, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Walnut Animal Society book series is inspired by Lauren’s hand-sewn stuffed animals, a group of friends whose mission is to create and to always remain curious. In the books, the woodland characters come to life, encouraging children to thoughtfully consider their world, seek answers, and create empathy through understanding. Magnolia's Magnificent Map is the second book in the Walnut Animal Society series, following Henry's Bright Idea, which was published in August 2016. Henry's Bright Idea follows Henry the Fox and Eleanor the Bear on a journey as they search for Henry's lost idea. Magnolia's Magnificent Map follows Magnolia the Bunny as she explores the walnut grove with her friends, Margaux the Kitty and Chester the Raccoon, looking for that elusive, special place that will complete her map.

    Jamel Brinkley
    A Lucky Man: Stories, A Public Space Book

    Jamel Brinkley was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has received fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He lives in Los Angeles.

    Tami Charles
    Like Vanessa, Charlesbridge

    Tami Charles is a former elementary school teacher who now writes full-time and resides in Central New Jersey. Like Vanessa is her debut novel and Tami is excited that it has been chosen for Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2018. A life-long fan of Vanessa Williams, Tami was inspired by Ms. Williams’s fortitude and perseverance in the face of racism and struggle. Tami’s character was born of this inspiration and, like Tami herself, is a young girl from Newark who realizes she can be confident, beautiful, and own it! Besides writing, Tami is a wannabe chef, and has even appeared on Good Morning America doing a cooking demo with host Michael Strahan.

    YZ Chin
    Though I Get Home, Feminist Press

    YZ Chin was born and raised in Taiping, Malaysia. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received a master's degree from New York University. Her debut book of fiction, Though I Get Home, is the winner of the inaugural Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Other publications include a poetry chapbook Deter (dancing girl press 2013), as well as pieces in literary journals like Black Static and Paper Darts. Her writing has been honored by the Center for the Book Arts, Glimmer Train, the Solstice 2016 Fiction Prize (judged by Celeste Ng), and the Northwestern Magazine 2010 Short Fiction Contest. She now lives in New York, working as a software engineer by day and a writer by night.

    Mary H.K. Choi
    Emergency Contact, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Mary H.K. Choi is a culture correspondent at VICE News. Prior to joining VICE, Choi was a writer for Wired, GQ, and The New York Times, where she covered tech, fashion, and pop culture. She has written comic books for Marvel and DC, and is the host of Hey, Cool Job!—a podcast about jobs. Cool ones. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @ChoitotheWorld.

    Roshani Chokshi
    Aru Shah and the End of Time, Rick Riordan Presents

    Roshani Chokshi ( is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her middle grade debut, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in Georgia and says "y'all," but she doesn't really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

    Nancy Churnin
    Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, Creston Books

    Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News by day, children's book writer by night. Her first book, The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game, made the Texas 2x2 reading list, the Texas Topaz Nonfiction list, the New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, the Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, and the Illinois Monarch Award Master List. Her second book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, came out with Creston Books in fall 2017. With Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, she unites her passion for musical theatre with her love of children's book, an unbeatable combination.

    Cassandra Clare
    City of Bones: 10th Anniversary Edition, Margaret K. McElderry

    Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

    Dhonielle Clayton
    The Belles, Freeform Books

    Dhonielle Clayton is the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary—a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers—and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. You can also find her online at or follow her @brownbookworm.

    M. Amos Clifford
    Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature, Conari Press

    Amos Clifford is founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, which provides training worldwide in methods of connecting people with nature for their well-being and the well-being of the environment. He is trained as a wilderness rites of passage guide through School of Lost Borders. He has also trained in the Way of Council with School of Lost Borders, The Ojai Foundation, and with guidance of his mentor Gigi Coyle, who is co-author of The Way of Council. Amos has extensive experience as a facilitator in high conflict situations. He holds an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco and has over 40 years of experience in educational settings as diverse as wilderness programs for at-risk youth, residential treatment for recovering addicts, K-12 schools, and community colleges and universities.

