Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2018

An Indies Introduce Author

Keynote Speakers

Junot Díaz
Islandborn, Penguin Young Readers

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

Sarah Jessica Parker
Editorial Director, Hogarth (SJP)

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

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

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, Inside The New York Times Book Review. Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues which was published in May, 2017 from Henry Holt & Co. She is also the author of four other books By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, and Vogue. Visit her online at

Daniel H. Pink
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Riverhead Books

Daniel H. Pink is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Drive, To Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 35 languages. He lives with his family in Washington, DC. His newest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing was published January 9, 2018 by Riverhead Books. Visit him online at

Gary Shteyngart
Lake Success, Random House

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction). His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Lake Success will be released in Septmeber 2018 by Random House.

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

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

Featured Presenters

Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X, HarperTeen

Elizabeth Acevedo is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in performing arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. With more than fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. The Poet X, which will be published by HarperTeen in March, 2018, is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC. Find her online at

Charles Frazier
Varina, Ecco

Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods. His newest novel, Varina will be released by Ecco in April, 2018.

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

Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at University of California, Berkeley. He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and his new book, Great at Work is publishing in January, 2018 from Simon & Schuster. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), professor Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His academic research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Morten Hansen was also a manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised corporate clients worldwide. Born and raised in Norway, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters, and he travels the world to give keynotes and help companies and people become great at work.

Jesse Mecham
You Need a Budget, Harper Business

Jesse Mecham founded You Need a Budget (YNAB) in 2004 to help him and his new wife, Julie, watch their money. Studying for his masters of accountancy at Brigham Young University at the time, he put his numbers wizardry to work to develop a system to track their expenses that became YNAB. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. His book, You Need a Budget was published in December, 2017 by Harper Business.

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

Dar Williams is a renowned folk musician and composer based in the Hudson Valley who has sold millions of albums and toured across the United States. Williams is also a well-known environmentalist and social justice advocate. What I Found in a Thousand Towns was released in September, 2017 by Basic Books.

Appearing Authors

Heather Abel
The Optimistic Decade, Algonquin Books

Heather Abel was raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended Swarthmore College and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor for political newspapers. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New School, where she later taught creative nonfiction writing. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters. The Optimistic Decade is her first novel, and will be released in May, 2018 by Algonquin Books.

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

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Children of Blood and Bone is her first book, and will be published in March, 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Visit her at Follow her @tomi_adeyemi.

Samira Ahmed
Love, Hate and Other Filters, Soho Teen

Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in a small town in Illinois in a house that smelled like fried onions, cardamom, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools. She's lived in Vermont, Chicago, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. Her debut, Love, Hate and Other Filters will be published in January, 2018 by Soho Teen. Visit her online at

Melissa Albert
The Hazel Wood, Flatiron Books

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney’s, MTV, and more. She lives with her husband in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, where she reads, swims, and experiments in the kitchen. Her debut, The Hazel Wood will be released by Flatiron Books in January, 2018. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert.

Ethan M. Aldridge
Estranged, HarperCollins

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

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

Masoumeh (Masih) Alinejad-Ghomi was born in 1976 in Ghomikola, Babol. She is an award-winning Iranian journalist, broadcaster, blogger and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom movement. A 2011 graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Alinejad currently reports and presents a weekly TV segment on VOA, called Tablet, where she mixes hard news and satire. Masih has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Huffington Post, Time magazine and the Washington Post. The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran will be released in May, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find out more about her work at

Luke Allnutt
We Own the Sky, Park Row Books

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

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

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

Jesse Andrews
Munmun, Amulet Books

Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review. He lives in Brooklyn. Munmun will be published by Amulet Books in April, 2018.

Nick Arvin
Mad Boy, Europa Editions

Nick Arvin’s first novel, Articles of War, was named one of the best books of the year by Esquire, Detroit Free Press, Rocky Mountain News, and The Independent. It won the Rosenthal Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Boyd Award, and was selected for the One Book, One Denver reading program. His second novel, The Reconstructionist, was described as “thrilling and soulful” by David Wroblewski. Arvin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and numerous other periodicals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He lives in Denver. Mad Boy will be published by Europa Editions in June, 2018.

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

John August is a screenwriter whose credits include Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. He is also the creator of the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling school distributed to more than two thousand classrooms worldwide. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John now lives in Los Angeles with his family. Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire (Roaring Brook Press, February, 2018)is the first in John's debut series about a twelve-year-old boy who joins a special scout team to learn how to survive in both the wilds of the forest and the magical world that lies within it. You can find him online at

Eric Barnes
The City Where We Once Lived, Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing (Two Rivers)

Eric Barnes is the author of the novels Shimmer (an IndieNext Pick), and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful, which The Millions called a "remarkable book . . . where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts." He has also published nearly forty short stories in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, The Literary Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and other venues. He is a graduate from the MFA writing program at Columbia University and he currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee. His upcoming The City Where We Once Lived will be published in March, 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing/Arcade Publishing.

