Library Journal Day of Dialog 2021

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 May 6 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books for summer/fall 2021.

Once again, you’ll 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.


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Author Chat with Valerie Fraser Luesse (BethanyHouse/Revell)
Chat with Catherine Ryan Howard, author of 56 Days (Blackstone Audio)
Chat with Olivia Matthews and Janina Edwards (Dreamscape)
Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Chat with Author Fred Guttenberg (Mango)
In-Booth Author Chat w/LIZZY STEWART (Fantagraphics)
Hachette Library Team Day of Dialog Morning Booth Chat (Hachette)


Anne Fonteneau, VP of Sales, Blackstone Publishing 
Jolene Barto, Marketing Executive, Dreamscape 
Beth Ives, Associate Director of Marketing, HarperAudio
Samantha Edelson, VP of Marketing, Macmillan Audio
Sarah Jaffe, Executive Producer, Penguin Random House Audio / BOT
Tom Spain, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Library Marketing


Elizabeth Strout, Oh William! (Random House)
Gary Shteyngart, Our Country Friends (Random House)
Ruth Ozeki, The Book of Form and Emptiness (Viking)
Atticus Lish, The War for Gloria (Knopf)
Moderated by Lynn Lobash, NYPL


Uwem Akpan, New York, My Village, W. W. Norton
Lauren Groff, Matrix, Riverhead: Penguin Random House

Bernhard Schlink, Olga, HarperVia: HarperCollins
Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway, Viking: Penguin Random House
Margaret Verble, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Moderator: Lisa Peet, News Editor, LJ

Manuel Hinds, In Defense of Liberal Democracy: What We Need To Do To Heal a Divided America, Imagine: Charlesbridge 
Theodore Roosevelt Johnson, When the Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America, Atlantic Monthly: Grove Atlantic

Nesrine Malik, We Need New Stories: The Myths That Subvert Freedom, W. W. Norton
Tamika D. Mallory, State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built, Black Privilege: Atria: Simon & Schuster
Albert Samaha, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes, Riverhead: Penguin Random House

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

Dan Grunfeld, By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Family Legacy, and the American Dream, Triumph Books: IPG
Randall Kennedy, Say It Loud! On Race, History, and Culture, Pantheon: Penguin Random House

Kate Moore, The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear, Sourcebooks
Matthew Pearl, The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America, Harper: HarperCollins
Darla Worden, Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway's Wyoming Summers with Pauline, Darla Worden, Chicago Review: IPG

Moderator: Mattie Cook, Flat River Community Lib., MI

Virginia Feito, Mrs. March, Liveright: W. W. Norton
Paula Hawkins, A Slow Fire Burning, Riverhead: Penguin Random House
Alex Michaelides, The Maidens, Celadon Books: Macmillan 
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Velvet Was the Night, Del Rey: Penguin Random House
Michelle Richmond, The Wonder Test, Atlantic Monthly Press: Grove Atlantic

Moderator: Liz French, Senior Editor, LJ Book Reviews

Author Chat with Jaime Jo Wright (BethanyHouse/Revell)
Chat with Emily Adrian, author of THE SECOND SEASON (Blackstone Audio)
Chat with J. A. Crawford (CamCat)
We Are the Baby-Sitter's Club In Booth Chat (Chicago Review Press/Triumph Books)
Chat about Accessibility with Digital Director Jessica Albert (ECW Press)
Author Chat w/LEE LAI (Fantagraphics)
Chat with Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Hachette)
Chat with author Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins)
Chat with Vanessa Nakate (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Chat with Paula Hawkins (Penguin Random House)
Soho Press Book Buzz! (Soho)
Chat with Kate Moore (Sourcebooks)
Chat with Author Manuel Hinds (Baker & Taylor)
Chat with Author Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. (Mango)


Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle, Doubleday: Penguin Random House
Interviewed by Rhonda Evans, Assistant Chief Librarian, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Scribner: Simon & Schuster
Interviewed by Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, LJ

Mona Awad, All’s Well, S. & S., Simon & Schuster
Wiley Cash, When Ghosts Come Home, William Morrow: HarperCollins
Omar El Akkad, What Strange Paradise, Knopf: Penguin Random House
Gregory Maguire, The Brides of Maracoor, William Morrow: HarperCollins
R. Kikuo Johnson, No One Else, Fantagraphics
Moderator:  Lillian Dabney, The Seattle Athenaeum

