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Check out more than 100 of the nation's best authors, poets and illustrators, who will discuss their work and answer your questions at your National Book Festival.

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    Donna Barba Higuera Donna Barba Higuera grew up in central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels. Barba Higuera’s first book, “Lupe Wong Won’t Dance," won a Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a Pura Belpré Honor. Featured at the...
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    Derrick Barnes Derrick Barnes is the author of several award-winning books for children, including “I Am Every Good Thing” and “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, the Kirkus Prize and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series “Ruby and the Booker Boys.” Barnes is a native of Missouri and...
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    Mac Barnett Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of stories for children. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Barnett’s picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” which also won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, and “Extra Yarn,” which won both the Boston Globe-Horn...
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    Louis Bayard Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author. His acclaimed novels include “The Pale Blue Eye,” soon to be a Netflix motion picture starring Christian Bale, the national bestseller “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” “The Black Tower” and “Mr. Timothy,” as well as the highly praised young adult novel, “Lucky Strikes.” Bayard has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, and his...
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    Gal Beckerman Gal Beckerman is the senior editor for books at The Atlantic and a former editor at The New York Times Book Review. His first book, "When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone," won the National Jewish Book Award and the Sami Rohr Prize. It was also named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Beckerman has...
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    Ruth Behar Ruth Behar is an author of adult fiction and nonfiction. “Lucky Broken Girl,” winner of the Pura Belpre Award, was her first book for young readers. She was born in Cuba, grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. Her honors include a MacArthur Genius Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and a Distinguished Alumna...
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    Daniel Bergner Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of books of nonfiction: the bestselling “Sing for Your Life,” “What Do Women Want?,” “The Other Side of Desire,” “In the Land of Magic Soldiers” and “God of the Rodeo.” His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and The New York Times Book Review....
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    Juli Berwald Juli Berwald received her doctorate in ocean science from the University of Southern California. She is the author of “Spineless” and is also a science textbook writer and editor. Berwald has written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic and Slate. Her latest book, “Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs,” is featured at the...
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    Holly Black Holly Black is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories and comics. She has sold over 26 million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over 30 languages and adapted for film. Black has been the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her...
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    B.L. Blanchard B.L. Blanchard is a graduate of the University of California at Davis creative writing honors program and was a writing fellow at Boston University School of Law. She is a lawyer and enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Blanchard is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but has lived in California for so long that she can no...
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    Fred Bowen Fred Bowen is the author of 27 sports books for readers ages 8 to 12. He has also written a weekly children’s sports column for The Washington Post since 2000. His most recent book, “Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association,” tells the history of the National Basketball Association through its most influential figures and moments, complete with illustrations from James...
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    David Bowles David Bowles grew up in south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of several award-winning titles, including “They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems,” “The Smoking Mirror,” the 13th Street series and “Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico.” In 2020, Bowles co-founded #DignidadLiteraria, a grassroots activist hashtag and movement dedicated...
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    Vanessa Brantley-Newton Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker and crafter. She studied fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology and children's book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Brantley-Newton is the author and illustrator of “Grandma's Purse,” “Just Like Me” and “Becoming Vanessa.” She has illustrated numerous children's books, including “The King of Kindergarten” by Derrick Barnes and “Sewing...
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    Ruby Bridges Ruby Bridges became a pioneer in school integration at the age of six when she was chosen to spend her first grade year in what had formerly been an all-white elementary school. Ruby Bridges now works as a lecturer, telling her story to adults and children alike. She lives with her husband and sons in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bridges’ latest picture book, “I Am...
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    Geraldine Brooks Australian-born Geraldine Brooks grew up in Sydney. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her second novel, “March.” Her novels “Caleb’s Crossing” and “People of the Book” were New York Times bestsellers. Brooks worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Her...
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    Eleanor Brown Eleanor Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “The Weird Sisters” and “The Light of Paris” and the editor of the anthology “A Paris All Your Own.” An adoptive mother herself, Eleanor lives with her family in Colorado. Her new book, "Any Other Family: A Novel," is featured at the 2022 National Book Festival.
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    Marc Brown Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the children’s PBS television series “Arthur.” He has illustrated many books for children, including “Marc Brown’s Playtime Rhymes,” “If All the Animals Came Inside,” “Ten Tiny Toes” and “Wild About Books.” Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, Brown’s newest book, “Believe In Yourself: What We Learned from...
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    Tomiko Brown-Nagin Tomiko Brown-Nagin is dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and professor of history at Harvard University. In 2019, she was appointed chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Brown-Nagin is a member of the...
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    Will Bunch Will Bunch is the national opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including sharing a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting for New York Newsday on a deadly subway crash at Union Square in Manhattan. Bunch has written several books on politics, including “Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy” and “The Backlash: Right-Wing...

