LJ Day of Dialog

Designed expressly for librarians, Library Journal's Day of Dialog takes a close-up look at forthcoming books and the latest trends in the library and publishing worlds. Come hear panels on a range of topics, featuring the hottest authors for the fall/winter seasons and top editors from top publishers nationwide.


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9:00 AM—10:15 AM | Editors Picks Panel

Kathryn Belden, VP & Executive Editor, Scribner: Simon & Schuster
Pamela Dorman, VP & Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books: Viking: Penguin Random House
Jordan Pavlin, VP & Executive Editor, Alfred A. Knopf: Penguin Random House
Ben Sevier, Senior VP & Publisher, Grand Central Publishing: Hachette Book Group
Tracy Sherrod, Editorial Director, Amistad: HarperCollins
Lauren Wein, Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Dan Zitt, Senior VP, Content Production, Penguin Random House Audio

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal

10:15 AM — 11:00 AM | Women Have Their Say

Nefertiti Austin, Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, Sourcebooks
Adrienne Brodeur, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House, Grove Press: Grove Atlantic: Ingram Content Group
Jaquira Díaz, Ordinary Girls, Algonquin Books: Workman Publishing
Aarti Namdev Shahani, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares, Celadon Books: Macmillan 

Moderator: Stephanie Sendaula, Associate Editor, LJ Reviews

11:00 AM — 11:15 AM | Break/Signing

11:15 AM — 12:00 PM | Thriller Quest

Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer, Counterpoint, Ingram Content Group 
Catherine Ryan Howard, Rewind, Blackstone Publishing 
Chris Pavone, The Paris Diversion, Crown: Penguin Random House  
Helen Phillips, The Need, S. & S.: Simon & Schuster 
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door, Dutton: Penguin Random House
Karin Slaughter, The Last Widow, Morrow: HarperCollins

Moderator: Liz French, Senior Editor, LJ Reviews

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM | Lunch/Signing

1:00 PM — 1:35 PM | In the News

Karine Jean-Pierre, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, Hanover Square Press: Harlequin
Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You, Catapult: Ingram Content Group
James PoniewozikAudience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, Liveright: W. W. Norton Group
Matt Taibbi, Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another, OR Books: Ingram Content Group

Moderator: Lisa Peet, News Editor, Library Journal

1:50 PM — 2:25 PM | Top Fiction Debuts

Andrea Bobotis, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, Sourcebooks Landmark: Sourcebooks
Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom, Grand Central Publishing: Hachette Book Group
E.R. Ramzipoor, The Ventriloquists, Park Row, Harlequin
Cadwell Turnbull, The Lesson, Blackstone Publishing

Moderator: Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal

2:25 PM — 2:40 PM | Break/Signing

2:40 PM — 3:15 PM | Fiction Makes History

Alice Hoffman, The World That We Knew, S. & S.: Simon & Schuster 
Karl Marlantes, Deep River, Atlantic Monthly Press: Grove Atlantic: Ingram Content Group 
Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King, Norton: W. W. Norton 
Téa Obreht, Inland, Random House: Penguin Random House

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal

3:15 PM — 3:30 PM | Break/Signing

3:30 PM — 4:05 PM | Community Reads

Gabriel Bump, Everywhere You Don’t Belong, Algonquin Books: Workman Publishing
Ben Lerner, The Topeka School, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan 
Rion Amilcar Scott, The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories, Liveright: W. W. Norton 
J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Pamela Dorman Books: Viking: Penguin Random House

Moderator: Annalisa Pešek, Assistant Managing Editor, LJ Reviews

4:05 PM — 4:20 PM | Break/Signing

4:20 PM — 5:00 PM | Graphic Novels

Tom Batten, LJ Graphic Novels Columnist
Kelly Sue Deconnick, Aquaman. Vol. 1: Unspoken Water, DC Comics: DC
Kim Deitch, Reincarnation Stories, Fantagraphic Books
Gary Groth, President and Cofounder of Fantagraphics Books and Cofounder and Editor in Chief of The Comics Journal, print edition
Sean Murphy, Batman: White Knight, DC Black Label: DC

Signing to follow


Nefertiti Austin

Nefertiti Austin is an adjunct U.S. history college instructor and former certified PS-MAPP trainer who has co-led classes for adoptive and foster parents, and she blogs about adoption at mommiejonesing.com. An author whose work has appeared in venues like the Huffington Post, MUTHA, matermea.com, and Essence.com and has been short-listed for awards, Austin was the subject of an article on race and adoption in the Atlantic. Austin lives with her children in Los Angeles. Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America publishes in September 2019.