    Leslie Connor
    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, Katherine Tegen Books

    Leslie Connor is the author of the upcoming The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, and several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist, Crunch, a Kirkus Best Books, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, a New York Times Notable Book, and the young adult novels Dead on Town Line and The Things You Kiss Goodbye. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can learn more about her online at

    Dawn Davies
    Mothers of Sparta, Flatiron Books

    Dawn Davies has a BA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA from Florida International University. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Special Mention, and her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Best American Essays 2015. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she does everything from work construction to teach college writing. Mothers of Sparta is her debut.

    Emmanuelle de Villepin
    The Devil's Reward, Other Press

    Emmanuelle de Villepin was born in France in 1959. As a child she moved to Geneva, where she later attended law school, and then to New York. She has lived in Milan with her husband and three daughters since 1988. De Villepin is the author of several novels, including La vita che scorre (2013), which received the Rapallo Carige Prize; La ragazza che non voleva morire (2008), which received the Fenice-Europa Prize; and Tempo di fuga (2006). Her most recent novel, The Devil's Reward, was short-listed for the Stresa Prize.

    Alexa Donne
    Brightly Burning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

    Alexa Donne works in international television marketing in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Magazine Journalism from Boston University, and previously worked at EF Foundation for Foreign Study, where she managed a bustling Southern region, finding homes for high school foreign exchange students. An avid pop culture fan, Alexa spent many years in Harry Potter fandom, including several positions on staff with convention group HPEF (HP Education Fanon). She coordinated a YA Lit track for HP con Ascendio in 2012, and has been on the YA Lit staff for DragonCon since 2012. Her latest project is Leviosa, a Harry Potter and YA Literature convention. Because she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Alexa is also a mod for /r/YAwriters, co-host of the podcast Upvote YA, co-creator of Author Mentor Match, a mentor with WriteGirl, and a Senior Advisor with College Essay Advisors.

    Akwaeke Emezi
    Freshwater, Grove Press

    Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, she received her MPA from New York University. She was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Her work has been selected and edited by Chimamanda Adichie, and published in various literary magazines, including Granta. Freshwater is her debut.

    Ashley English
    Southern from Scratch, Roost Books

    Ashley English is a lifelong cook, baker, and gardener with a wide breadth of knowledge on issues of sustainability and foodways. She has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She maintains a blog at and a bi-monthly column at Design*Sponge (200K regular readers). Her Homemade Living series (Lark) launched in Spring 2010 includes four books total. She has regular columns in the new magazines Where Women Cook and Taproot. Ashley and her husband currently reside in Candler, NC, with their young son, baby, and a menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, and bees, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead.

    Jenna Evans Welch
    Love & Luck, Simon Pulse

    Jenna Evans Welch spent her high school years in Florence, Italy, where she drove a scooter, danced in fountains, and ate entirely too much gelato. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and young son. Read her blog, The Green Lemon, at

    Aminatta Forna
    Happiness, Atlantic Monthly Press

    Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water. Forna's books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and Vogue. She is currently the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University.

    Mario Giordano
    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Mario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich. He is the author of 1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names; he has also written thrillers, books for children, and screenplays. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first novel translated into English. He lives in Cologne, Germany. Learn more about Sicily from Auntie Poldi on Instagram at @AuntiePoldi.

    Adele Griffin
    Tell Me No Lies, Algonquin Young Readers

    Adele Griffin is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone and Be True to Me. She is a two-time National Book Award Finalist for her novels Songs of Liberty and Where I Want to Be. She sits on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony and has worked for many years with 826 National, a nonprofit tutoring outreach program, where she is now on the Advisory Board. Adele lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, New York.

    Terry Griggs
    The Iconoclast's Journal, Biblioasis

    Terry Griggs is the author of Quickening, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, The Lusty Man, Rogues’ Wedding (shortlisted for the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize), and Thought You Were Dead. Her popular children’s novels include the Cat’s Eye Corner series, and, most recently, Nieve (Biblioasis). In 2003, Terry Griggs was awarded the Marian Engel Award in recognition of a distinguished body of work, and in 2010 honored with the installation of a Project Bookmark Canada plaque in Owen Sound. Her most recent book is the short story collection The Discovery of Honey. The Globe and Mail once described her writing as "like Robertson Davies on speed." She lives in Stratford, Ontario.