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    Soman Chainani Soman Chainani is the New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil middle grade fantasy series. The fairy tale saga has sold over 3 million copies, been translated into 30 languages and will soon become a major motion picture from Netflix, which Chainani will executive produce. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his Master of Fine Arts...
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    Kirstin Chen Kirstin Chen is the author of "Soy Sauce for Beginners" and "Bury What We Cannot Take." She has received fellowships and awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Toji Cultural Foundation and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Chen teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program. Born...
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    Johnnie Christmas Johnnie Christmas is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling graphic novelist. Best known for co-creating the Angel Catbird series with celebrated writer Margaret Atwood, Christmas has adapted William Gibson’s lost screenplay for “Alien 3” into a critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. He was nominated for the Outstanding Cartoonist 2019 Joe Shuster Award for his graphic novel “Firebug.” Christmas also co-created...
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    Dhonielle Clayton Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series and the co-author of the “Tiny Pretty Things” duology, which was made into a Netflix original series. She is chief operating officer of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and owner of CAKE Literary. Clayton is one of the authors of “Blackout: A Novel,” which is featured at the 2022 National...
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    Jennifer Close Jennifer Close is the bestselling author of “Girls in White Dresses,” “The Smart One” and “The Hopefuls.” Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from The New School. She now lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches creative writing at Catapult. Featured at the 2022 National...
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    Geoffrey L. Cohen Geoffrey L. Cohen is a professor of psychology and the James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business at Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto, California. Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, Cohen’s book, “Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides,” draws on his research in psychology to provide readers with practices to improve their relationships and...
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    Susan Coll Susan Coll works in the events department at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., and is currently president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She is the author of five novels. Her third novel, “Acceptance,” was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Moment Magazine and The Atlantic....

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    Jack E. Davis Jack E. Davis is the author of the award-winning “The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea” and “An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century.” A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he lives in Florida and New Hampshire. Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, his new book, “The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s...
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    Yohanca Delgado Yohanca Delgado is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a National Endowment for the Arts recipient. Her fiction appears in “The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners,” “The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021,” The Paris Review, One Story, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She holds a Master in Fine Arts in creative writing from American University and...
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    Tracy Dennis-Tiwary Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at The City University of New York and cofounder of Wise Therapeutics, which translates research into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health. She has published more than 100 scientific articles and delivered more than 400 presentations at academic conferences and for corporate clients. She has been...
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    Nyle DiMarco Advocate, producer, actor and model Nyle DiMarco has been breaking down barriers and winning over audiences since 2014, when he was a fan favorite on cycle 22 of “America’s Next Top Model.” He was the second male winner and first Deaf contestant on the series. The following year, partnered with Peta Murgatroyd, he took home the coveted mirror ball trophy on season 22 of...
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    Todd Doughty Todd Doughty is the senior vice president and deputy publisher of Doubleday and has worked at Penguin Random House for over two decades. A graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and former bookseller, he lives with his partner in Westchester County, New York. Doughty’s book about finding joy in the little things, “Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World,” is...

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    Erin Entrada Kelly New York Times bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for “Hello, Universe” and a Newbery Honor for “We Dream of Space.” Entrada Kelly is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts, and is on the faculty at Hamline University. She grew up in Louisiana...

