Library Journal Day of Dialog 2023 Fall

For more than two decades,Library Journal’s Day of Dialog has been the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Now it’s gone digital and is free to attend! The next all-day event is scheduled for October 26 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for winter/spring 2024. Once again, you will hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction and learn about the latest titles and trends. And you still get to dialog by visiting virtual booths, talking with authors, and networking with colleagues. 



Event hours 9:00 AM -5:30 PM ET 


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9:00 – 9:30 AM ET | Exhibit Hall Opens / Visit the Booths 

In-Booth Chats

9:00 – 9:30 AM ET | Join four Baker Publishing Group fiction authors—Sarah Sundin (WWII historical), Holly Varni (contemporary), Sarah Loudin Thomas (historical), and Jaime Jo Wright (dual-time suspense)—as they discuss the inspiration behind their upcoming releases, how they create settings and characters, why librarians would be interested in their books, and the impact they hope their books will have on readers. Also, get a sneak peek at what they are working on next! (Baker Publishing Group)

9:00 – 9:30 AM ET | Secrets Can Kill Booth Chat (CamCat Books)

9:00 – 9:30 AM ET | Library Love Fest Book Buzz (HarperCollins)




9:30 – 10:25 AM ET  

Fiction: Survival 

Leif Enger, I Cheerfully Refuse, Grove Atlantic  

K’wan, Promise Kept, Blackstone Publishing  

Andrew Graff, True North, Ecco: HarperCollins 

Michael O’Donnell, Above the Fire, Blackstone Publishing  

Karen Outen, Dixon, Descending, Dutton: Penguin Random House  

Moderator: Joel Shoemaker, Methodist College Carle Health, Peoria, IL 



9:30 – 10:25 AM ET  

Nonfiction: Current Perspectives  

Ruha Benjamin, Imagination: A Manifesto, W. W. Norton: W. W. Norton Company 

Ari Berman, Minority Rule: The Right-Wing Attack on the Will of the People—and the Fight To Resist It, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: Macmillan 

Pascuala Herrera, No Siempres es un Valle de Lagrimas (Not Always a Valley of Tears), Indie Author Project 

Debbie Hines, Get Off My Neck: Black Lives, White Justice, and a Former Prosecutor’s Quest for Reform, MIT Press 

Michele Norris, Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity, S. & S.: Simon & Schuster  

Moderator: T. J. Davis, Professor of History, emeritus, Arizona State University 


In-Booth Chat

10:30 – 11:10 AM ET | Conspiracies and Cover-ups Booth Chat (CamCat Books)




10:30 – 11:25 AM ET 

Fiction: A Touch of Magic 

Elizabeth Gonzalez James, The Bullet Swallower, S. & S.: Simon & Schuster  

Kelly Link, The Book of Love, Random House: Penguin Random House  

Helen Oyeyemi, Parasol against the Axe, Riverhead: Penguin Random House 

Tara Roberts, Wild and Distant Seas, W. W. Norton: W. W. Norton Company 

Douglas Westerbeke, A Short Walk Through a Wide World, Avid Reader Press: Simon & Schuster  

Moderator: Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, Atlanta 


10:30 – 11:25 AM ET  

Nonfiction: History  

Hannah Durkin, Survivors of the Clotilda, Amistad: HarperCollins  

Betsy Gaines Quammen, True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America, Torrey House Press 

Joy-Ann Reid, Medgar and Myrlie, Mariner: HarperCollins 

Adam Shatz, The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Macmillan 

Hampton Sides, The Wide Wide Sea, Doubleday: Penguin Random House  

Moderator: Leah Huey, Dekalb, P.L., IL 


In-Booth Chat

12:00 – 12:50 PM ET | Hair Raising Reads Booth Chat (CamCat Books)




11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET  

Fiction: Thrillers 

Chris Bohjalian, The Princess of Las Vegas, Doubleday: Penguin Random House 

Armando Lucas Correa, The Silence in Her Eyes, Atria: Simon & Schuster 

Lee Goldberg, Calico, Severn House  

Jonathan Santlofer, The Lost Van Gogh, Sourcebooks Landmark: Sourcebooks 

Moderator: Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL 


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET  

Nonfiction: LGBTQ+ Perspectives 

Paige Maylott, My Body Is Distant: A Memoir, ECW Press 

Lucy Sante, I Heard Her Call My Name, Penguin Press: Penguin Random House  

Brontez Purnell, Ten Bridges I've Burnt: A Memoir in Verse, MCD: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Macmillan  

