Kayla Cagan is a writer and playwright. She received her BFA in Theater from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, and lives in Los Angeles. Kayla's first novel, Piper Perish, will be published by Chronicle Books in March, 2017.
Cora Carmack has done a multitude of things in her life -- boring jobs (retail), fun jobs (theatre), stressful jobs (teaching), and dream jobs (writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and Texas, and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. Roar, Cora's young adult debut novel and the start of a new series, will be published by Tor Teen in June, 2017.
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Leah Carroll lives in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Emerson College, and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Her memoir, Down City, will be published in March, 2017, by Grand Central Publishing.
Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, his family is of the Bear clan. His first chapbook, Two Shoes, was published in 2011. His newest title, How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, will be published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press in February, 2017. He and his wife live in Omro, Wisconsin, where their home is filled with love from six children and nine grandchildren.
Rachel Cohn is the New York Times best-selling author of several young adult novels, including Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, and, with David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. Rachel's newest novel, Kill All Happies, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in May, 2017. Visit Rachel online at rachelcohn.com or on Twitter @rachelcohn.
Vicki Covington was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her previous work includes the novels Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women and the memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage with Dennis Covington. She wrote a column for the Oxford American and has also written for The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council for the Arts, Vicki now resides in Lubbock, Texas. Her upcoming novel, Once in a Blue Moon, will be published by John. F. Blair in April, 2017.
Charmaine Craig is a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, and the descendant of significant figures in Burma’s modern history. A former actor in film and television, and a Burma activist privy to negotiations at the highest level in the current conflict, she studied literature at Harvard University and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her first novel, The Good Men (Riverhead), was a national bestseller translated into six languages. Her new novel, Miss Burma, will be published by Grove Press in May, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Becca Putman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week. Her latest novel, Raymie Nightingale, published by Candlewick in April, 2016 was a 2016 National Book Award finalist and the #1 Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next List pick.
Chris Dombrowski is the author of Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish, published by Milkweed Editions in October, 2016, as well as two acclaimed collections of poems. His poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in leading journals and magazines, including Poetry, The Sun, Orion, and Angler’s Journal. Also a fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.
Rebecca Donnelly was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. She has a MA in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. These days she writes and runs a small rural library in upstate New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe, the story of a children’s theater in the Florida panhandle, is a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce pick and will be published by Capstone in April, 2017.
Emma Donoghue is the author of international bestseller and Man Booker Prize finalist Room, as well as several adult novels. Born in Ireland, she now lives in Canada with her partner and their two children. Emma's newest novel, The Lotterys Plus One, will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books in March, 2017.
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Alexandra Elle is a writer living in the Washington, DC 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, Alex'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. Her collection of poetry and prose, Neon Soul, will be published by Andrews McMeel in March, 2017.
Christopher M. Finan is the director of American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), a project of the American Booksellers Association. Mr. Finan has been involved in the fight against censorship for over 30 years. He is the chair of Media Coalition, a trade association that defends the rights of businesses that produce and distribute First Amendment-protected material, and serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship. He is also the author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America (Beacon Press, 2007) and Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior (Hill & Wang, 1992). Mr. Finan's upcoming release, Drunks: An American History, will be published by Beacon Press in June, 2017. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Richard Florida is University Professor and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Global Research Professor at New York University. The founder of the Creative Class Group and co-founder of The Atlantic's CityLab, he lives in Toronto. Florida’s new book, The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It, will be published in April, 2017, by Basic Books and distributed by Perseus Book Group.
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Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology, published by Putnam.She curates the Unchaste Readers Series. Her memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky, will be published by Hawthorne Books in March, 2017.
A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. He is the author of Goodbye to the Dead, The Cold Nowhere, and Spilled Blood, which was the recipient of the Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Freeman lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Marcia. His newest novel, Marathon, will be published in May, 2017, by Quercus.
Donna Freitas is a Nonresident Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and when she is not traveling for research she teaches in the Honors Colleges at Hofstra University. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2008), as well as several novels for young adults. A regular contributor to Publishers Weekly, she has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Her upcoming release The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost, will be published by Oxford University Press in February, 2017. Galleys of The Happiness Effect are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting email@example.com.
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Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, FiveChapters,
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Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing!, as well as the illustrator of the Bink and Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and two books by Hallie Durand, Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tony's newest book, Poor Louie, will be published by Candlewick in Spring, 2017.
