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The 19th Library of Congress National Book Festival once again will bring the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators to Washington to discuss their work and meet their fans.

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    Andrea Barnet Andrea Barnet was a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review for 25 years, where she wrote primarily on the arts and culture. She is the author of “Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World” (Ecco), a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld Award for biography, and “All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian...
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    Mac Barnett Mac Barnett is a New York Times best-selling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole” and “Extra Yarn.” Among his other popular books are “I Love You Like a Pig,” illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and “The Magic Word,” illustrated by Elise Parsley. His...
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    Louis Bayard Louis Bayard, a New York Times Notable author, has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, and his story “Banana Triangle Six” was chosen for “The Best American Mystery Stories 2018.” He is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Salon. His novels include “The...
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    Ann Beattie The work of Ann Beattie has been published in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s “Best American Short Stories of the Century” and in Jennifer Egan’s “The Best American Short Stories 2014.” She has received the PEN/Malamud Award for short story, among many other honors. Beattie was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia...
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    Cece Bell Cece Bell is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book “Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover” and the Newbery Honor Book “El Deafo,” her Eisner Award-winning graphic novel. Bell is also the creator of the Sock Monkey picture books and “Chuck and Woodchuck.” Bell’s new book is “Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!” (Candlewick). She has also...
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    Michael Beschloss Native-born Chicagoan Michael Beschloss has served as a historian at the Smithsonian Institution, a senior associate member at St. Antony’s College (Oxford) and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation. His first book, “Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance,” began as his Williams College honors thesis. In “Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair” Beschloss argued that the spring of 1960 was a turning...
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    Holly Black Holly Black is the best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, the No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Spiderwick Chronicles” series (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and “The Curse Worker” series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She has just published “The Wicked King” (Little, Brown),...
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    Sheila Black Poet Sheila Black has written more than 40 books for children and young adults. She has also written four poetry collections, including “House of Bone” and “Love/Iraq.” She was a 2000 U.S. co-winner of the Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize and winner of a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship. She will be discussing her book “The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability”...
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    Sophie Blackall Sophie Blackall is the winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal for “Hello Lighthouse” (Little, Brown). She is the illustrator of more than 30 books, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books “Big Red Lollipop” and “The Baby Tree.” She won an earlier Caldecott for her book “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.” Blackall is also the illustrator...
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    David W. Blight David W. Blight is Class of 1954 professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era” and “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” as well as annotated...
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    Johnny D. Boggs Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, been bucked off horses (breaking two ribs last time), shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, traipsed around ghost towns and spent hours poring over microfilm – all in the name of finding a good story. He has won six awards from the Western Writers of America and has been called by Booklist magazine “among...
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    Fred Bowen Fred Bowen says he has always loved sports. His father coached Little League, and his four brothers were his teammates. He majored in history at the University of Pennsylvania and became a lawyer. After leaving the legal profession Bowen began to write for kids full time. His many books include “Touchdown Trouble,” “Dugout Rivals,” “Outside Shot,” “Soccer Team Upset” and his newest, “Speed Demon”...
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    Max Brallier Max Brallier is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 30 books and games, including the previous books in The Last Kids on Earth series. He is the creator and writer of “Galactic Hot Dogs,” a continuing middle-grade web serial and book series with Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties, including “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show” and “Uncle Grandpa.” Under the pen name...
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    Peter Brannen Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, The Boston Globe and Slate. His new book, “The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions” (Ecco), is about the five major extinctions in Earth’s history. Brannen is a Scripps Fellow at the University of...
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    Douglas Brinkley Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and CNN’s official historian. His most recent books are “Cronkite,” “The Quiet World,” “The Wilderness Warrior” and “Rightful Heritage.” Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His two-volume, annotated “Nixon Tapes” won the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize....
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    David Brooks David Brooks is one of the nation's leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on “PBS NewsHour” and “Meet the Press.” He has also written for The Wall Street Journal. The Weekly Standard, Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. Brooks is the best-selling author of “The Road to Character,” “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources...
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    Molly Brooks Molly Brooks describes herself as a “highly sophisticated disaster machine fueled by green tea and jelly beans.” Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times, The Toast, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated online and others. Her original graphic novel series is “Sanity & Tallulah” (Disney-Hyperion). The second book in the...
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    Jericho Brown Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book of poems, “Please,” won the American Book Award. His second book, “The New Testament,” won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of...