Gillian Best
The Last Wave, House of Anansi Press

Gillian Best is a writer, swimmer, and seaside enthusiast. Her debut novel, The Last Wave, is published in North America by House of Anansi Press (March, 2018) and in the UK by Freight Books. She won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition and Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize. She was also longlisted for the WriteIdea Short Story Prize. Originally from Waterloo, Canada, Gillian has been living in the UK for the best part of twelve years. Arriving in Falmouth to study for her Masters in Professional Writing, she later went on to receive her PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She currently lives, works, and swims in Bristol, UK. Visit her online at

David Bowles
Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, Cinco Puntos Press

Legends and myths captured David Bowles’ imagination as a young Latino reader. He was fascinated with epics like The Iliad and The Odyssey. Despite growing up on the United States/Mexico border, he had never read a single Aztec or Mayan myth until he was in college. This experience inspired him to learn the ancient language of Nahuatl and reconnect with that forgotten past. Several of his previous books have incorporated themes from ancient Mexican myths. Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico will be published in February, 2018 by Cinco Puntos Press. Visit him online at

Lauren Bradshaw
Magnolia's Magnificent Map, Cameron Kids (PGW)

Lauren Bradshaw, the designer of a line of artisanal dolls known as Walnut Animal Society, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Walnut Animal Society book series is inspired by Lauren’s hand-sewn stuffed animals, a group of friends whose mission is to create and to always remain curious. In the books, the woodland characters come to life, encouraging children to thoughtfully consider their world, seek answers, and create empathy through understanding. Magnolia's Magnificent Map, publishing April, 2018 by Cameron Kids, is the second book in the Walnut Animal Society series, following Henry's Bright Idea, which was published in August 2016. Henry's Bright Idea follows Henry the Fox and Eleanor the Bear on a journey as they search for Henry's lost idea. Magnolia's Magnificent Map follows Magnolia the Bunny as she explores the walnut grove with her friends, Margaux the Kitty and Chester the Raccoon, looking for that elusive, special place that will complete her map. Find out more about the Walnut Animal Society at

Jamel Brinkley
A Lucky Man: Stories, Graywolf Press/A Public Space Book

Jamel Brinkley was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has received fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He lives in Los Angeles. His debut, A Lucky Man: Stories will be released by A Public Space Book/Graywolf Press in May, 2018.

Jessica Brody
The Chaos of Standing Still, Simon Pulse

Jessica Brody is the author of several popular books for teens, including The Chaos of Standing Still (Simon Pulse, November, 2017), Unforgotten, Unremembered, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and The Karma Club, as well as two adult novels. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at

Shaun Bythell
The Diary of a Bookseller, Melville House

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. The Diary of a Bookseller will be published by Melville House in September, 2018.

Kheryn Callender
Hurricane Child, Scholastic Press

Kheryn Callender is from St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands. They have a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where they studied Fine Arts, Japanese, and Creative Writing, as well as an MFA from The New School’s Writing for Children program, where they studied with David Levithan and Sarah Weeks. Kheryn is now an editorial assistant at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Hurricane Child is their debut and will be published by Scholastic Press in March, 2018.

Tami Charles
Like Vanessa, Charlesbridge

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

YZ Chin
Though I Get Home, Feminist Press

YZ Chin was born and raised in Taiping, Malaysia. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received a master's degree from New York University. Her debut book of fiction, Though I Get Home, is the winner of the inaugural Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and will be released by Feminist Press in April, 2018. Other publications include a poetry chapbook Deter (dancing girl press 2013), as well as pieces in literary journals like Black Static and Paper Darts. Her writing has been honored by the Center for the Book Arts, Glimmer Train, the Solstice 2016 Fiction Prize (judged by Celeste Ng), and the Northwestern Magazine 2010 Short Fiction Contest. She now lives in New York, working as a software engineer by day and a writer by night. Visit her online at

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

Mary H.K. Choi is a culture correspondent at VICE News. Prior to joining VICE, Choi was a writer for Wired, GQ, and The New York Times, where she covered tech, fashion, and pop culture. She has written comic books for Marvel and DC, and is the host of Hey, Cool Job!—a podcast about jobs. Cool ones. Emergency Contact is her first novel, and will be published in March, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Follow her on Twitter at @ChoitotheWorld.

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

Roshani Chokshi ( is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her upcoming middle grade novel which will be published in March, 2018 as the inaugural title of Disney's Rick Riordan Presents imprint, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in Georgia and says "y'all," but she doesn't really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

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

Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News by day, children's book writer by night. Her first book, The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game, made the Texas 2x2 reading list, the Texas Topaz Nonfiction list, the New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, the Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, and the Illinois Monarch Award Master List. Her second book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, came out with Creston Books in Fall, 2017. With her new book, Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing--which publishes in June, 2018 from Creston Books--Nancy unites her passion for musical theatre with her love of children's book, an unbeatable combination.

Cassandra Clare
Queen of Air and Darkness, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Her upcoming Queen of Air and Darkness will be published by Margaret K. McElderry in December, 2018. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

Dhonielle Clayton
The Belles, Disney/Freeform Books

Dhonielle Clayton is the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary—a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers—and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. You can also find her online at or follow her @brownbookworm. The Belles will be released in February, 2018 by Disney's Freeform Books imprint.

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

Amos Clifford is founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, which provides training worldwide in methods of connecting people with nature for their well-being and the well-being of the environment. He is trained as a wilderness rites of passage guide through School of Lost Borders. He has also trained in the Way of Council with School of Lost Borders, The Ojai Foundation, and with guidance of his mentor Gigi Coyle, who is co-author of The Way of Council. Amos has extensive experience as a facilitator in high conflict situations. He holds an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco and has over 40 years of experience in educational settings as diverse as wilderness programs for at-risk youth, residential treatment for recovering addicts, K-12 schools, and community colleges and universities. His book Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature will be released in April, 2018 from Conari Press. Find out more online at

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

Leslie Connor is the author of the upcoming The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle(January, 2018, Katherine Tegen Books), and several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist, Crunch, a Kirkus Best Books, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, a New York Times Notable Book, and the young adult novels Dead on Town Line and The Things You Kiss Goodbye. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can learn more about her online at

Sayantani DasGupta
The Serpent's Secret, Scholastic Press

Like her main character Kiranmala, Sayantani DasGupta grew up far away from the land of her ancestors. She is a pediatrician by training but spends most of her time teaching at the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is the co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories, Bengali folktales (for the Indian market) that she translated into the English language with her mother. The Serpent's Secret will be published by Scholastic Press in February, 2018. When she’s not writing, Sayantani spends time with her family and is a team member of We Need Diverse Books. Visit her online at

Dawn Davies
Mothers of Sparta, Flatiron Books

Dawn Davies has a BA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA from Florida International University. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Special Mention, and her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Best American Essays 2015. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she does everything from work construction to teach college writing. Mothers of Sparta is her debut and will be published in January, 2018 by Flatiron Books.