Brian Broome, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cheryl Diamond, Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood, Algonquin: Workman
Ashley C. Ford, Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir, Oprah: Flatiron: Macmillan
Ahmad Joudeh, Dance or Die: From Stateless Refugee to International Ballet Star; a Memoir, Imagine: Charlesbridge
Tabitha Lasley, Sea State: A Memoir, Ecco: HarperCollins
Moderator: Stephanie Sendaula, Associate Editor, LJ Reviews

Author Chat with Ashley Clark (BethanyHouse/Revell)
Chat with M Shelly Conner, author of EVERYMAN (Blackstone Audio)
Chat with Helen Power (CamCat)
Virtual Viewing of The Power of Literature in a Time of Crisis (Dreamscape)
Fall 2021 Buzz Books with ECW Press (ECW Press)
Chat with Hannah Whitten (Hachette)
Chat with The Very Nice Box authors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Chat with Grove Atlantic (Grove Atlantic)
Chat with author James Han Mattson (HarperCollins)
Chat with Author Corey Rosen (Mango)
Chat with Omar El Akkad (Penguin Random House)



Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads, Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Macmillan
Interviewed by Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, LJ

Katie Couric, Going There, Little, Brown & Company: Hachette Book Group
Interviewed by Meredith Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief, LJ

Xio Axelrod, The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes, Sourcebooks Casablanca: Sourcebooks
Lauren K. Denton, The One You’re With, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Lynette Eason, Hostile Intent, Revell: Baker Publishing Group
Rex Pickett, The Archivist, Blackstone Publishing
Farrah Rochon, The Dating Playbook, Forever: Hachette Book Group

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

M.J. Fievre, Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience, Mango Publishing
Anita Kunz, Another History of Art, Fantagraphics
Molly Peacock, Flower Diary: In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, ECW Press
Maria Tatar, The Heroine with 1,001 Faces, Liveright: W. W. Norton
Marlene Wagman-Geller, Unabashed Women: The Fascinating Biographies of Bad Girls, Seductresses, Rebels and One-of-a-Kind Women, Mango Publishing
Moderator: Kaite Stover, Kansas City P.L., MO

Author Chat with Jody Hedlund (BethanyHouse/Revell)
Chat with Ray McPadden, author of WE MARCH AT MIDNIGHT (Blackstone Audio)
Chat with Author Shelly Rachanow (Mango)
Chat with Xio Axelrod (Sourcebooks)
Chat with author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (HarperCollins)
Chat with our 2020 Indie Author of the Year, Jacqui Castle (Indie Author Project)


Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division, Soho Crime: Soho Press
William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike, Atria: S. & S. 
Marcy McCreary, The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon, CamCat Books
Wanda M. Morris, All Her Little Secrets, William Morrow Paperbacks: HarperCollins
Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Pamela Dorman: Viking: Penguin Random House

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


Sandra Brown, Blind Tiger, Grand Central Publishing: Hachette Book Group
Patti Callahan, Once Upon a Wardrobe, HarperMuse: HarperCollins Focus
Susie Finkbeiner, The Nature of Small Birds, Revell: Baker Publishing Group 
Alka Joshi, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, MIRA: Harlequin
Lesley Krueger, Time Squared, ECW Press

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

Sara Ackerman, Radar Girls, Harlequin
Kaia Alderson, Sisters in Arms: A Novel of the Daring Black Women Who Served During World War II, William Morrow Paperbacks: HarperCollins
Michelle Gable, The Bookseller’s Secret: A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII, Graydon House, Harlequin
Kristin Harmel, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, Gallery Books: Simon & Schuster
Heather Morris, Three Sisters, St. Martin’s: Macmillan

Moderators: Marianne Paterniti, Book Group Coordinator, & Pat Sheary, Head of Adult Programming, Darien Library, CT


Jacqui Castle, The Seclusion II, Indie Author Project
Cassandra Khaw, The All-Consuming World, Erewhon: Workman
TJ Klune, Under the Whispering Door, Tor: Macmillan
Cadwell Turnbull, No Gods, No Monsters, Blackstone Publishing
Nghi Vo, The Chosen and the Beautiful, Macmillan

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

Hachette Library Team Day of Dialog Afternoon Booth Chat (Hachette) 



Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author and a​ co-​founder of Stand ​Up To Cancer (SU2C). Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the ​CBS Evening News​ from 2006 to 2011 following 15 years as co-anchor of NBC’s Today​ show. She also hosted a syndicated show and served as the Yahoo Global News Anchor until 2017. She has won a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys. In addition to ​The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, Couric is the author of two books for children.


Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.


Jonathan Franzen is the author of novels such as The Corrections (2001), Freedom (2010), and Crossroads (2021), and works of nonfiction, including Farther Away (2012) and The End of the End of the World (2018), all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.






USA TODAY bestselling author Sara Ackerman was born and raised in Hawaii. She studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories. When she's not writing or teaching, you'll find her in the mountains or in the ocean. She currently lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of bossy animals.


Omar El Akkad is an author and a journalist. He has reported from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and many other locations around the world. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ, and many other newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages. It was listed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, NPR, and Esquire, and was selected by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World.  


Uwem Akpan teaches graduate and upper-level fiction workshops at the University of Florida, Gainesville. His fiction and autobiographical pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, the Nigerian Guardian, O, the Oprah magazine, etc. His collection, Say You’re One of Them won the Commonwealth Prize (Africa Region), the Open Book Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a 2009 Oprah Book Club selection. His new novel, New York, My Village, will be published by Norton in November 2021.


Kaia Alderson is a historical women’s fiction author with a passion for discovering "hidden figures” in African-American women’s history. Her specific areas of interest are women’s military history, popular music, women in sports, upper middle-class African-American society, and women’s international travel. She holds a sociology degree from Spelman College and a Master’s of Education degree from the University of West Georgia. She is an alumna of such respected writer workshops as the Hurston-Wright Foundation, Voices of Our Nation (VONA), Callaloo, and The Second City.


Mona Awad is the author of Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, and The New York Public Library. It was a finalist for the New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award. Her first novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her writing has appeared in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at Syracuse University and lives in Boston.


Xio Axelrod is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn't writing, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing. She lives in Philadelphia.


Brian Broome, a poet and screenwriter, is K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University's Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019. He lives in Pittsburgh.


Sandra Brown is the author of 69 New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 Seeing Red. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into 34 languages. She lives in Texas.


Patti Callahan is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling novelist of fifteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, out now, and Once Upon a Wardrobe, out October 19, 2021. A recipient of the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year, the Christy Book of the Year, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year, Patti is the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series and podcast Friends & Fiction. Follow her at



Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy, and most recently The Last Ballad. A winner and finalist for numerous prizes, he is a two-time winner of the Southern Book Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. He is the founder of the Open Canon Book Club and serves as writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their two daughters.



Jacqui Castle is an award-winning novelist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her debut novel The Seclusion garnered her the title of the 2020 Indie Author of the Year through the Indie Author Project (a partnership between Library Journal and BiblioBoard). The sequel to The Seclusion will be hitting shelves on March 1, 2022.



Lauren K. Denton is the author of USA TODAY bestselling novels The Hideaway and Hurricane Season. She was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. Though her husband tries valiantly to turn her into a mountain girl, she’d still rather be at the beach. Learn more at



Cheryl Diamond is now a citizen of Luxembourg and lives between there and Rome. Her behind-the-scenes account of life as a teenage model, Model: A Memoir, was published in 2008. Diamond´s second book, Naked Rome, reveals the Eternal City through the eyes of its most fascinating people.



Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage, Acceptable Risk, and Active Defense, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and "Elite Guardians" series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at


A native of Spain, Virginia Feito was raised in Madrid and Paris, and studied English and drama at Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a copywriter until she quit to write her debut novel, Mrs. March (coming from Liveright in August 2021). She lives in Madrid.


Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre, B.S. Ed is a long-time educator whose publishing career began as a teenager in Haiti. At 19 years old, she signed her first book contract with Hachette-Deschamps, in Haiti, for the publication of a Young Adult book titled La Statuette Maléfique. Since then, M.J. has authored nine books in French that are widely read in Europe and the French Antilles.


Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and Stories That Bind Us, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.


Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. Ford hosts The Chronicles of Now podcast where she has featured Lisa Taddeo, Carmen Maria Machado, Tommy Orange, Curtis Sittenfeld, and more. She also co-hosts The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, OUT Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Allure, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Netflix Queue, Domino, Cup of Jo, and various other web and print publications. Her writing has been listed among Longform & Longread's Best of 2017. She has been named among Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine's Brooklyn 100 (2016), Time Out New York's New Yorkers of The Year (2017), and Variety’s New Power of New York (2019).


Michelle Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I'll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and The Summer I Met Jack. She attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, and spent twenty years working in finance before becoming a full-time writer. She grew up in San Diego and lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two daughters.


Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times–bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists.


Dan Grunfeld was a two-time Academic All-American as a member of Stanford University's men's basketball team. He played eight professional seasons in top leagues around the world, including a year in Germany, three in Spain, and four in Israel, with a brief stint in the NBA for the New York Knicks. Grunfeld received his MBA from Stanford, and his writing has appeared in outlets including Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, and SBNation.



Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, The Room on Rue Amélie, and The Sweetness of Forgetting. She is also the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, "Friends and Fiction." She lives in Orlando, Florida.


Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for 15 years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling novels, Into The Water and The Girl on The Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold almost 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.
Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the "Mas Arai" mystery series, including Summer of the Big Bachi, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and one of Chicago Tribune’s 10 Best Mysteries and Thrillers; Gasa Gasa Girl; Snakeskin Shamisen; and Hiroshima Boy. She is also the author of the LA-based "Ellie Rush" mysteries. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has co-written non-fiction books like Life after Manzanar and the award-winning Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor. The Stanford University alumna was born and raised in Altadena, CA; she now resides in the adjacent town of Pasadena, CA.  
Manuel Hinds is El Salvador's former finance minister and winner of the Manhattan Institute's Hayek Prize. He has worked with the World Bank in the public and private sector and as a consultant to international institutions and governments on issues related to the financial system. He is the author of Money, Markets, and Sovereignty and Playing Monopoly with the Devil. He lives in San Salvador.  

R. Kikuo Johnson was born in 1981 in Maui, Hawaii. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an illustrator, educator, and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn. His bold, graphic, comic-styled illustrations have appeared on multiple covers of The New Yorker, book covers, and the acclaimed children's book, The Shark King (Toon Books, 2012). His new graphic novel, No One Else, comes out in November from Fantagraphics. Connect with him on Instagram (@r_kikuo_johnson) and his website (

Theodore R. Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he undertakes research on race, politics, and American identity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he was a National Fellow at New America and a Commander in the United States Navy, serving for twenty years in a variety of positions, including as a White House Fellow in the first Obama administration and as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His work on race relations has appeared in prominent national publications across the political spectrum, including the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review, among others.

Dancer and choreographer Ahmad Joudeh was born in Syria in 1990 and grew up as a stateless refugee in the Al-Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus. Amid the violence of the Syrian civil war, he pursued his dream as a dancer and appeared on the Middle Eastern version of So You Think You Can Dance before moving to Europe in 2016 to dance with the Dutch National Ballet. He lives in Amsterdam and performs throughout the world.

Alka Joshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist, is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is her second novel.

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. His other books are For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011), Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002), and Race, Crime, and the Law (1997). He lives in Deham, Massachusetts.

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer whose fiction work has been nominated for several awards. Their short stories can be found in F&SF,, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy.

TJ Klune is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

Lesley Krueger is a novelist and screenwriter. She is the author of seven books, including the critically acclaimed novels The Corner Garden and Mad Richard. As a filmmaker, she has worked as a screenwriter, script doctor, story editor, and co-producer on 16 produced films over the past 17 years, ranging from micro-budget shorts to studio features. She lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario, where she’s an avid member of a women’s hockey league.

William Kent Krueger is The New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land, Ordinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as eighteen acclaimed books in the "Cork O’Connor" mystery series, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at

Anita Kunz is an acclaimed illustrator and painter whose work has graced the covers of the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and many other mass circulation periodicals. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Canada by the National Post. She was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress. She has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor. She lives in Toronto. Her new book, Another History of Art, comes out in June from Fantagraphics. Connect with her on her website:


Tabitha Lasley was a journalist for 10 years. She has lived in London, Johannesburg, and Aberdeen. Sea State: A Memoir, is her first book.