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    Colin G. Calloway Colin G. Calloway is the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England in 1978. After moving to the United States, he taught high school in Springfield, Vermont, served for two years as associate director and editor of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History...
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    Pablo Cartaya Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, actor and educator. In 2018, he received a Pura Belpré Author Honor for his middle-grade novel “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.” “Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish” was Cartaya’s second novel. His new novel, “Each Tiny Spark,” was published by the new Kokila Penguin/Random House imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults....
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    Susan Choi Susan Choi is the author of the novels “My Education,” “A Person of Interest,” “American Woman” and “The Foreign Student.” Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and a winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. With David Remnick, she co-edited “Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker.” She...
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    Liliana Colanzi Liliana Colanzi is a writer from Bolivia who has a doctorate in comparative literature from Cornell University, where she teaches. She is the author of the short story collections “Vacaciones permanentes,” “La ola” and "Nuestro mundo muerto” (“Our Dead World”) (Dalkey Archive). In 2017, Colanzi was named as one of the Bogota39, a selection of the best young writers in Latin America.
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    Fabien Cousteau As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone, learning how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. He is well known for his study of sharks, and in 2000-2002, Cousteau was an explorer-at-large for National Geographic, where he collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called,...
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    Lucy Ruth Cummins Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator and an art director of children’s books. She made her author-illustrator debut with “A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals,” a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Award, an ALA Notable Book and an Irma Black Honor Book. She next wrote and illustrated “Stumpkin,” a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2018 and also an...

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    María Dueñas María Dueñas holds a Ph.D. in English philology. After two decades in academia, she broke onto the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of the New York Times best-selling novel “The Time in Between,” followed by “The Heart Has Its Reasons” in 2012. Both novels became international best-sellers and have been translated into 35 languages. The television adaptation of “The Time in Between”...

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    James Ellroy James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles. His “L.A. Quartet” novels – “The Black Dahlia,” “The Big Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential” and “White Jazz” – have won numerous awards and are international best-sellers. His novel “American Tabloid” was Time magazine’s Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir, “My Dark Places,” was a Time Best Book and a New York Times Notable Book for 1997....
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    Nathan Englander Nathan Englander is the author of the novels “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” and “The Ministry of Special Cases” and the story collections “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized,...
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    David Epstein David Epstein is the author of the New York Times best-seller “The Sports Gene.” He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. His new book is “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” (Riverhead). According to best-selling author Daniel Pink, “Range is an urgent and important...
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    Melba Escobar Colombian writer Melba Escobar writes a column for the Colombian newspapers El Espectador and El País. Her novel “House of Beauty” (Fourth Estate) was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize. It takes place in and around a beauty salon, and it deals with issues of issues of gender, class and race, where a woman’s worth...

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    Brian Floca Brian Floca is an author and illustrator who won the 2014 Caldecott Medal for “Locomotive.” He has also written and illustrated the award-winning titles “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11” (Atheneum/Richard Jackson), his newest work; “Lightship”; and “The Racecar Alphabet.” Floca has illustrated Avi’s “Poppy Stories,” Sandra Jordan’s “Ballet for Martha” and Laura Amy Schlitz’s “Princess Cora and the Crocodile,” among many others. In...
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    Richard Ford Richard Ford is the recipient of the 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He is the author of the “Bascombe” novels, which include “The Sportswriter” and its sequels, “Independence Day” (the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award), “The Lay of the Land” and New York Times best-seller “Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book”...
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    Aminatta Forna Born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Great Britain and spending periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia, Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels “Ancestor Stones,” “The Memory of Love” and “The Hired Man,” as well as the memoir “The Devil That Danced on the Water.” Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Forna’s essays have...
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    Joanne B. Freeman Joanne B. Freeman, an award-winning professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is one of the nation's leading experts on “dirty nasty politics” and is the author of the new book “The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Freeman has commented on history and politics – past and present – on CNN,...