Josh Funk is from Massachusets where he spends his days writing computer language and his free time writing picture book rhymes. His first published picture book was Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (Sterling) and he is also the author of Pirasaurs (Scholastic), and Dear Dragon (Viking). His latest book, The Case of the Stinky Stench, will be published by Sterling in May, 2017, to be followed by Albie Newton coming from Sterling in 2018.
Grant Ginder is the author of This Is How It Starts and Driver's Education. His upcoming release, The People We Hate at the Wedding, will be published by Flatiron Books in June, 2017. Grant received his MFA from NYU, where he teaches writing. He lives in Brooklyn. Advanced copies and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Patricia Cave at Patricia.Cave@flatironbooks
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Malin Persson Giolito was born in Stockholm in 1969, and grew up in Djursholm, Sweden. She holds a degree in law from Uppsala University and has worked as a lawyer for the biggest law firm in the Nordic region and as an official for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. She is now a full-time writer and has written four novels including Quicksand, her English debut which will be published by Other Press in March, 2017. Persson Giolito lives with her husband and three daughters in Brussels.
Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans. Her new novel, Defy the Stars, will be published in April, 2017, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Lauren Grodstein is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor's Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. Her upcoming release, Our Short History, will be published by Algonquin Books in March, 2017. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and her website is www.laurengrodstein.com. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Craig Popelars at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York. His new novel, Stephen Florida, will be published by Coffee House Press in June, 2017.
Ian Hamilton is the author of seven novels. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and been a finalist for a number of awards, including the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback, the Barry Award for Best Thriller, a LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella. The BBC named him one of the Top Ten Crime Writers to Read Now. A former journalist, businessman, and diplomat, Ian lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Lorraine. His upcoming novel, The Princeling of Nanjing, will be published by House of Anansi Press in May, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Laura Meyer at email@example.com.
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Heather Harpham is a writer, teacher, and theater performer. She received her MA and MFA, in theater and creative writing respectively, from NYU. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. Her writing for the stage includes six solo plays; the two most recent, Happiness and Burning, have toured nationally. Harpham's work has been recognized with a Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family. Her novel Happiness will be published by Holt in August, 2017.
Jamie Harrison has lived in Montana with her family for almost thirty years. She has worked as a caterer, writer, and as a technical editor for archaeological, botanical, and biological reports. She is the daughter of acclaimed author Jim Harrison. Her latest novel, The Widow Nash, will be published by Counterpoint in June, 2017.
Annie Hartnett was the 2013-2014 winner of the Writer in Residence Fellowship for the Associates of the Boston Public Library and has received awards and honors from the Bread Loaf School of English, McSweeney's, and Indiana Review. Hartnett received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Alabama, an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and currently teaches at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston. She lives with her husband and their beloved border collie in Providence, Rhode Island. Her, first novel, Rabbit Cake, has been chosen as an Indies Introduce title and will be published by Tin House Books in March, 2017.
Julie Lekstrom Himes’ short fiction has been published in Shenandoah, The Florida Review (Editor’s Choice Award, 2008), Fourteen Hills (nominated for Best American Mysteries, 2011), The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Julie's debut novel, Mikhail and Margarita, will be published by Europa Editions in March, 2017.
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her most recent novel, Faithful, was a #1 Indie Next Pick in November, 2016. She lives near Boston.
Laurel Davis Huber grew up in Rhode Island and Oklahoma. She studied with the novelist and short-story writer Leslie Pietrzyk and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. She is a graduate of Smith College and lives in New Jersey with her husband. The Velveteen Daughter is her first novel, to be published by SheWrites Press and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services in July, 2017.
Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of numerous books for teens, including The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, winner of the Florida Book Awards’ YA Gold Medal; the anthology Violent Ends, recipient of a VOYA starred review; and We Are the Ants, which received five starred reviews and was named a best book of January, 2016 by Publishers Weekly. He lives in South Florida with his adorably chubby dog. His newest book, At the Edge of the Universe, will be published by Simon Pulse in February, 2017.Visit him at ShaunDavidHutchinson.com.
Dr. John Hutton is the owner and founder of blue manatee press, as well as a pediatrician and clinical researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. His research foci include the effects of reading on brain development and health literacy as conveyed through children's books. Dogs!, to be published in April, 2017, is the first book in a new series designed to promote the practice of dialogic reading. Titles from blue manatee press are distributed by IPG.
