Wi16 Speakers and Authors

Brené Brown
Dare to Lead, Random House

Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead. Brené hosts the Unlocking Us podcast and the Dare to Lead podcast. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019.

Appearing: Thursday Keynote - What Next?!

Lauren Groff
Matrix, Riverhead Books

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, as well as the short story collections Florida, winner of the 2019 Story Prize, and Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.

Appearing: Friday Keynote - Novelist as Citizen

Brian David Johnson
The Future You, HarperOne

Brian David Johnson has made the future his business. From 2009 to 2016, Johnson was Intel Corporation’s first-ever futurist. Currently, he is a professor at Arizona State University’s Global Futures Laboratory and School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He also works in a private practice with a broad range of groups, including governments, militaries, corporations, academics, nonprofits, and startups to help them envision their future. Check out his TEDx Talk and follow him on Twitter @BDJFuturist.

Appearing: Saturday Keynote - How to Think Like a Futurist

Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Committed, Grove Press

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction books Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance, and editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. He teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Appearing: Friday Keynote - Novelist as Citizen

Colson Whitehead
Harlem Shuffle, Doubleday

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 10 works of fiction and nonfiction as well as a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Appearing: Friday Keynote - Novelist as Citizen

Casey McQuiston
One Last Stop, St. Martin's Griffin

Casey McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue, as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

Appearing: All You Need Is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Phil Stamper
As Far As You'll Take Me, Bloomsbury Children's Books

Phil Stamper is the author of The Gravity of Us. He grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in music and an M.A. in publishing with creative writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog. Find him online philstamper.com and @stampepk.

Appearing: All You Need Is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel; Saturday Author Social

Dahlia Adler
Cool for the Summer, Wednesday Books

Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQ Reads by night, and a young adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection) and That Way Madness Lies, and the author of many novels, including Cool for the Summer. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books.

Appearing: All You Need is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Katy Alexander
Global Director of Marketing & Communications, Digital Science

Katy Alexander is the Global Director of Marketing for Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities at key points along the full cycle of research. Prior to joining Digital Science, she held marketing and strategy positions with leading scientific publishers, including Nature and the BMJ, and has acted as a consultant to technology and publishing start-ups. As an individual with dyslexia, Alexander is excited to be bringing a wide range of diverse role models to children and adults around the world through by founding The Remarkablz, an edugames company that aims to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM by turning real-life scientists and engineers into superheroes. 

Appearing:  Neurodiversity at Work

Amber Cabral
Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture, Wiley Press

Amber Cabral is an Inclusion and Diversity Consultant and CEO at Cabral Co. Formerly a Diversity Strategist at Walmart Stores, Inc., Amber founded Cabral Co. to guide organizations of various size and scope seeking to create and execute strategies that achieve sustainable, inclusive behavior shifts in the workplace. Cabral has a master's in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Wayne State University in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She serves on the boards for multiple non-profit organizations, such as Brown Girls Do, Inc™, that are committed to promoting diverse representation in the arts, in workplaces, and in communities as well as empowering women and girls globally.

Appearing: Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice

Alyssa Cole
How to Find a Princess, Avon

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance and thrillers. Her contemporary rom-com A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018, and her books have received critical acclaim from Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her many pets.

Appearing: All You Need Is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Jory Fleming
How to Be Human: An Autistic Man's Guide to Life, Simon & Schuster

Jory Fleming recently completed an MPhil in environmental change and management at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to this, he completed a bachelor of science in geography and marine science at the University of South Carolina. Alongside his service dog, Daisy, Fleming is invested in children’s education and raising awareness about disabilities. He loves the ocean and hopes to keep the planet beautiful and alive for the next generation. Fleming lives with several disabilities, including autism, and enjoys speaking with others about his way of seeing the world. In his spare time, Fleming is an avid bird watcher, board game enthusiast, and Scottish country dancer.

Appearing: Neurodiversity at Work

Ross Gay
The Book of Delights, Algonquin Books

Ross Gay is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Book of Delights, a genre-defying book of essays, and four books of poetry, including his most recent, Be Holding. Gay is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin'. A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project, Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Appearing: Poetry Interludes

Amanda Gorman
Change Sings, Viking Young Readers

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history (reciting at President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021), as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House, including Change Sings.

Appearing: Poetry Interludes

torrin a. greathouse
Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, Milkweed Editions

torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk and MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. They are the author of Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, which was selected as the winner of the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. They are also the author of boy/girl/ghost (TAR Chapbook Series, 2018) and assistant editor of The Shallow Ends. In 2020, they received fellowships from Zoeglossia and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Their work is published in POETRY, Ploughshares, and The Kenyon Review

Appearing: Poetry Interludes

John Kelly
Senior HR Consultant, Pinnacle HR, LLC

John Kelly has more than 25 years of forward-thinking leadership experience in higher education, healthcare, and not-for-profit and small business. His work has focused on the hiring processes, onboarding, legal compliance, and managing employee relations. He spent the early part of his career working as a director of multicultural affairs and as a director of a Black cultural center. He also spent several years working in operations and facility management. Kelly has both his bachelor’s in sociology and master’s in social science from Binghamton University, and a human resources certificate from Cornell Industrial Labor Relations Institute.

Appearing: New Labor Laws and Best Practices in the Time of COVID

David Levithan
VP, Editorial Director, Scholastic Press, Scholastic

David Levithan is the author of such queer YA novels as Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, 19 Love Songs, You Know Me Well (with Nina LaCour), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). His latest book is the middle-grade novel The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told to His Brother). He is also a publisher and editorial director at Scholastic.

Appearing:  All You Need Is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Chris Martin
Things to Do in Hell, Coffee House Press

Chris Martin is the author of four books of poetry and the recipient of grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He is the co-founder and executive director of Unrestricted Interest, an organization dedicated to helping neurodivergent learners transform their lives through writing. He lives in Minneapolis, where he professes at Hamline University and Carleton College.