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    Inga Gaile Inga Gaile has published several collections of poetry, a collection of children’s poetry, plays and a novel. She often writes about stigmatized groups, feminist subjects and gender issues. Her first staged work was about the fate of poet Sylvia Plath. Her poems have been translated into English, German, Swedish, Lithuanian and Bengali. Gaile is active in the Latvian feminist movement and is founder of...
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    Gale Galligan Gale Galligan is a cartoonist and graduate of New York University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” series have received wide acclaim and soared onto the New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists. Her comics have appeared in the “Game Boss” and “Transitions” anthologies. Kirkus praised Galligan’s “The Baby-Sitters Club”...
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    Henry Louis Gates Jr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Gates has written or co-written 22 books and created 18 documentary films, including “Finding Your Roots.” His six-part PBS documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” earned...
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    Margaret George Margaret George is the New York Times best-selling author of novels of biographical historical fiction, including “Elizabeth I”; “Helen of Troy”; “Mary, Called Magdalene”; “The Memoirs of Cleopatra”; “Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles”; and “The Autobiography of Henry VIII.” She also has co-written a children's book, “Lucille Lost.” Most recently she published a two-book series about the ancient Roman emperor Nero: “The...
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    Casey Gerald Casey Gerald grew up in Dallas and went to Yale University , where he majored in political science and played varsity football. While studying for an MBA from Harvard Business School, he co-founded MBAs Across America, which, according to its website, is a movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to reinvent business school and revitalize America.” Gerald has been featured on MSNBC, at...
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    Judge Richard Gergel U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel presides in the same courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, where Judge Waties Waring once served. Waring is one of the central figures of Gergel's new book, “Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring” (Sarah Crichton). A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Gergel earned undergraduate and...
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    Amitav Ghosh Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of “The Circle of Reason,” which was awarded France’s Prix Médicis, and “The Shadow Lines,” which won two prestigious Indian prizes. His many works include “The Calcutta Chromosome,” winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award; “Sea of Poppies,”...
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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959 to 1961. In 1961-1963, she was a research associate and then associate...
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    Kathleen Glasgow Kathleen Glasgow’s first novel was the New York Times best-seller “Girl in Pieces.” “How to Make Friends with the Dark” (Delacorte) is her second and most recent novel. “Girl in Pieces” was named to “best-of” lists by the New York Public Library, Amazon, TeenVogue, TeenReads and more; it has been published in 24 countries. Glasgow told Germ, a magazine for high school students, that...
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    Reyna Grande Reyna Grande is the recipient of the 2015 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her first novel, “Across a Hundred Mountains,” received a 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, a 2007 American Book Award and a 2010 Latino Books into Movies Award. Her second novel, “Dancing with Butterflies,” was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award...
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    David Grann David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best-selling author of “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes” and “The Lost City of Z,” which has been translated into more than 20 languages. His stories have appeared in many anthologies of the best American writing, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall...
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    Philippa Gregory Philippa Gregory is a novelist who has been called “the queen of British historical fiction” by AudioFile magazine. Her book “The Other Boleyn Girl,” winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association,” has twice been adapted into a film. Many of her novels are set during England’s Tudor period, though she has written in other periods. A regular...
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    Olga Grjasnowa Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, grew up in the Caucasus region and has lived in Poland, Russia and Israel. When she was 12 she moved to Germany, eventually graduating from the German Institute for Literature/Creative Writing in Leipzig. Her first play, “Mitfühlende Deutsche” (“Compassionate Germans”), won the Dramatist Prize from the Wiener Worstätten. She has written the novel “All Russians Love Birch...
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    Matthew Gray Gubler Matthew Gray Gubler is an Emmy Award-winning actor, director, painter, writer and magician from Las Vegas. He also loves to voice cartoon characters, tell ghost stories and wear soft pajamas, and he has helped unearth a prehistoric dinosaur. Gubler, once a top fashion model, never thought of entering the profession, nor of becoming an actor, although he had much success in both fields. He...
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    Amy Gutmann Amy Gutmann is president of the University of Pennsylvania and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn. She also has secondary faculty appointments in philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education. Gutmann has published widely on...