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    Kat Fajardo Kat Fajardo is a Honduran Colombian award-winning cartoonist and illustrator from the Lower East Side of New York City. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, she currently lives in Texas. Her work has been recognized by many online publications, including Remezcla, El Hispanic News and Huffington Post Latino Voices. Fajardo loves to create playful and colorful work about self-acceptance and Latino culture....
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    Tybre Faw At only 14 years old, Tybre Faw is a passionate civil rights activist. From a young age, Faw has been captivated by history, especially the civil rights movement. At just 10 years old, due to his determination—and help from his two grandmothers—Faw made a 7-hour car ride to Selma, Alabama, where he met and befriended his idol, the late Rep. John Lewis. He will...
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    Namina Forna Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles and the author of the epic fantasy young adult novel “The Gilded Ones.” Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Forna moved to the United States when she was 9 and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Forna loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads. Her new sequel,...
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    Karen Joy Fowler Karen Joy Fowler is the bestselling author of six novels, including “The Jane Austen Book Club” and “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her debut novel, “Sarah Canary,” won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the...
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    Howard W. French Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, the West and Central Africa, Tokyo and Shanghai. The author of five books, French lives in New York City. His most recent work, “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World...
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    Kim Fu Kim Fu is the author of two novels, a book of poetry and, most recently, the story collection “Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century,” which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Quill & Quire. Her first novel, “For Today I Am a Boy,” was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Her...

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    Grant Ginder Grant Ginder is the author of five novels, including “The People We Hate at the Wedding,” which has been adapted into a major motion picture. Originally from Southern California, Ginder received his Master of Fine Arts from New York University, where he teaches writing. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Mac, and their disastrous dog, Frankie. Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival,...
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    Diana Goetsch Diana Goetsch is an American poet and essayist. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. She wrote the “Life in Transition” blog at The American Scholar. Her poetry has also been featured in the collections “Nameless Boy,” “In America” and others. For 21 years, Goetsch was a...
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    Chloe Gong Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of “These Violent Delights” and “Foul Lady Fortune.” She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double majored in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, she is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. Featured at the 2022 National Book...
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    Xelena González Xelena González is a storyteller, poet and visiting author who centers self-love in her multidisciplinary workshops for all ages. Her storytelling skills were honed as a public librarian in San Antonio and Guangzhou, China, where she served as head librarian for an international school. González’s writing for adults includes poetry, essays, fiction and screenwriting. “Loteria Remedios,” to be released in 2024, is her work...
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    Xochitl Gonzalez Xochitl Gonzalez has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Prize in Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize, and her work has been published in Bustle, Vogue and The Cut. Gonzalez is a contributor to The Atlantic, where her weekly newsletter, “Brooklyn,...
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    Linda Gregerson Linda Gregerson is the author of seven books of poetry. She has also published two critical monographs and numerous essays on early modern English and contemporary American poetry. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, where she directs...
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    Lev Grossman Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the middle grade novel “The Silver Arrow” and the No. 1 New York Times bestselling fantasy “Magicians” trilogy, which has been published in 30 countries and adapted into a TV show. Grossman is also an award-winning journalist who spent 15 years as the book critic and lead technology writer at Time magazine, where he published...
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    Katie Gutierrez Katie Gutierrez has a Master of Fine Arts from Texas State University, and her writing has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, The Washington Post, Longreads, Texas Monthly and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and now lives in San Antonio with her husband and their two children. Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, Gutierrez’s debut book, “More Than You'll Ever Know:...