Appearing: Poetry Interludes

Rose Miller
President, Pinnacle HR, LLC

Rose is the owner of Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC located in Albany, NY. A human resources professional for over 20 years, her expertise is human resources consulting. Her company offers HR solutions and valued-added services to clients with a local, state-wide, national and global presence including HR audits, employee handbook preparation, on-site and off-site HR support services, training, employee performance programs, and talent acquisition. Clients count on Pinnacle HR for professional guidance on employee conflicts, performance management and HR best practices.

Appearing: New Labor Laws and Best Practices in the Time of COVID

President Barack Obama
A Promised Land, Crown

President Barack Obama, an avid supporter of independent bookstores and bestselling author of the recent memoir A Promised Land (Crown), will open the 2021 Winter Institute with a personal video message to independent booksellers.

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker
Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations, Beacon Press

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker is a clinical psychologist and Harvard Medical School professor who is committed to achieving multicultural excellence in organizations. As Founding Director of McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program, she has consulted to numerous institutions on diversity and inclusion. She is also the co-founder of Twin Stars Diversity Trainers, a consultation company offering diversity and identity related trainings to organizations. Dr. Pinder-Amaker currently serves as the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School's Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Appearing: Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice

Paul Rudnick
Playing the Palace, Berkley

Paul Rudnick is a novelist, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter who the New York Times has called "one of our preeminent humorists." His plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world, and include I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, and The New Century. His novels include Social Disease and I'll Take It, both from Knopf. He's a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and his articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

Appearing: All You Need is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Warsan Shire
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems, Random House

Warsan Shire is a Somali British writer and poet. She was awarded the inaugural African Poetry Prize; served as the first Young Poet Laureate of London; is the author of two chapbooks, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and Her Blue Body; is the youngest ever member of the Royal Society of Literature; and is included in the Penguin Modern Poets series alongside Sharon Olds and Malika Booker. She provided the poetry for the Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade and Black Is King in collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and wrote the short film Brave Girl Rising, narrated by Tessa Thompson and David Oyelowo.

Appearing: Poetry Interludes

Aiden Thomas
Lost in the Never Woods, Swoon Reads

Aiden Thomas, author of the New York Times bestselling Cemetery Boys and Lost in the Never Woods, received their MFA in creative writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, California, Aiden currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where they get most of their inspiration from the lush wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Aiden is notorious among their friends for always being surprised by twist endings to books/movies and organizing their bookshelves by color. When not writing, Aiden enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog, Ronan. Their cat, Figaro, prefers to support their indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee.  

Appearing: All You Need is Love: LGBTQ+ Romance Panel

Ed Thompson
CEO, Uptimize

Ed Thompson is the CEO and founder of Uptimize, a unique corporate training platform that helps organizations attract, hire, and retain talent that thinks differently. Uptimize works globally with organizations like Salesforce, JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, and IBM, building robust and impactful neurodiversity at work programs. Thompson has also become a frequent speaker on the topic of neurodiversity in the workplace.

Appearing: Neurodiversity at Work

Dr. Lauren Wadsworth
Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations, Beacon Press

Dr. Lauren Wadsworth is a clinical psychologist passionate about furthering diversity and inclusion efforts. She is the founder and director of the Genesee Valley Institute of Psychology (GVIP), a clinic providing individual and group therapy to the Rochester, New York, area. She is also the co-founder of Twin Stars Diversity Trainers, a consultation company offering diversity and identity-related trainings to organizations. Wadsworth is a Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital affiliate, working as an education and training consultant for the College Mental Health Program.

Appearing: Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Ace of Spades, Feiwel & Friends

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about Black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker and a collector of strange mugs. Àbíké-Íyímídé currently studies English literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands. Visit her at faridahabikeiyimide.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Nawaaz Ahmed
Radiant Fugitives, Counterpoint Press

Nawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before becoming a novelist, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and is the winner of several Hopwood Awards. He has completed residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, VCCA, and Bread Loaf. He’s also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. His fiction has appeared in the Sonora Review and been performed at the Sterling Music Room. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

S.K. Ali
Misfit in Love, Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

S.K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, Ali writes beautiful and nuanced YA stories about young women exploring their identities through friendship, family, and faith.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Christian Allaire
The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures, Annick Press

Christian Allaire is an Ojibwe writer who grew up on the Nipissing First Nation reserve in Ontario, Canada. His writing has appeared in Elle, Flare, and Vogue, among other outlets. He is based in New York City and is the Fashion and Style Writer at Vogue.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Richard Alther
Bedside Matters, Rare Bird

Richard Alther was born and raised in suburban New Jersey. He graduated as an English major from Cornell University and pursued twin careers as a writer and painter. He is the author of five novels: The Decade of Blind Dates (2008), Siegfried Follies (2010), The Scar Letters (2013), Roxie & Fred (2017), and Bedside Matters, to be released by Rare Bird Books in March 2021. He divides his time between homes in Palm Springs, California, and the Lake Champlain area of Vermont, where his grandchildren reside. Follow Alther’s blogs on Medium: richardalther.medium.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Carol Anderson
The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, Bloomsbury

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of One Person, No Vote, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award; White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Bourgeois Radicals; and Eyes off the Prize. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

David Arnold
The Electric Kingdom, Viking Books for Young Readers

David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (creative) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which has been optioned for film by Paramount. His upcoming post-apocalyptic novel, The Electric Kingdom, will be out in 2021. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Instagram @iamdavidarnold and Twitter @roofbeam.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Anuk Arudpragasam
A Passage North, Hogarth

