Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2020

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Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column appears on the op-ed page of The New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. She serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN America. From 2011 to 2018 she served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and also provided counsel for the TV series Transparent and I Am Cait. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for human rights. She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie. They have a son, Sean and a daughter, Zai. Good Boy will be published by Celadon Books in April 2020.
Appearing at: Thursday Breakfast Keynote - In Conversation with Parul Sehgal

W. Paul Coates
Founder and Director, Black Classic Press

W. Paul Coates is the founder and director of the Black Classic Press, which he established in 1995 to produce books and documents using digital print technology. Black Classic Press specializes in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. Coates formerly served as an African American Studies reference and acquisition librarian at Howard University’s Moorland–Spingarn Research Center. He was the Maryland state coordinator of the Black Panther Party, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Black Panther Party Archives at Howard University.
Appearing at: Friday Late Morning Keynote Panel

Joshua Clark Davis
From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, Columbia University Press

Joshua Clark Davis is an assistant professor of United States history at the University of Baltimore focusing on social movements, policing, capitalism, and African American history. His book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2017), explores how small businesses such as organic food stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American bookstores emerged from social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and '70s. Josh is a co-editor of the essay collection Baltimore Revisited: Stories of Inequality and Resistance in a U.S. City (Rutgers University Press, 2019). Josh has also written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, and Jacobin, and his work has been featured in Time, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, and The Nation.
Appearing at: Friday Late Morning Keynote Panel, Lunchtime Author Reception

Shirikiana Aina Gerima
Owner, Sankofa Video Books and Cafe

Gerima is an independent filmmaker and owner of Washington, D.C.’s Sankofa Video Books and Cafe. A graduate of Howard University and UCLA, Gerima has written, produced, and directed several award-winning and critically acclaimed independent films on topics ranging from the pan African experiment of the Nkrumah years to political prisoners in the U.S. to ’70s gentrification and displacement of people of color.
Appearing at: Friday Late Morning Keynote Panel

Ryan Raffaelli
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Ryan Raffaelli is an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Raffaelli examines how innovations transform industries, organizational reinvention, and leading change. His research introduces the concept of "technology reemergence," a process whereby mature organizations and industries faced with technological change reinvent themselves. He also studies how leaders infuse values and meaning into institutions during periods of instability. His work has been covered by such media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Fortune, CNBC, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.
Appearing at: Wednesday Breakfast Keynote

Judy Richardson
Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, University of Illinois Press

Richardson is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and lifelong civil rights activist. She has authored numerous academic articles and conducts professional development workshops for teachers on the Civil Rights Movement using selections from her award-winning PBS series, Eyes on the Prize. She helped open Drum & Spear Bookstore in Washington, D.C.; a publishing house followed, where she became its children’s editor.
Appearing at: Friday Late Morning Keynote Panel

Parul Sehgal
Book Critic, The New York Times

Parul Sehgal is a book critic at The New York Times. She was previously a columnist and senior editor at The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Bookforum, The New Yorker, Tin House, and The Literary Review, among other publications, and she was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism. She has been a featured speaker at TED and teaches at NYU and the Center for the Humanities at CUNY.
Appearing at: Thursday Breakfast Keynote - In Conversation with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Rebecca Solnit
Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir, Viking

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Lit Hub. Recollections of My Nonexistence will be published by Viking in March 2020.
Appearing at: Wednesday Afternoon Keynote, Evening Author Reception

Featured Presenters

Julia Alvarez
Afterlife, Algonquin Books

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and 11 books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and the National Medal of Arts. Afterlife, Alvarez’s first adult novel in over a decade, will be published by Algonquin Books in April 2020.
Appearing at: Writing in Times of Crisis Panel; Evening Author Reception

Beck Bailey
Director of the Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Beck Bailey is the director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. An LGBTQ advocate and out transgender man, he focuses on helping America’s workplaces become more LGBTQ inclusive through employee engagement and education. Prior to joining the Human Rights Campaign in 2014, Bailey spent 25 years in the private sector in operations and change management roles. He holds a BS in management from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.

Jeanine Cummins
American Dirt, Flatiron Books

Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch, and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. Her upcoming American Dirt will be published by Flatiron Books in January 2020. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Appearing at: Creating Conversations Around American Dirt Session

Tina Hay
Napkin Finance, Dey Street Books

Napkin Finance is a multimedia company that grew out of founder Tina Hay's own need for a better way to learn and understand finance. Hay and her team developed their brand and platform as a quick and easy resource on everything you need to know about money in 30 seconds or less. Their mission is to empower readers to manage their money and understand basic financial concepts in a simple, fun, and engaging way. In addition to Napkins, they have developed a wide range of products and features including videos, life events, NapkinGrams, and a glossary of terms. Hay's book, Napkin Finance, will be published by Dey Street Books in December 2019.

Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Ibram X. Kendi is the New York Times bestselling author of Stamped from the Beginning, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and How to be an Antiracist. He is a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. One of America's leading antiracist voices and a frequent public speaker, Dr. Kendi is also a columnist at The Atlantic. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C. He invites you to visit him online at IbramXKendi.com.
Appearing: In Conversation with Jason Reynolds - Friday, 1:45-3:00pm

Erik Larson
The Splendid and the Vile, Random House

Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than 9 million copies. His books have been published in nearly 20 countries. His upcoming The Splendid and the Vile will be published by Random House in February 2020.
Appearing at: Writing in Times of Crisis Panel

James McBride
Deacon King Kong, Riverhead Books

James McBride is an accomplished musician and author whose books have been translated into 19 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. He is the author of the National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling The Good Lord Bird, which Showtime is turning into a television series; the bestselling American classic The Color of Water; and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was adapted into a film by Spike Lee with a screenplay written by McBride. He is also the author of Kill 'Em and Leave, a biography of James Brown. Awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama “for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America,” McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Deacon King Kong will be published by Riverhead Books in March 2020.
Appearing at: Writing in Times of Crisis Panel