Anthony Uzarowski, Friends of Dorothy: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons, Imagine: Charlesbridge 

Moderator: Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton 


12:30 – 1:00 PM ET | Break / Visit the Exhibit Hall 

In-Booth Chats

12:30 – 1:00 PM ET | Join us for a 30-minute in-booth chat with award-winning indie authors Heather Texle (On Impulse (Reliance Sinclair, #1)) and Julie Gilbert (Cemetery Songs). Ask questions, learn about their latest work, and hear more about the Indie Author Project! (Bibliolabs/Indie Author Project)

12:30 – 1:00 PM ET | Join Elham from ECW Press and hear about our most exciting books for Spring 2024! (ECW Press)

12:30 – 1:00 PM ET | Join us to hear from Ace Atkins, author of DON'T LET THE DEVIL RIDE, and Peter Swanson, author of A TALENT FOR MURDER! (HarperCollins Publishing)

1:00 – 1:40 PM ET | Unexpected Sci-Fi Heroes Booth Chat (CamCat Books)




1:00 – 1:55 PM ET  

Fiction: Displacement and Belonging  

Cristina Henriquez, The Great Divide, Ecco: HarperCollins  

Hisham Matar, My Friends, Random House, Penguin Random House  

Tea Obreht, The Morningside, Random House, Penguin Random House  

Adam Rapp, Wolf at The Table, Little, Brown & Company: Hachette Book Group  

Anise Vance, Hush Harbor, Hanover Square Press: HTP Books 

Moderator: Kaite Stover, The Kansas City Public Library, MO 


Fiction: Friends & Lovers 

Becky Hunter, One Moment, Forever: Hachette Book Group  

Isabella Kamal, The Temple of Persephone, Blackstone Publishing  

Michelle Lindo-Rice, The Bookshop Sisterhood, MIRA: HTP Books 

Sheryl Lister, No Reservations, Harper Muse: HarperCollins Focus 

Sophie Wan, Women of Good Fortune, Graydon House: HTP Books 

Moderator: Eve Stano, Ball State Univ. IN 





2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  

Fiction: Mystery 

Kemper Donovan, The Busy Body, Kensington Publishing Corp. 

Kellye Garrett, Missing White Woman, Muholland: Hachette Book Group 

Lisa Gardner, Still See You Everywhere, Hachette Book Group 

Sara Paretsky, Pay Dirt, Morrow: HarperCollins  

Francis Spufford, Cahokia Jazz, Scribner, Simon & Schuster 

Moderator: Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN 


2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  

Nonfiction: STEM 

Immaculata De Vivo and Daniel Lumera, The Biology of Kindness: Six Daily Choices for Health, Well-Being, and Longevity, MIT Pr.  

Susannah Fox, Rebel Health: A Field Guide to the Patient-led Revolution in Health Care, MIT Pr. 

Nell Greenfield-Boyce, Transient and Strange, W. W. Norton, W. W. Norton and Company 

Eve Herold, Robots and the People Who Love Them: Holding on to Our Humanity in an Age of Social Robots, St. Martin’s, Macmillan  

Madhumita Murgia, Code-Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AI, Henry Holt: Macmillan 

Moderator: Matt Enis, Senior Editor, Technology, LJ 


3:00 – 3:30 PM ET | Break / Visit the Exhibit Hall 


In-Booth Chat

3:00 – 3:30 PM ET | Serial Killer Mysteries Booth Chat (CamCat Books)