Anuk Arudpragasam was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He spent most of his twenties studying in the United States, eventually receiving a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was translated into seven languages, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He currently lives between India and Sri Lanka.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Jessixa Bagley
Daisy, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House

Jessixa Bagley has written and illustrated multiple award-winning picture books, including Before I Leave and Boats for Papa, winner of an SCBWI Golden Kite Award for best picture book text. Her book Laundry Day was not only a Junior Library Guild Selection, but also a recipient an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for writing. Her book Henry and Bea received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Kalynn Bayron
This Poison Heart, Bloomsbury Children's Books

Kalynn Bayron is the author of Cinderella Is Dead, and is also a classically trained vocalist who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she's not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texasm with her family. Follow her online: @KalynnBayron; kalynnbayron.com.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Alison Bechdel
The Secret to Superhuman Strength, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Alison Bechdel's cult following for her early comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For expanded wildly for her best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home, which was adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical, and Are You My Mother? Bechdel has been named a MacArthur Fellow and Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, among many other honors. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Davina Bell
The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love, Text

Davina Bell is a prolific, award-winning author of books for young readers of many ages, from picture books to junior fiction and middle-grade fiction. The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love is her first book for young adults. Some of her best-known works include All the Ways to be Smart, Under the Love Umbrella, Hattie Helps Out, Oh Albert!, and Captain Starfish. She also writes the Lemonade Jones series, the Corner Park Clubhouse series, and the ‘Alice’ volumes of the bestselling Our Australian Girl series. Formerly an editor at Penguin Books, Bell now works on the children’s list at Affirm Press in Melbourne. Find out more at DavinaBell.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Tashie Bhuiyan
Counting Down With You, Inkyard Press

Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in public relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who wear rings, and gaining agency through growth. When she's not doing that, she can be found in a Chipotle or bookstore, insisting 2010 is the best year in cinematic history. (Read: Tangled and Inception.) Visit her online at @tashiebhuiyan or tashiebhuiyan.com.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Ralph Blumenthal
The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack, High Road Books | University of New Mexico Press

Ralph Blumenthal was an award-winning reporter for the New York Times. He co-authored the Times article in 2017 that broke the news of a secret Pentagon unit investigating UFOs, and he is the author of four nonfiction books, including Miracle at Sing Sing: How One Man Transformed the Lives of America’s Most Dangerous Prisoners. A distinguished lecturer at Baruch College, he lives in New York City.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Matthew Bogart
Incredible Doom, HarperAlley

Matthew Bogart is a cartoonist living in Portland, Oregon. He makes slice of life comics and has been a member of the XOXO Outpost creative community, was a co-founder of Couch Gallery, and has been publishing comics since he was 10 and his father let him loose on the office photocopier.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Eddy Boudel Tan
The Rebellious Tide, Dundurn Press

Eddy Boudel Tan is the author of two novels, After Elias (Fall 2020) and The Rebellious Tide (Summer 2021). His work depicts a world much like our own—the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak. ​As a queer Asian Canadian, Tan celebrates diverse voices through his writing. When he isn't plotting his next story or adventure abroad, he serves home-cooked meals to those living on the streets as cofounder of the Sidewalk Supper Project. He lives with his husband in Vancouver. Follow Tan on Twitter (@eddyautomatic) or online (eddyboudeltan.com).

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Angeline Boulley
Firekeeper's Daughter, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Boulley lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Martha Cooley
Buy Me Love, Red Hen Press

Martha Cooley is the author of two novels —The Archivist, a national bestseller also published in a dozen foreign markets, and Thirty-Three Swoons — and a memoir, Guesswork. She co-translated Antonio Tabucchi’s story collection Time Ages in a Hurry. Her essays, short fiction, and co-translations have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and numerous leading literary journals. She directs the MFA in creative writing program at Adelphi University, where she is a professor of English. Prior to Adelphi, she taught for 15 years in the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Forest Hills (Queens), New York, and Castiglione del Terziere, Italy.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Kia Corthron
Moon and the Mars, Seven Stories Press

Kia Corthron's debut fiction, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She was the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel. She is also a nationally and internationally produced playwright. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, and others. She was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Naima Coster
What's Mine and Yours, Grand Central Publishing

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street and a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Coster's stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Kweli, the Paris Review Daily, Catapult, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees from Fordham University and Yale. She has taught writing for over a decade, in community settings, youth programs, and universities. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Aimée Craft
Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow, Annick Press

Aimée Craft is an Anishinaabe/Métis lawyer from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa and a leading researcher on Indigenous laws, treaties, and water. Treaty Words is her first book for children.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Sarina Dahlan
Reset, Blackstone Publishing

Sarina Dahlan was born into an Indonesian family in Thailand, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. While children in the west grow up on fairy tales, she learned parables through ghost stories, mythologies, and Japanese manga. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with degrees in psychology and visual arts, she has blended both disciplines in careers as an advertising producer, a corporate marketing strategist, and an award-winning writer. She lives in California with her family. Reset is her first novel.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Sayantani DasGupta
Force of Fire, Scholastic

Sayantani DasGupta is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which — The Serpent's Secret — was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century and an E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book. DasGupta is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books, and can be found online at sayantanidasgupta.com and on Twitter at @sayantani16.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Amanda Dennis
Her Here, Bellevue Literary Press

Born in Philadelphia, Amanda Dennis is a Cambridge Gates Scholar who studied modern languages at Princeton and Cambridge Universities before earning her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Whited Fellowship in creative writing. An avid traveler, she has lived in six countries, including Thailand, where she spent a year as a Princeton in Asia fellow. She has written about literature for the Los Angeles Review of Books and Guernica, and she is assistant professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the American University of Paris. Her Here is her first novel. For more information, visit amandadennis.net.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Alexandra Elle
After The Rain , Chronicle Books