Jason Reynolds
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, and Look Both Ways. He is a National Book Award finalist; the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors; and the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award, among other honors. He lives in Washington, D.C and invites you to visit him online at JasonWritesBooks.com.
Appearing: Evening Author Reception; In Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi - Friday, 1:45-3:00pm

David Simon
The Audacity of Despair, Akashic Books

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama Homicide and HBO’s The Corner, Generation Kill, Treme and Show Me A Hero. A 2010 MacArthur Fellow, Simon is the author of two books of narrative nonfiction, Homicide and The Corner, along with two forthcoming collections of essays and journalism from Akashic Books.
Appearing at: Writing in Times of Crisis Panel

Matt Stoller
Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, Simon & Schuster

Matt Stoller is a Fellow at the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor and Budget Analyst to the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked in the US House of Representatives on financial services policy, including Dodd-Frank, the Federal Reserve, and the foreclosure crisis. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Vice, and Salon. He lives in Washington, DC. Goliath is his first book and was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019.
Appearing at: Tuesday's Anti-Trust Symposium (Washington, DC)

Appearing Authors

Janella Angeles
Where Dreams Descend, Wednesday Books

Janella Angeles is a Filipina-American writer who works in children’s publishing by day while penning novels by night. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a B.A. in writing, literature, and publishing, but found the most valuable way of learning to write was in creating glorious Harry Potter fanfiction and reading obscene amounts of books. She currently resides in Massachusetts. Where Dreams Descend is her first book and will be published by Wednesday Books in June 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Jessica Anthony
Enter the Aardvark, Little, Brown and Company

Jessica Anthony is the author of The Convalescent (McSweeney’s/Grove) and Chopsticks (Penguin), a multimedia novel created in collaboration with designer Rodrigo Corral. Her short stories can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. She has recently received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Bridgeguard Foundation in Slovakia, the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, and the Maine Arts Commission. Anthony has been a butcher in Alaska, an unlicensed masseuse in Poland, and a secretary in San Francisco. Currently, she lives in Portland, Maine. Enter the Aardvark will be published by Little, Brown and Company in March 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Kendra Atleework
Miracle Country: A Memoir, Algonquin Books

Kendra Atleework received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. An essay that formed the basis for a chapter of Miracle Country was selected for The Best American Essays 2015. She is the recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award. Miracle Country, which will be published in June 2020 by Algonquin Books, is her first book.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Dean Atta
The Black Flamingo, Balzer + Bray

Dean Atta’s poems deal with themes of race, gender, and identity. He regularly performs across the U.K. and internationally, and his work has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and appeared on MTV and BET. The Black Flamingo is his debut YA novel, and will be published by Balzer + Bray. You can find him at deanatta.com.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Jazmina Barrera
On Lighthouses, Two Lines Press

Jazmina Barrera was born in Mexico City and was a fellow at the Foundation for Mexican Letters. Her book of essays, Cuerpo extraño (Foreign Body) was awarded the Latin American Voices prize from Literal Publishing in 2013. She has published her work in various print and digital media, such as Nexos, Este País, Dossier, Vice, El Malpensante, Letras Libres, and Tierra Adentro. She has a master's degree in creative writing in Spanish from New York University, which she completed with the support of a Fulbright grant, and she was a grantee of the Young Creators program at FONCA. She is editor and co-founder of Ediciones Antílope. She lives in Mexico City. On Lighthouses will be published by Two Lines Press.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Kalynn Bayron
Cinderella Is Dead, Bloomsbury

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. Cinderella Is Dead will be published by Bloomsbury in July 2020. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her family.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Greta Bellamacina
Tomorrow's Woman, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Greta Bellamacina is a poet, actress, and filmmaker. She was born in London and made her acting debut in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the age of 13. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she performed a variety of theatre roles, before going on do a B.A. in English at King’s College London. Tomorrow's Woman will be published by Andrews McMeel in February 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Annette Binder
The Vanishing Sky, Bloomsbury

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a small child. She holds degrees in classics and law from Harvard, an MA in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA from the Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The Vanishing Sky will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2020. She lives in New Hampshire.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Michael Ian Black
A Better Man, Algonquin Books

Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career with the sketch comedy show The State on MTV. From there, he created and starred in the TV shows Viva Variety, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues. He has also starred on several TV shows including Ed, Vh1's I Love The..., The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Another Period. Movie appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and Sextuplets. A Better Man will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Cara Black
Three Hours in Paris, Soho Crime

Cara Black is the author of 19 books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Her forthcoming Three Hours in Paris will be published by Soho Crime in April 2020. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Evan Bloom
Eat Something: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews, Chronicle Books

Evan Bloom is the owner of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, and currently serves as the CEO. He lives in San Francisco. Eat Something will be published by Chronicle Books in March 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Betsy Bonner
The Book of Atlantis Black, Tin House Books

Betsy Bonner is the former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and a faculty member of the Writer's Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, New York. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Eliot House, and is a mentor in PEN's Prison Writing Program. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Book of Atlantis Black will be published by Tin House Books in 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Deb Caletti
Girl, Unframed, Simon Pulse

Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over 16 books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award; A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; and Girl, Unframed (forthcoming from Simon Pulse). Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and she was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. She lives with her family in Seattle.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Sharon Cameron
The Light in Hidden Places, Scholastic Press

Sharon Cameron's debut novel, The Dark Unwinding, was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of The Forgetting—a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Indie Next List selection—and its companion novel, The Knowing. The Light in Hidden Places will be published by Scholastic Press in March 2020. Sharon lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at sharoncameronbooks.com or on Twitter at @CameronSharonE.
Appearing at: Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party