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of A Wild Winter Swan, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, After Alice, Hiddensee, and the "Wicked Years", a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts, and in Vermont.


Nesrine Malik is an award-winning British-Sudanese columnist and features writer for the Guardian. We Need New Stories is her first book.

Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, cofounder of Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever executive director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—entitled “State of Emergency”—was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

After graduating from George Washington University with a B.A. in American Literature and Political Science, Marcy McCreary pursued a career in the marketing field, holding executive positions in marketing communications and sales at various magazine publishing companies and content marketing agencies. With two daughters and two stepdaughters living in four different states (Los Angeles, Nashville, Madison, Seattle), Marcy spends a lot of time on airplanes crisscrossing the country. She lives in Hull, MA and Nantucket, MA with her husband and black lab.

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and an English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He is the author of the international bestseller The Silent Patient.

Kate Moore is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls. A British writer based in London, she has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres including history, biography, true crime, gift and humor. She has written more than fifteen books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed speculative novels Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; the crime novel Untamed Shore; and the forthcoming Velvet Was The Night. She has edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu's Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Heather Morris lives in Australia. While working in a hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather met a gentleman, Lale Sokolov, who ‘might have a story worth telling’. Lale entrusted the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote his story as a screenplay – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Wanda M. Morris is a corporate attorney who has worked in the legal departments for several Fortune 100 companies. An accomplished presenter and leader, Morris has previously served as President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is the founder of its Women’s Initiative, an empowerment program for female in-house lawyers. All Her Little Secrets is her debut novel.

Richard Osman's popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him becoming an executive producer on numerous UK shows, as well as being the host of Pointless with seven million views. Osman's debut, The Thursday Murder Club, was a #1 international bestseller. The Man Who Died Twice is his second novel.

Biographer and distinguished poet Molly Peacock is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, as well as seven volumes of poetry, including The Analyst: Poems. She is an arts activist and, with a friend, started what became a cultural institution in New York City: Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses. A former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow and a dual American/Canadian citizen, Molly divides her time between Toronto and New York City.
   Matthew Pearl’s novels have been international and New York Times bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Atavist Magazine, and Slate. The New York Daily News raves "if the past is indeed a foreign country, Matthew Pearl has your passport." Matthew has been chosen Best Author for Boston Magazine's Best of Boston and received the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. The Taking of Jemima Boone is his nonfiction debut.  

Rex Pickett is a screenwriter and author who is most well known for writing Sideways, the book that became one of the most critically acclaimed and highest-grossing comedy films in Hollywood history. His Sideways sequel Vertical won the Gold Medal for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Pickett resides in Del Mar, California.

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and story collections, including The Marriage Pact, Golden State, The Year of Fog, and Hum. She received the Truman Capote Prize for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Short Story. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her "Holmes Brothers", "New York Sabers", "Bayou Dreams" and "Moments in Maplesville" series. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist at BuzzFeed News whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, and the San Francisco Examiner, among other outlets. A Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient, he is also the author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award and winner of the New York Society Library's 2019 Hornblower Award. He lives in New York City.  
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor emeritus of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the internationally bestselling novels The Reader, which became a multi-million copy international bestseller and an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and The Woman on the Stairs. He lives in Berlin and New York.  

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Research Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore and Mythology, Emerita, at Harvard University. The author of The Heroine with 1,001 Faces (coming from Liveright in September 2021) and the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Classic Fairy Tales and of The Annotated African American Folktales, among others, she lives in Cambridge, MA.


Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than three million copies and have been translated into more than 30 languages. Having worked as an investment professional for more than 20 years, Towles now devotes himself fulltime to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Cadwell Turnbull is the author of The Lesson. He is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing M.F.A. in Fiction and English M.A. in Linguistics. Turnbull is also a graduate of Clarion West 2016. His second novel, No Gods, No Monsters, will release in September 2021.  

Margaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her first novel, Maud's Line, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, Cherokee America, has recently been listed by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year for 2019. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Nghi Vo was born in central Illinois, and she retains a healthy respect of and love for corn mazes, scarecrows, and 50-year floods. These days, she lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is less a lake than an inland sea that she is sure is just biding its time. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, PodCastle, Lightspeed, and Fireside. Her short story, “Neither Witch nor Fairy” made the 2014 Tiptree Award Honor List. Nghi mostly writes about food, death, and family, but sometimes detours into blood, love, and rhetoric. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind.

Marlene Wagman-Geller received her B.A. from York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University. Currently she teaches high school English in National City, California. Reviews from her first three books (Penguin/Perigree) have appeared in the New York Times and the Associated Press article was picked up in dozens of newspapers such as the Denver Post, the Huffington Post, and the San Diego Tribune.

Darla Worden is editor in chief of Mountain Living magazine and a journalist, covering art, architecture, travel, and the West. She is the founder and director of the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris. She lives in Denver, Colorado.



Kristi Chadwick is a Consultant for Massachusetts Library System, providing advisory and continuing education for multitype library members all across the Commonwealth. Kristi is also the columnist for Library Journal's Science Fiction & Fantasy reviews. You can find her discussing writing, books, libraries, and her love for coffee, chickens, and fountain pens on Twitter @booksnyarn.

Mattie Cook serves as the director of Flat River Community Library in Greenville, Michigan. She has been a library director for six years, and previously worked as a young adult librarian. She received her B.A. in Political Science at Michigan State University and Masters of Library
and Information Science at Wayne State University. She serves on many community boards, state- and national-level library committees, and has served as a social science reviewer for Library Journal since 2015.

Lillian Dabney received her MLIS from the University of Washington. She works as the Adult Services Librarian (indeed the only librarian) and is in charge of Library Operations at the Seattle Athenaeum, one of three membership libraries on the West Coast. She is currently serving on the ALA Notable Awards Committee for 2020-2021.

Rhonda Evans is the Assistant Chief Librarian of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She supports the management of the Research and Reference Division’s diverse collections, that focus on people of African descent throughout the world. She is the author of the blog series, Black New York, which tells lesser-known stories of the Black experience across New York City and the outer boroughs. She is also an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Information, teaching in their Library and Information Science graduate program.

Liz French Senior Editor, Library Journal Reviews

Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal

Lesa Holstine is the Collections Manager for the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Indiana. She reviews mysteries for Library Journal, and wrote the Mystery chapter for the 7th edition of Genreflecting. She was the recipient of the 2018 David S. Thompson Special Service Award, presented by the Bouchercon Board for life-long service to the mystery and crime fiction community.

Leah Huey is an Adult Services and Teen Librarian at the DeKalb Public Library in DeKalb, Illinois. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and reviews non-fiction that focuses on African American topics and issues.

Julie Kane received her MSLIS from Simmons College and an MA in English from Lynchburg College. She works as an Associate Professor and Head of Collection Services at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She currently serves on the ALA Stonewall Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Committee, reviews for Library Journal, and is a columnist for College and Undergraduate Libraries. When not reading, writing, or librarying, she can be found knitting badly and yelling at continuity issues in streaming series with her husband and rescue hound Hobbes in Staunton, VA.


Marianne Paterniti, Book Group Coordinator, Darien Library, CT

Lynnanne Pearson is the Patron Engagement Manager at the Skokie Public Library. She has presented at several library conferences on readers advisory, genres, book discussions and eBooks, among other topics. She has also served on state wide committees as well as the Library Journal Best of Popular fiction subcommittee. She currently writes book reviews for both Library Journal and Booklist and was named one of 2020 Library Journal Reviewers of the Year.

Lisa Peet is the News Editor at Library Journal, and Senior Editor at the literary website Bloom (

Meredith Schwartz Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal

Stephanie Sendaula is Associate Editor, Library Journal Reviews

Pat Sheary, Head of Adult Programming, Darien Library, CT

Kaite Stover is the Director of Readers' Services for The Kansas City Public Library. She holds Master's degrees in Library Science and English Literature from Emporia State University. Stover is the co-editor of The Readers' Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions 2010). From 2004-2016, Stover wrote the "He Reads, She Reads" column for Booklist with David Wright and wrote, "Under the Radar" for Public Libraries from 2012-2017. Follow her on Twitter @MarianLiberryan and Instagram @KaiteStover.








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