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Gods in Alabama, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the most recent The Opposite of Everyone, published by William Morrow and chosen as the #1 Indie Next List Great Read for March, 2016. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. Visit her website at www.JoshilynJackson.com.
Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels set during World War II, including the international bestseller The Kommandant's Girl. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia. Her newest novel, The Orphan’s Tale will be published by Mira Books in February, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Emer Flounders at Emer.Flounders@
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William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick --The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times-bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name juat a few. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. His new book, Ollie’s Odyssey, will be published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books in April, 2017. Talk to William Joyce and look at his upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.
Lloyd Kahn is the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications and is a former editor of the legendary Whole Earth Catalog. In addition to publishing Stretching, he has designed, written, and published such bestsellers as Home Work, Tiny Homes, Builders of the Pacific Northwest, and many other titles in the Shelter Building Library. He is also an author, photographer, surfer, fisherman, and pioneer of the handmade green building and green architecture movements. He works in a Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden. His newest book, Small Homes: The Right Size, will be published by Shelter Publications and distributed by PGW, in March, 2017.
Mark Kingwell is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine and a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including the national bestsellers Better Living, The World We Want, Concrete Reveries, and Glenn Gould. His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices and Measure Yourself Against the Earth and his upcoming book Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters, will be published by Biblioasis in April, 2017.
Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, Psychology Today, among other places. Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and has lived in the American South and Maine. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and Drew University, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She lives in Montclair, NJ, with her family. Her upcoming novel, A Piece of the World, will be published by William Morrow in February, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.
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Lisa Ko's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. Her upcoming debut and Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title, The Leavers, will be published by Algonquin Books in May, 2017. Ko has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. A founding coeditor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, she was born in Queens and lives in Brooklyn. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Craig Popelars at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lesley Krueger is a novelist and screenwriter. Richard Dadd’s first cousin-in-law five times removed (if she has the genealogy right), Lesley drew on family information unknown to biographers in writing. Mad Richard, her upcoming release which will be published by ECW Press in May, 2017. The author of six books, Lesley lives with her husband in Toronto where she’s an avid member of a women's hockey league and a writer-mentor at the Canadian Film Centre. Early ARC requests can be sent to Susannah Ames at email@example.com.
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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, and Don’t You Cry. Kubica has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times). Her first novel, The Good Girl, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children. Mary's next novel, Every Last Lie, will be published by Park Row Books in June, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Emer Flounders at Emer.Flounders@Harpercollins.c
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Caitriona Lally studied English Literature in Trinity College, Dublin. She has had a colorful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter as well as a home helper in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has traveled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America and currently resides in Dublin. Caitriona was shortlisted for 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Irish Book Awards in 2015. Her debut novel, Eggshells, will be published by Melville House in March, 2017.
Lorna Landvik is the author of ten novels including the best-selling Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating BonBons, Oh My Stars, and most recently from University of Minnesota Press, Best to Laugh and Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, which will be published in April, 2017. She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is also a public speaker, playwright, and actor who gets much pleasure from mixing up margaritas on stage in her one-woman all-improvised show, Party in the Rec Room. Advance copies of Once in a Blue Moon are available to Winter Institite attendees by contacting Matt Smiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khary Lazarre-White is a social justice advocate, attorney, and activist dedicated to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color. He is co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and has received awards from the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network and the Ford Foundation among others. He lives in Harlem, New York City. His first novel, Passage, will be published by Seven Stories Press in September, 2017.
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J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Broken River, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May, 2017, as well as the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper’s, Playboy, and the New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.
Alan Lightman, physicist, essayist, and novelist, is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities. Lightman’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, Salon, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. His widely known Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. His book The Accidental Universe was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the best ten books of the year. Lightman’s newest title, Song of Two Worlds, will be published by Red Hen Press in February, 2017. Advanced copies and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Alisa Trager at email@example.com.
A lifelong teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. Shortly after he and his wife married, they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny's character and voice came to him as he sat and talked with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. The Original Ginny Moon is his first novel, and will be published by Park Row Books in May, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Shara Alexander at Shara.Alexander@
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Nicole Lundrigan is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Glass Boys and The Widow Tree. Her work has appeared on best of the year selections of the Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine and she has been longlisted for the ReLit Award. Born in Ottawa and raised in Newfoundland, Nicole now lives in Toronto. Her upcoming novel The Substitute, will be published by House of Anansi Press in June, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Laura Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Josh is a former Tennessee-state tree climbing champion and a nonfiction writer with publications ranging from the purely journalistic to the experimentally lyric. The author of the memoir On Heights & Hunger, Josh’s essays, reviews, and reportage have won numerous awards and nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and can be found in journals and magazines such as Gulf Coast, The Normal School, Paris Review Daily, Fourth Genre, Arts and Letters, and others. His new book, Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction, will be published by Outpost 19 and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services in April, 2017.