Priyanka Champaneri
The City of Good Death, Restless Books

Priyanka Champaneri received her MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts numerous times. She received the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for The City of Good Death, her first novel, which will be published by Restless Books in Spring 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Traci Chee
We Are Not Free, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA fantasy trilogy that includes The Reader, The Speaker, and The Storyteller. Shortlisted and nominated for multiple awards and accolades, Kirkus has also starred each of the trilogy titles, a rare accomplishment she shares of such authors as Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman and Lauren Oliver. In We Are Not Free (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, June 2020), Chee changes gears, pulling from her own family history. Follow her on Twitter at @tracichee, on Instagram and Facebook at @TraciCheeAuthor and on her website: tracichee.com.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Catana Chetwyd
Snug: A Collections of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Catana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend John the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist. She currently lives on the East Coast with John and their tiny, angry dog Murph. Snug will be published by Andrews McMeel in February 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Upile Chisala
a fire like you, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Born in 1994 and raised in Zomba, Malawi, writer Upile Chisala hopes to tell stories from the margins and, through her work, to help others and herself come to terms with pasts, celebrate presents, and confidently dream beautiful futures. a fire like you will be published by Andrews McMeel in March 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Ernesto Cisneros
Efrén Divided, HarperCollins

Ernesto Cisneros was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. He holds an English degree from the University of California, Irvine; a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach; as well as a MFA in creative writing from National University. As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify. The real world is filled with amazing people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives; his work strives to reflect that. Efrén Divided is his first book, and will be published by HarperCollins in March 2020. You can visit him at ernestocisneros.com.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Christina Clancy
The Second Home, St. Martin's Press

Christina Clancy's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades, and Hobart. The Second Home is her first novel and will be published in June 2020 by St. Martin's Press.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Julie Clark
The Last Flight, Sourcebooks Landmark

Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. Her debut novel, The Ones We Choose, was published in 2018 and has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. The Last Flight will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Hannah Abigail Clarke
The Scapegracers, Erewhon Books

Hannah Abigail Clarke is here and queer, etc. They have been published in Portland Review, PRISM International, and Chaleur. They will graduate from college at Miami University (of Ohio) come May. The Scapegracers is their first novel and will be published by Erewhon Books/Workman in May 2020. (They, he, or she pronouns.)
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Dr. François S. Clemmons
Officer Clemmons: A Memoir, Catapult

Dr. François S. Clemmons received a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College and a master of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University. He also received an honorary doctor of arts degree from Middlebury College. In 1973, he won a Grammy Award for a recording of Porgy and Bess; in 1986, he founded and directed the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2013, Clemmons was the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he currently resides. His memoir, Officer Clemmons (a nod to his role on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), will be published by Catapult in May 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Brandy Colbert
The Voting Booth, Hyperion

Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of Little & Lion, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, and the forthcoming The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. Her short fiction and essays have been published in several critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. She is on faculty of Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Los Angeles. The Voting Booth will be published by Hyperion in July 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Matthew Cordell
Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House

Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of many celebrated picture books, including Wolf in the Snow, recipient of the 2018 Caldecott Medal. He is the illustrator of many more books for young readers, including Special Delivery and The Only Fish in the Sea, both written by Philip C. Stead. Hello, Neighbor will be published by Neal Porter Books/Holiday House in May 2020. Matthew lives with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children in suburban Chicago.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Jennifer De Leon
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Jennifer De Leon is an author, editor, speaker, and creative writing professor who lives outside of Boston. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, was the 2015–2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library, and was a 2016–2017 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence. She is also the second recipient of the We Need Diverse Books grant. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is her debut novel, which will be published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Adeline Dieudonné
Real Life, World Editions (dist. Consortium)

Adeline Dieudonné is a Belgian author who lives in Brussels. Real Life, her debut novel that will be published in the U.S. by World Editions in February 2020, was published in France in 2018 and has since been awarded most of the major French literary prizes: the prestigious Prix du Roman FNAC, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix Rossel, the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, the Prix Goncourt-Le Choix de la Belgique, the Prix des Étoiles du Parisien, the Prix Première Plume, and the Prix Filigrane, a French prize for a work of high literary quality with wide appeal. Dieudonné also performs as a stand-up comedian.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Cori Doerrfeld
The Welcome Wagon, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Cori Doerrfeld received a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College, as well as her postbaccalaureate in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. To date, she has illustrated numerous titles, including The Rabbit Listened and Little Bunny Foo FooThe Welcome Wagon will be published by Abrams Books for Young Readers in March 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Jenny Downham
Furious Thing, Scholastic / David Fickling Books

Jenny Downham is a critically acclaimed, international bestseller. Her debut novel, Before I Die, was shortlisted for numerous awards in the U.K., including the Guardian Award and the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year; was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize; and won the Branford Boase Award. Before I Die was turned into a movie called Now Is Good, starring Dakota Fanning, in 2012. Her novel, Unbecoming, garnered four starred reviews and was an Entertainment Weekly Must List pick and a Stonewall Award Honor Book. Furious Thing will be published by Scholastic/David Fickling Books in January 2020. Jenny lives in London with her two sons.
Appearing at: Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party

Richard Fairgray
Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light?, Pixel+Ink

Richard Fairgray is an award-winning author-illustrator of comics and children’s books. He has published over 200 comics, including the bestselling Blastosaurus, and his picture books are recognized worldwide. Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light will be published by Pixel+Ink in May 2020. Fairgray lives in LA.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Kelli Jo Ford
Crooked Hallelujah, Grove Press

Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Award at Bread Loaf, a National Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Missouri Review, and the anthology Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, among other places. Crooked Hallelujah will be published by Grove Press in 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Rickey Gates
Cross Country: A 3700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America, Chronicle Books

Rickey Gates is a professional runner. He has run in races on all seven continents and has traveled to 47 countries. He lives between Aspen, Colorado, and Oakland, California, with his partner, Liz, and a motorcycle dubbed the Freedom Machine. Cross Country will be published by Chronicle Books in April 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Michael Genhart
Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music, Magination Press, Books for Kids from the American Psychological Association