Alexandra Elle is a writer and creative living in the Washington, D.C., metro area with her husband and daughter. In her pre-teen years, writing came into her life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing. Many years later, Elle's voice and words are being shared poetically in the form of self-love and self-care. Her passion for storytelling, poetry, and narrative writing are infused with life lessons, self-celebration, and building community through reading, writing, and language. Learn more at alexelle.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

J. Elle
Wings of Ebony, Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young

J. Elle was born in Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in journalism and an MA in educational administration and human development. An advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community, Elle’s passion for empowering youth dates back to her first career in education. She’s worked as a preschool director, middle school teacher, and high school creative writing mentor. In her spare time, she volunteers at an alternative school, provides feedback for aspiring writers, loves on her three littles, and cooks up dishes true to her Texas and Louisiana roots. Wings of Ebony is her first novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Leslie Epstein
Hill of Beans: A Novel of War and Celluloid, High Road Books | University of New Mexico Press

Leslie Epstein is an award-winning author who has written 11 other books of fiction, including the celebrated novels San Remo Drive and King of the Jews. He teaches at Boston University, where he directed the creative writing program for 36 years.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Virginia Feito
Mrs. March: A Novel, Liveright

A native of Spain, Virginia Feito was raised in Madrid and Paris, and studied English and drama at Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a copywriter until she quit to write her debut novel. She lives in Madrid.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Brandon P. Fleming
Miseducated, Hachette Books

Brandon P. Fleming is the assistant coach of debate at Harvard University and founder of the nationally acclaimed Harvard Diversity Project. In 2020, Fleming was recognized by Forbes magazine on its 30 Under 30 list. Fleming was also recognized by The Root magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2020.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Shary Flenniken
Trots and Bonnie, New York Review Comics

Shary Flenniken is a Seattle-based cartoonist who has contributed to magazines such as Mad, Premiere, Details, and National Lampoon, where Trots and Bonnie appeared for many years. She served as an editor for National Lampoon from 1979 to 1981. She was an early pioneer in the underground comix movement and one of its few female voices, incorporating elements of feminism and gender politics in her work.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Claire Fuller
Unsettled Ground, Tin House

Claire Fuller is the author of Bitter Orange (2018), Swimming Lessons (2017), which was shortlisted for the Encore Prize for second novels, and Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. Find out more at clairefuller.co.uk.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Caseen Gaines
Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way, Sourcebooks

Author and journalist Caseen Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and NY Mag. He holds an MA from Rutgers University in American Studies, focusing on racial representations in popular culture. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Chris Gardner
Permission to Dream, Amistad

Chris Gardner is the Chief Executive of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is committed to many organizations—particularly those related to education—and was recently the recipient of the “Father of the Year Award” from the National Fatherhood Initiative. A Milwaukee native, Gardner has two children and resides in Chicago and New York.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Joya Goffney
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, HarperTeen

Joya Goffney grew up in New Waverly, a small town in East Texas. In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items like "hug a random boy" and "eat a cricket," which inspired her debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. With a passion for Black social psychology, she moved out of the countryside to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where she still resides.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Andrew J. Graff
Raft of Stars, Ecco

Andrew J. Graff grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin's Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Graff earned an MFA from the University of Iowa. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Joshua M. Greene
Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig's Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend, Insight Editions

Joshua M. Greene is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than a half-million copies worldwide. He is a popular lecturer who has spoken at the Pentagon and before the Judge Advocates College. His documentaries on Holocaust history have aired on PBS and Discovery. He has appeared on several national media outlets, from Fresh Air with Terri Gross on NPR to FOX News, CNN-TV, and more. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Elly Griffiths
The Postscript Murders, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elly Griffiths is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Brighton mystery series and the standalone novels The Stranger Diaries and The Postscript Murders. She is a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She lives in Brighton, England.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Jakob Guanzon
Abundance , Graywolf Press

Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City. Abundance is his first novel. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Dan Gutman
Houdini and Me, Holiday House

Dan Gutman grew up in New Jersey loving sports, which inspired him as an adult to write his baseball card book series, beginning with Honus & Me, which was nominated for 11 state awards and adapted for television. Other titles of his include the My Weird School series, The Genius Files series, The Kid Who Ran for President, and much more. He lives with his wife and two kids in New York City. Houdini and Me is Gutman's first title with Holiday House.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Shannon Hale
Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are longtime best friends and the New York Times bestselling team behind The Princess in Black series, graphic novels Real Friends and Best Friends, and the forthcoming picture book Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn. Their collaborations have sold more than 3 million copies and their independent projects are award-winning: Hale is a Newbery honoree and Pham is a Caldecott honoree. Pham lives in Los Angeles, Hale lives in Utah, and they visit each other as often as geographically possible.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Marc Hamer
Seed to Dust, Greystone Books

Marc Hamer is the author of the 2019 Indie Next List Pick How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom From a Life Lived in Nature. He was born in the north of England and moved to Wales more than 30 years ago. After spending a period homeless, then working on the railway, he returned to education and studied fine art in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. He has worked in art galleries, marketing, graphic design, and as a magazine editor, and taught creative writing in a prison before becoming a gardener.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Rebecca Handler
Edie Richter is Not Alone, The Unnamed Press

Rebecca Handler is a writer who lives and works in San Francisco. Rebecca’s stories have been published and awarded in several anthologies. Edie Richter Is Not Alone is her debut novel. Read her nonfiction and flash fiction at www.onewomanparty.com.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Plot, Celadon Books

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 as The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River, and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for children. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts pop-up book groups in which small groups of readers discuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

James Hannaham
Pilot Imposter, Soft Skull Press

James Hannaham was born in the Bronx, grew up in Yonkers, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. His most recent novel, Delicious Foods, won the PEN/Faulkner and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. His novel God Says No was honored by the ALA's Stonewall Book Awards. His short stories have been in One Story, Fence, Story Quarterly, and BOMB; he was for many years a writer for the Village Voice and Salon and is also a visual and performance artist. He has exhibited text-based visual art at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 490 Atlantic, and James Cohan. He won Best in Show for the exhibition Biblio Spectaculum at Main Street Arts. He teaches at the Pratt Institute. 

