Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2017

An Indies Introduce Author

Roxane Gay
Difficult Women, Grove Press

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, the essay collection Bad Feminist, and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012A Public SpaceMcSweeney’sTin HouseOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionWest BranchVirginia Quarterly Review, NOONThe New York Times Book Review, BookforumTime, the Los Angeles TimesThe Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is also the co-editor of [PANK] magazine. Her newest title Difficult Women was published by Grove Press in January, 2017, and other upcoming books include How To Be Heard, to be published in April, 2017 by Simon & Schuster/TED, and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, coming from Harper in June, 2017.

Photo by Jay Grabiec

Ann Patchett
Commonwealth, Harper

Ann Patchett is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What Now?, and the essay collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her newest book, Commonwealth, was published by Harper in September, 2016. In August 2016, she became the Co-Ambassador for the nonprofit Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc). Binc helps booksellers facing financial crises. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

Photo by Heidi Ross

Kim Scott
Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, St. Martin's Press

Kim Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc. She is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017. Kim has been an advisor at Dropbox, Kurbo, Qualtrics, Shyp, Twitter, and several other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google.  Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking.  Earlier in her career, Kim worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. She is the author of three novels: Virtual Love, The Househusband, and The Measurement Problem. She and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Photo by Margaret Rosser

Lesley Stahl
Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, Blue Rider Press

Lesley Stahl is one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists.  Her career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting.  She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since 1991; the 2016-2017 season marks her 26th on the broadcast.  Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and part of the George H.W. Bush presidencies.  She also hosted Face the Nation from 1983-91 and co-anchored American Tonight from 1989 to 1990.  She is married to author and screenwriter Aaron Latham.  They have one daughter and two granddaughters. Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting was published by Blue Rider Press in April, 2016.

Photo by Ken Pao

Lani Basa

Basa is is the Chief Facilitator for The Business Women’s Circle®. She helped to co-found the company with Myrna Marofsky in 2009 and has been the Executive Director of the organization until becoming the owner of The BWC® in 2016. Along with The BWC®, Basa also has her own consulting firm that focuses on helping businesses and individuals reach their personal and business goals. She also assists in implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System. Her experience comes from over 22 years at Target Corporation where she was responsible for strategic development, leadership, coaching, and professional development. Along the way she hired and developed top talent for the organization. In addition to her corporate and small business experience, Lani was elected to the Victoria City Council in 2013 after serving as the Chair for the Business Development Committee for the City of Victoria. 

Amanda Cebula

Amanda works to develop partnerships with organizations and businesses seeking to apply the KLC leadership framework. She is a Communication Studies graduate from Kansas State University, with minors in Music and Leadership Studies. She also earned a master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. Aside from her passion for leadership development, Amanda enjoys playing the piano, reading, and traveling with her husband.

John (Jay) Cowles

Jay served as a Board member and Chair of Minnesota Center for Book Arts during the 1990s, and participated in the formation of the multi-tenant Open Book strategy. He co-chaired with Chris Mahai the ensuing $7.2 million capital campaign, and served as the first Chair of the Open Book Board of Directors from 2000-2004. Jay’s career includes owning a commercial printing business, management roles in several media-related businesses, and co-founding a professional women’s sports league. Jay worked at his family’s business, Cowles Media Company, from 1985 to 1998, when the company (and the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper) was sold.  He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Harvard College (BA Government ‘76) and Harvard Business School (MBA ‘83).

Paul Currie

Paul Currie's career began at Marks and Spencer where he held senior positions both in stores and the Head Office and later managed the European operation based in Paris. At Hamleys he was appointed Chief Operating Officer as part of the turnaround team with the brief to develop a business model for profitable growth.  He took the 250-year-old iconic toy retailer from a single central London store into a modern omni-channel operation which is now represented around the world.  At Foyles, Paul has introduced many initiatives focusing on people, digital, and service innovations giving Foyles a distinctive market position, and as a result the company is enjoying strong growth and gaining market share.

Chris Hayes
A Colony in a Nation, W.W. Norton

Chris Hayes is the Emmy Award–winning host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, the New York Times best-selling author of Twilight of the Elites, and an editor-at-large at The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, daughter, and son. His newest book, A Colony in a Nation, will be published by W.W. Norton in March, 2017.