Michael Genhart, PhD, is the descendant of Mexican Americans and Swiss Americans, and is an author and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He is also the author of Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, Love is Love, I See You, and other acclaimed titles. Michael lives with his family in Marin County. Visit him online at MichaelGenhart.com and on Facebook @pricturebookauthor.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Megan Giddings
Lakewood, Amistad

Megan Giddings’ fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Catapult, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. She attended University of Michigan and earned her MFA from Indiana University. The opening chapters of Lakewood—which will be published by Amistad in March 2020—received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for feminist fiction. Giddings lives in Indiana.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Robin Ha
Almost American Girl, Balzer + Bray

Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics. At 14, she moved to the U.S. from Seoul, Korea. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as in the pages of Marvel comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is also the author of the bestselling comic recipe book Cook Korean! Her graphic memoir, Almost American Girl is forthcoming from Balzer + Bray in January 2020. Visit Ha at banchancomic.tumblr.com.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Grace Elizabeth Hale
Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture, University of North Carolina Press/A Ferris & Ferris Book

Grace Elizabeth Hale is a historian and the award-winning author of Making Whiteness and A Nation of Outsiders. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she writes about photography for Southern Cultures. A recent Carnegie Fellow, she has also received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the National Humanities Center. A native of Atlanta, she lived in Athens, Georgia, in the '80s, where she played punk cello in a local band and founded and ran a local music venue, art gallery, and café. She teaches American culture and the history of the South at the University of Virginia. Cool Town will be published in March 2020 by The University of North Carolina Press.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Kirkland Hamill
Filthy Beasts, Avid Reader Press

Kirkland Hamill has written for Salon and The Advocate, and was formerly the chief development and marketing officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his husband, Dave, and a dog named Blue. He is the author of Filthy Beasts, a memoir, which will be published by Avid Reader Press in July 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Gibby Haynes
Me & Mr. Cigar, Soho Teen

Gibby Haynes is a musician, visual artist, writer, and filmmaker best known as a founding member of the Butthole Surfers, whose outrageous concerts spawned a global cult following and whose albums have sold millions worldwide. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. Me & Mr. Cigar is his first novel, which will be published by Soho Teen in January 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Leah Henderson
The Magic in Changing Your Stars, Sterling Children's Books

Leah Henderson is the author of the middle-grade novel One Shadow on the Wall and a short story that will be included in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories in Black Teenhood in America. She lives in Washington, DC. The Magic in Changing Your Stars will be published by Sterling Children's Books in April 2020. Find Leah on Twitter @LeahsMark and on her website at leahhendersonbooks.com.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Abigail Hing Wen
Loveboat, Taipei, HarperTeen

Abigail Hing Wen holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Columbia, but like her main character, Ever, she is obsessed with musicals. When she’s not writing stories or listening to her favorite score, she is busy working as an attorney in venture capital and artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Loveboat, Taipei is her first novel and will be published by HarperTeen in January 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Jim Hock
Father on the Line, Rare Bird Books

Jim Hock is the son of the late Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman John Hock. He served as chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, spokesman for a U.S. Senator, and was the founder of a communications firm. Hock is the youngest of seven kids, played football in college, and worked as a Los Angeles Rams intern. He lives with his family outside of Washington, D.C. His first book, Hollywood's Team, came out in 2016. Father on the Line will be published by Rare Bird in May 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

June Hur
The Silence of Bones, Feiwel & Friends

June Hur was born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea for high school (where classes started at 8:00 am and ended at 10:00 pm). She studied history and literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her debut novel, The Silence of Bones (Feiwel & Friends, April 2020), after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. When she's not writing, she works as an assistant for the public library or can be found journaling at a coffee shop. Hur currently lives in Toronto with her husband and family. Follow her on Twitter @WriterJuneHur or visit her website, junehur.com.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Jordan Ifueko
Raybearer, Amulet

Jordan Ifueko is a Nigerian American writer who grew up eating fried plantains while reading comic books under a blanket fort. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their collection of Black Panther Funko Pops. Raybearer is her debut novel and will be published by Amulet in April 2020.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation; Evening Author Reception

Paulette Jiles
Simon the Fiddler, William Morrow

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. Simon the Fiddler will be published by William Morrow in April 2020. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Bradford Kane
Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America, Prometheus Books

In addition to his work for the state of California, Bradford R. Kane has served in the U.S. Congress as Legislative Counsel to Congresswoman Cardiss Collins; as Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection; and as a member of President Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform. He was also CEO of the International Commission on Workforce Development; a Strategy Council member of the United Nations Global Alliance on ICT & Development; and a member of the Nielsen Media Research Task Force on Television Measurement. Pitchfork Populism was published by Prometheus Books in October 2019.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Fowzia Karimi
Above Us the Milky Way, Deep Vellum

Fowzia Karimi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and immigrated to Southern California with her family after the Soviet invasion. Karimi has a background in visual arts and biology. She received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her work explores the correspondence on the page between the written and the visual arts. A recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, she and illustrated The Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom (Awst Press) and Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene (Anomalous Press). Her debut novel, Above Us the Milky Way (Deep Vellum, April 2020), is an illustrated account of a family forced to flee their war-ravaged homeland. Karimi lives in Texas.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Jessica Kim
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!, Kokila

Jessica Kim writes about Asian American girls finding their way in the world. Before she was an author, Jessica studied education at UC Berkeley and spent ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades in public schools. Like Yumi, Jessica lives with her family in Southern California and can't get enough Hot Cheetos, stand-up comedy, and Korean barbecue. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! will be published by Kokila in March 2020.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presenation and Signing

Margaret Kimberley
Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents, Truth to Power Books

Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer and activist for peace and justice issues. She has been a columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006, and was for four years the weekly columnist for Black Commentator. Her work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Defender, and on AlterNet, CounterPunch, and Buzzflash. Kimberley is a member of Stop the Merchants of Death (SMOD), a War Resisters League speakers' bureau committed to informing the public about corporate connections to American military activity. She is also a member of Clergy and Laity Concerned About Iraq. Prejudential will be published by Truth to Power Books (an imprint of Steerforth Press) in February 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Lily King
Writers & Lovers, Grove Press

Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. Writers & Lovers will be published by Grove Press in March 2020. She lives in Maine.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Seamus Kirst
Papa, Daddy, & Riley , Magination Press, Books for Kids from the American Psychological Association

Seamus Kirst is a journalist, screenwriter, essayist and author of Papa, Daddy, & Riley (Magination Press). He has recently written for The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Them, The Guardian, Advocate.com, Refinery 29, Forbes.com, Vice.com and UpWorthy. Seamus graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in history and ethnic studies and earned his master's degree in arts journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

TJ Klune
The House in the Cerulean Sea, Tor Books

TJ Klune is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea (forthcoming from Tor in March 2020), The Extraordinaries (forthcoming from Tor Teen), and more. Being queer himself, TJ believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories. Visit him at TJKluneBooks.com, on Twitter at @tjklune, and Instagram as @tjklunebooks.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Wayne Koestenbaum
Figure It Out: Essays, Soft Skull

Wayne Koestenbaum’s 20 books include Camp Marmalade, Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A new edition of his first novel, Circus; or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, was published in 2019. He is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.Figure It Out: Essays will be published by Soft Skull Press in May 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Joseph Kuefler
The Night is for Darkness, Balzer + Bray

Joseph Kuefler is the author-illustrator of The Digger and the Flower, Beyond the Pond, and Rulers of the Playground. His upcoming The Night Is for Darkness will be published by Balzer + Bray. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and children. You can visit him at josephkuefler.com.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Sam Lansky
Broken People, Hanover Square Press

Sam Lansky is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Gilded Razor and the West Coast editor at TIME magazine, where he oversees arts and entertainment coverage. He's written for New York magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire and Out. Broken People will be published by Hanover Square in June 2020. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Megha Majumdar
A Burning, Knopf

Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, where she was a Traub Scholar, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an associate editor at Catapult, and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book and will be published by Knopf in June 2020. Follow her on Twitter @MeghaMaj and Instagram @megha.maj.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Carla Malden
Search Heartache, Rare Bird Books

Raised in Los Angeles, Carla Malden began her career in motion picture production and development before becoming a screenwriter. Along with her father, Academy Award winning actor Karl Malden, she co-authored his critically acclaimed memoir When Do I Start? More recently, Malden published Afterimage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life, her own fiercely personal account of battling the before and surviving the after of losing her first husband to cancer. Malden’s feature writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, highlighting the marvels and foibles of Southern California and Hollywood. She sits on the board of the Geffen Playhouse. Search Heartache (Rare Bird, December 2019) is her first novel. Malden lives in Brentwood with her husband and ten minutes (depending on traffic) from her daughter.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Becky Mandelbaum
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals, Simon & Schuster

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas, winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Electric Literature, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and has been featured on Medium. She has received fellowships from Writing by Writers, earned a residency from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and has taught at Seattle’s Hugo House. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington State. The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals is her first novel, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Janae Marks
From the Desk of Zoe Washington, Katherine Tegen Books

Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel and will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in January 2020. Visit Janae at janaemarks.com.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners)
Minding Miss Manners in an Era of Fake Etiquette, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, is a columnist, bestselling author of numerous books, and etiquette authority. Born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, Miss Manners is the pioneer mother of today’s civility movement. She lives in Washington D.C. and Venice, Italy. Minding Miss Manners in an Era of Fake Etiquette will be published by Andrews McMeel in April 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Charlotte McConaghy
Migrations, Flatiron Books

Charlotte McConaghy is an author and screenwriter based in Sydney, Australia. Migrations is her U.S. debut and will be published by Flatiron Books in August 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Tobly McSmith
Stay Gold, HarperTeen

Tobly McSmith is the co-creator/writer of seven somewhat successful musical parodies, including Friends! The Musical! (New York, North American Tour, Vegas Residence). Stay Gold, his first book, will be published by HarperTeen in May 2020. McSmith was born in Texas and now lives in New York City with his two cats, Buster and Bananas McSmith. He is proud to be transgender.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Ellen Meeropol
Her Sister's Tattoo, Red Hen Press

Ellen Meeropol is the author of three previous novels: Kinship of Clover (Women’s National Book Association Great Group Read and literary fiction finalist for the Best Book Award), On Hurricane Island (semifinalist for the Massachusetts Book Award), and House Arrest. Recent essay publications include the Boston Globe, The Writer, and Guernica. Ellen’s dramatic script telling the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children was produced most recently in Manhattan in a show featuring Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, and Cotter Smith. A founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild, Ellen leads its Social Justice Writing project. Her Sister's Tattoo will be published by Red Hen Press in April 2020. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Tehlor Kay Mejia
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, Rick Riordan Presents

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. Her short fiction appears in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Harlequin Teen, and her debut YA fantasy novel, We Set the Dark on Fire, came out in February 2019 from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins with five starred reviews. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears will be published by Rick Riodan Presents in August 2020. Her Twitter handle is @tehlorkay.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Colin Meloy
Everyone's Awake, Chronicle Books

Colin Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, a highly celebrated (and uncommonly literary) band that has sold in excess of 1 million records. Crafting each song as a vivid, imaginative story unto itself, he’s become one of the most distinctive and appreciated voices of our time. Colin is also the bestselling author of the Wildwood series of middle-grade novels and The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. His upcoming picture book, Everyone's Awake, will be published by Chronicle Books in March 2020. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Joe Meno
Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum, Counterpoint

Joe Meno is a fiction writer and journalist who lives in Chicago. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was a finalist for the Story Prize. The bestselling author of seven novels and two short story collections, including Marvel and a Wonder, The Boy Detective Fails, and Hairstyles of the Damned, he is a professor in the English and Creative Writing department at Columbia College Chicago. Between Everything and Nothing will be published by Counterpoint in June 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Amy Meyerson
The Imperfects, Park Row Books