    Minrose Gwin
    Promise, William Morrow

    Like the characters in her latest novel, Promise, Minrose Gwin grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She began her writing career as a newspaper and wire service reporter in cities throughout the southeast. Her civil rights-era novel, The Queen of Palmyra, was an “Indie Notable Selection” and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her memoir, Wishing for Snow, tells the story of her mother’s descent into mental illness. Wearing another hat, Minrose is also the author of cultural and literary studies books that focus on racial injustice. In Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement, she writes of the reverberating impact of the Civil Rights leader’s martyrdom. She is also a coeditor of The Literature of the American South and has taught as a professor at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Charles Harmon
    On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius, Imagine Publishing

    Charlie Harmon is a music editor and arranger. He was the music editor for the estate of Leonard Bernstein, editing the first publications of full scores of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Wonderful Town, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Mass. For four years, Charlie saw Bernstein every day, serving as his social director, gatekeeper, valet, music copyist, and orchestra librarian. He packed Bernstein’s thirty pieces of luggage; got the Maestro to his concerts; kept him occupied changing planes in Zurich, Frankfurt, Tokyo, or Madrid; and learned how to make small talk with mayors, ambassadors, a chancellor, a queen, and a few Hollywood legends. He has also served as the orchestra librarian for the New York Philharmonic, The Vienna Philharmonic, The London Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Steven Hartov
    The Soul of a Thief, Hanover Square Press

    Steven Hartov is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller In the Company of Heroes, as well as The Night Stalkers and Afghanistan on the Bounce. For six years he served as Editor-in-Chief of Special Operations Report. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, Sirius XM radio and the History Channel's Secret Armies. A former Merchant Marine sailor, Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper and special operator, he is currently a Task Force Commander in the New York Guard. He lives in New Jersey. The Soul of a Thief will be published April 2018.

    Mary Winn Heider
    The Mortification of Fovea Munson, Disney-Hyperion

    A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Mary Winn Heider lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. Through the company, she teaches creative writing to 3rd–5th graders. She also briefly worked in a cadaver lab. Yep, there were heads. You can visit her online at

    Mick Herron
    London Rules, Soho Crime

    Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series (Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, and the novella The List) and four Oxford mysteries (Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, and Smoke and Whispers), as well as the standalone novels Reconstruction, Nobody Walks, and This Is What Happened. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel and Ellery Queen Readers Award and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, CWA Steel Dagger and Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time.

    Sheila Heti
    Motherhood, Henry Holt

    Sheila Heti is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker. She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, and is the former Interviews Editor for The Believer magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Harper's, and n+1.

    Will Hillenbrand
    First Star: A Bear and Mole Story, Holiday House

    Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, including his popular Bear and Mole series. He lives in Cincinnati, OH.

    Paddy Hirsch
    The Devil's Half Mile, Forge Books

    Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace. He came to journalism after serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. The author of the nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets, The Devil's Half Mile is his fiction debut.

    Silas House
    Southernmost, Algonquin Books

    Silas House is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors. He lives in Kentucky, where he is the NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College.

    Paul Howarth
    Only Killers and Thieves, Harper

    Paul Howarth was born and grew up in Great Britain before moving to Melbourne in his late twenties. He lived in Australia for more than six years, gained dual citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich, United Kingdom, with his family. In 2015, he received a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing program, the most prestigious course of its kind in the UK, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.

    K.J. Howe
    Skyjack, Quercus

    K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers. A three-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner, she completed her MA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is an avid traveler who has raced camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, and dove with the great whites in South Africa. She became fascinated by the kidnap and ransom (K&R) world after meeting Peter Moore, a British computer consultant who became the longest-held hostage in Iraq and the only person to survive of the five men who were taken that day. She is the author of The Freedom Broker.