Photo by Virginia Sherwood, MSNBC

Donna Paz Kaufman

After managing one of the country’s leading independent bookstore cafes and working in publishing, Donna founded The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates in 1992 with the mission of helping booksellers build skills and insights so that they may lead healthy, life-driven, profitable independent bookstores. She holds a business degree and is a certified trainer in customer service and leadership. Donna is a past president of the Women’s National Book Association and is a public library advocate.

Mark Kaufman

Mark applies his background in human resources, group facilitation, marketing communications, and organization transformation to his work with bookstore students and clients. With an eye for detail and a commitment to excellence, Mark has become one of the book industry’s experts on publisher co-op. He has worked with booksellers to enhance their marketing efforts, develop strategies and materials to facilitate the sale of a store, and resolve staffing and personnel issues.

Chris LaVictoire Mahai
Roar: Strengthening Business Performance Through Speed, Predictability, Flexibility, and Leverage , Aveus Publishing

Chris LaVictoire Mahai is a business leader with a background as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant, investor, writer, speaker, and board member. As the managing partner of Aveus, LLC for the past seventeen years, she has built a profitable, growing strategy and operational change firm serving clients across the globe. Beyond her Aveus leadership role, Mahai also leads engagements with senior executives in key client organizations. Prior to Aveus she held corporate executive roles in the financial services, media, and professional services businesses. Chris has been an active member of corporate and non-profit boards and has a legacy of investments in women-owned and led businesses.

Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, has appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” She has written for a wide range of publications, including Business WeekThe Nation, and Wall Street Journal. Stacy co-founded and coordinates the Advocates for Independent Business and was a founding board member of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance.
Stacy lives in Portland, Maine.

Kevin P. Quinn

Kevin P. Quinn is a respected retail industry expert with 20+ years experience championing local, regional and national initiatives. Kevin was founder and CEO of retail store STYLEDLIFE®, the designer accessories boutique located at Galleria in Edina, MN. STYLEDLIFE was lauded as a Top 5 "new and notable store" nationwide by AOL/MSN CityGuides. Prior to store ownership, Quinn led business development for retail software and digital imaging leader Image Info, Inc. in NYC.  In addition, as Regional Fashion Director for Nordstrom, his responsibilities within marketing and employee training helped open stores for the retailer. Whether in retail, wholesale or consulting, Quinn has been closely involved in the development of new retail store concepts and category disrupting strategic initiatives.

Maria Reitan

Maria Reitan deploys more than 20 years of award-winning, integrated communications experience for her clients. Storytelling is in her blood. It began with her career in television news and spans her work at nationally recognized public relations and advertising agencies Carmichael Lynch and Lola Red. The opportunity to build a unique, dynamic consultancy came her way in 2016, when she joined retail expert Kevin Quinn to launch STYLED RETAIL. This strategy and storytelling consultancy provides a fresh perspective into retail fundamentals with an emphasis on customer service, experiential retail and operational success. A nationally recognized marketing-to-women expert, for the decade Reitan has shared her insights with listeners of her weekly radio show. PurseStrings reaches tens of thousands of business professionals around the world.

Gail See

Gail See was an ABA member bookseller for eighteen years as owner and manager of the Bookcase, Wayzata, Minnesota.  She served on the board of the American Booksellers Association from 1983 -1988 and as president from 1984-1986.  She also sat on the board of American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression from 1994-1998. She served as board member and vice-chair of The Loft Literary Center from 1987-1991.  She was a founding member of Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 1986 and board chair from 1988-1990. Gail is a current member of the board of Graywolf Press and the Friends of the University Libraries.  She is a founding member of the Open Book.  She was a board member of the Hennepin County Library Foundation from 1999-2004, and vice chair 2002-2004. In 1999 Gail received Kay Sexton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Minnesota Community of the Book.