Amy Meyerson is the author of the international bestseller The Bookshop of Yesterdays. She teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. The Imperfects will be published by Park Row Books in May 2020. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

David Miller
Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis, University of Toronto Press

David Miller, a Harvard-trained economist and a lawyer, serves as the North American Regional Director, Director of International Diplomacy, and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting North American mayors in their climate leadership and for building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010, and was mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. He is an advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Lisa Moore
Something for Everyone, House of Anansi Press

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, which was a finalist for Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major television series starring Allan Hawco; February, which was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, won CBC's Canada Reads competition, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and Alligator, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Something for Everyone will be published by House of Anansi Press in February 2020. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Wayétu Moore
The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir, Graywolf Press

Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King and the founder of One Moore Book. Her upcoming memoir, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women, will be published by Graywolf Press in June 2020. She is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Marie Mutsuki Mockett
American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland, Graywolf Press

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland (Graywolf Press, April 2020), as well as the novel Picking Bones From Ash and the memoir Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Aimee Nezhukumatathil
World of Wonder: Essays, Milkweed Editions

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of World of Wonder: Essays, a book of illustrated nature essays, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020. She is also the author of four collections of poems: Oceanic, Lucky Fish, At the Drive-in Volcano, and Miracle Fruit, as well as a the chapbook Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with Ross Gay. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2018, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

David Nicholls
Sweet Sorrow, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

David Nicholls is the best-selling author of Us, One Day, The Understudy, and Starter for Ten. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in 40 languages. Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, and he recently won a BAFTA for Patrick Melrose, his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, which also won him an Emmy nomination. Sweet Sorrow will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2020. He lives in London.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Gabby Noone
Layoverland, Razorbill

Gabby Noone is a writer and aspiring gameshow contestant. Her work has appeared in Rookie, the Hairpin, Jezebel, the Cut, and SSENSE, among other places. Her tweets have been featured in many prestigious listicles. Layoverland is her debut book and will be published by Razorbill in January 2020.She grew up in Abington, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her @twelveoclocke.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presenation and Signing

Chuck Palahniuk
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different, Grand Central Publishing

Chuck Palahniuk has been a nationally bestselling author since his first novel, Fight Club, was made into the acclaimed David Fincher film of the same name. Palahniuk's work has sold millions of copies worldwide. His forthcoming book, Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different, will be published by Grand Central in January 2020. He lives outside Portland, Oregon.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Michelle Parise
Alone: A Love Story, Dundurn

Michelle Parise is an award-winning journalist, writer, and performer. She is the writer, narrator and co-producer of award-winning podcast, Alone: A Love Story, and her memoir of the same name will be published by Dundurn in May 2020. She has worked for the CBC for more than two decades, in everything from children’s television to national radio news, music programming, and documentary making. She lives in Toronto.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Julian Peters
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry, Plough Publishing House

Julian Peters is an illustrator and comic book artist living in Montreal, Canada, who focuses on adapting classical poems into graphic art. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in several poetry and graphic art collections. Peters holds a master’s degree in art history, and in 2015, served as “Cartoonist in Residence” at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Poems to See By will be published in March 2020 by Plough Publishing House.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

James Ponti
City Spies, Aladdin

James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel. His upcoming City Spies will be published by Aladdin in March 2020. James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Kim Powers
Rules for Being Dead, Blair

Kim Powers is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming (a Barnes & Noble "Discover” book and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir), the novel Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story, and the newly released thriller Dig Two Graves. He’s currently the senior writer for ABC’s 20/20 and has received an Emmy, a Peabody, and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. He also wrote the screenplay for the indie film Finding North. In 2007, he was selected as one of the "Out 100" from Out Magazine. A native Texan, he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Manhattan and Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he is the host of the popular BookFlix series of interviews with authors and filmmakers.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Mark Rader
The Wanting Life, Unnamed Press

Mark Rader has had stories published in Glimmer Train, Epoch, and The Southern Review and shortlisted for an O. Henry Award, the Best American Non-Required Reading anthology, and a Pushcart Prize. He has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. His debut novel, The Wanting Life, will be published by Unnamed Press in February 2020. He currently lives in Chicago.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Zalika Reid-Benta
Frying Plantain, House of Anansi Press

Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose work has appeared on CBC Books, in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, and in Apogee Journal. In 2011, George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch.” She received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in 2014 and is an alumna of the 2017 Banff Writing Studio. She completed a double major in English literature and cinema and a minor in Caribbean studies at University of Toronto’s Victoria College. She also studied creative writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. Her debut story collection, Frying Plantain (House of Anansi Press, March 2020), was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is currently working on a young-adult fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jamaican folklore and Akan spirituality.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Kelly Rimmer
Truths I Never Told You, Graydon House

Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA Today bestselling author of Before I Let You Go, Me Without You, and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children, and fantastically naughty dogs Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Truths I Never Told You will be published by Graydon House in April 2020. Visit her at KellyRimmer.com.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Pam Muñoz Ryan
Mañanaland, Scholastic Press

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Mañanaland will be published in March 2020 by Scholastic Press. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.
Appearing at: Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party

Loriel Ryon
Into the Tall, Tall Grass, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Loriel Ryon spent her childhood with her nose in a book, reading in restaurants, on the school bus, and during every family vacation. When she wasn’t reading, Loriel built volcanoes, made jewelry, rescued tadpoles with her siblings, and raised butterflies. Now an author of middle grade and young adult fiction and a nurse, she lives in the beautiful New Mexico desert with her husband and two daughters. Into the Tall, Tall Grass is her debut book and will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in April 2020.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Layla F. Saad
Me and White Supremacy, Sourcebooks