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    Hekima Hapa Hekima Hapa is a fashion designer at Harriet’s by Hekima, specializing in contemporary, ready-to-wear African fashion. She is the founder of the nonprofit Black Girls Sew, a nonprofit that offers classes, workshops and a summer camp to teach children and adults how to participate in sustainable fashion. Hapa teamed up with author and designer Lesley Ware to publish the nonprofit’s first book, “Black Girls...
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    Shawn Harris Shawn Harris’ first illustrated book, “Her Right Foot” by Dave Eggers, received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable, and a PW Best Book of the Year. His authorial debut, “Have You Ever Seen a Flower,” is a Caldecott Honor Award winner. Harris' other picture books include Eggers' “What Can a Citizen Do,” “Everyone’s Awake” by Colin Meloy,...
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    Rob Hart Rob Hart is the author of the Ash McKenna crime series, the short story collection “Take-Out,” and the novel “The Warehouse,” which sold in more than 20 languages and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. He has also worked with James Patterson on “Scott Free.” Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, his latest work, “The Paradox Hotel: A Novel,” is a science...
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    Celeste Headlee Celeste Headlee is an internationally recognized journalist and radio host, professional speaker and bestselling author of "We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter" and "Speaking of Race: Why Everyone Needs to Talk About Racism and How to Do It." Her TEDx Talk, “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation,” has been viewed more than 26 million times. Headlee is the host...

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    Candice Iloh Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, teaching artist and youth educator. They are a graduate of Howard University and hold an Master of Fine Arts in writing from Lesley University. Iloh’s work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary and VONA, among many others. Their debut novel, “Every Body Looking,” was a finalist for the National Book Award and earned a Michael L....

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    Tiffany D. Jackson Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of bestselling young adult novels “Allegedly,” “Monday’s Not Coming” and “Let Me Hear a Rhyme.” A recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Honor and Coretta Scott King Award, she received her bachelor’s degree in film from Howard University, earned her master’s degree in media studies from The New School, and has over a decade of TV and film...
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    Alex Jennings Alex Jennings was born in Germany and raised in Gaborone, Botswana; Paramaribo, Surinam; Tunis, Tunisia; and Columbia, Maryland. His writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, PodCastle and Uncanny Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Jennings received Under the Volcano’s inaugural Imagination Unbound Fellowship in 2022. He lives and writes in New Orleans with his dog,...
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    Morten Høi Jensen Morten Høi Jensen is the author of “A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen,” which was published by Yale University Press. Jensen’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and The American Interest, among others. He is currently writing a book about Thomas Mann’s...
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    Alaya Dawn Johnson Alaya Dawn Johnson is a Nebula Award-winning short story writer and the author of seven novels for adults and young adults. Her most recent novel for adults, “Trouble the Saints,” won the 2021 World Fantasy Award for best novel. Her debut short story collection, “Reconstruction,” is an Ignyte Award finalist. Johnson’s debut young adult novel “The Summer Prince” was longlisted for the National Book...
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    Leslie Jordan Leslie Jordan is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. His journey toward stardom has provided one of the more quirky, impressive and varied career trajectories of the past few decades. Through it all, Jordan has remained constant, relevant and – above all – funny! He won an Emmy in 2006 for the sitcom “Will & Grace” and is currently starring...
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    Kathryn Judge Kathryn Judge is the Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has done extensive research on financial markets and regulation, frequently publishing her work in top journals and presenting to audiences in the United States and abroad. She served as a clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. A graduate of Stanford Law School and Wesleyan...

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    Gordon Korman Gordon Korman is an author of over 100 novels for young readers, including middle-grade classics such as the “Macdonald Hall” series, “I Want to Go Home,” “Restart” and “Slacker.” Born in Quebec, Gordon grew up in Ontario and now lives in New York with his family. The 2022 National Book Festival features Korman’s latest (and 100th) book, “The Fort,” telling the story of eighth-grade...
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    M.J. Kuhn M.J. Kuhn is a fantasy writer by night and a mild-mannered marketing employee by day. She lives in the metro Detroit area with her husband, Ryan, a dog named Wrex, and the very spoiled cat Thorin Oakenshield. Featured at the 2022 National Book Festival, Kuhn’s debut work, “Among Thieves,” tells the story of Ryia Cautella as she reluctantly teams up with a group of...