Joe Skifter

Joe Skifter’s years of experience in operational management prepared him for his current position with Open Book as General Manager. His responsibilities include fiscal, operational and communication resulting in the advancement and sustainability of Open Book’s long-term strategic goals and fiscal stability. Joe is the sole Open Book employee reporting to the Acting Director and the Open Book Board Chair. He joined Open Book in February, 2011 as a consultant and was named General Manager on January 1, 2012. 

Jessamyn Stanley
Every Body Yoga, Workman Publishing Company

Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star (@mynameisjessamyn). She has been profiled and/or featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Good Morning AmericaNew YorkGlamourShapePeople, and the Huffington Post, among others. When she’s not on the road teaching, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.  Jessamyn will be offering early morning yoga classes on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during Wi12.  Please check the event schedule for times and location

Thomas Stanley

In his role as the Director of Business Initiatives, Thomas utilizes his passion for organizations and communities to inspire greater engagement. In 2008, he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wichita State University. For fun, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife, Ashley, their daughter, Charlotte, and son Peter.

Sara Stern

As the owner and CEO of Family Business Minnesota, Sara Stern helps family businesses become better at becoming cohesive and functional teams. As the former director of the Family Business Center at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, an experienced coach, and an EOS Implementer, she has a clear understanding of the unique needs family businesses face and she thrives on helping clients find maximum benefit in their work lives.

Max Thomas

Max Thomas is a nationally recognized digital marketing specialist who is an expert on organic search and data-driven digital marketing who has spoken at SMX and SMX Advanced, LMA Southeast, LMA Tech in San Francisco, IndieBound 2016 at American Booksellers Association, SecretSauce in London, and other industry recognized conferences. As the founder and CEO of thunderactive, Max has lead his team (with offices in San Diego and New York City) to success for clients in legal, real estate, life sciences, consumer goods and new tech.

A Columbia undergraduate with a Yale MBA, Max is an Impact Circle Member for The Trevor Project and is an advisor/mentor to start-up companies and angel investment networks, including Gaingels and Serval Ventures in New York City.

Kevin Whelan

For more than 20 years Kevin has organized and led professional communications efforts for groups pursuing racial and economic justice.  Kevin has worked with organizations including Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). From 2012 – 2014 he served as National Campaign Director of the Home Defenders League.  In addition to work with MN350, he works closely with Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MN NOC) and volunteers with the international non-profit Give Us Wings. He and his family, including two great, spirited daughters, live in Minneapolis.

Omar El Akkad
American War: A Novel, Knopf/Random House

O​mar​ El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. He is a recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. ​His upcoming novel, American War, will be published by Knopf in April, 2017. Omar currently lives in Portland, Oregon.


Hala Alyan
Salt Houses, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

After living in various parts of the Middle East, Hala Alyan completed a doctorate in psychology and is now in practice at New York University. She has been published in Guernica and other literary journals, and is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Alyan is also a seasoned performer, and her TEDx talk and appearances can be viewed at She lives in New York City. Her upcoming novel, Salt Houses, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May, 2017.

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan


Sarah Andersen
Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection, Andrews McMeel

Sarah Andersen is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of Sarah, her friends, and her beloved pets.She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives in Brooklyn. Sarah's upcoming release, Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection, will be published by Andrews McMeel in March, 2017.


Jodi Lynn Anderson
Midnight at the Electric, HarperTeen/HarperCollins

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the bestselling author of several books for young people, including Tiger Lily, one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, and My Diary from the Edge of the World, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015. Her upcoming young adult novel ​Midnight at the Electric will be published by HarperTeen in June, 2017. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and son.

Natalie C. Anderson
City of Saints & Thieves, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children's Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel and Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce selection, City of Saints & Thieves, which will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers in January, 2017.


M.T. Anderson
Yvain, Candlewick

M. T. Anderson is the author of many books for young adults, including most recently Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His latest book, Yvain: The Knight of the Lion will be published by Candlewick in Spring, 2017. To request a NetGalley copy of Yvain, please contact Jamie Tan,

Diksha Basu
The Windfall, Crown Publishing/Random House

Diksha Basu is a writer and occasional actor. Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and now divides her time between New York City and Mumbai. Her upcoming novel, The Windfall, will be published by Crown in June, 2017.​

Photo by Mikey McCleary

Marina Benjamin
Middlepause: On Life After Youth, Catapult

Marina Benjamin is the author of two previous memoirs, Rocket Dreams, short-listed for the Eugene Emme Award, and Last Days in Babylon, long-listed for the Wingate Prize. Her newest book, The Middlepause: On Life After Youth, will be published by Catapult in March, 2017. She lives in London and is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon.