Layla F. Saad is the author of the groundbreaking Me and White Supremacy (Sourcebooks, February 2020) and the host of Good Ancestor Podcast. She is a globally sought speaker on the topics of race, spirituality, feminism, and leadership. Layla’s work is driven by her powerful desire to become a "good ancestor": to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Cynthia Salaysay
Private Lessons, Candlewick Press

Cynthia Salaysay holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California-Berkeley and has workshopped her fiction at Tin House. She has written food and culture articles for the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the East Bay Express, and Civil Eats. Currently, she works as a Reiki practitioner and an operating-room nurse in Oakland, California. Private Lessons is her first novel and will be published by Candlewick Press in May 2020.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation and Signing

Alexis Schaitkin
Saint X, Celadon Books

Alexis Schaitkin’s short stories and essays have appeared in Ecotone, Southwest ReviewThe Southern Review, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Saint X (Celadon Books, February 2020) is her debut novel.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presentation; Evening Author Reception

Jaime Schmidt
Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms, Chronicle Prism

Jaime Schmidt is an entrepreneur and maker who created Schmidt’s deodorant in her Portland, Oregon, kitchen in 2010 and led the company to acquisition by Unilever in December 2017. Since then, Jaime has launched the progressive media company Supermaker and the inclusive investment fund Color, and she continues to support the international expansion of Schmidt’s. Her story has been covered by Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, FOX News, NBC’s Today, Well+Good, and more. She speaks regularly at events such as Create & Cultivate, Beautycon, and the Ernst + Young Strategic Growth Forum. Supermaker will be published by Chronicle Prism in April 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Janet Skeslien Charles
The Paris Library, Atria Books

Janet Skeslien Charles is the award-winning author of Moonlight in Odessa and the upcoming The Paris Library (Atria Books). Her shorter work has appeared in revues such as Slice and Montana Noir. She learned about the history of the American Library in Paris while working there as the programs manager. She divides her time between Montana and Paris.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Dashka Slater
A Book for Escargot, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

Dashka Slater has written many picture books, including Escargot, which won the Wanda Gag Book Award, Baby Shoes, and The Antlered Ship, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and received four starred reviews. Her nonfiction young adult novel The 57 Bus won several accolades, including the Stonewall Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Book Award. A Book for Escargot will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers in April 2020. Slater lives in Berkeley, California.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Anna Solomon
The Book of V., Henry Holt and Co.

Anna Solomon is the author of Leaving Lucy Pear and The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, and more. Coeditor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, Solomon was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. The Book of V. will be published by Henry Holt and Co. in May 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Christina Soontornvat
A Wish in the Dark, Candlewick Press

Christina Soontornvat grew up in a small Texas town where she spent many childhood days behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant with her nose in a book. She is the author of many books for young readers, including The Blunders, illustrated by Colin Jack. A Wish in the Dark will be published by Candlewick Press in March 2020. Soontornvat now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Amber Sparks
And I Do Not Forgive You, Liveright

Amber Sparks is the author of The Unfinished World, and her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere. And I Do Not Forgive You will be published by Liveright in February 2020. Sparks lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Ruth Spiro
Baby Loves Political Science: Democracy! , Charlesbridge

Ruth Spiro is the author of the bestselling Baby Loves Science series, which has been praised for introducing "big science to little minds with the skill of a neurosurgeon" (Matthew Winner, All the Wonders podcast). Ruth also wrote the picture book Made by Maxine. She speaks regularly at STEM and early-childhood conferences across the country. Baby Loves Political Science: Democracy! will be published by Charlesbridge in 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Rebecca Stead
The List of Things That Will Not Change, Random House Children's Books

Rebecca Stead is the author of When You Reach Me, which was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Liar & Spy, which was also a New York Times bestseller, won the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, and was on multiple state master lists and best-of-the-year lists. Her most recent book, Goodbye Stranger, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of First Light, which was nominated for many state awards. The List of Things That Will Not Change will be published by Random House Children's Books in April 2020. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at rebeccasteadbooks.com and on Twitter @rebstead.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Garth Stein
The Cloven Book One, Fantagraphics

Garth Stein is a New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, and playwright based in Seattle. He is the winner of several literary awards, including two PNBA Awards. His book The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold over six million copies worldwide and has been produced as a stage play, a children’s book, and a film starring Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, and Milo Ventimiglia. He created his upcoming graphic novel, The Clover Book One (Fantagraphics, July 2020), with comic artist Mattew Southworth.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Emma Straub
All Adults Here, Riverhead Books

Emma Straub is the New York Times-best-selling author of three other novels, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in 20 countries. Her upcoming All Adults Here will be published by Riverhead Books in May 2020. Straub and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, NY.
Appearing at: Writing in Times of Crisis Panel; Evening Author Reception

Kawai Strong Washburn
Sharks in the Time of Saviors, MCD

Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other publications. He was a 2015 Tin House Summer Scholar and 2015 Bread Loaf work-study scholar. Today, he lives with his wife and daughters in the Minneapolis. Sharks in the Time of Saviors is his first novel and will be published by MCD in March 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Jillian Tamaki
My Best Friend, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and artist best known for her graphic novels. This One Summer, cocreated with Mariko Tamaki, was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, and an Eisner Award. She is the author-illustrator of They Say Blue and the illustrator of My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, forthcoming from Atheneum Books for Young Readers in March 2020. Jillian lives in Toronto.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Thomas Taylor
Gargantis, Walker Books US

Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; most recently he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. Gargantis (Walker Books US, May 2020) is the second title in his Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series; the first, Malamander, was published to huge acclaim in 2019. He lives on the south coast of England and can be found on Facebook and Twitter: @ThomasHTaylor.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Sam Tschida
Siri, Who Am I?, Quirk Books

Sam Tschida (pronounced "cheetah") is from the wilds of Minnesota, where she lives with a motley crew of kids, dogs, and one handsome man. She is the co-founder of ManuFixed, an editorial consulting company and a writing workshop that services the Twin Cities. In her spare time she runs, exercises, and watches Netflix. Siri, Who Am I? will be published by Quirk Books in May 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Emma Jane Unsworth
Grown Ups, Scout Press