Heidi Mastrogiovanni is a dedicated animal welfare advocate who lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their three rescued senior dogs, Chester, Maggie, and Squeaks. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was chosen as one of ScreenwritingU’s 15 Most Recommended Screenwriters of 2013. The comedy web series she writes and produces, Verdene and Gleneda, was awarded the Hotspot on the Writers Guild of America’s Hotlist. Lala Pettibone’s Act Two, Heidi’s first novel, which will be published by Amberjack Publishing, distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, in February, 2017, embraces the themes found in all of her work: It’s never too late to begin again, and it must be cocktail hour somewhere.
Laura McBride lives in Las Vegas and teaches composition at the College of Southern Nevada. Her first novel, We Are Called to Rise, was a #1 Indie Next Pick. Touchstone Books will publish her new novel, ‘Round Midnight, in May, 2017.
Andrew McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestselling travel memoir, The Longest Way Home. He is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and is also an actor and director. Andrew lives in New York City with his wife, three children, two fish, and one dog. Just Fly Away, his first novel, will be published by Algonquin Young Readers on March 28, 2017. You can find Andrew online at andrewmccarthy.com or on Twitter: @AndrewTMcCarthy.
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Jim McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked on an assembly line and also represented multinational corporations. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Virginia Law School. Published by Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book, Bitter Is the Wind, which he worked on for twenty-five years, is his first novel.
Jarret Middleton is the editor of Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. From 2009 -2014, Jarret co-founded and operated Dark Coast Press, an independent publishing house based in Seattle. His work as a fiction editor has been profiled in Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, The Stranger, and elsewhere. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies, The Breadline Anthology, Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices, and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He lives in Seattle with his wife. Darkansas, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, is his first novel.
New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner is an award-winning journalist and former Parenting magazine columnist who has published 27 books. She is the founder of MyBrownBaby.com, an award-winning blog. She is partnering with Agate Bolden to create the Denene Millner Books line of titles for young readers. The first two titles for the imprint, MyBrownBabyand Early Sunday Morning will be published in Spring, 2017. Denene lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.
Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Fred Minnick, has written the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky Magazine. He is the "bourbon authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR. His newest release, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, was published by Voyageur Press in October, 2016.
Kate Moore is a Sunday Times bestselling author, book editor, and ghostwriter from the UK. In 2015 she directed a critically acclaimed production of These Shining Lives, a play about the radium girls, and found the dial-painters’ story so powerful that she was inspired to write a book about them. The Radium Girls will be published by Sourcebooks in May, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.
Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book, Barbed Wire Baseball, won the California Book Award, Gold medal. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children’s publishing house. Her upcoming graphic memoir, Last Things, will be published by Red Wheel/Weiser in Spring, 2017. Galleys will be available at the closing reception and can also be requested through Sales Manager, Debra Woodward at 978-225-2936.
Sara Flannery Murphy grew up in Arkansas, where she divided her time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. Murphy received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Washington University in St. Louis and went on to study Library Science in British Columbia. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and son. The Possessions is her first novel and will be published by Harper in February, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.
After growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, Finn Murphy dropped out of college more than 30 years ago to become a trucker. Since then he’s covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and his book, The Long Haul, will be published by W.W. Norton in June, 2017.
Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Her debut book, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, earned a starred review from Kirkus. The mice detectives are back on a new investigation, this time tracking down an egg-napper. A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Poached Egg will be published by Creston Books in April, 2017.
Celeste Ng is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You. Her writing has been awarded the Massachusetts Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in Fall, 2017. To learn more about her, visit celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter (@pronounced_ing.
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Kate O’Hearn was born in Canada, raised in New York City, and has traveled all over the United States. She currently resides in England. Kate is the author of four novels about Pegasus and Emily. In addition she is the author of the Shadow Dragon series and a new series about a Valkyrie. The Runaway, the first book in the Valkyrie series, was published by Aladdin in January, 2017.Visit her at KateOHearn.com.