    Maria Hummel
    Still Lives, Counterpoint Press

    Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland (Counterpoint, 2014) and Wilderness Run (St. Martin's, 2003). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. A Stegner Fellow, she taught at Stanford for nine years. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons, and teaches at the University of Vermont.

    Tiffany D. Jackson
    Monday's Not Coming, Katherine Tegen Books

    Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of Allegedly and the forthcoming Monday’s Not Coming (June 2018). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, and awkward black girl 24/7, she received her BA in Film from Howard University and her MA in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at

    Kathryn Kemp-Griffin
    Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie, Ambrosia

    Kathryn Kemp-Griffin is a journalist and entrepreneur. She has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990. She started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, which specialized in accessories and beauty products, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours — the ultimate luxury rendez-vous for helping women fulfill their lingerie dreams. In 2009, she founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. Born in Canada, she lives in an old millhouse outside of Paris with her husband, five children, and assorted pets. Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie is her first book.

    Ethan J. Kytle
    Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, The New Press

    Ethan J. Kytle is a professor and chair of the department of history at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught for the past ten years. He is a nineteenth-century American historian who completed his BA at Haverford College and his MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships, including a postdoctoral fellowship from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the New England American Studies Association’s Mary Kelley Prize, Ethan has written essays and op-eds for the Journal of Southern History, American Nineteenth Century History, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2014, he published his first book, Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era, with Cambridge University Press.

    Alice LaPlante
    Half Moon Bay, Scribner

    Alice LaPlante is an award-winning journalist whose bestselling books include A Circle of Wives, Method and Madness: The Making of a Story, and Turn of Mind, which was an Indie Next List Pick and a New York Times bestseller. Scribner will publisher her new novel, Half Moon Bay, in July 2018. She taught creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. She lives in Majorca, Spain.

    Claire Legrand
    Furyborn, Sourcebooks Fire

    Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a librarian and the author of several novels for children and teens, including the Edgar-Award nominated Some Kind of Happiness, as well as The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, Winterspell, and Foxheart. A Texas native, Claire currently lives in New Jersey with her partner, her dog, and two cats. Follow her on Twitter @clairelegrand. Furyborn, the first book in the new Empirium Trilogy, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in May, 2018.

    Marjorie Liu
    Monstress V.3, Image Comics

    Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of over nineteen novels. She is the co-creator of the Eisner-nominated series Monstress published by Image Comics. Her comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She currently teaches a course on comic book writing at MIT.

    Robin Lloyd
    Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana, Lyons Press

    Robin Lloyd's early years were spent on the island of St. Croix, where his parents owned a dairy farm and milk plant. As a boy, he grew up sailing in the Caribbean. Lloyd was a foreign correspondent for NBC News for many years, where he reported mostly from Latin America and Africa. He also covered the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Lloyd has created and produced news programs with foreign networks as well as documentaries and segments for domestic stations, including Maryland Public Television. Among his prestigious awards are four Emmys from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region and an Overseas Press Award. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    Carolyn Mackler
    The Universe is Expanding and So Am I, Bloomsbury

    Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (a Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, as well as The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, and the middle grade novel Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

    Tom Malmquist
    In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, Melville House

    Tom Malmquist is a poet and sportswriter. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is his first novel. He lives in Sweden.

    Christine Mangan
    Tangerine, Ecco

    Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel.

    Iris Martin Cohen
    The Little Clan, Park Row Books

    Iris Martin Cohen has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she received a Mariposa fellowship, and has studied Creative Nonfiction at the Writers Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, Bookforum, the New York Sun, the Austin Chronicle, and Habitus. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, volunteered at 826 Brooklyn, and ran a successful literary salon and event space in the National Arts Club for four years. Born and raised in New Orleans, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family. The Little Clan is her debut novel.

    Juana Martinez-Neal
    Alma and How She Got Her Name, Candlewick Press

    Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then moved to the United States. Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of her husband and three children, in Arizona.