Andrea Davis Pinkney
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Scholastic Press

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including picture books, novels, and works of poetry and nonfiction. Andrea delivered the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in 2014, an honor that recognizes her significant contributions to literature for young people (see her Arbuthnot lecture here). Andrea also is also a children’s book editor, and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by Network Journal. Martin Rising: Requiem for a King will be published in January, 2018 by Scholastic Press.

Emmanuelle de Villepin
The Devil's Reward, Other Press

Emmanuelle de Villepin was born in France in 1959. As a child she moved to Geneva, where she later attended law school, and then to New York. She has lived in Milan with her husband and three daughters since 1988. De Villepin is the author of several novels, including La vita che scorre (2013), which received the Rapallo Carige Prize; La ragazza che non voleva morire (2008), which received the Fenice-Europa Prize; and Tempo di fuga (2006). Her most recent novel, The Devil's Reward, was short-listed for the Stresa Prize and will be published in the US by Other Press in May, 2018.

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

Alexa Donne works in international television marketing in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Magazine Journalism from Boston University, and previously worked at EF Foundation for Foreign Study, where she managed a bustling Southern region, finding homes for high school foreign exchange students. An avid pop culture fan, Alexa spent many years in Harry Potter fandom, including several positions on staff with convention group HPEF (HP Education Fanon). She coordinated a YA Lit track for HP con Ascendio in 2012, and has been on the YA Lit staff for DragonCon since 2012. Her latest project is Leviosa, a Harry Potter and YA Literature convention. Because she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Alexa is also a mod for /r/YAwriters, co-host of the podcast Upvote YA, co-creator of Author Mentor Match, a mentor with WriteGirl, and a Senior Advisor with College Essay Advisors. Her debut, Brightly Burning will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May, 2018.

Akwaeke Emezi
Freshwater, Grove Press

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, she received her MPA from New York University. She was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Her work has been selected and edited by Chimamanda Adichie, and published in various literary magazines, including Granta. Freshwater is her debut, which will be published in February, 2018 by Grove Press. Visit her online at

Ashley English
Southern from Scratch, Shambhala/Roost Books

Ashley English is a lifelong cook, baker, and gardener with a wide breadth of knowledge on issues of sustainability and foodways. She has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She maintains a blog at and a bi-monthly column at Design*Sponge (200K regular readers). Her Homemade Living series (Lark) launched in Spring 2010 includes four books total. She has regular columns in the new magazines Where Women Cook and Taproot. Ashley and her husband currently reside in Candler, NC, with their young son, baby, and a menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, and bees, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead. Southern From Scratch will be released in April, 2018 from Roost Books.

Aminatta Forna
Happiness, Atlantic Monthly Press

Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water. Forna's books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and Vogue. Her upcoming book, Happiness will be published in March, 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press. She is currently the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University. Visit her online at

Adina Rishe Gewirtz
Blue Window, Candlewick Press

Adina Rishe Gewirtz is the author of Zebra Forest, her critically acclaimed debut novel. Blue Window will be published by Candlewick Press in March, 2018. She coaches writers and spends most of her time at her first love, fiction writing. She lives just outside Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter @AdinaGewirtz.

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

Mario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich. He is the author of 1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names; he has also written thrillers, books for children, and screenplays. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first novel translated into English, and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March, 2018. He lives in Cologne, Germany. Learn more about Sicily from Auntie Poldi on Instagram at @AuntiePoldi.

Hank Green
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Dutton

Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Complexly's videos have received more than 2 billion views on YouTube. Green cofounded a number of other small businesses, including, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world's largest conference for the online video community. In 2017 VidCon drew over 40,000 attendees across three events in Anaheim, Amsterdam, and Australia. Hank and his brother John also started the Project for Awesome, which last year raised more than $2,000,000 for charities including Save the Children and Partners in Health. Hank lives in Montana with his wife, son, and cat. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing will be published by Dutton in October, 2018.

Adele Griffin
Tell Me No Lies, Algonquin Young Readers

Adele Griffin is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone and Be True to Me. She is a two-time National Book Award Finalist for her novels Songs of Liberty and Where I Want to Be. She sits on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony and has worked for many years with 826 National, a nonprofit tutoring outreach program, where she is now on the Advisory Board. Adele lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, New York. Tell Me Know Lies will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in June, 2018. Visit her online at

Terry Griggs
The Iconoclast's Journal, Biblioasis

Terry Griggs is the author of Quickening, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, The Lusty Man, Rogues’ Wedding (shortlisted for the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize), and Thought You Were Dead. Her popular children’s novels include the Cat’s Eye Corner series, and, most recently, Nieve (Biblioasis). In 2003, Terry Griggs was awarded the Marian Engel Award in recognition of a distinguished body of work, and in 2010 honored with the installation of a Project Bookmark Canada plaque in Owen Sound. Her most recent book is the short story collection The Discovery of Honey. The Globe and Mail once described her writing as "like Robertson Davies on speed." Her upcoming The Iconoclast's Journal will be released by Biblioasis in May, 2018. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Viv Groskop
The Anna Karenina Fix, Abrams Press

Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, a crack interviewer. She is the author of I Laughed, I Cried (Orion 2013), and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Mail on Sunday, as well as Front Row, Woman's Hour and Newsnight. The Anna Karenina Fix will be release by Abrams Press in October, 2018. Visit her online at

Minrose Gwin
Promise, William Morrow

Like the characters in her latest novel, Promise, Minrose Gwin grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She began her writing career as a newspaper and wire service reporter in cities throughout the southeast. Her civil rights-era novel, The Queen of Palmyra, was an “Indie Notable Selection” and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her memoir, Wishing for Snow, tells the story of her mother’s descent into mental illness. Wearing another hat, Minrose is also the author of cultural and literary studies books that focus on racial injustice. In Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement, she writes of the reverberating impact of the Civil Rights leader’s martyrdom. She is also a coeditor of The Literature of the American South and has taught as a professor at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Promise will be published by William Morrow in February, 2018.

Doug Hall
Innovation Engineering, AdventureKEEN/Clerisy Press

Doug Hall is an inventor, researcher, and author. A chemical engineer who became a Master Marketing Inventor at P&G (where he and his team of three invented and shipped a record nine new products in just twelve months). Doug has been named one of America's top innovation experts by A&E Top 10, Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Dateline NBC, CNBC, CIO Magazine, and the CBC. Doug’s best-selling books include Jump Start Your Business Brain, which was selected as one of the top 100 business books of all-time by 800 CEO READS, Jump Start Your Brain, Meaningful Marketing, North Pole Tenderfoot and Jump Start Your Brain 2.0. He has also starred in two network television series and a national public radio program, and founded the Eureka! Ranch which has helped Nike, Walt Disney, American Express, Hewlett Packard, Pepsi-Cola, and the Ford Motor Company invent breakthroughs six to ten times each. His upcoming Innovation Engineering will be published in the Summer of 2018 by SdventureKEEN/Clerisy Press.

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

Charlie Harmon is a music editor and arranger. He was the music editor for the estate of Leonard Bernstein, editing the first publications of full scores of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Wonderful Town, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Mass. For four years, Charlie saw Bernstein every day, serving as his social director, gatekeeper, valet, music copyist, and orchestra librarian. He packed Bernstein’s thirty pieces of luggage; got the Maestro to his concerts; kept him occupied changing planes in Zurich, Frankfurt, Tokyo, or Madrid; and learned how to make small talk with mayors, ambassadors, a chancellor, a queen, and a few Hollywood legends. He has also served as the orchestra librarian for the New York Philharmonic, The Vienna Philharmonic, The London Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His book, On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius will be published May 8, 2018 by Charlesbridge/Imagine Publishing. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Steven Hartov
The Soul of a Thief, Hanover Square Press

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

Jennifer Haupt
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, Central Avenue Publishing (IPG)

Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006 to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills will be published in April, 2018 by Central Avenue Publishing (distributed by IPG).

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

A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Mary Winn Heider lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. Through the company, she teaches creative writing to 3rd–5th graders. She also briefly worked in a cadaver lab. Yep, there were heads. Her debut, The Mortification of Fovea Munson, will be released in June, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion. You can visit her online at

Eddie Hernandez
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin Books

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Eddie Hernandez is the executive chef of Taqueria del Sol. He and his business partner, Mike Klank, were nominated for a 2017 James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur Award. Eddie’s recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun. Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen will be published in April, 2018 by Rux Martin Books.

Mick Herron
London Rules, Soho Crime

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer who was born in Newcastle and studied English at Oxford. He is the author of six books in the Slough House series (Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, and the novella The List) and four Oxford mysteries (Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, and Smoke and Whispers), as well as the standalone novels Reconstruction, Nobody Walks, and This Is What Happened. His work has won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel and Ellery Queen Readers Award and been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, CWA Steel Dagger and Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Awards. He currently lives in Oxford and writes full-time. London Rules will be published by Soho Crime in July, 2018.

Sheila Heti
Motherhood, Henry Holt & Co.

Sheila Heti is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker. She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, and is the former Interviews Editor for The Believer magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Harper's, and n+1. Motherhood will be released in May, 2018 by Henry Holt & Co. Visit her online at

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

Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, including his popular Bear and Mole series. First Star: A Bear and Mole Story will be released by Holiday House in May, 2018. He lives in Cincinnati, OH.

Paddy Hirsch
The Devil's Half Mile, Forge Books

Paddy Hirsch has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace. He came to journalism after serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. The author of the nonfiction book explaining economics, Man vs. Markets, The Devil's Half Mile is his fiction debut, and will be released in June, 2018 by Forge Books.

Silas House
Southernmost, Algonquin Books

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

Paul Howarth
Only Killers and Thieves, Harper

Paul Howarth was born and grew up in Great Britain before moving to Melbourne in his late twenties. He lived in Australia for more than six years, gained dual citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich, United Kingdom, with his family. In 2015, he received a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing program, the most prestigious course of its kind in the UK, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. His debut novel, Only Killers and Thieves will be released by Harper in February, 2018.