3:30 – 4:25 PM ET  

Fiction: Reckoning 

Sarah Braunstein, Bad Animals, W. W. Norton: W. W. Norton and Company  

Jennine Capó Crucet, Say Hello to My Little Friend, S.&S.: Simon & Schuster  

Stacie Shannon Denetsosie, The Missing Morningstar, Torrey House Press  

Percival Everett, James, Doubleday: Penguin Random House 

Claire Oshetsky, Poor Deer, Ecco: HarperCollins 

Moderator: Kate Merlene, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH 


Fiction: Reimagining 

ReShonda Tate, The Queen of Sugar Hill, Morrow: HarperCollins  

Jennifer Croft, The Extinction of Irena Rey, Bloomsbury  

Justinian Huang, The Emperor and the Endless Palace, HTP Books 

Laura McNeal, The Swan’s Nest, Algonquin Books: Hachette 

Joel H. Morris, All Our Yesterdays, Putnam: Penguin Random House  

Moderator: Julie Kane, Washington & Lee Lib., Lexington, VA 





4:30 – 5:30 PM ET  

Fiction: Horror 

Darcy Coates, The Hollow Dead, Poisoned Press: Sourcebooks  

Elliott Gish, Grey Dog

Stephen Graham Jones, The Angel of Indian Lake, Saga Press: Simon & Schuster  

T. Kingfisher, What Feasts at Night, Tor NightFire: Macmillan  

Valentina Cano Repetto, Sanctuary, Camcat 

Moderator, Emily Vinci, Schaumburg Township District Library, IL


Fiction: Historical  

Amanda Barratt, The Warsaw Sisters, Revell: Baker Publishing Group 

Avery Cunningham, The Mayor of Maxwell Street, Disney Publishing Worldwide 

Laura Frantz, The Seamstress of Acadie, Revell: Baker Publishing Group 

Vanessa Miller, The American Queen, Thomas Nelson: HarperChristian Publishing  

Rachel Rueckert, If the Tide Turns, Kensington Publishing Corp. 

Moderators: Virginia Grubbs, Darien Public Library, 

Colleen Wood, Darien Public Library, CT





Amanda Barratt is the bestselling author of numerous historical novels and novellas, including The White Rose Resists (a 2021 Christy Award winner) and Within These Walls of Sorrow. She is passionate about illuminating oft-forgotten facets of history through a fictional narrative. Amanda lives in Michigan.  



Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies and the founder of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University. She is the author of Viral Justice, Race After Technology, People's Science, and the forthcoming Imagination: A Manifesto, which will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in February 2024. 



Ari Berman is the national voting rights correspondent at Mother Jones. His stories have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. He is the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics and Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. He lives in New York. 



Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including TheLioness, Hour of the Witch, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which has been made into a MAX limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Red Lotus, The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty- five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Litsy, and Goodreads 


Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children and the forthcoming Bad Animals, which will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in March 2024. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and the Harvard Review. The recipient of a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" award, she lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Colby College. 


Darcy Coates is the USA Today bestselling author of Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, and more than a dozen horror and suspense titles. She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables. 



Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages, The Sister’s Tale, and The Night Traveler. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children. Visit 



Jennifer Croft won a Guggenheim Fellowship for The Extinction of Irena Rey, the William Saroyan International Prize for her memoir Homesick, and the International Booker Prize for her translation of Nobel Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. She is the translator of Federico Falco’s A Perfect Cemetery, Pedro Mairal’s The Woman from Uruguay, and Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob. She is also the winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. She lives in Tulsa and Los Angeles. The Extinction of Irena Rey is her debut novel. 





Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of four books, including the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which won the International Latino Book Award and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, and others; the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Book Award. A former contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, she is a recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and the Hillsdale Award. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, and Condé Nast Traveler. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, she now lives in North Carolina with her family. 


Avery Cunningham is a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, and a 2016 graduate of DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing & Publishing program. She has over a decade of editorial experience with various literary magazines, small presses, and bestselling authors. Avery grew up surrounded by exceptional African Americans who strove to uplift their communities while also maintaining a tenuous hold on prosperity in a starkly segregated environment. The sensation of being at once within and without is something she has grappled with since childhood and explores thoroughly in her work of historical fiction. When not writing, Avery is adventuring with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Grizzly, and wading waist-deep in research for her next novel. She aspires to tell the stories of complex characters at the fringes of history fighting for their right to exist. The Mayor of Maxwell Street is her debut novel. 