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Simon Hanselmann
Crisis Zone, Fantagraphics

Simon Hanselmann was born in 1981 in Launceston, Tasmania. His New York Times bestselling Megg, Mogg and Owl series has been translated into 13 languages, nominated for multiple Ignatz and Eisner awards, and won Best Series at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in 2018. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and a rotating cast of small animals. Follow Simon on social media @simon.hanselmann.

Appearing Authors: Friday Author Social

Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Other Black Girl, Atria Books

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel, The Other Black Girl. Prior to working in publishing, Zakiya received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Guernica and The Rumpus.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Shawn Harris
Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, Chronicle Books

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Half Moon Bay, California. His first picture book, Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers, was the recipient of seven starred reviews. He is also the illustrator of Dave Eggers' What Can a Citizen Do? and Colin Meloy's Everyone's AwakeHave You Ever Seen a Flower? is his authorial debut.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Talia Hibbert
Act Your Age, Eve Brown, Avon

Talia Hibbert is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Sadie Hoagland
Strange Children, Red Hen Press

Sadie Hoagland has a PhD in fiction from the University of Utah and an MA in creative writing/fiction from UC Davis. She is the author of American Grief in Four Stages, a short story collection published by West Virginia University Press. Her work has also appeared in the Alice Blue Review, The Black Herald, Mikrokosmos Journal, and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Quarterly West and currently teaches fiction at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Angela Mi Young Hur
Folklorn, Erewhon Books

Angela Hur received a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in creative writing from Notre Dame, where she won the Sparks Fellowship and the Sparks Prize, a post-graduate fellowship. Her debut, The Queens of K-Town, was published by MacAdam/Cage in 2007. Folklorn was chosen by Kelly Link for a Tin House novel mentorship through the Tin House Summer Workshop, where Hur also studied with Alexander Chee and Mat Johnson, and later with Peter Ho Davies at the Napa Valley Writers Conference.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Michael Hutchinson
Case of the Burgled Bundle: Book 3 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series, Second Story Press

Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, north of Winnipeg. As a young adult, he worked as a bartender, a caterer, and, eventually, as a print reporter for The Calgary Straight and Aboriginal Times. He has been a writer for the Indian Claims Commission in Ottawa, was Director of Communications for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, was a project manager for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, made mini-documentaries for the first season of APTN Investigates, and worked for multple national advocacy organizations for First Nations. Follow him on Twitter: @Mike_Hutchins0n.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Pam Jenoff
The Woman with the Blue Star, Park Row Books

Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the bestsellers The Orphan's Tale and The Lost Girls of Paris, both of which spent multiple weeks on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, among others. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law. The Woman With the Blue Star is on sale May 4, 2021.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Morgan Jerkins
Caul Baby, Haper

Morgan Jerkins is the author of Wandering in Strange Lands and the New York Times bestseller This Will Be My Undoing and is a Senior Editor at ZORA. A visiting professor at Columbia University and a Forbes 30 under 30 Leader in Media, Jerkins' short-form work has been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, ELLE, Esquire, and The Guardian, among many others. She is based in Harlem.

Appearing Authors: Saturday Author Social

Alka Joshi
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur , MIRA

Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. from the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts and runs an advertising and marketing agency. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is her second novel.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Erin Entrada Kelly
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, Greenwillow Books

New York Times-bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe. She grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, You Go First, Lalani of the Distant Sea, and We Dream of Space.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Joe Kenda
Killer Triggers, Blackstone Publishing

Lt. Joe Kenda, a 23-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department, spent 21 years chasing killers as a homicide detective and commander of the major crimes unit. Kenda and his team solved 356 of his 387 homicide cases, getting a 92 percent solve rate — one of the highest in the country. After retiring from law enforcement, he starred in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, an American true-crime documentary series that ran for nine seasons on the Investigation Discovery network and was aired in 69 countries and territories worldwide. At its peak, Homicide Hunter averaged 1.9 million viewers in the U.S. See Lt. Kenda on his new crime series, American Detective, available to stream now on Discovery+.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Hena Khan
Amina's Song, Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, and More to the Story and picture books Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Khan lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her basketball-loving family. You can learn more about Khan and her books by visiting her website at HenaKhan.com or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Michael Kleber-Diggs
Worldly Things: Poems, Milkweed Editions

Michael Kleber-Diggs is the author of Worldly Things, which was selected as the winner of the 2021 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. He was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Rumpus, Rain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Midway Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and a few anthologies. Kleber-Diggs teaches poetry and creative nonfiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Lee Lai
Stone Fruit, Fantagraphics

Lee Lai was born in 1993 in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Currently, Lai makes comics and illustrations in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal), Quebec. Her short story comics have been featured in The New Yorker, The Lifted Brow, Room Magazine, and Everyday Feminism. Follow Lai on social media @_leelai.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Olivia Laing
Everybody: A Book About Freedom, W.W. Norton

Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of nonfiction, To the River (2011), The Trip to Echo Spring (2013), and The Lonely City (2016), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and has been translated into 17 languages. Her first novel, Crudo, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the 2019 James Tait Black Prize. She writes for the Guardian, New York Times, and frieze, among many other publications. Her collected writing on art, Funny Weather, was published in 2020. The recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize in nonfiction, Laing lives in Suffolk, U.K.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Drew Lanham
Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts , Hub City Press

Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African American role in natural-resources conservation. Lanham is also an author and award-nominated poet; his first solo work, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature, was published in 2016. Lanham received his BA and MS in zoology, and his Ph.D. in forest resources, from Clemson. He is the poet laureate of Edgefield County, South Carolina.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Rajani LaRocca
Bracelets for Bina's Brothers, Charlesbridge

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books when she’s not practicing medicine. Her middle grade debut, Midsummer’s Mayhem, an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking, was an Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next List pick, a Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2019, and a 2020 Massachusetts Book Award Honor title.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Jenny Lawson
Broken (in the best possible way), Henry Holt and Co.