Nefertiti Austin

Tom Batten is LJ’s graphic novels columnist and an LJ Reviewer of the Year in 2018. He teaches at the College of William & Mary and writes for numerous publications, including The New Yorker and the Guardian.

Kathryn Belden

Kathryn Belden, VP, and Executive Editor, Scribner, focuses on the breadth of the American experience through acquisitions in literary fiction, social and cultural history, race and gender, nature and environment, and memoir and biography. Authors she has worked with include Roz Chast, Myla Goldberg, Mitchell S. Jackson, Andrew Krivak, Kiese Laymon, Lisa See, Sarah Smarsh, Jesmyn Ward, and John Edgar Wideman, and she has edited New York Times best sellers as well as winners or finalists for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Whiting Award, and other honors.

Andrea Bobotis

Andrea Bobotis was born and raised in South Carolina and received a PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia. Her debut novel, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, is set in South Carolina and was a runner-up for the 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Bobotis lives in Denver, where she teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt publishes in July 2019.

Adrienne Brodeur

Adrienne Brodeur cofounded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Coppola and currently serves as executive director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. An award-winning author and editor, she worked as a book editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for many years. She lives in Cape Cod and New York City. Her memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me publishes October 2019.

Sarah M. Broom’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, the Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. A native New Orleanian, she received a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Broom received a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant and has also been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She divided her time between Harlem, New York, and New Orleans. Her memoir The Yellow House, her first book, publishes in August 2019.

Kalisha Buckhanon

Kalisha Buckhanon’s first novel, Upstate, won the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Debut Fiction. Buckhanon is also the author of the novels Solemn and Conception. An Andrew Mellon Fellow, she is a recipient of 2001 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and the first Terry McMillan Young Author Award as well. Buckhanon has a BA and an MA in English language and literature from the University of Chicago and an MFA in creative writing from New School University in New York City. In 2018, the National Book Foundation/Art for Justice initiative chose Upstate as an inaugural Literature for Justice title. She lives in Chicago. Speaking of Summer publishes in July 2019.

Kalisha Buckhanon

Gabriel Bump’s nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction and received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Originally from South Shore, Chicago, he currently lives in Buffalo, NY. His debut novel, Everywhere You Don’t Belong, publishes in February 2020.  

Gabriel Bump

Kira Jane Buxton’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, the Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She was raised in the jungles of Asia and the deserts of the Middle East but now lives in Seattle with three cats, a dog, hummingbirds, a husband, and, significantly, two crows. Her debut novel, Hollow Kingdom, publishes in August 2019

Gabriel Bump

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than 10,000 pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella for Steve Niles and IDW, and work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo, and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’s rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, Pretty Deadly, the latter cocreated with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sf kidney-punch called Bitch Planet, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, OR, with her family. Aquaman. Vol. 1: Unspoken Water publishes in 2019.


Jaquira Diaz

Kim Deitch is a pioneer of underground comics who, in his publisher’s words, “remains a true cartoonists’ cartoonist, adored by his peers as much as anyone in the history of the medium.” He got his start doing comic strips for the East Village Other in 1967, and in 1969 he succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the Other’s underground comics tabloid. His Boulevard of Broken Dreams was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Best Graphic Novels Ever Written.” He is a winner of Eisner and Inkpot awards and lives in New York City. Reincarnation Stories publishes in October 2019.

Jaquira Díaz is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner who has won fellowships from the Kenyon Review, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, the Kenyon Review, Tin House online, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She is currently a consulting editor at the Kenyon Review and a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her memoir Ordinary Girls, a first book, publishes in October 2019.

Pamela Dorman, VP and Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books: Viking, has 40 years’ experience in the publishing industry, more than 25 years as an editor. In 2008, she founded the imprint Pamela Dorman Books, where she focuses on fiction and especially accessible, stylistically interesting debut fiction. She has acquired and edited many multi-million-copy No. 1 best sellers, including Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Kim Edwards’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones's Diary.

Gary Groth is President and Cofounder of Fantagraphics Books and Cofounder and Editor in Chief of The Comics Journal, print edition. Known for his provocative editorials, take-no-prisoners interviews, and wide-ranging tastes in comics, literature, music, and film, he won the Stranger Genius Award for Literature. He lives in Seattle, WA, and continues to publish the work of the world's greatest cartoonists. He is the editor of the forthcoming titles: Gina Siciliano’s I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi (September 2019), Tomi Ungerer’s The Underground Sketchbook (October 2019), and Paco Roca’s The House (November 2019).