    Stephen McCauley
    My Ex-Life, Flatiron Books

    Stephen McCauley is the author of six previous novels, including The Object of My Affection, True Enough, and Alternatives to Sex. Many have been national bestsellers, and three have been made into feature films. The New York Times Book Review dubbed McCauley "the secret love child of Edith Wharton and Woody Allen," and he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. His fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's, Vogue, and many other publications. He currently serves as Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University. In his spare time, he practices yoga, the ukulele, and ironic detachment.

    Jenny Milchman
    Wicked River, Sourcebooks Landmark

    Jenny Milchman is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author, currently serving as the chair of the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Authors Program. She won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her first novel, Cover of Snow. She is also the author of Ruin Falls and As Night Falls, which were both Indie Next Picks. For each of her books, she traveled with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.” Jenny is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated annually by over 800 bookstores in all fifty states and on five continents. Her new novel, Wicked River, will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in May, 2018. She lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

    Derek B. Miller
    American By Day, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Derek B. Miller has worked on international peace and security for think tanks, diplomatic missions, and the United Nations. His first novel, Norwegian by Night, was an Indies Choice Honor Book, an Economist best book of 2013, and a winner of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Dagger Award. His second novel, The Girl in Green, published in 2017, was long-listed for the Gold Dagger. Born and raised in Boston, Miller has lived abroad for more than fifteen years, in Norway, Switzerland, Britain, Israel, and Hungary. He now lives in Oslo, Norway. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @derekbmiller.

    Debbie Clarke Moderow
    Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, Boreal Books

    Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. Her memoir, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, won the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature and the 2017 WILLA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in Creative Writing.

    Kim Moritsugu
    The Showrunner, Dundurn Press

    Kim Moritsugu’s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.

    Donald Morrill
    Beaut, Blair

    Donald Morrill is the author of the nonfiction volumes Impetuous Sleeper, The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Nonfiction Prize), Sounding for Cool, and A Stranger's Neighborhood, as well as three collections of poetry (among them Awaiting Your Impossibilities, a 2015 Florida Book Award recipient). He has been the Bedell Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and writer-in-residence at the Poetry Center at Smith. Currently he teaches in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Tampa. Beaut, winner of the Lee Smith Novel Prize, is his debut novel.

    Bethany C. Morrow
    MEM, Unnamed Press

    A California native, Bethany C. Morrow spent six years living in Montreal, Quebec. Her speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on, and investigate worlds not unlike our own. MEM is her debut novel. She currently resides in upstate New York

    Hieu Minh Nguyen
    Not Here, Coffee House Press

    Hieu Minh Nguyen was born in 1991, a child of Vietnamese immigrants, and his debut collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar, was a finalist for both the MN Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards. Nguyen has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, the Vermont Studio Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft LiteraryCenter. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Offing, BuzzFeed, The Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Terrance Hayes says of Nguyen’s latest, Not Here, “these brilliant poems illuminate those spaces between sincerity and mischief, vulnerability and audacity.” He lives in Minneapolis.

    Liz Nugent
    Lying in Wait, Scout Press

    Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults. Her first novel with Scout Press, Unraveling Oliver, was a 2017 BEA Editors Buzz Pick and an Indie Next List Pick. It will be out in paperback in February 2018. Scout Press will publish her new novel, Lying in Wait, in June 2018. She lives in Dublin.

    Chris Offutt
    Country Dark, Grove Press

    Chris Offutt is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations.

    Chibundu Onuzo
    Welcome to Lagos, Catapult

    Chibundu Onuzo was born in 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied History at King's College London and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the same institution. Her short stories have been commissioned by BBC Radio and she writes for the Guardian, with a special interest in Nigeria.

    Emily X.R. Pan
    The Astonishing Color of After, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Emily X.R. Pan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. The Astonishing Color of After is her first novel. Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

    Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Ghost Boys, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.

    Allison Pearson
    How Hard Can It Be?, St. Martin's Press

    Allison Pearson is the author of the hugely bestselling I Don't Know How She Does It, which was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a national bestseller. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Observer. Pearson's many awards include Columnist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year. She lives in Cambridge, England, with The New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane, and their two children.

