Library Journal Day of Dialog Virtual Event

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Join us for this year's most anticipated day-long gathering of librarians—now fully virtual and free to attend!

Come hear from more than 35 authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction and learn about more titles and trends from editors on our popular editors’ picks panel.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys as well as other free resources and giveaways. Certificates of completion will be provided to submit for CE credits.

A total of 480 minutes of Certification is available for this event.

Upon completion of a webcast session, attendees will receive a certificate of completion that will include the number of continuing education hours. Attendees may submit that certificate to their governing continuing education body to request CE credits. During each webcast session, a Certification Window will display that displays the number of minutes that you must attend the session in order to earn a CE certificate. A green check mark will appear in the window once that minimum has been met and you will be prompted to download your certificate. Please note that it can take up to one-hour-plus for a certificate to be generated. You may collect your CE certificates in the My Certificates tab in the left navigation bar of the environment.

We are anticipating an unprecedented number of library professionals to attend our first ever virtual DOD, so you may find the environment or live sessions become full during the day.

But fear not! All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until August 28.

Program details are forthcoming, but don’t wait! Register for free today and we’ll send them to you as they become available.

Who should attend? Registration is open to librarians.

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We are so glad you are joining us for this year’s most anticipated day-long gathering of librarians-now fully virtual and free to attend!

Panels range from thrillers and romance to in-the-news nonfiction and sf/fantasy/horror, which includes graphic novels from Joe Hill and Garth Stein. You’ll also welcome the return of the longstanding editors’ picks panel with eight editors from publishers including HarperCollins, St. Martin’s, W. W. Norton & Company, and Grove Atlantic sharing top trends and titles.

And you’ll have a chance to connect with key library marketing representatives to discuss their take on what’s hot.

Take a look below at what to expect from the day. We hope you are excited as we are for this year's Day of Dialog!.

8:30 AM | Booths Open

Booth Chats
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM:
Rudy Ruiz, Blackstone Publishing
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM: Natasha Lester, Hachette
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Dani, DC Comics
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: M.R. Carey, DC Comics
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Q&A with Hoopla, HarperCollins Christian

9:15 AM–10:00 AM  | EDITORS’ PICKS
Moderator, Panel I: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal
Judith Curr, President/Publisher, HarperOne, Amistad, HarperVia, and Rayo/HarperCollins Español: HarperCollins 
Amy Hundley, Senior Editor and Subsidiary Rights Director: Grove Atlantic
Vikki Warner, Acquisitions Editor: Blackstone Publishing
Robert Weil, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Liveright: W.W. Norton & Companyy

Moderator, Panel 2: Kiera Parrott, Reviews & Production Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
Judy Clain, VP/Editor in Chief, Little, Brown & Company: Hachette Book Group
Betsy Gleick, Publisher and Editorial Director, Algonquin Books: Workman 
Naomi Gibbs, Senior Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Charles Spicer, VP/Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Publishing Group: Macmillan 
The above panels will run concurrently and will be archived and made available for viewing throughout the day.

Moderator: Stephanie Klose
,Media Editor, LJ Reviews
Anthony Anderson, Managing Director, Naxos Audiobooks
Anne Fonteneau,VP of Sales, Blackstone Publishing
Beth Ives, Associate Director of Marketing at HarperAudio
Jennifer Rubins, Associate Director, Penguin Random House Library Marketing

Moderator: Liz French
, Senior Editor, LJ Reviews
Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, Dutton: Penguin Random House 
Christina Baker Kline, The Exiles, William Morrow: HarperCollins 
Judithe Little, The Chanel Sisters, Graydon House Books: Harlequin 
Martha McPhee, An Elegant Woman, Scribner: Simon & Schuster
James Wade, All Things Left Wild, Blackstone Publishing 

Booth Chats
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM:
Bill Homewood, Naxos Audio Books
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM: Laura Marks, DC Comics
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Henry McCausland, Fantagraphics
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM: Ellen Marie Wiseman, Library Journal
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Jacqui Castle, Indie Author Project
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM: Dan Karr, ValChoice
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM: John Foley, Naxos Audio Books