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    Ellen Hagan Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her poetry collections include “Hemisphere” and “Crowned.” Her work can be found in ESPN Magazine and the anthologies “She Walks in Beauty” and “Southern Sin.” Hagan is the director of the Poetry and Theater departments at the DreamYard Project and directs its International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the...
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    Shannon Hale Shannon Hale is the best-selling author of many books for children, including the “Ever After High” series, “Princess Academy” (Newbery Honor book) and “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” middle-grade novel. She co-wrote the graphic novels “Rapunzel's Revenge” and “Calamity Jack” and the chapter book series “The Princess in Black” with her husband Dean Hale. Shannon Hale’s new graphic novel (with LeUyen Pham) is “Best Friends”...
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    Joshua Hammer Joshua Hammer was born in New York and graduated from Princeton University with a cum laude degree in English literature. He joined the staff of Newsweek as a business and media writer in 1988, and between 1992 and 2006 served as a bureau chief and correspondent-at-large on five continents. Hammer is now a contributing editor to Smithsonian and Outside, a frequent contributor to the...
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    Aleksandar Hemon Aleksandar Hemon is the author of “The Making of Zombie Wars; The Book of My Lives,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; “The Lazarus Project,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times best-seller; and three books of short stories, including “Nowhere Man,” which was also...
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    Monica Hesse Monica Hesse is the national best-selling author of the true crime love story “American Fire” and the Edgar Award-winning young-adult historical mystery novel “Girl in the Blue Coat,” which has been translated into a dozen languages and was short-listed for the American Booksellers Association's Indies Choice Award. She is a feature writer for The Washington Post, where she has covered royal weddings, dog shows,...
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    Faith Erin Hicks Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her previous works include the “Nameless City” trilogy, “Friends with Boys,” “The Last of Us: American Dreams” (with Neil Druckmann), “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” (with Prudence Shen) and the Eisner Award–winning “The Adventures of Superhero Girl.” Her new graphic novel (with Rainbow Rowell) is “Pumpkinheads” (First Second).
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    Anne Hillerman Anne Hillerman has continued the mystery series her father, the best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970. Her debut novel, “Spider Woman's Daughter,” followed the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman made famous: Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. The book also elevated a minor character, Bernadette Manuelito, to the role of crime solver. Bernie became the central protagonist in the reimagined series....
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    Jennifer L. Holm Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Fourteenth Goldfish” and several other highly acclaimed novels, including the Scott O’Dell Award-winning “Full of Beans” and three Newbery Honor Books, “Our Only May Amelia,” “Penny from Heaven” and “Turtle in Paradise.” With her brother Matt, she is co-creator of beloved and best-selling graphic novels, including the “Babymouse,” “Squish” and “Sunny Side...
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    Matthew Holm Matthew Holm is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator who has created more than 35 books for children. He is the co-creator (with his sister Jennifer) of a number of graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning “Babymouse” series and the “Squish” and “Sunny Side Up” series. Holm recently co-wrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel “Marvin and the Moths.” His new book with...
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    Linda Holmes Linda Holmes is the host of “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” NPR’s roundtable culture and entertainment podcast. An expert on all things popular culture, Holmes has discussed the subject on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition.” Her first novel is “Evvie Drake Starts Over” (Ballantine), which Holmes says is about “love and sad things and baseball and the state of Maine –...
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    Alexandra Horowitz Alexandra Horowitz is the author of three previous books: “Being a Dog: Following the Dog into the World of Smell,” “On Looking” and “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know,” a New York Times best-seller. She is an adjunct professor and head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University. She says she is “owned” by canines Finnegan and...
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    Caoilinn Hughes Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection “Gathering Evidence” won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and was a finalist for the Seamus Heaney Prize, the Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers’ Week, the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize and the New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry. The Times (London) Literary Supplement called her debut novel, “Orchid...
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    Paul Andrew Hutton Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, an author, a documentary writer and a television personality. He is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, the former executive director of the Western History Association and a past president of the Western Writers of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his print and television writing, including six Spur...

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    Joe Ide Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, the setting for his series of crime novels featuring the character Isaiah Quintabe. His favorite books were the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He held a variety of different jobs, including Hollywood screenwriter, before writing “IQ,” which went on to win the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus Awards for best debut novel. His latest publication...

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    Craig Johnson Craig Johnson is the New York Times best-selling author of the Sheriff Walt Longmire mysteries, which have been translated into 14 languages. The novels are the basis for the hit Netflix original series “Longmire.” Johnson is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, and his novella “Spirit of Steamboat” was the first One Book Wyoming selection. Longmire Day is...

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    Ilya Kaminsky Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, when it was part of the former Soviet Union. He came to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum. Kaminsky’s new book is “Deaf Republic: Poems” (Graywolf). Of the poetry collection, Collum McCann of The New Republic said, “How is it that one poet can make the silence visible? How is that one...
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    Parag Khanna Parag Khanna is managing partner of FutureMap, a scenario-planning and strategic advisory firm. He is the international best-selling author of six books, including “The Second World” and “Connectography.” He has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and New America think tanks and at the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore. Khanna has also been an adviser to the U.S....
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    Barbara Kingsolver Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career, she studied and worked as a biologist. Born in Annapolis and raised in rural Kentucky,...
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    Jon Klassen Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of “I Want My Hat Back,” an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; “This Is Not My Hat,” winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal; and “We Found a Hat.” He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” and “Extra Yarn,” as...
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    Jarrett J. Krosoczka Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times best-selling author, a National Book Award Finalist, a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year, an Eisner award nominee and the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, select volumes of “Star Wars: Jedi Academy”...
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    R.O. Kwon R.O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in New York magazine, The Guardian, Vice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States. Her first novel, “The Incendiaries: A Novel” (Riverhead), is a national best-seller and is being translated into...