Immaculata De Vivo is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on how genetic variants interact with the environment to influence susceptibility to hormonal cancers, especially endometrial cancer. 


Stacie Shannon Denetsosie is a member of the Navajo Nation and her clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater) and born for Naakaii Dine'é (Mexican). She is from Kayenta, Arizona but currently resides in Northern Utah. She is a recipient of the UCROSS Native American Fellowship. Stacie graduated with her MFA in Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2021. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, phoebe Journal, Cut Bank, and the Torrey House Press anthology Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild. Stacie’s debut short fiction collection, The Missing Morningstar and Other Stories, received a Kirkus Star. She lives in Northern Utah. 


Kemper Donovan is a full-time writer and author of The Busy Body from Kensington Publishing Corp. Previously he published the standalone novel The Decent Proposal (HarperCollins). He is also the host of the podcast All About Agatha, dedicated to all things Agatha Christie, in which guise he has been featured in the L.A. Times, made appearances on BBC TV and Radio New Zealand, and written for, the Agatha Christie estate’s official website. Kemper attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and lives in Southern California with his husband and two daughters. 


Dr. Hannah Durkin is a historian specializing in transatlantic slavery and African diasporic art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Leeds Trinity University. She has taught at Nottingham and Newcastle universities, and recently served as a Guest Researcher at Linnaeus University in Sweden. She is an advisor to the History Museum of Mobile, which is working to memorialize the Clotilda survivors, and was the keynote speaker at Africatown’s 2021 Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival founded by the Clotilda Descendants Association. She is the recipient of more than a dozen academic prizes, including a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. She lives in the southeast of England



Leif Enger grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year’s Best Books by Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. It was a Midwest Booksellers Honor Book, and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. His third novel, Virgil Wander, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was named a best book of the year by Amazon, Library Journal, Bookpage, and Chicago Public Library. He lives with his wife in Duluth, MN. 


Percival Everett’s most recent books include Dr. No (finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award) The Trees (finalist for the Booker Prize and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award), Telephone (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), So Much Blue, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. He has a poetry collection forthcoming with Red Hen Press. He has received the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and is a Distinguished Professor of English at USC. 



Susannah Fox helps people navigate health and technology. She served as Chief Technology Officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she led an open data and innovation lab. Prior to that, she was the entrepreneur-in-residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed the health portfolio at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. 


Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of 15 novels, including The Rose and the Thistle, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Lacemaker, and A Heart Adrift. She is the proud mom of an American soldier and a career firefighter. Though she will always call Kentucky home, Laura lives with her husband in Washington State. 



Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries. Her novel, The Neighbor, won Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers. She has also been honored for her work with animal rescue and at-risk children.  An avid hiker, gardener and cribbage player, Lisa lives with her family in New England. 


Kellye Garrett is the author of Like a Sister—an Edgar and Anthony nominee for Best Novel and a Lefty Award winner for Best Mystery—as well as Hollywood Homicide, which won Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for Best First Novel and was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time, and Hollywood Ending, which was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing novels, Garrett spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She is a New Jersey native, a cofounder of Crime Writers of Color, and a former board member of Sisters in Crime. 


Elliott Gish is a writer and librarian from Halifax, where she lives with her partner. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio, Gish’s fiction has appeared in many journals, including the New Quarterly, the Baltimore Review, and the Dalhousie Review, and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize. 



Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Lost Hills, the Ian Ludlow trilogy, fifteen Monk mysteries, and five internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the co-creator of the hit Hallmark movie series Mystery 101. His latest book is Calico, a standalone thriller, published by Severn House. 


Elizabeth Gonzalez James is the author of the novels The Bullet Swallower and Mona at Sea, as well as the chapbook, Five Conversations About Peter Sellers. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Rumpus, StorySouth, PANK, and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Massachusetts. 



Andrew J. Graff is the author of novel Raft of Stars. His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. Andrew grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin's Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University. 



Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient and been recipient of several awards including: the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Alex Award from American Library Association. He is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder. 


Nell Greenfield Boyce is a science correspondent for National Public Radio. Before joining NPR, she was a science reporter at magazines including U.S. News & World Report and New Scientist, where she received the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.  Her new book, Transient and Strange: Notes on the Science of Life, will be published by Norton in January 2024.  She lives in Washington, DC. 