Scott Bergstrom
The Cruelty, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

Scott Bergstrom is a traveler, photographer, and writer who lives in Colorado with his wife and daughters. The Cruelty is his fiction debut and will be published by Feiwel & Friends in February, 2017.

Richard Blais
So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours , Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Richard Blais is a chef, restaurateur, James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author and television personality, most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars. Blais is now a judge on Top Chef, as well as a rotating judge on Fox's hit show MasterChef. He has restaurants in Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, and San Diego and currently resides in California. His next cookbook​, So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May, 2017.

Photo by Jim Sullivan


Misha Maynerick Blaise
This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe, Lyon Press/Globe Pequot

Misha Maynerick Blaise has partnered with brands such as Urban Outfitters, West Elm, CB2, Oopsy Daisy and The New York Times Style Magazine.  In 2015 she was selected as the winner of the portfolio showcase at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference in Austin, Texas and in 2007, she was selected to contribute to a nationally acclaimed public art exhibit in Chicago tilted  “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.”  Misha's upcoming book This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe, will be published by Lyon Press in March, 2017. She and her husband own a green-building company in Austin.


Christopher Bohnet
Vanished Splendor: The Colorful World of the Romanovs, Pegasus Books

Christopher Bohnet is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living in Minneapolis. The owner and founder of xt4, inc., a boutique design firm, Christopher has designed art, education, and children’s books. With ancestral roots in the former USSR, he’s passionate about all things Russian, particularly Russian art and history. The illustrations in Vanished Splendor: The Colorful World of the Romanovs, to be published by Pegasus in March, 2017, highlight some of Christopher's most beautiful and intricate work.

Ed Brubaker
Kill or Be Killed, Image Comics

Ed Brubaker is one of the most acclaimed writers in comics, winning five Eisner and Harvey Best Writer Awards in the last ten years. His bestselling work with artist Sean Phillips on Criminal, ​Incognito, ​Fatale, and ​The Fade Out, has been translated around the world to great acclaim, and Marvel's movies featuring his co-creation, The Winter Soldier, have all been international blockbusters. Ed lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their crazy dog, where he works in comics, film, and television, most recently on HBO's new hit series Westworld.​ His newest graphic novel, Kill or Be Killed, once again teaming with Sean Phillips, will be published by Image Comics in January, 2017.


Thi Bui
A Different Pond, Capstone Young Readers

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and grew up in California and New York. She draws, writes, and teaches. She recently completed her first graphic novel, The Best We Could Do (Abrams, 2017), which is memoir about her mother and father and was selected as a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title. Bui is the illustrator of A Different Pond, which will be published by Capstone Young Readers in August, 2017.

Susan Burton
Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, The New Press

Susan Burton has been a Starbucks “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, a Soros Justice Fellow, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow at the California Wellness Foundation, and received the Citizen Activist Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, will be published by The New Press in April, 2017. ​She lives in Los Angeles.

Nickolas Butler
The Hearts of Men, Ecco/HarperCollins

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally-bestselling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men, which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards and will be published in the US by Ecco in March, 2017.   Along the way, he has worked as a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Lumberyard, The Christian Science Monitor, Narrative, Sixth Finch, and several other publications. He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children. E-Galleys of The Hearts of Men are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.

Photo by Olive Juice Studios

Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next, Random House Children's Books

Julie Buxbaum is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Three Things, her debut young adult novel, and the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. Her upcoming novel, What to Say Next, will be published by Random House Children's Books in July, 2017. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two young children. Visit Julie online at and follow @juliebux on Twitter.


Kayla Cagan
Piper Perish, Chronicle Books

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
Roar, Tor Teen/Macmillan

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.

Photo by Matt Tolbert

Leah Carroll
Down City, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette

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.


Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)
How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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
Kill All Happies, Disney-Hyperion

Rachel Cohn is the New York Times best-selling author of several young adult novels, including GingerbreadShrimpCupcake, 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 or on Twitter @rachelcohn.

Vicki Covington
Once in a Blue Moon, John F. Blair, Publishers

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
Miss Burma, Grove Press

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

Photo by Roy Zipstein

Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Nightingale, Candlewick

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
Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish, Milkweed Editions

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 SunOrion, and Angler’s Journal. Also a fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.

Rebecca Donnelly
How to Stage a Catastrophe, Capstone Young Readers

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
The Lotterys Plus One, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

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.

Photo by Mark Raynes Roberts


Bob Eckstein
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores : True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers, Clarkson Potter/Random House
Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster). His cartoons, OpEds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York TimesNew York Daily NewsMAD magazineBarron’sReaders DigestThe SpectatorProspectWall Street JournalPlayboy, among many others. He was a columnist for the Village VoiceNew York Newsday, and Time Out New York. He has been interviewed in over 100 TV, radio and magazine spots including Good Morning America and People magazineFootnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers, his beautiful homage to independent bookstores, was published by Clarkson Potter in October, 2016.
Alexandra Elle
Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose, Andrews McMeel

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 Finan
Drunks: An American History, Beacon Press

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
The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It, Basic Books/Perseus Book Group

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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Laurie Forest
The Black Witch, HarlequinTEEN/Harlequin


Laurie Ann Forest lives in the backwoods of Vermont with her husband, four teenaged daughters and two cats.  When she's not practicing dentistry, she's sitting in front of a wood-stove drinking tea and dreaming up stories of dryads, dragons, and wands. The Black Witch is her first novel, and will be published by HarlequinTEEN in May, 2017. Enter her realm at Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Siena Koncsol at​.
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Jenny Forrester
Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir, Hawthorne Books

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts MagazineNailed MagazineHip MamaThe Literary KitchenIndiana 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.

Brian Freeman
Marathon, Quercus

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 DeadThe 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
The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost, Oxford University Press

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

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Emily Fridlund
History of Wolves, Atlantic Monthly Press

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 ReviewZyzzyva, FiveChapters, New Orleans ReviewSou'westerNew Delta ReviewChariton ReviewPortland Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Fridlund's collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.  Her first novel, History of Wolves, published by Atlantic Monthly Press in January, 2017, has been chosen as the # 1 Indie Next List Great Read for that month. 

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Tony Fucile
Poor Louie, Candlewick

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
The Case of the Stinky Stench, Sterling

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
The People We Hate at the Wedding, Flatiron Books/Macmillan

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

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Malin Persson Giolito
Quicksand, Other Press

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
Defy the Stars, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette

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
Our Short History, Algonquin Books

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  Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Craig Popelars at

Gabe Habash
Stephen Florida, Coffee House Press

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
The Princeling of Nanjing, House of Anansi Press

​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

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Heather Harpham
Happiness, Holt/Macmillan

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 B​urning, 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
The Widow Nash, Counterpoint

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
Rabbit Cake, Tin House Books

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
Mikhail and Margarita, Europa Editions

Julie Lekstrom Himes’ short fiction has been published in ShenandoahThe 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
Faithful, Simon & Schuster

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of OppositesPractical MagicThe Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe 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
The Velveteen Daughter, SheWrites Press/Ingram Publisher Services

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
At the Edge of the Universe, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children's Books

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

Dr. John Hutton
Dogs!, blue manatee press/IPG

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
The Opposite of Everyone, William Morrow/HarperCollins

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

Pam Jenoff
The Orphan's Tale, Mira Books/Harlequin

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

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William Joyce
Ollie’s Odyssey, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

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
Small Homes: The Right Size, Shelter Publications/PGW

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
Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters, Biblioasis

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
A Piece of the World, William Morrow/HarperCollins

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in HandThe Way Life Should BeDesire Lines and Sweet Water. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco ChronicleMoney, MorePsychology 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
The Leavers, Algonquin Books

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

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Lesley Krueger
Mad Richard, ECW Press

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

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Mary Kubica
Every Last Lie, Park Row Books/Harlequin