Jenny Lawson is an award-winning humorist known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and was constantly “buying too many books” (“not a real thing,” she insists), so she decided to skip the middle man and just started her own bookshop, which also serves booze because books and booze are what magic is made of. She has previously written Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also wrote You Are Here, which made it on the New York Times bestseller list in spite of the fact that it was basically a very fun coloring book. She would like to be your friend unless you’re a real asshole.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Jayci Lee
The Dating Dare, St. Martin's Griffin

Jayci Lee writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge and is semi-retired from her 15-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters. Lee lives in sunny California with her tall, dark, and handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction.

. Liniers
Wildflowers, TOON Books

Ricardo Liniers Siri is one of Argentina’s most famous and beloved cartoonists, best known as the creator of the popular Latin American comic strip Macanudo, which is now syndicated in newspapers all over the U.S. Liniers' U.S. debut, The Big Wet Balloon, was selected as one of Parents Magazine's Top Ten, and his second book starring his girls, Good Night, Planet, was the winner of the Eisner Award for Best Comics for Beginning Readers. Wildflowers (TOON, April 2021) completes the set of the author's ode to his three daughters. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Liniers and his family are now happily inhabiting the mysterious jungles of Vermont. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Regina Louise
Permission Granted: Kickass Strategies to Bootstrap Your Way to Unconditional Self-Love , New World Library

Regina Louise is the author of the memoirs Somebody’s Someone and Someone Has Led This Child to Believe. A summa cum laude graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies with a master of fine arts degree, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. More information is available at www.IAmReginaLouise.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse, Astra House

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally recognized writer and performer. She is the author of the poetry chapbook peluda. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Breakbeat Poets Vol 4: Latinext, Redivider, Waxnine, and the Poetry Project. Lozada-Oliva has been featured in Glamour Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Kenyon Review, BBC Mundo, and other media outlets. She earned her MFA from NYU.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Prince Joel Makonnen
Last Gate of the Emperor, Scholastic

Prince Joel Makonnen is the great-grandson of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia. He is an attorney and the co-founder of Old World/New World, a media and entertainment company focused on telling powerful African stories that inspire global audiences through film, TV, and books. He lives with his wife, Ariana, in Los Angeles. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Nesrine Malik
We Need New Stories, W.W. Norton

Nesrine Malik is an award-winning British-Sudanese columnist and features writer for the Guardian, a contributing writer for Foreign Policy and a frequent panelist on BBC's Dateline London. We Need New Stories is her first book. She lives in London.

Tamika D. Mallory
State of Emergency, Black Privilege Publishing

Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, co-founder of Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March on Washington, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever executive director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—entitled “State of Emergency”—was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Kwame Mbalia
Last Gate of the Emperor, Scholastic

Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer; a New York Times bestselling author; and a former pharmaceutical metrologist, in that order. He is the author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, a Coretta Scott King Honor book. He lives with his family in North Carolina. Visit him online at kwamembalia.com.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Clay McLeod Chapman
Whisper Down the Lane, Quirk Books

Clay McLeod Chapman writes novels, comic books, and children's books, as well as for film and TV. He is the author of the horror novels The Remaking and Whisper Down the Lane. Visit him at claymcleodchapman.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Jenny Elder Moke
Curse of the Specter Queen, A Samantha Knox Novel, Hyperion

Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She worked for several years at an independent publisher in Austin before realizing she would rather write the manuscripts than read them. She is a member of the Texas Writers’ League and has studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon. She was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition in 2017 for her podcast script Target. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Kate Moore
The Woman They Could Not Silence, Sourcebooks

Kate Moore is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls. A British writer based in London, she has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres, including history, biography, true crime, gift, and humor. She has written more than 15 books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Brittney Morris
The Cost of Knowing, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY and The Cost of Knowing. She is also the founder and former president of the Boston University Creative Writing Club. She holds a BA in economics. You can find her online at AuthorBrittneyMorris.com and on Twitter or Instagram @BrittneyMMorris.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Julie Murphy
Meant to Be: If the Shoe Fits, Hyperion

Julie Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin', now a Netflix original movie starring Jennifer Aniston. She lives in North Texas with her husband, dog, and cats.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Kelly Mustian
Girls in the Stilt House, Sourcebooks Landmark

Kelly Mustian grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, the southern terminus of the historic Natchez Trace. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and commercial magazines, and she is a past recipient of a Blumenthal Writers Award and a Regional Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts and Science Council. She currently lives near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. The Girls in the Stilt House is her debut novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Caleb Azumah Nelson
Open Water, Black Cat

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His writing is forthcoming or has been published in The White Review and Litro, and he was recently shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award and the Palm Photo Prize and won the People’s Choice prize. Open Water is his first novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Hoa Nguyen
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure , Wave Books

Hoa Nguyen is the author of several books of poetry, including A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure (forthcoming 2021, Wave), As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, and Violet Energy Ingots, which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination. As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, she has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and judge for the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry, and has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Bard College, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Nguyen has lived in Canada since 2011.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Nana Nkweti
Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories, Graywolf Press

Nana Nkweti is an AKO Caine Prize finalist and alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has garnered fellowships from MacDowell, Kimbilio, Ucross, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, among others. She is a professor of English at the University of Alabama.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Kristen O'Neal
Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses, Quirk Books