Emma Jane Unsworth is the award-winning author of Animals and Grown Ups (upcoming May 2020, from Scout Press). The film adaptation of Animals premiered at Sundance in 2019, where it received positive reviews. She also writes for television—a six-part comedy-drama series set in a refuge for women who are homeless, is in development with Red Productions. As a journalist and television writer, her work has appeared in numerous shows and publications, including The Guardian, Weekend and The Pool.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Christina Uss
The Colossus of Roads, Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House

Christina Uss' first novel, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, was selected for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award list, Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher list and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. It received starred reviews from Shelf Awareness, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly. Her upcoming The Colossus of Roads will be published by Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House in May 2020. Uss lives in East Longmeadow MA.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Patrice Vecchione
My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth, Seven Stories Press

Poet, nonfiction writer, and teacher Patrice Vecchione has edited several acclaimed anthologies for young adults, including Truth & Lies, which was named one of the best children's books by School Library Journal; Revenge & Forgiveness; and Faith & Doubt, named a best book of the year for young adults by the American Library Association. She's the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life and Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, as well as two collections of poetry. For many years, Vecchione has taught poetry and creative writing to young people, often working with migrant children. She is a columnist for her local daily paper, The Monterey Herald, and has published essays on children and poetry for several outlets, including the California Library Association Journal. See more at patricevecchione.com.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Robin Wasserman
Mother Daughter Widow Wife, Scribner

Robin Wasserman is the author of Girls on Fire, an NPR and BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a master’s in the history of science. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for television. Mother Daughter Widow Wife will be published by Scribner in June 2020.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Randy Wayne White
Fins, Roaring Brook Press

Randy Wayne White is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Doc Ford series. In 2011, Randy was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society. A fishing and nature enthusiast, he has written extensively for National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, and Men's Health. He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille. Fins is Randy’s first middle-grade novel and will be published by Roaring Brook Press in March 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Lindy West
The Witches Are Coming, Hachette Books

Lindy West is an opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Shrill and executive producer of the acclaimed Hulu adaptation starring Aidy Bryant. Her upcoming book of essays, The Witches Are Coming, will be published by Hachette Books in November 2019. She lives in Seattle.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Elizabeth Wetmore
Valentine, Harper

Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six writers in residence at Hedgebrook. Valentine is Wetmore's debut novel and will be published by Harper in April 2020. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Deborah Wiles
Kent State, Scholastic Press

Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book Freedom Summer and the novels Love, Ruby Lavender; The Aurora County All-Stars; Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award finalist; and A Long Line of Cakes. She is also the author of the documentary novels Countdown, Revolution, and Anthem. Kent State will be published by Scholastic Press in April 2020. Deborah has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air-raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the glee club, was a champion speller, and hated field day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit her at deborahwiles.com or on Twitter at @DeborahWiles101.
Appearing at: Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party

Ian Williams
Reproduction, Europa Editions

Poet, short story writer, and novelist Ian Williams was named one of “ten Canadian writers to watch out for” by CBC in 2018. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. He won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his short stories. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Reproduction, his debut novel publishing in May 2020 by Europa Editions, was a CBC Spring & Black History Month pick and dubbed one of the “Buzziest Books of 2019” by Chatelaine Magazine.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

Molly Wizenberg
The Fixed Stars, Abrams Press

Molly Wizenberg is the author of two bestselling books, A Homemade Life and Delancey, and the James Beard Award-winning blog Orangette. She has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Saveur, and Bon Appétit, and she also cohosts the podcast Spilled Milk. With chef Brandon Pettit, Wizenberg cofounded the award-winning Seattle restaurants Delancey and Essex.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Lauren Wolk
Echo Mountain, Dutton Books for Young Readers

Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet, artist, and author of the adult novel Those Who Favor Fire, the Newbery Honor-winning novel Wolf Hollow, and the Scott O'Dell Award-winning Beyond the Bright Sea. She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod. Echo Mountain will be published by Dutton Books for Young Readers in April 2020.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

Karen Tei Yamashita
Sansei & Sensibility, Coffee House Press

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Letters to Memory, all published by Coffee House Press. Her upcoming Sansei & Sensibility will also be published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists’ Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

An Yu
Braised Pork, Grove Press

An Yu was born and raised in Beijing and left at the age of 18 to study creative writing at New York University. A graduate of the MFA program, she writes her fiction in English. She is 26 years old and lives between Paris and Hong Kong. Braised Pork is her first novel and will be published by Grove Press in April 2020.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presenation and Signing

Tanya Zabinski
Peace, Love, Action!, Plum Blossom Books

A recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference's Tomie dePaola Award, Tanya Zabinski views life as the ultimate artwork and aspires to live an artful, heartful, and mindful life. A true community artist, Zabinski and her husband founded the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York, and for 25 years have run Planet Love, their own art-based business, exhibiting at more than 20 outdoor art and music festivals per year. Zabinski's prints reach a wide circulation through printing on T-shirts, housewares, and other objects. Peace, Love, Action! was published by Plumb Blooms Books/Parallax Press in August 2019. She resides in Buffalo, New York.
Appearing at: Lunchtime Author Reception

C Pam Zhang
How Much of These Hills is Gold, Riverhead Books

C Pam Zhang's debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold, is forthcoming in April 2020 from Riverhead Books in the US and Virago Press in the UK. It is an Indies Introduce pick. Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She currently lives in San Francisco and also online @cpamzhang.
Appearing at: Indies Introduce Presenation and Signing

Laura Zigman
Separation Anxiety, Ecco

Laura Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work, and Her. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post; she produced a popular online series of animated videos, "Annoying Conversations"; and she was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. Separation Anxiety will be published in March 2020 by Ecco. Zigman lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, son, and deeply human Sheltie.
Appearing at: Evening Author Reception

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