    Farrah Penn
    Twelve Steps to Normal, Jimmy Patterson Books

    Farrah Penn was born and raised in a Texas suburb that is far from the big city but close enough to Whataburger. She now resides in Los Angeles with her gremlin dog and succulents. Formerly a writer at Bustle, she is now a staff writer at BuzzFeed. When she is not creating content for the internet or writing books, she can be found searching for the best queso in Los Angeles and sending texts that contain too many emojis. Her debut young adult contemporary novel, Twelve Steps to Normal, releases March 13, 2018, from JIMMY Patterson Books.

    Marisha Pessl
    Neverworld Wake, Delacorte Press

    Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her bestselling debut, which was awarded the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City. Visit Marisha online at and on Facebook, and follow @marishapessl on Twitter and Instagram.

    Greg Pizzoli
    Hi, Jack!, Viking Children's Books

    Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator and screen printer from Philadelphia. His first picture book, The Watermelon Seed, was published by Disney-Hyperion Books and was the 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Greg's work has been featured in The New York Times, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. After college, Greg spent two years as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCORPS from 2005-2006. In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches. Greg lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two unruly cats.

    Franchesca Ramsey
    Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist, Grand Central Publishing

    Franchesca Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, sought-after speaker, and the host of the award-winning web series Decoded on MTV. With videos topping 12 million views, she has been featured on NPR, Anderson Cooper, CNN, MTV, the BBC, and in the New York Times. A former writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she now has a major late-night television show in development with Comedy Central. She lives in New York City and this is her first book.

    Kiley Roache
    Frat Girl, Harlequin TEEN

    Kiley Roache is a budding journalist. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The Mash, and other outlets. She's currently an undergrad at Stanford University. Frat Girl is her first novel, which is set for publication in March 2018.

    Blain Roberts
    Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, The New Press

    Blain Roberts is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno. Blain is a twentieth-century American historian who completed her BA in history and American studies at Princeton University and her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A recipient of the 2007 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for the best article in southern women’s history, she published her first book, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, with the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. The book was a 2014 Publishers Weekly Notable African American title, the winner of the 2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book in southern history written by a woman, and a finalist for the 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians best first book prize. Blain has written op-eds for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Keith Rosson
    Smoke City, Meerkat Press

    Keith Rosson lives in Portland, Oregon and is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City. His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, December, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. A fierce advocate of public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at

    Linda Ruffenach
    How to Be a Bourbon Badass, Red Lightning Books

    Linda Ruffenach is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whisky Chicks. She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America’s native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together. However, she knows that for many taking the leap from wine to whisky can be incredibly intimidating. Her objective? Make it easy to take the first step on your own unique bourbon journey. Ruffenach takes pride in creating experiences that make learning about Kentucky bourbon approachable, fun, and informative. Her sense of community and commitment to paying it forward drive her to empower others to bring out their inner badass.

    Elizabeth Rush
    Rising: The Unsettling of the American Shore, Milkweed Editions

    Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: The Unsettling of the American Shore, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2018, and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Washington Post, Harpers, Guernica, Granta, Orion, and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant; the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship; and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.

    Arshia Sattar
    Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, Yonder

    Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published as Penguin Classics. She has also written books for children, including The Adventures of Hanuman and Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, out from Restless Books in March 2018.

    Suzannah Showler
    Most Dramatic Ever: The Bachelor, ECW Press

    Suzannah Showler is the author of the poetry collections Thing is (McClelland & Stewart 2017) and Failure to Thrive (ECW Press 2014). Of her poetry, Publishers Weekly wrote: “The poems are distinguished by their cultural awareness . . . without losing sight of the human ethos that defines modern living.” Her award-nominated essays and cultural criticism have appeared in places like Slate, Buzzfeed, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. A 2017–2018 Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University, she is currently pursuing research and writing projects in Regina, Saskatchewan. Most Dramatic Ever is her first book of nonfiction. Find her on Twitter @ZanShow.

    Neal Shusterman
    Thunderhead, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and

    Rachel Lynn Solomon
    You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, Simon Pulse

    Rachel Lynn Solomon lives in Seattle and loves tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. A former journalist, she has worked for NPR, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and currently works in education. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is her debut novel. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @RLynn_Solomon.