Kristen O’Neal is a freelance writer who has written for sites like Buzzfeed Reader, Christianity Today, Birth.Movies.Death, LitHub, and Electric Literature. She lives on the internet. You can find her at @Kristen_ONeal on Twitter and kristenoneal on Tumblr. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses is her first novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Chibundu Onuzo
Sankofa, Catapult

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to the Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award; has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award; and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. The author of Welcome to Lagos, Sankofa is her third novel.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Alice Oseman
Heartstopper and Loveless, Scholastic and Graphix Books

Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She graduated from Durham University and is the author of YA contemporaries Solitaire, Radio Silence, and I Was Born for This. Learn more about Oseman at aliceoseman.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Alan Parks
Bobby March Will Live Forever, Europa Editions

Alan Parks worked in the music industry for more than 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. His debut novel, Bloody January, was one of the top crime debuts of 2018 and was shortlisted for the prestigious international crime prize the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. February’s Son, book two in the series, was a finalist for a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. Parks lives and works in Glasgow.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

LeUyen Pham
Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are longtime best friends and the New York Times bestselling team behind The Princess in Black series, graphic novels Real Friends and Best Friends, and the forthcoming picture book Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn. Their collaborations have sold more than 3 million copies and their independent projects are award-winning: Hale is a Newbery honoree and Pham is a Caldecott honoree. Pham lives in Los Angeles, Hale lives in Utah, and they visit each other as often as geographically possible.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Natasha Pulley
The Kingdoms, Bloomsbury

Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After stints working at Waterstones as a bookseller, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the creative writing MA at UEA. She later studied in Tokyo and was chosen to be a Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library and is now associate lecturer at Bath Spa University and panel tutor at the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. Her first novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, was an international bestseller, won a Betty Trask Award, and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. She lives in Bath.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Derecka Purnell
Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom, Astra House

Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, and works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training to community-based organizations through an abolitionist framework. She has been published in and featured on the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and elsewhere. Purnell is currently a columnist at The Guardian and co-founder of the National Museum of Social Justice and Contemporary Activism. 

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

NoNieqa Ramos
Your Mama , Versify/HMH Books for Young Readers

NoNieqa Ramos is an educator who wrote the The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, and a 2019 In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. It earned starred reviews from Booklist, Voya, and Foreword. Hip Latina named her sophomore book The Truth Is in“10 of the Best Latinx Young Adult Books of 2019” and Remezcla included it in the “15 Best Books by Latino and Latin American Authors of 2019.” You might find Ramos in Virginia salsa dancing with her soulmate and her children, Prince Lango Tango and PrincX Rainbow Cat.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Cathy Raven
Fox & I, Spiegel & Grau

Catherine Raven, who holds a PhD in biology, is a former National Park Ranger at Glacier, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Voyagers, and Yellowstone National Parks. Her natural history essays have appeared in American Scientist, Journal of American Mensa, and Montana Magazine. A professor at South University in Savannah, Georgia, she lives in Emigrant, Montana.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Dwayne Reed
Simon B. Rhymin', Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Dwayne Reed is America's favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song "Welcome to the 4th Grade" went viral and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. When he's not writing, rapping, or teaching, Reed can be found presenting at educator conferences across the U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Shawna Kay Rodenberg
Kin: A Memoir, Bloomsbury

Shawna Kay Rodenberg holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her reviews and essays have appeared in Consequence, Salon, the Village Voice, and Elle. In 2016, Rodenberg was awarded the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, the largest monetary award given to an Appalachian writer, and in 2017 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A registered nurse, community college English instructor, mother of five, and grandmother of one, she lives on a hobby goat farm in southern Indiana. 

Appearing: Friday Author Social

Morgan Rogers
Honey Girl , Park Row Books

Morgan Rogers is a queer Black millennial. She writes books for queer girls that are looking for their place in the world. She lives in Maryland with her pets. Honey Girl is her debut novel.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg
We Should Meet in Air: A Graphic Memoir on Reading Sylvia Plath , Street Noise Books

Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg is a cartoonist and teaching artist. She is a contributor at The Nib and The Lily, and her comics have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Papercutter, The Strumpet, and American Cults. She also has a background in zine-making and self-published comics. Originally from New Jersey, Eisenberg lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Anna Sale
Let's Talk About Hard Things, Simon & Schuster

Anna Sale is the creator and host of the Death, Sex & Money podcast from WNYC Studios, where she’s been doing interviews about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more” since 2014. Before that, she covered politics for public radio for years. She has contributed to Fresh Air and This American Life and lives in the East Bay in California with her husband and two daughters.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Sanjena Sathian
Gold Diggers, Penguin Press

A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San Francisco, with nonfiction bylines for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. And her award-winning short fiction has been published in Boulevard, Joyland, Salt Hill, and The Master's Review.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Anakana Schofield
Bina: A Novel in Warnings, New York Review Books

Anakana Schofield is an award-winning Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Her previous novels are Malarky (2012) and Martin John (2015). The UK edition of Bina was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020. 

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Eliot Schrefer
The Darkness Outside Us, Katherine Tegen Books

Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author, has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, and has won the Green Earth Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature. His novels include the Lost Rainforest series, Endangered, Threatened, Rescued, Orphaned, and two books in the Spirit Animals series. He lives in New York City, is on the faculty of the Hamline University and Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in creative writing programs, and reviews books for USA Today. Visit him online at eliotschrefer.com.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Maggie Shipstead
Great Circle, Knopf

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A frequent contributor to travel magazines, she is often away from her home in Los Angeles. Her latest novel, Great Circle, will be published by Knopf in May 2021.

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Carol Smith
Crossing the River, Abrams Press

Carol Smith is an award-winning journalist and editor for NPR affiliate KUOW in Seattle. Previously, she worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Los Angeles Times. Her newspaper work has won dozens of national and regional awards and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize a remarkable seven times, and her writing has appeared in more than a dozen literary journals. Smith was recently named Editor of the Year by Public Media Journalists Association. 