K.J. Howe
Skyjack, Quercus

K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers. A three-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner, she completed her MA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is an avid traveler who has raced camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, and dove with the great whites in South Africa. She became fascinated by the kidnap and ransom (K&R) world after meeting Peter Moore, a British computer consultant who became the longest-held hostage in Iraq and the only person to survive of the five men who were taken that day. She is the author of The Freedom Broker, and her upcoming Skyjack will be released in April, 2018 by Quercus. Visit her online at

Maria Hummel
Still Lives, Counterpoint Press

Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland (Counterpoint, 2014) and Wilderness Run (St. Martin's, 2003). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. A Stegner Fellow, she taught at Stanford for nine years. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons, and teaches at the University of Vermont. Her upcoming Still Lives will be published by Counterpoint Press in June, 2018. Visit her online at

Blair Hurley
The Devoted, W.W. Norton & Company

Blair Hurley is a Pushcart Prize winner whose work has appeared in West Branch and Mid-American Review, among other publications. A native of Boston, she now lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. The Devoted is her first book and will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in August, 2018. Visit her online at

Michael Imperioli
The Perfume Burned His Eyes, Akashic Books

Michael Imperioli is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam directed by Spike Lee. Imperioli has appeared in six of Lee’s films and has also acted in films by Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Walter Hill, Peter Jackson, and the Hughes Brothers. The Perfume Burned His Eyes is his debut novel, and will be published in April, 2018 by Akashic Books.

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

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

Oliver Jeffers
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, Philomel Books

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck; This Moose Belongs to Me; and Once Upon an Alphabet. He is also the illustrator of the #1 bestsellers The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. There are 5.2 million copies of Oliver’s books in print in the U.S. alone. Oliver has been the recipient of some of children's books highest accolades, including the Nestle Gold Medal for Lost and Found and the Irish Picture Book of the Year for The Incredible Book Eating Boy. An animated film of Lost and Found won a BAFTA for Best Animation in 2009.His newest book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth was published by Philomel Books in November, 2017. His fine art is world-renowned and his dip-art exhibitions are a much sought-after event. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son.

Julia Kaye
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Julia Kaye is an artist and illustrator whose Up and Out webcomic has garnered hundreds of thousands of readers and wide critical praise. Her work has appeared on the upcoming Disney show Big City Greens, in Maxim and Cosmopolitan, and on BuzzFeed and GoComics. Julia lives in Los Angeles. Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition will be published by Andrews McMeel in May, 2018. Visit her online at

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin
Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie, House of Anansi Press/Ambrosia

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin is a journalist and entrepreneur. She has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990. She started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, which specialized in accessories and beauty products, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours — the ultimate luxury rendez-vous for helping women fulfill their lingerie dreams. In 2009, she founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. Born in Canada, she lives in an old millhouse outside of Paris with her husband, five children, and assorted pets. Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie is her first book, and will be released by House of Anansi Press/Ambrosia in February, 2018. Visit her online at

Rosalie Knecht
Who Is Vera Kelly?, Tin House Books

Rosalie Knecht is a social worker in New York City and was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She is the translator of Cesar Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind, a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina. Her debut novel, Relief Map, was published by Tin House Books in 2016. Who is Vera Kelly? will be released in June, 2018, also by Tin House. Visit her online at

Kelli Maria Korducki
Hard To Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up, Coach House Press

Kelli Maria Korducki is a journalist and cultural critic. Her byline has appeared frequently in the Globe and Mail and National Post, as well as in the New Inquiry, NPR, The Walrus, Vice, and The Hairpin. She was nominated for a 2015 National Magazine Award for “Tiny Triumphs,” a 10,000-word meditation on the humble hot dog for Little Brother. A former editor-in-chief of the popular daily news blog Torontoist, Korducki is based in Brooklyn and Toronto. Hard To Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up will be released in May, 2018 by Coach House Press. Visit her online at

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

Ethan J. Kytle is a professor and chair of the department of history at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught for the past ten years. He is a nineteenth-century American historian who completed his BA at Haverford College and his MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships, including a postdoctoral fellowship from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the New England American Studies Association’s Mary Kelley Prize, Ethan has written essays and op-eds for the Journal of Southern History, American Nineteenth Century History, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2014, he published his first book, Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era, with Cambridge University Press. His new book, Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy--co-written with Blain Roberts--will be published in April, 2018 by The New Press.

Alice LaPlante
Half Moon Bay, Scribner

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

Claire Legrand
Furyborn, Sourcebooks Fire

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

Aura Lewis
Gloria's Voice, Sterling Children's Books

Aura Lewis is an illustrator based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program in the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts. Her upcoming book Gloria's Voice will be published by Sterling Children's Books in March, 2018.

Marjorie Liu
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood, Image Comics

Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of over nineteen novels. She is the co-creator of the Eisner-nominated series Monstress published by Image Comics. Monstress Volume 2: The Blood was released in July, 2017, and Monstress Volume 3 is slated for August, 2018. Her comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She currently teaches a course on comic book writing at MIT. Visit her online at

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

Robin Lloyd's early years were spent on the island of St. Croix, where his parents owned a dairy farm and milk plant. As a boy, he grew up sailing in the Caribbean. Lloyd was a foreign correspondent for NBC News for many years, where he reported mostly from Latin America and Africa. He also covered the White House during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Lloyd has created and produced news programs with foreign networks as well as documentaries and segments for domestic stations, including Maryland Public Television. Among his prestigious awards are four Emmys from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region and an Overseas Press Award. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. His upcoming novel, Harbor of Spies will be published by Globe Pequot/Lyons Press in March, 2018.

Regina Louise
Someone Has Led This Child to Believe, Agate Bolden

Regina Louise is a speaker and advocate for foster children and earned an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Somebody's Someone, her national bestselling memoir, was adapted into a one-woman play by the Sacramento Theatre Company. Her story has been featured on All Things Considered, The Tavis Smiley Show, and The Early Show, among others. She lives in Northern California. Someone Has Led This Child to Believe will be published by Agate Bolden in July, 2018.

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

Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (a Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, as well as The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, and the middle grade novel Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. The Universe is Expanding and So Am I will be published by Bloomsbury in May, 2018.