    Charles Soule
    The Oracle Year, Harper Perennial

    Charles Soule is a New York Times-bestselling, Brooklyn-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known for writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine (one of the inspirations for the 2017 film Logan) and various Star Wars comics from Marvel Comics, as well as his creator-owned series Curse Words from Image Comics and the award-winning political sci-fi epic Letter 44 from Oni Press.

    Stephen Robert Stein
    The Oath, A Vireo Book

    Stephen Robert Stein is a retired orthopedic surgeon living in rural Indiana with his wife, Becky, and they have two children, Matthew and Alyssa. Leaving his thirty year practice in Phoenix, he moved out to Batesville, Indiana, where he concentrated on writing and enjoying the Midwestern lifestyle. They have traveled extensively throughout Europe laying a solid historical foundation for The Oath while delving deeper into the reasons behind the Holocaust. His passions include scuba diving, flying, and exploring new environments. He presently serves as the president of the Batesville school board and is active as a director of the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.

    Sarah Stonich
    The Laurentian Divide, University of Minnesota Press

    Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) which was translated into eight languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle, the critically acclaimed novels The Ice Chorus and Vacationland (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and a memoir, Shelter (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). She is also the author of the novel Fishing with Rayanne under the nom de plume Ava Finch. She has been awarded a number of grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. The founder of, she lives in Minneapolis in a repurposed flour mill and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota.

    Nadine Strossen
    HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, Oxford University Press

    Nadine Strossen, a constitutional law professor at New York Law School, is also a past president of the American Civil Liberties Union, having served in that position from 1991 through 2008. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties issues.

    Angelo Surmelis
    The Dangerous Art of Blending In, Balzer + Bray

    Angelo Surmelis was raised in Greece until he immigrated to Illinois at the age of five. He currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning designer, Surmelis has been featured on over 50 television shows, including The Today Show, Extra, as well as in magazines such as InStyle, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. He has worked as a host on networks like HGTV and TLC. He can be found online at

    Rupert Thomson
    Never Anyone But You, Other Press

    Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including Katherine Carlyle and Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in London.

    Lynne Tillman
    Men and Apparitions, Soft Skull Press

    Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted Houses, Motion Sickness, Cast in Doubt, No Lease on Life, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and American Genius, A Comedy. Her nonfiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore, and Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeanette Watson and Books & Co. Her most recent short story collections are Someday This Will Be Funny, The Complete Madame Realism, and What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts' Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

    Fred Van Lente
    The Con Artist, Quirk Books

    Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, Ten Dead Comedians, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years. Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and several entries the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series. He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

    Brendan Wenzel
    Hello Hello, Chronicle Books

    Brendan Wenzel is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator based in upstate New York. He has a great affection for all things furred, feathered and scaly. His work has appeared internationally in magazines, animations and in several books. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia. Brendan is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York. His debut picture book, They All Saw a Cat, was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor and an independent bookstore darling. You can find more of his work at

    Tina Whittle
    Necessary Ends, Poisoned Pen Press

    Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph series—featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey—has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things in 2011; the sixth book—Necessary Ends—is scheduled for release in April 2017. A two-time nominee for Georgia Author of the Year, Tina enjoys boxing, sushi, and reading tarot cards. She is a proud member of Sisters in Crime and serves as both a chapter officer and national board member. Visit her website to follow her on social media, sign up for her newsletter, or read additional scenes and short stories:

    Beatriz Williams
    The Summer Wives, William Morrow

    Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of eight novels. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and Columbia Business School, then spent several years in New York and London working as a consultant and hiding her early attempts at novel-writing. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore. The Summer Wives will be published in July, 2018 from William Morrow.

    Spencer Wise
    The Emperor of Shoes, Hanover Square Press

    Born in Boston, Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. Wise teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.The Emperor of Shoes is his debut novel, which will be published June 2018.

    Michael Zadoorian
    Beautiful Music, Akashic Books

    Michael Zadoorian is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker—now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, to be released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2018. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. He lives with his wife in the Detroit area.