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 30 works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Faithful, and The Marriage of Opposites, all LibraryReads picks; Here on Earth, an Oprah’s Book Club selection; plus Practical Magic, The Red Garden, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston. The World That We Knew publishes in September 2019.

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre is a Haitian American activist, commentator, and political campaign organizer who currently serves as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn. She is a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC; appears frequently on CNN, CNNi, CSPAN, PBS News Hour, ABC’s This Week, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher; and is on the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She lives in Washington, DC. Her first book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, publishes in November 2019.

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is a MacArthur Fellow whose first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was named a Believer Book Award winner, a New York Public Library’s Young Lions Prize and Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction finalist, and a best book by multiple publications. His second novel, 10:04, also received an NYPL’s Young Lions Prize and picked up a great deal of best-book attention. An excerpt from the novel won the Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize. Lerner is also the author of the New York Times best-selling The Hatred of Poetry and three poetry collections, including The Lichtenberg Figures, which won the Hayden Carruth Award and was an LJ Best Poetry Book. The Topeka School publishes in October 2019.

Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes debuted with Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, a New York Times best seller that won the Center for Fiction’s 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and received multiple best-book citations. He followed with the nonfiction What It Is Like To Go To War, also a New York Times best seller. Together, the two books have sold over half a million copies across all formats. In addition, Marlantes is featured in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War. He lives in rural Washington and draws on family history for his new novel. Deep River publishes in July 2019.

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is an Ethiopian-born novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was named a best book by the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications, and was also named one of the Ten Best Contemporary African Books by the Guardian. It was also a fiction runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and short-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She lives in New York City. The Shadow King, set during Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia, publishes in September 2019.

Maaza Mengiste

Sean Murphy broke into the industry at a young age and made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC. In his tenure, he has worked on such titles as Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer, Joe the Barbarian, and the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest. Sean also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road, as well as his popular miniseries, Punk Rock Jesus, and was the artist on the critically acclaimed Vertigo miniseries The Wake with Scott Snyder. Batman: White Knight published in October 2018.

Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri is winner of the UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize and a finalist for the Rome Prize. Her novels include A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, a Discover Great New Writers pick translated into 14 languages, and Refuge, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. “The Ungrateful Refugee” was one of the Guardian’s most-viewed long-form pieces in 2017. She lives in London. The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You publishes in September 2019.

Téa Obreht is the author of The Tiger’s Wife, a New York Times best seller, a winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Obreht was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and one of The New Yorker 20 Under 40. Born in Belgrade, she has lived in the United States since age 12 and currently teaches at Hunter College in New York. Inland publishes in August 2019.

Jordan Pavlin, VP & Executive Editor, Alfred A. Knopf, has worked with numerous New York Times best-selling and award-winning authors, including Jennifer Egan, Sheryl Sandberg, Karen Russell, Nathan Englander, Sue Miller, Susan Minot, Jenny Offill, Julie Orringer, Maggie Shipstead, Ayana Mathis, Ben Marcus, Ethan Hawke, and Nancy Jo Sales.

Chris Pavone

Chris Pavone is author of The Expats, a New York Times and international best seller and winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for Best First Novel. He also had national best sellers with The Accident and The Travelers, which is in film development. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family. The Paris Diversion publishes in May 2019.

Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips’s novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Award. Her story collections have also received acclaim, with Some Possible Solutions receiving the John Gardner Fiction Book Award and And Yet They Were Happy named a Notable Collection by The Story Prize. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Phillips is an associate professor at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her family. The Need publishes in July 2019.

James Poniewozik

James Poniewozik has been the chief television critic of the New York Times since 2015, having previously served as television and media critic for Time magazine and media columnist for Salon. At the New York Times, he has focused on how television reflects changes in culture and politics. He lives in Brooklyn. Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America publishes in September 2019.

ER Ramzipoor

E.R. Ramzipoor is an Oakland, CA–based content marketer who studied political science at the University of California, Berkeley. While researching underground literature in resistance movements, she discovered the forgotten story of Faux Soir, a single-edition newspaper mocking the Nazi that was issued by the Belgian resistance group Front de l’Indépendance, which became the basis of The Ventriloquists, her debut novel. The Ventriloquists publishes in August 2019.

