Library Journal Evening of Dialog

Join Library Journal for an evening of cocktails, light refreshments, and great conversation with notable authors! Hosted by Melissa DeWild, LJ’s expert in genre fiction and selector of Prepub Alert titles, we'll chat with authors about their books, writing process, and more. Meet and greet authors and gather up advance reading copies for signing.

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LJ Evening of Day of Dialog


6:00-6:30                                          Cocktails and Light Appetizers

6:30-8:00                                           Author Panels

Panel One: Liz Moore, Dan Kois, J. Courtney Sullivan

Panel Two: Ally Condie, Iman Hariri-Kia, Anastasia Zadeik, Chelsea Devantez

Panel Three: Terah Shelton Harris, Amy Neff, Julia Phillips

8:00-8:30                                          Author Signings



Ally Condie is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched Trilogy, and of many other books (including the Edgar Award Finalist, Summerlost). A former English teacher, she enjoys hiking with her four children in the mountains near their home in Utah. 



Chelsea Devantez is a podcaster, comedian, comedy writer (she was Jon Stewart’s head writer for his Apple TV+ show, The Problem with Jon Stewart), and now a memoirist with her June release, I SHOULDN’T BE TELLING YOU THIS: BUT I’M GOING TO ANYWAY. 



Iman Hariri-Kia is a writer, editor, and author born and based in New York City. A recipient of the Annabelle Bonner medal and nationally acclaimed journalist, she covers sex, relationships, identity, and adolescence. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmo, Nylon, Bustle, and more. Her debut novel, A Hundred Other Girls, was published in July 2022 to critical acclaim. 



Terah Shelton Harris is an author and collection development librarian based in Alabama and a freelance wrtiter. She has been published in Women’s Health, Natural Solutions, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Backpacker, Draft, and Woman’s Adventure. She is the author of One Summer in Savannah. 



Dan Kois is a writer, editor, and podcaster at Slate, where his work has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards and two Writers Guild Awards. He’s the author of the novel Vintage Contemporaries; How to Be a Family, a memoir; The World Only Spins Forward (with Isaac Butler), which was a 2019 Stonewall Honor Book; and Facing Future, a book of music criticism and biography. He is a frequent guest and host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast, was a founding host of Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast, and hosts The Martin Chronicles, a podcast about Martin Amis. He grew up in Milwaukee, where his first job was delivering the Milwaukee Sentinel, and now lives with his family in Virginia. 



Liz Moore is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Long Bright River, which was a Good Morning America Book Club Pick and one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019, as well as the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World. A winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.



Amy Neff's debut novel, The Days I Loved You Most, is a love letter to the seaside town where her family has spent summers since the early 1900s. The Day’s I Loved You Most is being published in the United States and Canada by Park Row, and in the UK by Bloomsbury; it also is being translated into 17 languages — and counting. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog. Connect with her on social media, or find her online at


Julia Phillips is the bestselling author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.


J. Courtney Sullivan is the best-selling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, Saints for All Occasions, and Friends and Strangers. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. Sullivan's writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many others. In 2017, she wrote the forewords to new editions of two of her favorite classic novels—Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children. Her latest novel, The Cliffs, is forthcoming from Knopf (July).



Anastasia Zadeik is a writer, editor, and narrative nonfiction performer. She lives in San Diego, CA, where she serves as Director of Communications for the San Diego Writers Festival, as a mentor for the literary nonprofit So Say We All, and as a board member for the International Memoir Writers Association. Her first novel, Blurred Fates, won both the 2023 Sarton Award and the 2023 National Indie Excellence Award in Contemporary Fiction. Find her online at 






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