Eve Herold is Director of Public Policy Research and Education at the Genetics Policy Institute. A science and health writer, she has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Prevention, The Kiplinger Report, and The Washington Post. She has also been featured on MSNBC, NPR, and CNN. 



Pascuala Herrera had a 30-year career as a Professor and Accessibility Specialist at Harper College in Palatine IL. Since her retirement in 2020, she has published three books, "Not Always a Valley of Tears", "My Mom Rocks; Her Chair Rolls" and "Life is a Garden to Cultivate" with another children's book about to be released. She is a frequent local and national presenter on the topic of her life experience, disability awareness, creating accessible learning environments, self-publishing, and the importance of education for individuals with disabilities and Latinos. Currently she serves on the Mannheim District 83 School Board.  As a Latina, disabled woman she inspires others in working towards achieving their dreams and motivates others to support a person's aspirations despite any challenges they face. 


Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, The World In Half and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories. She has been longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, The Oxford American, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Illinois. 



Former Baltimore prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, and trial attorney Debbie Hines is an advocate for racial equity in the criminal justice system. She maintains a private law practice focused on civil and criminal litigation in Washington, DC. A leading voice in the discourse of criminal justice and race, Hines is often called on by media networks for legal commentary. 




Born to immigrants in Monterey Park, California, Justinian Huang studied English at Pomona College and screenwriting at the University of Oxford. He is now based in Los Angeles with Swagger, a Shanghainese rescue dog he adopted during his five years living in China. THE EMPEROR AND THE ENDLESS PALACE is his debut novel.


Becky Hunter grew up in Berkshire, UK, and has loved reading since before she can remember. After studying social sciences at Cambridge University, this love of reading led her to a career in publishing, where she worked as a book publicist in London for several years before taking a career break and moving to Mozambique to volunteer with horses. It was here that she decided to give writing a proper go, though it was still a few years, a few more destinations, and a couple more jobs before she had the idea that would become ONE MOMENT, her debut novel. 



K’wan is a multiple literary award winner and bestselling author. Born and raised in New York City, he has published more than thirty titles, collectively selling over one million copies, including his debut novel Gangsta and the widely popular Animal series. He has been featured in Vibe, Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and Time and is a two-time recipient of the Street Lit Book Award Medal in adult fiction. 


Isabella Kamal is an Iraqi Muslim historical romance author. Growing up in the Middle East, she had very little access to romance novels—but once she got hold of one, she never looked back. Now calling Los Angeles home, she can usually be found in independent bookstores after long days spent developing stem cell therapies. 


T. Kingfisher (she/her) writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, including Nettle & Bone, What Moves the Dead, and A House with Good Bones. Under a pen name, she also writes bestselling children's books. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, dogs, and chickens who may or may not be possessed. 


Kelly Link is the author of White Cat, Black Dog; Get in Trouble, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction; Magic for Beginners; Stranger Things Happen; and Pretty Monsters. Her short stories have been published in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a MacArthur “Genius” fellow and has received a grant from the National endowment for the Arts. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She is also the co-owner of Book Moon, an independent bookstore in Easthampton,Massachusetts. 



Sheryl Lister is a multi-award winning author and has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is a former pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience and often says she "played" for a living. A California native, Sheryl is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two special boys. When she's not writing, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen whipping up delicious meals and desserts to satisfy her inner foodie.  


Daniel Lumera is an expert in the sciences of well-being and quality of life who studied with Anthony Elenjimittam, the direct disciple of Gandhi. He is the bestselling author of The Cure for Forgiveness: A New Way to Happiness and coauthor of Twenty-One Days to Be Reborn and The Way of Lightness. 


Hisham Matar is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return, which also received the PEN/Jean Stein Award and was selected as one of The New York Times's top ten books of the year. His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Matar is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a life Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Art. Born in New York City to Libyan parents, he spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. He is a professor at Barnard College. 