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal
Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji, Riverhead: Penguin Random House 
Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations, Flatiron Books: Macmillan 
Heidi Pitlor, Impersonation, Algonquin Books: Workman

11:15 AM– Noon | BREAK

Booth Chats
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM:
James Wade, Blackstone Publishing
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM: Elly Griffiths, Houghton Mifflin Adult
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Sarah Morgan, Harlequin
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Samira Ahmed, Soho Press
11:20 AM - 11:35 AM: Heidi Pitlor, Workman
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Emily Adrian, Blackstone Publishing
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Diane Cardwell, Houghton Mifflin Adult
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Carmen Maria Machado, DC Comics
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Noah Van Sciver, Fantagraphics
12:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Sean Murphy, DC Comics
12:00 AM - 1:00  PM: Scott Semegran, Indie Author Project

Moderator: Stephanie Sendaula, Associate Editor, LJ Reviews
Emily Levesque, The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers, Sourcebooks 
Sara Seager, The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir, Crown: Penguin Random House 
Jacqueline Winspear, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing, Soho Press

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal
Fredrik Backman, Anxious People, Atria: Simon & Schuster 
David Hajdu, Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction, W. W. Norton & Company
Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity, Doubleday: Penguin Random House 
Bryan Washington, Memorial, Riverhead Books: Penguin Random House 

1:15 PM–2:00 PM | ROMANCE 
Moderators: Stephanie Klose, Reviews Manager and Annalisa Pesek, Assistant Managing Editor, LJ Reviews 
Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, Carina Press: Harlequin 
Adriana Herrera, Here To Stay, Carina Press: Harlequin 
Jasmine Guillory, Party of Two, Berkley: Penguin Random House 
Sarah MacLean, Daring and the Duke, Avon: HarperCollins

2:00 PM–2:45 PM | BREAK

Booth Chats
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM:
Alix E. Harrow, Hachette
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Katie Skelly, Fantagraphics
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Kristin Cast, Blackstone Publishing
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM: Emily Levesque, Sourcebooks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Dan Karr, ValChoice

Moderator: Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Library System, Northampton
Kim Harrison, American Demon, Ace: Penguin Random House 
Joe Hill, Basketful of Heads, with illustrations by Reiko Murakami, DC
Naomi Novik, A Deadly Education, Del Rey: Penguin Random House 
Rebecca Roanhorse, Black Sun, Saga: Gallery: Simon & Schuster 
V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Tor: Macmillan
Garth Stein, The Cloven (Bk. 1), with illustrations by Matthew Southworth, Fantagraphics Books

Booth Chats
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM:
Anne Helen Petersen, Houghton Mifflin Adult                                  
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM:
Edward Farmer, Blackstone Publishing
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM: Stuart Turton, Sourcebooks

Moderator: Lisa Peet, News Editor, Library Journal
Eula Biss, Having and Being Had, Riverhead Books: Penguin Random House 
Becky Cooper, We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard, Grand Central Publishing: Hachette Book Group
Jill Lepore, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, Liveright Publishing: W. W. Norton & Company
Mychal Denzel Smith, Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream, Bold Type Books: Hachette Book Group 

Booth Chats
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM:
Simon Hanselmann, Fantagraphics
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Kelly Jones, DC Comics
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Geoff Johns, DC Comics

4:15 PM–5:00 PM | BIG THRILLS
Moderator: Jeff Ayers, formerly with Seattle Public Library 
David Baldacci, Walk the Wire, Grand Central Publishing: Hachette Book Group
Erica Katz, The Boys’ Club, Harper: HarperCollins  
Megan Miranda, The Girl from Widow Hills,  S. & S: Simon & Schuster
Bradford Morrow, The Forger’s Daughter, Mysterious Press: Grove Atlantic
Stuart Turton, The Devil and the Dark Water, Sourcebooks Landmark: Sourcebooks 

5:00 PM–5:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Remains Open


Anthony Anderson was born and educated in the UK and holds two degrees, one in Classics and one in Business Administration. He joined the Naxos Music Group in 1989, initially working in the Far East for eight years before relocating to the UK where he ran Naxos UK for 20 years. He has been Managing Director of Naxos AudioBooks since 2015.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, as well as one work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know About the World. His books are published in more than forty countries. His latest novel is Anxious People. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @Backmansk.