 Catherine Ryan Howard 

Catherine Ryan Howard is the Cork, Ireland–born author of 2016’s Distress Signal, which was short-listed for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger. It was also an Irish Times and USA Today best seller. She followed with Liar’s Girl, a 2019 Edgar Award nominee. With internationally best-selling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, she is a founding member of The Inspiration Project, a monthly writers’ blog. Rewind publishes in September 2019.

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of an author living in Princeton, NJ. His first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international best seller and winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and it is currently being developed into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Sager’s second novel, The Last Time I Lied, was a New York Times best seller. Lock Every Door publishes in July 2019.

Rion Amilcar

Rion Amilcar Scott’s first book, Insurrections, won the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction and was chosen for the Rumpus Book Club. His work appeared on the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions lists for 2013 and 2016 and has been published in the Kenyon Review, PANK, the Rumpus, and Confrontation, among other publications. In addition, one of his essays received a Notable listing in Best American Essays 2015. A Kimbilio fellow, Scott earned an MFA from George Mason University, where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and a Completion Fellowship. The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories publishes in August 2019.

Ben Sevier is Senior VP & Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, where he oversees the acquisition and publication of approximately 400 titles a year in hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, and mass market formats. He has worked with New York Times best-selling novelists Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Jonathan Tropper, Tami Hoag, Joseph Finder, and Linda Fairstein and published the first books by best-selling novelists Louise Penny, Charles Finch, Selden Edwards, Brad Taylor, Daniel Suarez, and Jussi Adler-Olsen. The nonfiction authors he has acquired and edited include U.S. Navy SEAL Mark Owen and Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, and he has directed the acquisition and publication of best sellers by Nick Offerman, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, Daniel Levitin, Sean Carroll, and Maria Goodavage.

Aarti Namdev Shahani

Aarti Namdev Shahani is a technology correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley who has been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also the youngest recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. Before entering journalism, she was a community organizer in New York City who wrote an influential study of immigrants inside Rikers Island. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens, in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares publishes in October 2019.

Tracy Sherrod

Tracy Sherrod is the editorial director of Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins and the oldest publisher devoted to African America fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent publications include Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, Jenifer Lewis’s The Mother of Black Hollywood, Michael Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, Dick Gregory’s Defining Moments in Black History, and Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn. Currently, she is working on projects with Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty, attorney Benjamin Crump, legend Cicely Tyson, Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey, rapper Rakim, and many more.

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter has been published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe. Her 18 include the “Grant County” and “Will Trent” books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times best-selling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project, a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her stand-alone novels Pieces of Her, The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television. The Last Widow publishes in August 2019.

J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal is author of the best-selling debut Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a LibraryReads top-ten Favorite of Favorites for 2015 and No. 1 pick in July. It was also named the top novel of 2015 by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he cohosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. He is also a contributing editor at TASTE. The Lager Queen of Minnesota publishes in July.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. His most recent book is I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, about the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police. He is also the author of the New York Times best sellers Insane Clown President, The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement. He lives in Jersey City, NJ. Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another publishes in October 2019.

Caldwell Turnbull

Cadwell Turnbull is the author of literary SF debut The Lesson, which was named a most anticipated 2019 SF title from the Verge, Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, and Publishers Weekly. It has already been optioned by AMC for a TV series. A graduate of North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction, Turnbull also has an English MA in Linguistics from the university, and he was winner of the 2014 NCSU Prize for Short Fiction. He lives in Somerville, MA. The Lesson publishes in June 2019.

Lauren Wein

Lauren Wein is Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she concentrates on literary fiction from the United States and abroad, as well as memoir and narrative nonfiction. Some of her titles include Sarai Walker’s Dietland, Hala Alyan’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize–winning Salt Houses, and Rachel Kadish’s National Jewish Book Award–winning The Weight of Ink, as well as works by Amos Oz and Umberto Eco. Her recent and forthcoming titles include best-selling author Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Kate Davies’s In at the Deep End, Elinor Lipman’s Good Riddance, and Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game.

Dan Zitt

Dan Zitt is Senior VP of Content Production for Penguin Random House Audio and has more than 20 years of experience in the audiobook industry. Zitt has the creative catalyst for over 2,000 audio productions, collaborating with best-selling authors, notable celebrities, and award-winning narrators. Sixteen of his recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with former President Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life, and Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist both winning the award for Best Spoken Word Album. He is also the creator of Ahab.us, a casting website launched in 2015. He currently leads a bicoastal production team that produces more than 1,400 audiobooks a year.




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