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    Ryan La Sala Ryan La Sala lives in a subterranean cottage somewhere in New York City covered in arts and crafts supplies. He writes about surreal things happening to queer people. He is the author of “Be Dazzled” and “Reverie.” The 2022 National Book Festival features La Sala’s most recent novel, “The Honeys,” a YA horror that follows Mars in his search to uncover the secrets of...
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    Ebony LaDelle Ebony LaDelle is a marketing publisher by day, storyteller by night. Born in Michigan, awoken at Howard University and cultivated in Brooklyn, Ebony can usually be found searching for her next live concert, scouting out the latest food craze to try, or being the undisputed Mom Friend of any group. She co-hosted “Why Not YA?,” a monthly video series where she interviewed authors in...
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    Kate Clifford Larson Kate Clifford Larson is a bestselling author of acclaimed biographies, including "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero," "Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter" and "The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln." Larson has a B.A. and M.A. arts from Simmons UNiversity, a Northeastern UNiversity master of business administration and a doctorate from the University...
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    Darcie Little Badger Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a doctorate in oceanography. Her debut novel, “Elatsoe,” was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy novels of all time. Little Badger’s short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple magazines and publications, including Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons and The Dark. Badger is inspired by...
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    Malinda Lo Malinda Lo is the bestselling author of several young adult novels. Her novel “Ash,” a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary...
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    E. Lockhart E. Lockhart is the author of the bestseller “We Were Liars.” She also invented Whistle, a superhero for DC Comics. Her books include “Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero,” “Again Again,” National Book Award Finalist “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” and “Genuine Fraud.” Lockhart’s featured novel at the 2022 National Book Festival is “Family of Liars,” the prequel to her young adult novel...
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    Kelly Lytle Hernández Kelly Lytle Hernández is a professor of history, African American studies and urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she holds the Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair in History and directs the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. A 2019 MacArthur fellowship recipient, she is the author of the award-winning books “Migra!” and “City of Inmates.” Hernández lives in...

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    Victor Manibo Victor Manibo is a speculative fiction writer living in New York. He was born and raised in the Philippines. As a queer immigrant and a person of color, Manibo writes about the lives of people with these identities and how they navigate imaginary worlds. His writing is also influenced by his experiences as an immigration and civil rights lawyer. He is a 2022 Lambda...
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    David Maraniss David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism twice and has been a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente and Vince Lombardi. Maraniss also wrote an award-winning trilogy about the 1960s, including RFK Book Prize...
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    Brendan McConville Brendan McConville is a professor of history at Boston University. He is the author of “The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America” and “These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace: The Struggle for Property and Power in Early New Jersey.” He is also co-creator and co-host of the radio program “The Historians,” which airs on 1550 AM Boston. McConville is...
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    Shawn McCreesh Shawn McCreesh is a features writer at New York magazine. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Liberties journal, Town & Country and Air Mail. He received his bachelor of science in journalism from St. John’s University. McCresh’s recent essay about the opioid crisis, “The Hatboro Blues,” published in Liberties Journal, is featured at the 2022 National Book Festival.
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    Anna-Marie McLemore Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in California and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of books such as “The Weight of Feathers,” a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book “When the Moon Was Ours,” which was longlisted for the...
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    Juliet Menéndez Juliet Menéndez is a Guatemalan American author and illustrator living between Guatemala City, Paris and New York. While working as a bilingual teacher in New York City’s public schools, Menéndez noted the need for more books that depicted children like the ones in her classrooms. She studied design and illustration in Paris and now spends her days with her watercolors and notebook. “Latinitas: Celebrating...
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    Candice Millard Candice Millard is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” and “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.” Her book “Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill” was Amazon’s No. 1 history book of 2016. She lives in...
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    Rebecca Miller Rebecca Miller is the author of the short-story collection “Personal Velocity,” whose feature film adaptation won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” which she also adapted for the screen; and “Jacob’s Folly.” She lives in New York and Ireland with her family. Miller’s other films include “Angela,” “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” and “Maggie’s Plan.” Her latest...
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    Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe is widely celebrated as an American singer-songwriter, actress, producer, fashion icon and futurist whose globally successful career spans over a decade. With her highly theatrical and stylized concept albums, she has garnered eight Grammy nominations and has developed her own label imprint, Wondaland Arts Society. Monáe has also earned great success as an actor, starring in critically acclaimed films including “Moonlight,” “Hidden...
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    Tomás Q. Morín Tomás Q. Morín is on the faculty at Rice University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of the poetry collections “Machete,” “Patient Zero” and “A Larger Country.” He is the co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology “Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine.” His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Slate, Poetry, Threepenny Review and...