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good GirlPretty 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

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Caitriona Lally
Eggshells, Melville House

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
Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, University of Minnesota Press

Lorna Landvik is the author of ten novels including the best-selling Patty Jane’s House of CurlAngry Housewives Eating BonBonsOh 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


Khary Lazarre-White
Passage, Seven Stories Press

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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Fonda Lee
Exo, Scholastic Press

Fonda Lee is the author of Zeroboxer, an Andre Norton Award finalist, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Fonda's upcoming novel, Exo, will be published by Scholastic Press in January, 2017.
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J. Robert Lennon
Broken River, Graywolf Press

J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including MailmanFamiliar, 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 ReviewGrantaHarper’sPlayboy, and the New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.

Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Pirate King, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan


Tricia Levenseller is from a small town in Oregon, but she now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and Editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn. Daughter of the Pirate King is her debut novel and a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce selection for teens to be published by Feiwel & Friends in February, 2017.


Alan Lightman
Song of Two Worlds, Red Hen Press

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’sSalonThe New YorkerThe 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

Benjamin Ludwig
The Original Ginny Moon, Park Row Books/Harlequin

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

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Nicole Lundrigan
The Substitute, House of Anansi Press

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

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Josh MacIvor-Andersen
Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction, Outpost 19/Ingram Publisher Services

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
Lala Pettibone's Act Two, Amberjack Publishing/Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books

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
'Round Midnight, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster

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
Just Fly Away, Algonquin Young Readers

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 or on Twitter: @AndrewTMcCarthy.

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Jim McDermott
, Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book

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
Darkansas, Dzanc Books

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 WeeklingsVol. 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.

Denene Millner
Early Sunday Morning, Agate Bolden

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, 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.

Fred Minnick
Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth​ of an American Whiskey, Voyageur Press/Quarto Publishing Group USA

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 RiseWhisky Advocate, and Whisky Magazine. He is the "bourbon authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This MorningEsquireForbes, 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
The Radium Girls, Sourcebooks

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
Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Love and Loss, Red Wheel/Weiser

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.

Brandon Mull
Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure, Shadow Mountain
Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker. For a couple of years, he lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, where he learned Spanish and juggling. He currently lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and dog named Buffy. Brandon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure, will by published by Shadow Mountain in March, 2017.​


Sara Flannery Murphy
The Possessions, Harper/HarperCollins

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.

Finn Murphy
The Long Haul, W.W. Norton

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
A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Poached Egg, Creston Books

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
Little Fires Everywhere, Penguin Press

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 or follow her on Twitter (@pronounced_ing.

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Kate O'Hearn
Valkyrie: The Runaway, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children's Books

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

Phaedra Patrick
Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, Park Row Books/Harlequin

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

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Benjamin Percy
The Dark Net, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead LandsRed Moon, and The Wilding, and two story collections. He lives in Minnesota. His newest novel, The Dark Net, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August, 2017.​
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Tom Perrotta
Mrs. Fletcher, Scribner, Simon & Schuster

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
A Different Pond, Capstone Young Readers

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 ReduxA Different Pond is his first picture book, and will be published by Capstone Young Readers in August, 2017.

Ashley Poston
Geekerella, Quirk Books

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


Mark Powell
Echolocation, Tyrus Books

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
Broken Circle, Akashic Books

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels: The ConfessionalThis 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


M.A. Powers
Broken Circle, Akashic Books

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


Natasha Pulley
The Bedlam Stacks, Bloomsbury

Natasha Pulley is the author of the Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce selection The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. She studied English literature at Oxford University and earned a creative writing M.A. at the University of East Anglia. She lives near Ely in Cambridgeshire, England. The Bedlam Stacks is her second novel and will be published by Bloomsbury in August, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.


Brontez Purnell
Since I Laid My Burden Down, Feminist Press

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
Spoils, Lee Boudreaux Books, Little, Brown and Company

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
Rebels Like Us, HarlequinTEEN/Harlequin

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, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @lizreinhardtRebels Like Us will be published by HarlequinTEEN in February, 2017. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting​ Siena Koncsol at


Robert Repino
D'Arc, Soho Press

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 b​e published by Soho Press in May, 2017.