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

Tom Malmquist is a poet and sportswriter. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is his first novel which will be published in January, 2018 by Melville House. He lives in Sweden. Visit him on facebook at

Shahriar Mandanipour
Moon Brow, Restless Books

Shahriar Mandanipour ​is one of Iran’s most accomplished writers, the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 critical essays. Born in 1957 in Shiraz, Iran, he studied political science at Tehran University and bore witness to the 1979 revolution. After the onset of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, he joined the military and volunteered for duty at the front, where he served for more than eighteen months. His first collection of stories was published in 1989; his works were banned between 1992 and 1997. In 2006, he moved to the United States and has held fellowships at Brown, Harvard, and Boston College. Mandanipour’s first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Knopf, 2009), has been widely acclaimed. His upcoming novel, Moon Brow, will be published by Restless Books in April, 2018. He currently teaches creative writing at Tufts University.

Christine Mangan
Tangerine, Ecco

Christine Mangan has her PhD in English from University College Dublin, where her thesis focused on 18th-century Gothic literature, and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tangerine is her first novel, and will be published by Ecco in March, 2018.

Iris Martin Cohen
The Little Clan, Park Row Books

Iris Martin Cohen has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she received a Mariposa fellowship, and has studied Creative Nonfiction at the Writers Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, Bookforum, the New York Sun, the Austin Chronicle, and Habitus. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, has volunteered at 826 Brooklyn, and for four years she ran a successful literary salon and event space in the National Arts Club. Born and raised in New Orleans, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family. The Little Clan is her debut novel, which will be released in April, 2018 by Park Row Books. Visit her online at

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

Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then moved to the United States. Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of her husband and three children, in Arizona. Alma and How She Got Her Name will be published by Candlewick Press in April, 2018. Visit her online at

Stephen McCauley
My Ex-Life, Flatiron Books

Stephen McCauley is the author of six previous novels, including The Object of My Affection, True Enough, and Alternatives to Sex. Many have been national bestsellers, and three have been made into feature films. The New York Times Book Review dubbed McCauley "the secret love child of Edith Wharton and Woody Allen," and he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. His fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper's, Vogue, and many other publications. He currently serves as Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University. In his spare time, he practices yoga, the ukulele, and ironic detachment. My Ex-Life will be published by Flatiron Books in May, 2018.

Dunya Mikhail
The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, New Directions

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965. While working as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer, she faced increasing threats from the authorities and fled to the United States in the mid 1990s. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her first poetry book in English, The War Works Hard, was named one of twenty-five Books to Remember by the New York Public Library and Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq will be published by New Directions in March, 2018. Visit her online at

Jenny Milchman
Wicked River, Sourcebooks Landmark

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

Derek B. Miller
American By Day, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Derek B. Miller has worked on international peace and security for think tanks, diplomatic missions, and the United Nations. His first novel, Norwegian by Night, was an Indies Choice Honor Book, an Economist best book of 2013, and a winner of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Dagger Award. His second novel, The Girl in Green, published in 2017, was long-listed for the Gold Dagger. His newest, American By Day will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April, 2018. Born and raised in Boston, Miller has lived abroad for more than fifteen years, in Norway, Switzerland, Britain, Israel, and Hungary. He now lives in Oslo, Norway. Follow him on Twitter @derekbmiller.

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

Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. Her memoir, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail (Red Hen Press/Boreal Books, June, 2018), won the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature and the 2017 WILLA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in Creative Writing. Visit her online at

Kim Moritsugu
The Showrunner, Dundurn Press

Kim Moritsugu’s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. Her upcoming The Showrunner will be released by Dundurn in June, 2018. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto. Visit her online at

Donald Morrill
Beaut, Blair

Donald Morrill is the author of the nonfiction volumes Impetuous Sleeper, The Untouched Minutes (River Teeth Nonfiction Prize), Sounding for Cool, and A Stranger's Neighborhood, as well as three collections of poetry (among them Awaiting Your Impossibilities, a 2015 Florida Book Award recipient). He has been the Bedell Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and writer-in-residence at the Poetry Center at Smith. Currently he teaches in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Tampa. Beaut, winner of the Lee Smith Novel Prize, is his debut novel, and will be released in May, 2018 by Blair (formerly John F. Blair).

Bethany C. Morrow
MEM, Unnamed Press (PGW)

A California native, Bethany C. Morrow spent six years living in Montreal, Quebec. Her speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on, and investigate worlds not unlike our own. MEM is her debut novel and will be published by Unnamed Press in May, 2018. She currently resides in upstate New York.

Hieu Minh Nguyen
Not Here, Coffee House Press

Hieu Minh Nguyen was born in 1991, a child of Vietnamese immigrants, and his debut collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar, was a finalist for both the MN Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards. Nguyen has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, the Vermont Studio Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft LiteraryCenter. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Offing, BuzzFeed, The Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Terrance Hayes says of Nguyen’s latest, Not Here, “these brilliant poems illuminate those spaces between sincerity and mischief, vulnerability and audacity.” Not Here will be published by Coffee House Press in April, 2018. He lives in Minneapolis. Visit him online at

John Nichols
The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper's Century Long Fight for Justice and for Peace, Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Co-author John Nichols has been associated with The Capital Times for more than 20 years; currently he is Associate Editor of the Opinion pages. He is a national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and is the author and coauthor of ten books including Nation Books' new Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse. He is a commentator for the BBC and a guest on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad. His upcoming The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper's Century Long Fight for Justice and for Peace was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in December, 2017.

Liz Nugent
Lying in Wait, Scout Press

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

Chris Offutt
Country Dark, Grove Press

Chris Offutt is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. His upcoming Country Dark will be published in April, 2018 by Grove Press.