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    Brianna Labuskes Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brianna Labuskes graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism. For the past eight years, she has worked as an editor at both small-town papers and national media organizations such as Politico and Kaiser Health News, covering politics and policy. Her historical romance novel, “One Step Behind,” was released in 2016. Her new novel is “Girls of Glass”...
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    Laila Lalami Laila Lalami was born in Rabat, Morocco and educated in Morocco, Great Britain and the United States. She is the author of the novels “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; “Secret Sons,” which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and “The Moor’s Account,” which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award and the...
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    Dorianne Laux Poet Dorianne Laux held jobs as varied as a cook, a gas station manager and a maid before she earned her degree in English from Mills College. She teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. Laux also is a contributing editor for The Alaska Quarterly...
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    Jeanine Leane Jeanine Leane was born in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia. She has been writing since she was a child. She says that “I wrote mainly as a way of remembering.” After a long career as a secondary school teacher, she worked with Aboriginal students entering university programs and taught indigenous education to mainly non-Aboriginal student teachers. Her first volume of poetry is...
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    Valeria Luiselli Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection “Sidewalks”; the novels “Faces in the Crowd” and “The Story of My Teeth”; “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions” and “Lost Children Archive: A Novel” (Knopf), her...
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    Steve Luxenberg Steve Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post and award-winning author. During his forty years as an editor and reporter, Steve has overseen reporting that has earned many national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. His new nonfiction book is “Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation” (Norton). It was named a New York Times Editor's...

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    Beth Macy Beth Macy is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, including her newest. “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America” (Little, Brown). “Dopesick” was short-listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. A longtime reporter who specializes in outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for...
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    Rebecca Makkai Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel “The Great Believers” (Penguin), one of the New York Times’ Best 10 Books of the Year for 2018, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal and the Chicago Review of Books Award and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. It...
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    Thomas Mallon Thomas Mallon's 10 books of fiction include “Henry and Clara, “Fellow Travelers,” “Watergate” (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award), “Finale” and the recently published “Landfall” (Pantheon). He has also written volumes of nonfiction about plagiarism (“Stolen Words”), diaries (“A Book of One's Own”), letters (“Yours Ever”) and the Kennedy assassination (“Mrs. Paine's Garage”), as well as two books of essays (“Rockets and Rodeos” and...
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    Thomas W. Malone Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. At MIT, he is also a professor of information technology and a professor of work and organizational studies. Previously, he was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one...
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    Alberto Manguel Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor and critic, but he would rather define himself as a reader. He was born in Buenos Aires and spent his childhood in Israel and his adolescence in Argentina. After living in Europe and the South Pacific, working as an editor, he moved to Canada in 1982 and became a Canadian citizen. There he wrote for Canadian newspapers,...
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    David Maraniss David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been affiliated with The Washington Post for more than 40 years. He is the author of 11 books, including the critically acclaimed best-sellers “When Pride Still Mattered,” “First in His Class,” “They Marched into Sunlight,” “Clemente,” “Once in a Great City,” “Barack Obama: The Story” and “Rome 1960.” He is a visiting distinguished professor at...
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    Lisa Margonelli Lisa Margonelli spent nine years chasing multiple teams of scientists from Berkeley, to Australia, to Namibia for her book “Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology” (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her previous book was “Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank,” which won a Northern California Book Award and was named by the American Library Association as one...
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    Ann M. Martin Ann M. Martin is the author of the beloved “The Baby-Sitters Club” series, one of the most successful series in publishing history with more than 176 million copies in print worldwide. It has been adapted into a TV series and a feature film, and it has prompted girls around the world to start their own baby-sitters clubs. The New York Times hailed Martin as...
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    Brendan Mathews Brendan Mathews is the author of “The World of Tomorrow,” which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named an Indie Next Great Read and an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His debut story collection is “This Is Not a Love Song” (Little, Brown). A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in “The...
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    David McCullough David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for “Truman” and “John Adams,” and twice received the National Book Award, for “The Path Between the Seas” and “Mornings on Horseback.” His other acclaimed books include “The Johnstown Flood,” “The Great Bridge,” “Brave Companions,” “1776,” “The Greater Journey” and “The Wright Brothers.” He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal...
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    Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus award-winning “Wayward Children” series, the “October Daye” series, the “InCryptid series” and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. McGuire has a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best...
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    Brenton McKenna Brenton McKenna struggled with reading and writing until a comic book he picked up when he was 10 changed his life. An Indigenous author-illustrator from Broome, Australia, he now creates his own graphic novels, finding inspiration in ghost stories, folklore and mythologies. McKenna is recognized as Australia’s first Indigenous graphic novelist. His “Ubby’s Underdogs” series began with the graphic novel “The Legend of the...
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    Juana Medina Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the illustrator of “Smick!” by Doreen Cronin and “Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma” by Keith Calabrese. Juana Medina is also the author-illustrator of “1 Big Salad,” “Sweet Shapes” and “Juana & Lucas,” which won the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award. Her new book is “Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas” (Candlewick).
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    Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta is the author of “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,” which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and...
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    Madeline Miller Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for the past 20 years. “The Song of Achilles,” Miller’s first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times best-seller. It...
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    Lydia Millet Lydia Millet is the PEN Award-winning author of 11 works of literary fiction, including “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” and “Magnificence,” which have been New York Times Notable Books and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists. Millet is known for her dark humor, idiosyncratic characters and language, and strong interest in the relationship between humans and other animals. Her story collection “Love in Infant...
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    Jonathan D. Moreno Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor. He is also professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. Moreno frequently contributes to such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, Nature, Slate, Foreign Affairs,...