Paige Maylott is a Canadian novelist and gamer who delves into alternate realities and identities. Her memoir, My Body is Distant (Sept 2023, ECW Press) explores her intersections of transition, critical illness, and vivid, dream-like digital spaces. Beyond writing, Paige excels as an academic accessibility professional and renowned speaker on accessible spaces and media. Her hobbies include hoarding rabbit paraphernalia and collecting retro video games from the 80s and 90s. She also paints a lot of geeky miniatures, usually sporting a deceptively pensive expression. Paige calls Hamilton, Ontario home where she surrounds herself with a small menagerie of cute, but demanding, furry friends. 


Laura McNeal is the author of Dark Water, a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature in 2010, the historical novel, The Practice House, The Incident on the Bridge, and four critically-acclaimed novels co-written with her husband Tom, all of them published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. She holds an MA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and was awarded a 2022 research residency at Baylor University. 


Vanessa Miller is a bestselling author, with several books appearing on ESSENCE Magazine's Bestseller List. She has also been a Black Expressions Book Club alternate pick and #1 on BCNN/BCBC Bestseller List. Most of Vanessa's published novels depict characters who are lost and in need of redemption. The books have received countless favorable reviews: "Heartwarming, drama-packed and tender in just the right places" (Romantic Times book review) and "Recommended for readers of redemption stories" (Library Journal).


Joel H. Morris has a PhD in comparative literary studies from Northwestern University. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he has worked as a bookseller, sailor, and teacher, and lives near Denver, Colorado. All Our Yesterdays is his debut novel. 


Madhumita Murgia is an award-winning Indian-British journalist and commentator, who writes about the impact of technology and science on society. She is currently AI Editor at the Financial Times in London, where she leads global coverage of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Madhu lives in London, but her heart remains in her hometown, Mumbai. 


Michele Norris is one of America’s most trusted voices in journalism, earning several honors over a long career, including Peabody, Emmy, Dupont, and Goldsmith awards. She is a columnist for The Washington Post Opinion Section and from 2002 to 2012 she was a cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered. Norris is also the founding director of The Race Card Project, a Peabody Award–winning narrative archive where people around the world share their reflections on identity—in just six words. Her first book, The Grace of Silence, was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Kansas City Star. Before joining NPR, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News covering politics, policy, and the dynamics of social change. Early in her career, she also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.  


Téa Obreht is the internationally bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife, which won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her second novel, Inland, was an instant bestseller, won the Southwest Book Award, and was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many other publications. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Obreht now resides in Wyoming. 


Michael O’Donnell is the author of the novel Above the Fire. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and other publications. He has been a member of the National Book Critics Circle since 2005. An attorney by profession, he lives in the Chicago area, where he practices law. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and his law degree magna cum laude from Boston College. 


Claire Oshetsky is the author of Chouette, which was a PEN Faulkner Nominee, the winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and the Barbellion Prize. They live in Santa Cruz with their family. 


Karen Outen’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The North American Review, Essence, and elsewhere. She received the 2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has been a fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maryland. Dixon, Descending is her first novel. 


Helen Oyeyemi is the author of the story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, winner of the PEN Open Book Award, along with seven novels, including Peaces, Gingerbread, and Boy, Snow, Bird, which was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize 


Hailed by the Washington Post as “the definition of perfection in the genre,” Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago. 


Brontez Purnell is the author of several books, most recently 100 Boyfriends, which won the 2022 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction, was longlisted for the 2022 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award and the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, and was named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review. The recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers' Award for Fiction and the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Award, he was named one of the thirty-two Black Male Writers of Our Time by T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers and a renowned dancer, performance artist, and zine-maker. Born in Triana, Alabama, he's lived in Oakland, California, for two decades. 


Betsy Gaines Quammen is the author of True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America and American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West. Betsy is a historian and writer focused on the intersections of extremism, public lands, wildlife, and contemporary U.S. sociopolitics. She received a PhD in History from Montana State University, a MS in Environmental Studies from University of Montana, and a BA in English from Colorado College. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, with her spouse, writer David Quammen. 


“An acclaimed filmmaker and playwright, Adam Rapp was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Red Light Winter and is the recipient of the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other honors. In addition to his numerous plays, he is the author of the novels Know Your Beholder and The Year of Endless Sorrows and several YA novels, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Born in Chicago and raised in nearby Joliet, Illinois, Rapp now splits his time between New York City’s East Village and upstate New York.” 