Masatsugu Ono
Lion Cross Point, Two Lines Press (PGW)

Masatsugu Ono is one of Japan’s most lauded contemporary authors. His novel Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave) won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Boat on a Choppy Bay) won the Mishima Prize. In 2015 he received Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Lion Cross Point will be published in April, 2018 by Two Lions Press (distributed by PGW).

Chibundu Onuzo
Welcome to Lagos, Catapult

Chibundu Onuzo was born in 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied History at King's College London and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the same institution. Her short stories have been commissioned by BBC Radio and she writes for the Guardian, with a special interest in Nigeria. Welcome to Lagos will be published by Catapult in May, 2018.

Tommy Orange
There There, Knopf

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California. His debut book, There There will be published by Knopf in June, 2018.

Chuck Palahniuk
Adjustment Day, W.W. Norton & Company

Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of fourteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You and, most recently, Make Something Up. His upcoming Adjustment Day will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in May, 2018. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Emily X.R. Pan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. The Astonishing Color of After is her first novel, which will be released by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in March, 2018. Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

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

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults. Her upcoming Ghost Boys will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in April, 2018. Visit her online at

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

Allison Pearson is the author of the hugely bestselling I Don't Know How She Does It, which was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a national bestseller. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Observer. Pearson's many awards include Columnist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year. She lives in Cambridge, England, with The New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane, and their two children. Her upcoming How Hard Can It Be? will be published in June, 2018 by St. Martin's Press.

Farrah Penn
Twelve Steps to Normal, Jimmy Patterson Books

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

Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake, Delacorte Press

Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her bestselling debut, which was awarded the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City. Her newest book, Neverworld Wake, will be released by Delacorte Press in June, 2018. Visit Marisha online at and on Facebook, and follow @marishapessl on Twitter and Instagram.

Bill Petrocelli
Through the Bookstore Window, Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders and Sexual Harassment on the Job: What it is and How to Stop it. His upcoming Through the Bookstore Window will be published in March, 2018 by by Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book.

Brian Pinkney
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Scholastic Press

Brian Pinkney’s work as a children’s book illustrator and fine artist is known worldwide. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor Books, The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci and Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Brian is also an author, who has written many notable books, including Max Found Two Sticks and On the Ball. He has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honor medals. Martin Rising: Requiem for a King will be published in January, 2018 by Scholastic Press.

Michael Pollan
How to Change Your Mind, Penguin Press

Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. His upcoming How to Change Your Mind will be published in May, 2018 by Penguin Press.

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

Franchesca Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, sought-after speaker, and the host of the award-winning web series Decoded on MTV. With videos topping 12 million views, she has been featured on NPR, Anderson Cooper, CNN, MTV, the BBC, and in the New York Times. A former writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she now has a major late-night television show in development with Comedy Central. Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist is her first book and will be released in May, 2018 by Grand Central Publishing. She lives in New York City. Visit her online at

Kiley Roache
Frat Girl, Harlequin TEEN

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

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

Blain Roberts is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno. Blain is a twentieth-century American historian who completed her BA in history and American studies at Princeton University and her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A recipient of the 2007 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for the best article in southern women’s history, she published her first book, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, with the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. The book was a 2014 Publishers Weekly Notable African American title, the winner of the 2014 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book in southern history written by a woman, and a finalist for the 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians best first book prize. Blain has written op-eds for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book, Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy--co-written with Ethan J. Kytle--will be published in April, 2018 by The New Press.

Keith Rosson
Smoke City, Meerkat Press (Midpoint)

Keith Rosson lives in Portland, Oregon and is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide and the upcoming Smoke City (Meerkat Press, January, 2018). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, December, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. A fierce advocate of public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at

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

Linda Ruffenach is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whisky Chicks. She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America’s native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together. However, she knows that--for many--taking the leap from wine to whisky can be incredibly intimidating. Her objective? Make it easy to take the first step on your own unique bourbon journey. Ruffenach takes pride in creating experiences that make learning about Kentucky bourbon approachable, fun, and informative. Her sense of community and commitment to paying it forward drive her to empower others to bring out their inner badass. How to Be a Bourbon Badass will be published in April, 2018 by Red Lightning Books (distributed by Indiana University Press). Find out more by visiting

Elizabeth Rush
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Milkweed Editions

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

Daniel Salmieri
Bear and Wolf, Enchanted Lion Books

Since he was able to, Daniel has loved making pictures and telling stories. Daniel has illustrated ten books, including three New York Times best-sellers, and has won several awards. He lives in Brooklyn, NY where he takes long walks with his wife Sophia and their dog Ronni. Bear and Wolf will be published in January, 2018 by Enchanted Lion Books.

Brian Selznick
Baby Monkey, Private Eye, Scholastic Press

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Hugo, Wonderstruck, coming to movie theaters in fall 2017, and The Marvels. Among the celebrated picture books Selznick has illustrated are the Caldecott Honor Book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and the Sibert Honor Book When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. His newest book, Baby Monkey, Private Eye will be published in February, 2018 by Scholastic Press. For more information about Brian Selznick’s books, please visit

Suzannah Showler
Most Dramatic Ever: The Bachelor, ECW Press

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

Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and the sequel Thunderhead will be released by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in January, 2018. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and

Yael Shy
What Now?: Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond, Parallax Press

Yael Shy is the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU (the largest campus-wide meditation initiative in the country) and the Senior Director of the Center for Global Spiritual Life at New York University. She leads meditation workshops, classes, and retreats around the country and the world, including at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Berlin, NYU Tel Aviv, Mindful Life, Princeton University, and elsewhere and teaches weekly at MindfulNYU and at the meditation studio MNDFL in Greenwich Village. In 2010, Shy was named one of the "36 under 36" change-makers transforming the Jewish world by Jewish Week newspaper. She has practiced meditation regularly in Jewish, Zen Buddhist, and secular contexts. Yael has been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, the Journal of Interreligious Studies, and the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, among other publications. Yael Shy lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. What Now?: Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond was released in November 2017 by Parallax Press.