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    Sigrid Nunez Sigrid Nunez's latest novel, “The Friend” (Riverhead), won the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction. She is author of the novels “Salvation City,” “The Last of Her Kind,” “A Feather on the Breath of God” and “For Rouenna,” among others. She is also the author of “Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.” Nunez has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting...

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    Joyce Carol Oates As prolific as she is critically acclaimed, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays and criticism, including the national best-sellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde.” Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished...
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    Jim Ottaviani Jim Ottaviani is a New York Times best-selling author who began writing graphic novels about scientists in 1997. His books include “The Imitation Game,” a biography of Alan Turing; “Primates,” about Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas; and “Feynman,” a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. His newest graphic novel is “Hawking” (First Second), a biography of Stephen Hawking, one of...

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    Elaine Pagels Elaine Pagels joined the Princeton University faculty in 1982, shortly after receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Perhaps best known as the author of “The Gnostic Gospels, The Origin of Satan, and Adam, Eve and the Serpent,” she has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity, and continues to pursue research interests in late antiquity. Her most recent books include “Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of...
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    R.J. Palacio For more than 20 years, R.J. Palacio was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made Palacio realize that the perfect time to write...
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    Sara Paretsky Sara Paretsky and her acclaimed private eye, V.I. Warshawski, helped transform the role of women in contemporary crime fiction, beginning with the publication of her first novel, “Indemnity Only,” in 1982. Sisters in Crime, the advocacy organization she founded in 1986, has supported a new generation of crime writers. Among other awards, Paretsky holds the title of Cartier Diamond Dagger, Mystery Writers of America’s...
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    Linda Sue Park Linda Sue Park’s first published piece was a haiku in a children’s magazine when she was 9 years old, for which she was paid a dollar. She framed the check and has never cashed it. After graduating from Stanford, she took a job as a public relations writer for a major oil company. She left that job and moved to Ireland, married and had...
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    Pamela Paul Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the newspaper. She is the author and editor of five books, including “My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot...
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    Steven Pearlstein Steven Pearlstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning business and economics columnist for The Washington Post and is on the faculty of George Mason University as the Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs. There he has focused on teaching economic principles to non-economic majors and helping to launch the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics concentration for majors in those departments. Pearlstein was awarded the Pulitzer...
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    Mitali Perkins Mitali Perkins has written many novels for young readers, including “Rickshaw Girl,” a New York Public Library Top 100 Book; “Bamboo People,” an American Library Association Top 10 Young Adult novel; and “You Bring the Distant Near,” which was a Walter Honor Book, a National Book Award nominee and received six starred reviews. Perkins was born in India and has lived in Bangladesh, England,...
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    LeUyen Pham LeUyen Pham is the best-selling illustrator of “The Princess in Black” series with Shannon and Dean Hale. She wrote and illustrated “Big Sister, Little Sister” and “The Bear Who Wasn’t There” and is the illustrator of many other picture books, including “The Boy Who Loved Math” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Her new graphic novel (with Shannon Hale) is “Best Friends" (First Second).
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    Matt Phelan Matt Phelan is the award-winning creator of the graphic novels “Snow White,” “The Storm in the Barn,” “Bluffton,” and “Around the World,” as well as the picture book “Druthers.” He is also the illustrator of many books for young readers, including “Flora’s Very Windy Day” by Jeanne Birdsall, “Marilyn’s Monster” by Michelle Knudsen, “Xander’s Panda Party” by Linda Sue Park, and “The Higher Power...
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    Greg Pizzoli Greg Pizzoli is an author and illustrator of several picture books, including “The Watermelon Seed,” which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and “Good Night Owl,” which received a Geisel Honor. His nonfiction picture book, “Tricky Vi,” was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. His...
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    Richard Powers Richard Powers’s new novel, “The Overstory” (Norton), has been called “a masterpiece of operatic proportions” by Kirkus Reviews. Powers thought his first novel, “Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance,” would be his last because he would not be able to support himself as a writer. It was a huge success. Powers calls his second book, “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” his “most American” work. It...