Joy-Ann Reid is the host of MSNBC’s The ReidOut. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. Reid previously hosted the weekend MSNBC show AM Joy. The former managing editor of The Grio, Reid has had columns appearing in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York, and The Daily Beast. She lives in Maryland and Brooklyn. 


Valentina Cano Repetto, born in Uruguay to Italian and Latino parents and having lived in Miami, FL, for twenty-three years, Valentina has now made her home in a secluded Victorian watermill in Italy, which was the direct inspiration for this novel. Her debut novel, The Rose Master (2014 REUTS Publications, LLC) was called “a strong, satisfying effort” by Publishers Weekly, and her novel, Aleister Blake (Journal Stone’s Trepidatio Publishing), was published in September 2022. Valentina also runs a blog, Il Vecchio Mulino delle Rocche, where she shares her journey restoring the mill and home, her inspiration for her latest novel, Sanctuary (CamCat 2024). 


Michelle Lindo-Rice is the national bestselling author of the "Able to Love" and "On The Right Path" series and a Vivian Award finalist. Michelle enjoys reading and crafting fiction across genres. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, she has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University, Argosy University and has been educator for over 20 years. She also writes as Zoey Marie Jackson. 


Tara Karr Roberts is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and journalism and English instructor at the University of Idaho. Her debut novel, Wild and Distant Seas, will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in January 2024. She is a lifelong Idahoan who grew up along the Pend Oreille River and now lives in Moscow, Idaho, with her family. 


Rachel Rueckert is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher who holds an MFA from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Boston University. On her first visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, she learned about the true story of Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Samuel Bellamy and vowed to write their story, returning to Cape Cod again and again over the years for research and freedom in the shape of solace. If the Tide Turns is her debut novel. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Cambridge, Massachusetts. 


Lucy Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, The Other Paris, Maybe the People Would Be the Times, and Nineteen Reservoirs. Her awards include a Whiting Writers Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy Award (for album notes), an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman Center fellowships. She recently retired after twenty-four years teaching at Bard College. 


Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller translated into 17 languages. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best crime novel, and his most recent novel is The Last Mona Lisa. Jonathan created the Crime Fiction Academy as The Center for Fiction. As an artist, Jonathan has been making replications of famous paintings for wealthy clients for more than 20 years. 



Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination and the host of the podcast “Myself with Others.” 



Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trial, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.


Francis Spufford was born in 1964. He began his career as the author of five highly praised works of non-fiction, but since Red Plenty in 2012 he has pivoted toward the novel. Golden Hill (2017) won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Costa First Novel Award, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the New York Society Library’s 2017 New York Book Award. His next novel, Light Perpetual (2021), was awarded the 2022 Encore Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives near Cambridge, England, and teaches writing at Goldsmiths College in the University of London. 


As a national bestselling author and award-winning journalist, ReShonda Tate has the credentials, and the passion, to bring stories to life.  A highly sought-after motivational speaker/poet, ReShonda is a three-time nominee and previous winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction. She has received a plethora of distinguished awards and honors for her journalism, fiction, and poetry writing skills, including an induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. Two of her novels have been made into television movies. 


Anthony Uzarowski is the author of Jessica Lange: An Adventurer’s Heart and coauthor of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies. He has written numerous articles on cinema and the arts, with his work appearing in the Guardian, Film International, Gay Times, Queerty, and many other publications. You can also see his head pop up in the occasional documentary, where he shares his love for classic movies and its stars.    





Anise Vance is a writer from the African and Iranian diasporas. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden. As a Mitchell Scholar, he received an MPhil in Geography from Queen's University Belfast. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children.  



Sophie Wan is a Bay Area native who loves the outdoors and staying hydrated. She graduated from UC Berkeley and is currently completing her MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. Women of Good Fortune is her first novel. 



Douglas Westerbeke is a librarian who lives in Ohio and works at one of the largest libraries in the US. He has spent the last decade on the local panel of the International Dublin Literary Award, which inspired him to write his own book. 









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