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

Eula Biss is the author of three books, including The New York Times bestseller On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review, and Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere, and has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Kerri Buckley: Since joining Carina Press in 2013, Kerri has been actively acquiring across romance but has focused her list primarily on contemporary and erotic romance, romantic suspense, and LGBTQ+ content in all subgenres. Kerri’s Carina Press titles have twice been nominated for RITA awards and she was the 2016 RWANYC Golden Apple Editor of the Year. Before moving to Harlequin, Kerri Buckley spent eight years at the Bantam Dell imprint of Random House, editing romance, women’s fiction and the occasional prescriptive nonfiction title.

Judy Clain: I arrived at Little, Brown almost 20 years ago from a career in the movie business, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve had the great privilege of editing some extraordinary books, all linked by one thing: a great voice. Some of the novels I’ve edited include the New York Times bestsellers Room by Emma Donoghue, Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, The Girls by Lori Lansens, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, and American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Non-fiction titles edited include the New York Times bestsellers I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard, and Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia, as well as The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson and The Fear by Peter Godwin. My forthcoming titles include Matthew Weiner’s debut Heather, The Totality, Jamie Brenner’s The Forever Summer, I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake, and Jody Shield’s new novel The Winter Station


Becky Cooper is a former New Yorker editorial staff member and Senior Fellow at Brandeis’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Reporting. She is also the author of Mapping Manhattan: A Love and Sometimes Hate Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers (Abrams, 2013).


Judith Curr is President and Publisher of the Harper One Group, which includes the imprints Harper One, Amistad, HarperCollins Español, and HarperVia. She is expanding the imprint’s current editorial scope to include developing, marketing, and building fiction and non-fiction properties with global appeal for both the HarperCollins English and foreign language publishing programs.  Harper One is committed to publishing the most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, social change, relationships, and creativity. These books add to the wealth of the world’s wisdom by stirring the waters of reflection on the primary questions of life and inspiring readers to make change, both inside and out. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Curr founded Atria Books in 2002 and was named President and Publisher of Atria Publishing Group in 2012, with responsibility for all its editorial, publishing, and marketing activities. She oversaw Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division with an array of imprints and was the guiding force behind publishing the international phenomenon The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (more than 35 million copies sold in 57 languages). A native of Australia, Curr has been an executive in American publishing since 1996. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor at NYU and has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly.


Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of five novels, including The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue. She lives in New York City and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the Columbia Journalism School.


Akwaeke Emezi is the author of the novel Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, the Wellcome Book Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Freshwater was also named a Best Book of the Decade by BuzzFeed and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library. Emezi’s second book, Pet, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, Emezi has been profiled by Vogue (for which they were photographed by Annie Leibovitz) and by Vanity Fair as part of “The New Hollywood Guard.” Freshwater has been translated into ten languages and is currently in development as a TV series at FX, with Emezi writing and executive producing with Tamara P. Carter.


Anne Fonteneau joined Blackstone Audio in 2001 where she was quickly promoted to Head of Retail Sales, successfully developing new selling avenues, which quadrupled within 5 years. She has continued to manage Digital Sales for Blackstone Audio – the fastest growing portion of the company – since 2008, before becoming the VP of Sales. Leading her team in adapting to an ever-changing marketplace, she enjoys finding new ways to connect customers and partners with the enriching world of audiobooks. Born in France, Anne embraces her heritage by cooking French cuisine for friends and never refusing a glass of the good wine around her Southern Oregon area home.


Naomi Gibbs is a Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she's worked her whole career. Originally from San Francisco, she's a graduate of Whitman College and the Columbia Publishing Course, and was honored in the 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch program. Some of her recent publications include the New York Times-bestseller and winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Award Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei Brenyah, The Queen of the Night and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by bestselling author Alexander Chee, PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award-winner No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin, and Edgar Award finalist and Library Reads Hall of Fame title The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths.