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    David Quammen David Quammen’s 15 books include “The Song of the Dodo,” “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin” and “Spillover,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Outside and Powder, among other magazines, and is a contributing writer for National Geographic. He wrote the entire text of the May 2016 issue...

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    Sherri Duskey Rinker Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-sellers “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” “Steam Train, Dream Train,” “Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site” and “Construction Site on Christmas Night.” She also wrote the picture book biography “Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton.” Her other titles include “The 12 Sleighs of Christmas” and “Tiny and the Big Dig.” Her new...
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    Cristina Rivera Garza Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Korean and other languages. In 2018 “The Taiga Syndrome” was published in the United States by Dorothy, a Publishing Project. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews called the novel “an eerie, slippery gem of a...
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    Andrew Roberts Andrew Roberts is the best-selling author of “The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War,” “Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945” and “Napoleon: A Life,” winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography. He has won many other honors, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award. Roberts...
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    Roxana Robinson Roxana Robinson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Her novels and short stories have received critical acclaim, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s and “Best American Short Stories,” among other publications. Her “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life” was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named...
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    Sharon Robinson Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, is an acclaimed author as well as an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. Some of the widely praised books about her father include “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America,” “The Hero Two Doors Down” and “Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By.” Her newest book, “Child of the...
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    Rainbow Rowell Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of “Eleanor & Park,” “Carry On,” “Wayward Son” and others. “Pumpkinheads” (First Second), with Faith Erin Hicks, is her debut graphic novel. Rowell began her career as a columnist and ad copywriter for the Omaha World-Herald. Both “Fangirl” and “Eleanor & Park,” both published in 2013, were among the best young-adult fiction...
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    Adam Rubin Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books, including “Dragons Love Tacos,” “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel,” “Secret Pizza Party” and “Robo-Sauce.” He spent 10 years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. Rubin has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic...
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    Douglas Rushkoff Named one of the “world’s 10 most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His 20 books include the just-published “Team Human” (Norton), based on his podcast, as well as the best-sellers “Present Shock,” “Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus,” “Program or Be Programmed,” “Life Inc.” and “Media Virus.” Rushkoff’s work explores...
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    Maria Russo Maria Russo is the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer and Salon. She holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Russo lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Her new book, with Pamela Paul, is “How to...

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    Claudia Salazar Jiménez Claudia Salazar Jiménez is one of the most recognized Peruvian writers of her generation; she is also a literary critic, professor and cultural manager and founder of the literary journal Fuegos de Arena. Jiménez edited the anthologies “Escribir en Nueva York,” (2014) about Hispanic American narrators, and “Voces para Lilith,” on contemporary South American women writers. She is also the founder and director of...
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    John Scalzi John Scalzi is the author of several science fiction novels, including his enormously successful best-selling “Old Man’s War” sequence, comprising “Old Man’s War,” “The Ghost Brigades,” “The Last Colony” (a New York Times best-seller), “Zoe's Tale,” “The Human Division” and “The End of All Things.” His other novels include the New York Times best-sellers “Lock In,” “Fuzzy Nation” and “Redshirts,” which won science fiction’s...
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    Victoria "V.E." Schwab Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the author of the New York Times best-selling “Shades of Magic” series, the recent “Vengeful” (Tor), as well as a number of middle-grade and young-adult novels, including “City of Ghosts.” She has been called “the heir to Diana Wynne Jones.” Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios. Schwab has a master’s degree in art...
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    Jon Scieszka Jon Scieszka was the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2008-2009), a program of the Library of Congress and Children’s Book Council. Among his many books are “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!” He is also the creator of the Guys Read website, designed to appeal to boys, who typically read...
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    Kim Scott Kim Scott was born in Perth, Australia, and is a novelist of Indigenous Australian ancestry. He has published five novels, most recently “Taboo” (Small Beer). His first two novels, “True Country” and “Benang,” deal with Aboriginal self-identity. Scott was the first Indigenous writer to receive the Miles Franklin Award, given annually to “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian...
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    Ronald L. Smith Ronald L. Smith is a winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. He is the author of “Hoodoo,” “The Mesmerist” and “Black Panther: The Young Prince.” Smith was raised on Air Force bases and has lived in Japan, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Delaware and “a bunch of other places I don’t remember.” He says he always knew he...
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    Daniel Stone “American food spy” Daniel Stone is a staff writer for National Geographic and a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He writes on environmental science, agriculture and botany from where he lives in Washington, D.C. He has also written for Time, The Washington Post, Vice and Literary Hub. Stone teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. His new book is...
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    Misa Sugiura Misa Sugiura’s ancesotors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai and a stowaway. She grew up in Northfield, Illinois, and went to college on the East Coast. She lived in Japan for three years before moving to the Silicon Valley and becoming a high school English teacher. She is the author of the award-winning “It’s Not Like It’s a Secret” and her new book,...
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    Jennifer Swanson Jennifer Swanson is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young readers. She began writing when she was five: She wrote and illustrated books for her kindergarten class. Swanson holds a B.S. in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in education in K-8 science from Walden University. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is also a middle-school...