Phaedra Patrick is the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which was a June 2016 Indie Next selection. Previously, Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organizer, and communications manager. She is a prize-winning short story writer and now writes full time. Patrick lives in the UK with her husband and son. Her second novel, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, will be published by Park Row Books in May, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Emer Flounders at Emer.Flounders@
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Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of eight works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO series. His new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, will be published by Scribner in August, 2017. He lives outside Boston.
Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. A Different Pond is his first picture book, and will be published by Capstone Young Readers in August, 2017.
Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born and raised in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well. Geekerella is her third novel and will be published by Quirk Books in April, 2017. Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Nicole De Jackmo, Director of Publicity & Marketing, at email@example.com.
Mark Powell has been called the finest Appalachian novelist of his generation by best-selling author Ron Rash. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State University. His upcoming release, Echolocation, will be published by Tyrus Books in June, 2017.
J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels: The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of the picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as a publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is the founder and editor of the online blog The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature. J.L. teaches creative writing, literature, and composition for Skyline College and served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Her newest novel, Broken Circle, co-authored with her brother M.A. Powers, will be published by Akashic Books in October, 2017. Advance Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Ibrahim Ahmad at firstname.lastname@example.org
M.A. Powers is J.L.’s “little” (but much taller) brother. He has a PhD. in the oncological sciences from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah–Salt Lake City. He is currently a stay-at-home dad and lives in Maine. He is homeschooling his oldest daughter, plays the guitar and keyboards, likes camping and hiking, and enjoys smoking brisket like all good Texas transplants. His dream is to trek across Scotland and sample all of the Scotch distilleries. Broken Circle, co-authored with his sister, is his first book and will be published by Akashic Books in October, 2017. Advance Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Ibrahim Ahmad at email@example.com
Brontez Purnell is author of the cult zine Fag School, frontman for his band The Younger Lovers, and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. He was a guest curator for the Berkeley Art Museum's L@TE program, honored by Out Magazine's Hot 100 List and Most Eligible Bachelors List, and most recently won the 2014 San Francisco Bay Guardian's Goldie for Performance/Music. Brontez's upcoming book Since I Laid My Burden Down, will be published by Feminist Press in June, 2017.
Brian Van Reet was born in Houston. Following the September 11th attacks, he left the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders, achieved the rank of sergeant, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award. Spoils, his first novel, will be published in April, 2017, by Little, Brown and Company.
Liz Reinhardt is the author of the popular indie-published Brenna Blixen YA trilogy and co-writes the popular NA Silver Strand Series with Steph Campbell. Liz was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest New Jersey, and currently lives with her family in coastal Georgia. You can read her blog at www.elizabethreinhardt.
Robert Repino grew up in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. After serving in the Peace Corps, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. His fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, The Coachella Review, and more. He lives in New York and works as an editor for Oxford University Press. His latest novel, D’Arc, follows the novel Mort(e) and the novella Culdesac in the War With No Name series and will be published by Soho Press in May, 2017.
Michael Ruhlman has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Alinea. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking, Ratio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. Ruhlman writes about food and cooking for the New York Times, Gourmet, Food Arts, and other publications. His newest book, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, will be published by Abrams in May, 2017. He lives in Cleveland and New York City.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an acclaimed writer for adults and teens. His novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe won a Printz Honor Award, the Pura Belpre, Lambda, and Stonewall Book Awards. Mr. Sáenz lives in El Paso, Texas. His new novel, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, will be published by Clarion Books in March, 2017. If you would like to receive a link to an e-galley or a physical ARC prior to Wi12, please contact Linda Magram at Linda.Magram@hmhco.com.
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including Water Can Be…, A Leaf Can Be..., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. She lives with her family near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Laura's latest book, If You Were the Moon, will be published by Millbrook Press, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, in January, 2017. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.
Gerda Saunders emigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1984. In 1996 she received a PhD in English from the University of Utah, where she later served as associate director of the Gender Studies Program. Saunders is the author of the short story collection Blessings on the Sheep Dog. She has spoken with the BBC and The Huffington Post about living with dementia, and is the subject of a series of short films being produced by VideoWest and featured on Slate. Her memoir, Memory’s Last Breath, will be published in June, 2017, by Hachette Books.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah Schmidt currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her partner and daughter. See What I Have Done is her first novel and will be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in August, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Becca Putman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and of Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, WIRED, and The Believer, among others. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University and now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA. Shattuck’s newest title, The Women in the Castle, will be published by William Morrow in April, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.
Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir, The Reading List, was the winner of the Canada-Japan Literary Prize in 2012. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Brown University. After the Bloom is her debut novel and will be published by Dundurn in May, 2017. Leslie lives in Toronto.
Quinton Skinner is the author of the novels Amnesia Nights and 14 Degrees Below Zero, as well as the nonfiction books Do I Look Like a Daddy to You?: A Survival Guide for First-Time Fathers and VH1 Behind the Music: Casualties of Rock. He’s written for such publications as Variety, Glamour, and American Theatre, and in the Twin Cities for all three of its major newspapers. He is currently the senior editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine. His newest title, Odd One Out, will be published by Prospect Park Books, distributed by Consortium, in May 2017.
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Ali Standish grew up in North Carolina and spent several years as an educator in the Washington, DC, public school system. She has an MFA in children’s writing from Hollins University and a MPhil in Children’s Literature from Cambridge University. She lives with her Finnish husband and rescue dog in Cambridge, England. Her debut novel The Ethan I Was Before is an Winter/Spring 2017 Children's Indies Introduce selection and will be published by HarperCollins in January. 2017. You can visit her online at www.alistandish.com and on Twitter (@alistandish).
Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Lucy Barton, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Her new novel Anything is Possible will be published by Random House in May, 2017. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his BA from Willamette University in 2010 , and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the back-country of the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Salt Lake City. His novel My Absolute Darling will be published by Riverhead Books in Autumn, 2017.
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Natasha Tarpley is the author of the bestselling picture book I Love My Hair! and other acclaimed titles for children and adults. Natasha is the co-founder of Voonderbar! Media, a multicultural children’s book publishing and media company. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Harlem Charade, is Natasha's newest middle grade novel and will be published by Scholastic Press in January, 2017.
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Naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela has written more than 130 books. He is perhaps best known for his popular state-specific field guide series, which now include books about birds, mammals, trees, and wildflowers. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and working as an active professional naturalist for more than 25 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and Canada and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, Stan's syndicated column appears in more than 25 newspapers, and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. One of his latest books, Backyard Birds: Welcomed Guests at Our Gardens and Feeders, published by Adventure Publications, will be featured at Wi12.
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. The Hate U Give is her first novel and will be published by Balzer + Bray in February, 2017. You can find her at www.angiethomas.com.
C. Spike Trotman was born in Washington DC, grew up in Maryland, and lives in Illinois. She writes, draws, and runs Iron Circus Comics, publisher of critically-acclaimed work such as Poorcraft, The Sleep of Reason, New World, and Smut Peddler. A Kickstarter early adopter, her projects have raised $680,000, revitalizing and inspiring the small press scene.
Laura Trunkey’s fiction has been published in journals and magazines across Canada, and was included in the anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales fromTomorrow. Her non-fiction has garnered two honorable mentions at the National Magazine Awards. She is the author of the children’s novel, The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier (2008). Double Dutch is Laura's U.S. debut and a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce selection which will be published by House of Anansi Press in March, 2017. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and son. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Laura Meyer at email@example.com.
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Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. Her new collection of stories, Wait Till You See Me Dance, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March, 2017. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Peternelle van Arsdale was an executive editor for HarperCollins, Anchor/Doubleday, Hyperion, and Putnam before becoming an independent editor. During her career she has edited multiple New York Times bestsellers and award-winners, including The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. She also conceived, compiled, and edited Kurt Vonnegut’s posthumous collection Armageddon in Retrospect. She never thought she’d write a book, until one day she had a glimmer of an idea that became The Beast Is an Animal, which will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in February, 2017 and is a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce selection. She lives in New York City and is at work on her second novel.
Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, The Kings and Queens of Roam, and the upcoming Extraordinary Adventures, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press in May, 2017.
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Leah Weiss retired in 2015 from a twenty-four-year career as an executive assistant to the headmaster at a private school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she resides. She has written many short stories that have appeared in literary magazines. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in August, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.
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Ben H. Winters is the author of nine novels, including most recently the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books) which was selected as the #1 Indie Next List Great Read for July, 2016. His other work includes the award-winning Last Policeman trilogy, which concluded in 2014 with World of Trouble (Quirk), a nominee for an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Slate. Presently he lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Diana, and their three children.