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Clint Smith
How the Word is Passed, Little, Brown and Company

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. The book won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his BA in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in education from Harvard University.

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Rivers Solomon
Sorrowland, MCDxFSG

Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts, was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, an Otherwise (formerly Tiptree), and a Locus award. Solomon's second book, The Deep, based on the Hugo-nominated song by Daveed Diggs-fronted hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and shortlisted for a Nebula, Locus, Hugo, Ignyte, among other awards. Solomon's short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, and elsewhere. A refugee of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Solomon was born on Turtle Island but currently resides on an isle in an archipelago off the western coast of the Eurasian continent.

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Shira Spector
Red Rock Baby Candy, Fantagraphics

Shira Spector is a Jewish Canadian lesbian cartoonist whose work has been widely anthologized and exhibited in the Toronto area, where she resides. She has a BFA in fibres (with distinction) from Concordia University in Montreal. Follow Spector on social media @shiraspec and on her website, shiraspector.com.

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Tom Standage
A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next, Bloomsbury

Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist. He joined The Economist in 1998 and previously served as digital editor, business affairs editor, business editor, technology editor, and science correspondent. Standage is also the author of six history books, including Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years; A History of the World in Six Glasses (2005); An Edible History of Humanity (2009); and The Victorian Internet (1998). His writing has appeared in other publications, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and Wired. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University and lives in London with his wife and children. 

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Will Staples
Animals, Blackstone Publishing

Will Staples writes movies, television series, video games, and books. He has worked on such films as Without Remorse and Sweet Girl, as well as the Mission Impossible franchise. His television work includes the Jack Ryan and Shooter series and adapting Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff for Disney+. He has written numerous hit video games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Animals is his debut novel.

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Ray Stoeve
Between Perfect and Real, Amulte

Ray Stoeve is a writer. They received a 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship for their young adult fiction and created the YA/MG Trans and Nonbinary Voices Masterlist, a database that tracks all books in those age categories written by trans authors about trans characters. They are a contributor to Take The Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance. Between Perfect and Real is their debut novel. When they’re not writing, they can be found gardening, making art in other mediums, or hiking their beloved Pacific Northwest.

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Les Stroud
Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman, Annick Press

Les Stroud’s work as a filmmaker, author, and musician has been celebrated around the globe. Credited with creating the survival TV genre, Stroud remains a prolific artist focused on celebrating nature.

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Raul the Third
Tag Team / Training Day , Versify/HMH Books for Young Readers

Raúl the Third is the Pura Belpré Honor-winning illustrator of Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. He is currently working on the expanded world of his Vamos! series. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, México, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with colorist and collaborator Elaine Bay and their son, Raúl the Fourth.

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Ly Tran
House of Sticks, Scribner

Ly Tran graduated from Columbia University in 2014 with a degree in creative writing and linguistics. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Art Omi, and Yaddo. House of Sticks is her first book.

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Anton Treuer
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Levine Querido

Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 19 books. He has a BA from Princeton University and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. He has sat on many organizational boards and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships, including ones from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Treuer is on the governing board for the Minnesota State Historical Society. Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (Young Readers Edition) is Treuer's first book for young adults. 

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Cadwell Turnbull
No Gods, No Monsters, Blackstone Publishing

Cadwell Turnbull is the author of The Lesson, which was the winner of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Asimov’s Science Fiction, and a number of anthologies. He is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics and of Clarion West 2016. Turnbull grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and currently lives in Raleigh, where he teaches creative writing at NC State. His second novel, No Gods, No Monsters, will release in September 2021.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Kirstin Valdez Quade
The Five Wounds, W.W. Norton

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. She is the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, the Rome Prize, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in New Jersey and teaches at Princeton University.

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Elissa Washuta
White Magic, Tin House

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.

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Melody Wilding
Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work, Chronicle Prism, an Imprint of Chronicle Books

Melody Wilding, LMSW, has coached hundreds of private clients, from CEOs and Fortune 500 executives to leaders from the US Department of Education, the Federal Reserve, and the United Nations. She has been named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative Coaches” and is a professor of human behavior at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York. She writes regularly for Medium, Forbes, and Quartz. Her advice has been featured in the New York Times, The Cut, Oprah Magazine, and more.

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Diane Wilson
The Seed Keeper: A Novel, Milkweed Editions

Diane Wilson (Dakota) is the author of The Seed Keeper, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2021. She is also the author of a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award, as well as a nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her most recent essay, “Seeds for Seven Generations,” was featured in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Wilson has received a Bush Foundation Fellowship, and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation, among others. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation, and lives in Shafer, Minnesota.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Kao Kalia Yang
Yang Warriors, University of Minnesota Press

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning author for both children and adults. Her debut children's book, A Map into the World, is an ALA Notable Book, a Charlotte Zolotow Book Award honoree, a winner of the Minnesota Book Award in Children’s Literature, and the Heartland Bookseller's Award in Children's Literature. She is also the author of The Shared Room and The Most Beautiful Thing. Her adult books, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World, have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Chautauqua Prize, among others.

Appearing: Saturday Author Social

Nicola Yoon
Instructions for Dancing, Delacorte Press

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Both novels have been made into major motion pictures. Nicola grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist David Yoon, and their family. She is also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. Visit her at nicolayoon.com and follow @NicolaYoon on Twitter and Instagram.

Appearing: Friday Author Social

 

Christopher Zyda
The Storm: One Voice from the AIDS Generation, Rare Bird

Christopher Zyda was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English lterature from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1984. In 1989, he earned a masters degree in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He served as Disney's chief investment officer, overseeing more than $4 billion of company investments. In 2007, he launched Mozaic, a boutique investment management firm.

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