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    Nick Offerman Nick Offerman is an actor, author and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” He is also co-host and executive producer of NBC’s “Making It.” Offerman has written five New York Times bestselling books, including “Paddle Your Own Canoe,” “Gumption,” “Good Clean Fun” and “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told,” written with his wife, Megan Mullally. He...
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    Tochi Onyebuchi Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of the young adult novel “Beasts Made of Night,” which won the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African, and its sequel, “Crown of Thunder.” His novella “Riot Baby,” a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and NAACP Image Awards, won the New England Book Award for Fiction and the World Fantasy Award. He holds a...

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    Leslye Penelope Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novel “Song of Blood & Stone" was chosen as one of Time's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left- and right-brained, Penelope studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes...
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    Dolen Perkins-Valdez Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Wench” and “Balm.” She has written introductions to a special edition of Solomon Northup's “Twelve Years a Slave” as well as Elizabeth Keckly’s “Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House.” Perkins-Valdez is the current chair of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is an associate...
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    Andrea Davis Pinkney Andrea Davis Pinkney is the award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them “The Red Pencil” and “A Poem for Peter,” as well as several collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, including “Martin Rising: Requiem for a King,” “Sit-In” and “Hand in Hand,” which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Pinkney lives in New York City. Her featured book at...

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    Julian Randall Julian Randall is a living queer Black poet from Chicago. His poetry and essays are published in the New York Times Magazine, POETRY, The Atlantic and Vibe. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, “Refuse,” won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP...
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    James E. Ransome James E. Ransome has illustrated over 70 books for children. Ransome received his Master of Fine Arts from Lesley University in Massachusetts. His books have garnered numerous accolades including Coretta Scott King Awards, a Jane Addams Award and NAACP Image Awards. He has created murals for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. Ransome lives in New York with...
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    Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds is a Kirkus Award winner, a Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award winner and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King Award honors. He’s also the 2020–2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Reynold’s many bestselling books include “All American Boys” (co-written with Brendan Kiely), “When I Was the Greatest,” “As Brave as You,”...
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    R.M. Romero R.M. Romero is a Jewish Latina and author of fairy tales for children and adults. She lives in Miami Beach with her cat, Henry VIII, and spends her summers helping to maintain Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Inspired by these experiences, Romero’s “The Ghosts of Rose Hill,” a YA novel in verse, tells the story of Ilana Lopez, a young girl who befriends a ghost...
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    Becca Rothfeld Becca Rothfeld is an essayist and critic, a doctorate candidate in philosophy at Harvard and a contributing editor at The Point and the Boston Review. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, The Atlantic, The Guardian and more. Rothfeld is at work on an essay collection, tentatively titled “All Things Are Too...
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    Lucinda Roy Lucinda Roy is an award-winning novelist, poet and memoirist, and a lifelong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She’s lived and taught on three continents and is recognized for her keynotes on race and gender, creative writing, and education reform. Her commentaries and poetry have been published in numerous newspapers and journals, including USA Today, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She lives with...
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    David M. Rubenstein David M. Rubenstein is the author of “How to Lead,” “The American Experiment” and “The American Story.” He is co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein is chairman of the boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Gallery of Art. He is an original signer of the Giving Pledge, a recipient...
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    Sarah Ruhl Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, essayist and poet. Her 15 plays include “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play),” “The Clean House” and “Eurydice.” She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Her plays have been produced on- and off-Broadway, around the country, internationally, and have been translated into many languages. Ruhl’s...