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    Raina Telgemeier Raina Telgemeier, with more than 15 million books in print, is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful graphic novelists of her generation. She is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling creator of “Smile” and “Sisters,” both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. “Smile” was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than four years and received a Boston Globe-Horn...
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    Evan Thomas Evan Thomas is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best-selling “John Paul Jones,” “Sea of Thunder” and “Being Nixon.” Thomas was a writer, correspondent and editor for 33 years at Time and Newsweek, including 10 years as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor-at-large. Thomas wrote more than 100 cover...
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    Kim Thúy Kim Thúy was born in Saigon and fled with her family in 1978 to Quebec. She has degrees from the University of Montreal in linguistics and translation and in law and has worked as a translator, interpreter, lawyer, food commentator and restaurateur. Her first novel, “Ru,” is available in 25 countries. Her latest novel is “Vi” (Random House). She has also recently published a...
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    Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey was U.S. Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress in 2012-2014. Her poetry collection “Native Guard” received the Pulitzer Prize. Her first book, “Domestic Work,” was the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for best first book by an African American poet. Trethewey was named poet laureate of Mississippi the same year she became U.S. Poet Laureate. She is a member...
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    David Treuer David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently “Prudence,” and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California....

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    Ngozi Ukazu Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of “Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey” (First Second), an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded web comics Kickstarter ever, having raised almost $400,000 by May 2019. Ukazu graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in computing and the arts, and received a master’s from the Savannah College of Art and Design in sequential...

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    Frans de Waal Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?,” among many other works, he is the C.H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s psychology department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. His new book is “Mama's Last Hug: Animal...
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    Renée Watson Renée Watson is the New York Times best-selling author of “Piecing Me Together,” “This Side of Home,” “What Momma Left Me” and “Betty Before X” (co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz). Watson also has two acclaimed picture books: “A Place Where Hurricanes Happen” and “Harlem’s Little Blackbird,” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the founder of the I, Too, Arts Collective, a...
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    Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg says he illustrates kids’ books about “all the fun stuff” such as mutants, climate change, being a middle kid, beards and roller coasters. He has both written and illustrated “Fred and the Lumberjack,” “Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!” and “You Must Be This Tall.” He is also the illustrator of “Beard Boy.” Weinberg’s first book is “To Timbuktu,” written with his...
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    Elaine Weiss Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for NPR. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor's Choice honoree, she is also the author of “Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War.” Weiss holds a...
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    Scott Westerfeld Scott Westerfeld is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of the “Uglies” series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the “Leviathan” series; “Afterworlds”; “Horizon”; and many other books for young readers. He has held jobs as a factory worker making lead soldiers, substitute teacher, textbook editor, software designer and ghost writer. His new book is “Impostors” (Scholastic). Westerfeld says he “never”...
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    David Sloan Wilson David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, both in his own research and as director of EvoS, a unique campuswide evolutionary studies program that recently received National Science Foundation funding to expand into a nationwide consortium. His books include “Darwin’s Cathedral:...
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    Emily Wilson Emily Wilson is professor of classical studies and chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of “Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton,” “The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint” and “The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca,” as well as the translator of “Six Tragedies of Seneca” and...

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    Jenny Xie Jenny Xie is the author of “Eye Level: Poems” (Graywolf), recipient of the Walt Whitman Award and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, and a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her chapbook, “Nowhere to Arrive,” received the Drinking Gourd Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New York...

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    Markus Zusak Markus Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international best-sellers “The Book Thief” and “I Am the Messenger,” an LA Times Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Honor book. “The Book Thief” was named one of the best books of 2006 by many publications and received glowing reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People and USA Today. “The Book...