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

Rachel Lynn Solomon lives in Seattle and loves tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. A former journalist, she has worked for NPR, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and currently works in education. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is her debut novel, which will be released in February, 2018 by Simon Pulse. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @RLynn_Solomon.

Charles Soule
The Oracle Year, Harper Perennial

Charles Soule is a New York Times-bestselling, Brooklyn-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known for writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine (one of the inspirations for the 2017 film Logan) and various Star Wars comics from Marvel Comics, as well as his creator-owned series Curse Words from Image Comics and the award-winning political sci-fi epic Letter 44 from Oni Press. The Oracle Year will be released in April, 2018 from Harper Perennial.

Stephen Robert Stein
The Oath, Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book

Stephen Robert Stein is a retired orthopedic surgeon living in rural Indiana with his wife, Becky, and they have two children, Matthew and Alyssa. Leaving his thirty-year practice in Phoenix, he moved out to Batesville, Indiana, where he concentrated on writing and enjoying the Midwestern lifestyle. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe laying a solid historical foundation for The Oath (which will be published by Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book in May, 2018) while delving deeper into the reasons behind the Holocaust. His passions include scuba diving, flying, and exploring new environments. He presently serves as the president of the Batesville school board and is active as a director of the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.

Sarah Stonich
The Laurentian Divide, University of Minnesota Press

Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) which was translated into eight languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle, the critically acclaimed novels The Ice Chorus and Vacationland (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and a memoir, Shelter (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). She is also the author of the novel Fishing with Rayanne under the nom de plume Ava Finch. She has been awarded a number of grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. Her new book, The Laurentian Divide will be released by the University of Minnesota Press in Fall, 2018. The founder of, she lives in Minneapolis in a repurposed flour mill and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota. Visit her online at

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

Nadine Strossen, a constitutional law professor at New York Law School, is also a past president of the American Civil Liberties Union, having served in that position from 1991 through 2008. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties issues. Her upcoming book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2018.

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

Angelo Surmelis was raised in Greece until he immigrated to Illinois at the age of five. He currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning designer, Surmelis has been featured on over 50 television shows, including The Today Show, Extra, as well as in magazines such as InStyle, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. He has worked as a host on networks like HGTV and TLC. His debut book, The Dangerous Art of Blending In, will be published by Balzer + Bray in January, 2018. He can be found online at

Rupert Thomson
Never Anyone But You, Other Press

Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including Katherine Carlyle and Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. His new book Nevery Anyone But You will be published in June, 2018 by Other Press. He lives in London.

Lynne Tillman
Men and Apparitions, Soft Skull Press

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted Houses, Motion Sickness, Cast in Doubt, No Lease on Life, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and American Genius, A Comedy. Her nonfiction books include The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore, and Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeanette Watson and Books & Co. Her most recent short story collections are Someday This Will Be Funny, The Complete Madame Realism, and What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts' Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra. Her upcoming Men and Apparitions will be published in March, 2018 by Soft Skull Press.

Fred Van Lente
The Con Artist, Quirk Books

Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, Ten Dead Comedians, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years. Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and several entries the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series. He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning. His upcoming book, The Con Artist will be released by Quirk Books in July, 2018.

Jessica Verdi
And She Was, Scholastic Press

Jessica Verdi is the author of My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn't Me, and What You Left Behind. Her upcoming And She Was will be published by Scholastic Press in March, 2018. She is a graduate of The New School's MFA in Writing for Children program. She currently lives in Brooklyn and you can find her online at

Brendan Wenzel
Hello Hello, Chronicle Books

Brendan Wenzel is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator based in upstate New York. He has a great affection for all things furred, feathered and scaly. His work has appeared internationally in magazines, animations and in several books. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia. Brendan is a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York. His debut picture book, They All Saw a Cat, was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor and an independent bookstore darling. His upcoming Hello Hello will be released by Chronicle Books in March, 2018. You can find more of his work at

Tina Whittle
Necessary Ends, Poisoned Pen Press (IPS)

Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph series—featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her corporate security agent partner Trey—has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, this Atlanta-based series debuted with The Dangerous Edge of Things in 2011; the sixth book—Necessary Ends—is scheduled for release in April 2018 from Poisoned Pen Press. A two-time nominee for Georgia Author of the Year, Tina enjoys boxing, sushi, and reading tarot cards. She is a proud member of Sisters in Crime and serves as both a chapter officer and national board member. Visit her website to follow her on social media, sign up for her newsletter, or read additional scenes and short stories:

Beatriz Williams
The Summer Wives, William Morrow

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

Spencer Wise
The Emperor of Shoes, Hanover Square Press

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

Michael Zadoorian
Beautiful Music, Akashic Books

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

Najwa Zebian
Mind Platter, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, and educator. Her passion for language was evident from a young age, as she delved into Arabic poetry and novels. The search for a home—what Najwa describes as a place where the soul and heart feel at peace—was central to her early years. When she arrived in Canada at the age of sixteen, she felt unstable and adrift in an unfamiliar place. Nevertheless, she completed her education, and went on to become a teacher as well as a doctoral candidate in educational leadership. Her first students, a group of young refugees, led her back to her original passion: writing. She began to heal her sixteen-year-old self by writing to heal her students. Since self-publishing her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016, Najwa has become an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, love, and create fearlessly. Mind Platter will be published by Andrews McMeel in March, 2018. Visit Najwa online at

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