Betsy Gleick leads the Algonquin team, both in New York and in Chapel Hill, and manages the prize-winning and highly curated list of fiction and narrative nonfiction. As an editor, her projects include a range of journalistic and literary nonfiction, including Josh Campbell’s Crossfire Hurricane, Michael Ian Black’s A Better Man, Jennifer Steinhauer’s The Firsts, and Jerad Alexander’s military memoir, Volunteers. Her fiction acquisitions include the Booker finalist Elmet, Louis Bayard’s Courting Mr. Lincoln, and diverse literary debuts including Nguyen Phan Que Mai's The Mountains Sing, Crissy Van Meter's Creatures, and Shruti Swamy's forthcoming story collection, A House is a Body. Before joining Algonquin, she worked as a writer and editor at Time Inc., most recently as executive editor at People, overseeing the magazine’s award-winning news and human interest coverage for more than a decade. A native New Yorker, she and her husband have two teenage daughters.


Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of five romance novels, including The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Oakland, California.


David Hajdu, author of five acclaimed books of cultural history, biography, and criticism, including Lush Life, is the music critic for the Nation, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and a songwriter and librettist. He lives in New York City.


Kim Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series, including The Witch with No Name, The Undead Pool, and Ever After. She has published more than two dozen books–from young adult to speculative thriller–has written short fiction for various anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels set in the Hollows universe. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim was born and raised in Michigan and is currently working on a new Hollows book between other projects.


Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.
When she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Her debut novel, American Dreamer, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, was one of the TODAY Show on NBC’s Hot Beach Reads picks. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective.


Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Throttle, Strange Weather, and Heart-Shaped Box. With illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez, he is the co-creator and author of the ongoing comic Locke & Key, basis for the hit Netflix series. His novel NOS4A2 was adapted to television by AMC and stars Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings -- the second season begins in June of 2020. He's a past winner of the Eisner Award, Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, Audie Award, and International Thriller Writer's Award.


Amy Hundley is senior editor and subsidiary rights director at Grove Atlantic. As director of subsidiary rights, she is responsible for selling foreign and domestic rights in Grove Atlantic titles, and attends the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs. She has participated in international publishing fellowships sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and French-American Foundation; the Frankfurt Book Fair; the Polish Book Institute; the Jerusalem Book Fair; the Turin International Book Fair; and the Finnish Literature Institute.


Beth Ives is the Associate Director of Marketing at HarperAudio. She has been with the company since 2010 and currently oversees audiobook marketing and publicity for HarperCollins and Harlequin adult and children’s audiobooks.


Erica Katz is a pseudonym for a graduate of Columbia Law School who began her career at a major Manhattan law firm. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City, where she’s employed at another large law firm. The Boys’ Club is her first novel.

Christina Baker Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Orphan Train and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have been awarded the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other accolades, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as “One Book, One Read” selections. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, and Salon, among other places. Born in England and raised in the American South and Maine, she lives in New York City and on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, now a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.


Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths and This America.


Emily Levesque is a professor at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle. She received her SB in physics from MIT and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. She has won the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon Award and Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, among other awards.


Judithe Little is the author of The Chanel Sisters, to be released December 29, 2020, and Wickwythe Hall, historical fiction set during World War II.She grew up in Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After studying at the Institute of European Studies and the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and interning at the U.S. Department of State, she earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and a Dillard Fellow. She lives in Houston, Texas.


Sarah Maclean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own reason. Her love for all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.



Charlotte McConaghy is an Australian author living in Sydney. She has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and eight books published in Australia. Her forthcoming novel MIGRATIONS is her first foray into adult literary fiction, and will be published in USA by Flatiron Books, in the UK and Australia by Penguin Random House, and many more countries around the world. Fuelled by her love of nature and her interest in stories of fierce women, McConaghy is currently working on a new novel about the biologist charged with using wolves to rewild a landscape and bring a forest back to life


Martha McPhee is the author of the novels An Elegant Woman, Bright Angel Time, Gorgeous Lies, L’America, and Dear Money. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Gorgeous Lies was a finalist for the National Book Award. She teaches fiction at Hofstra University and lives in New York City.


Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or visit


Bradford Morrow is the author of eight previous novels, including The Forgers, The Diviner’s Tale, and most recently, The Prague Sonata, as well as a short-story collection, The Uninnocent. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals. A professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College, he lives in New York City.


Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, Blood of Tyrants, and League of Dragons. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of Uprooted and the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her husband Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.


Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage. She has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007 and the editorial director of Plympton, a literary studio. Her writing has been published in Ploughshares, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, and the anthologies It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers.


Rebecca Roanhorse is speculative fiction writer and Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon Award Finalist. She is also a 2017 Campbell Award Finalist for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning is the first book in the Sixth World series, followed by Storm of Locusts in 2019. She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Find more at and follow her on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex.


Jennifer Rubins is the Associate Director of Library Marketing and has been listening to audiobooks since she learned to read (turning the page when she heard the chimes!). She has been at Penguin Random House for almost ten years where she has been thrilled to work as an audiobook advocate alongside librarians. Her love for audio also extends to the performance side – she is an actress and narrator in her spare time, recently receiving an AudioFile Earphones Award for And Then We Grew Up by Rachel Friedman, and she regularly narrates children’s books for Brightly’s YouTube channel.


Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”


Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT. She currently chairs NASA’s Probe Study Team for the Starshade project. Her research is focused on exoplanets and the search for the first Earth-like twin, and she has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. She is from Toronto and now lives with her husband and sons in Concord, Massachusetts.


Mychal Denzel Smith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Invisible Man and Got the Whole World Watching and is also a fellow at the Type Media Center. He has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Complex, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Root, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, and HuffPost Live. He lives in Brooklyn.


Charles Spicer is Vice President and Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press.  His nonfiction list includes history and biography, true crime, and narrative nonfiction. Among the bestselling nonfiction books he has published are The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport, The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, by Laura Thompson, Jackie, Janet and Lee by Randy Taraborrelli, Incendiary by Michael Cannell, and Chanel's Riviera by Anne de Courcy. On the fiction side, he publishes commercial fiction for men and women, including Megan Goldin's The Escape Room, Linda Castillo’s New York Times bestselling Amish series (Outsider), as well as Edgar Award Finalist Paul Doiron (One Last Lie) and Charles Finch’s critically acclaimed Victorian mysteries (The Last Passenger).


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. The author of several plays and four novels, his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, has sold over six million copies worldwide, been produced as a stage play, children’s book, and a film. His new book, The Cloven Book One, a graphic novel co-authored with Matthew Southworth (Stumptown), will be published in July 2020 by Fantagraphics Books.


Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the international bestseller The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Stuart is not to be trusted - in the nicest possible way.


James Wade is an award-winning fiction author with twenty short stories published in various literary journals and magazines. His debut novel, All Things Left Wild, will be released June 16, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing. James spent five years as a journalist, before serving as a legislative director at the Texas State Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session. He also worked as a lobbyist on behalf of water conservation in Texas. James lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jordan. He is an active member of the Writers' League of Texas.


Vikki Warner is an acquisitions editor with Blackstone Publishing, where she works with books in print and audio. She has been in the audio publishing industry since late 2006, and with Blackstone Publishing since 2013. She’s also the author of the humorous memoir Tenemental: Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady, published by the Feminist Press in 2018. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.


Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree and the author of the collection, Lot. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, GQ, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.


Robert Weil has been an editor in book publishing for over 40 years, having worked at Times Books, St. Martin’s Press, and W. W. Norton & Company, where he re-launched the Liveright division in 2011. While he concentrates primarily in non-fiction, particularly history, philosophy, and American culture, he has also published many works of literary fiction, especially in translation. Forthcoming authors include Jill Lepore, Les Payne and Tamara Payne, and Allan Gurganus.


Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England, and now lives in California. After graduating from the University of London’s Institute of Education, she worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business she began to write articles about international education and travel for The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and other publications. In 2003 she turned to fiction with her New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which has been translated into over twenty languages; was a New York Times Notable Book; won an Agatha, a Macavity, and an Alex Award; and was nominated for four other awards. In addition to fifteen Maisie Dobbs novels, Winspear has published one standalone novel about the Great War, The Care and Management of Lies, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.










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