Michael Ruhlman
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, Abrams

Michael Ruhlman has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry CookbookBouchon, and Alinea. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including The Soul of a ChefThe Elements of CookingRatio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. Ruhlman writes about food and cooking for the New York TimesGourmetFood 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.

Greg Ruth
Old Turtle: Question from the Heart, Scholastic Press

Greg Ruth is the New York Times bestselling author of the graphic novels The Lost Boy and Indeh. He has also created numerous picture books, including Coming Home; Red Kite, Blue Kite, written by Ji-li Jiang; and A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess, written by James Preller. Greg also illustrated President Barack Obama’s first inaugural address, which was published as the picture book Our Enduring Spirit. Greg has also created music videos for Prince and Rob Thomas, and illustrations for companies such as Criterion, CNN, the New York Times, Dark Horse Comics, and Vertigo, among others. He is the illustrator of the upcoming picture book Old Turtle: Question from the Heart,which will be published by Scholastic Press in March, 2017. He lives and works in Western Massachusetts. Visit his website at
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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

Laura Purdie Salas
If You Were the Moon, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group

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

Gerda Saunders
Memory’s Last Breath, Hachette Books

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.


Melissa D. Savage
Lemons, Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House

Melissa D. Savage is a writer and a therapist, working in bereavement counseling with children and families who have lost loved ones. Her desire to write purposeful, issue-driven books for young people, coupled with her interest in cryptozoology and the mystery of Bigfoot, inspired her to write her debut middle grade novel and Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce pick Lemons, which will be published by Crown Books for Young Readers in May, 2017. Melissa lives in Minneapolis. You can follow her on Twitter at @melissadsavage, and visit her at


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done, Atlantic Monthly Press

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

Jessica Shattuck
The Women in the Castle, William Morrow/HarperCollins

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
After the Bloom, Dundurn

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
Odd One Out, Prospect Park Books/Consortium

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 VarietyGlamour, 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
The Ethan I Was Before, HarperCollins

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 and on Twitter (@alistandish).

Elizabeth Strout
Anything is Possible, Random House

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
The Nest, Ecco/HarperCollins

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


Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling, Riverhead Books/Penguin

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
The Harlem Charade, Scholastic Press

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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Stan Tekiela
Backyard Birds: Welcomed Guests at Our Gardens and Feeders, AdventureKEEN

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
The Hate U Give, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

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

C. Spike Trotman
Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well on Less, Iron Circus Comics/Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

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 PoorcraftThe Sleep of ReasonNew World, and Smut Peddler. A Kickstarter early adopter, her projects have raised $680,000, revitalizing and inspiring the small press scene.


Laura Trunkey
Double Dutch, House of Anansi Press

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

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Deb Olin Unferth
Wait Till You See Me Dance, Graywolf Press

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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Deepak Unnikrishnan
Temporary People, Restless Books
Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer and taleteller from Abu Dhabi -- and now Chicago. He has lived on the East Coast and in the Midwest, reciting and mining his myths in Teaneck, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago’s North and South sides. He has studied and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and presently teaches at New York University Abu Dhabi. His debut novel, Temporary People, was the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing and a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce selection.  It will be published by Restless Books in March, 2017.


Peternelle van Arsdale
The Beast is an Animal, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

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
Extraordinary Adventures, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan

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 FishRay in ReverseThe Watermelon KingMr. Sebastian and the Negro MagicianThe 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
If the Creek Don't Rise, Sourcebooks Landmark

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.

Photo by Ashley Ancheta

Ben H. Winters
Underground Airlines, Mullholland Books/Hachette

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.


Douglas Wood
Old Turtle: Question from the Heart, Scholastic Press

Douglas Wood is the author of more than thirty books, including Old Turtle and the Broken TruthA Quiet Place, and Where the Sunrise Begins, as well as several New York Times bestsellers. An accomplished songwriter, musician, and wilderness guide, Douglas makes his home in a cabin in the woods in Minnesota. His upcoming picture book, Old Turtle: Question from the Heart, will be published by Scholastic Press in March, 2017. Visit him online at
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