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    Robert Samuels Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who focuses on the intersection of politics, policy and people. He previously told stories about life in the District of Columbia for The Washington Post’s social issues team. Samuels joined The Washington Post in 2011 after spending nearly five years working at the Miami Herald. He is an alumnus of the Medill...
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    Bakari Sellers Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and The New York Times bestselling author...
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    Clint Smith Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the bestselling narrative nonfiction book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.” He is also the author of the poetry collection “Counting Descent.” The book won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association...
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    Danyel Smith Award-winning journalist Danyel Smith is the creator-host of “Black Girl Songbook,” a podcast that centers on the sounds and stories of Black women. Her résumé includes being a producer and writer at ESPN, a Knight fellow at Stanford University, an arts fellow at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and a 2021 Yaddo fellow. She was editor of Billboard and the first woman and black...
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    Nic Stone Nic Stone is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award finalist “Dear Martin,” “Dear Justyce,” “Odd One Out,” “JackPot,” “Clean Getaway” and the “Shuri” novel series with Marvel Comics. Her novels have been translated into six languages. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a degree in psychology. Stone was one of the authors of “Blackout: A...
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    Tui T. Sutherland Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the bestselling “Wings of Fire” series, “The Menagerie” trilogy and the “Pet Trouble” series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling “Spirit Animals” and “Seekers” series as part of the Erin Hunter team. In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons and two...

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    Sabaa Tahir Sabaa Tahir is the bestselling author of the “Ember in the Ashes” series, which has been translated into over 35 languages. She grew up in California's Mojave Desert in her family's 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother's comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing books while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes...
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    Morgan Talty Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation, where he grew up. Named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30,” Talty’s work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine. Talty’s debut collection, “Night of the Living Rez: Stories,” is a collection of short stories set in an Indigenous community in Maine and...
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    Angie Thomas Angie Thomas’ award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000. She is also the author of “On the Come Up” and “Concrete Rose.” She is a graduate of Belhaven University with a bachelor of fine arts. Thomas is one of the authors of “Blackout: A Novel,” which is featured...
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    Brittany J. Thurman Brittany J. Thurman holds a master of fine arts in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University. During her graduate years, her plays were produced in Aspen, Colorado, and on New York City’s Theatre Row. She is a graduate of Kingston University in London, where she spent several years studying theater. She is a former children’s specialist and museum educator, where she advocated for early...

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    David Valdes David Valdes is the author of the nonfiction books “Homo Domesticus,” “The Rhinestone Sisterhood,” and Today Show pick “A Little Fruitcake,” as well as a dozen produced plays. A former Boston Globe columnist and Huffington Post blogger, he currently writes an advice column for Medium and was recently featured in the New York Times’ Modern Love column. Valdes also teaches writing at Boston Conservatory...
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    Linda Villarosa Linda Villarosa is a journalism professor at the City University of New York and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, where she covers the intersection of race and health. She has also served as executive editor at Essence and as a science editor at The New York Times. Villarosa’s article on maternal and infant mortality was a finalist for a National...
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    Nghi Vo Nghi Vo is the author of the novel “The Chosen and the Beautiful,” as well as the novellas “When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain” and “The Empress of Salt and Fortune,” a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award. Born in Illinois, she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan. She believes in...
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    Ellen Vora Dr. Ellen Vora is a board certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist and yoga teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her doctorate of medicine from Columbia University. Vora’s book, “The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body’s Fear Response,” takes a functional medicine approach to mental health, considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, and is featured at the...

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    Amanda Eyre Ward Amanda Eyre Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including “The Jetsetters,” a Reese’s Book Club pick. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. Her novels are often inspired by places where she has lived or had adventures. Ward’s work has been optioned for film and television and translated into 15 languages. Her latest book, “The Lifeguards: A Novel,”...
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    Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward received her master of fine arts from the University of Michigan and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency, and the Strauss Living Prize. She is the author of the novel “Where the Line Bleeds” and the memoir “Men We Reaped,” which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just...
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    Lesley Ware Lesley Ware is the founder of “The Creative Cookie” blog about the New York fashion scene and Art to Ware, a sustainable fashion pop up shop in Manhattan that sells garments by independent designers. Ware is a pioneer in fashion design and education. She has led education programs with Parsons School of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Times Student Journeys and...
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    Edith Widder Edith Widder, Ph.D., is a MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer and conservationist. A world authority on marine bioluminescence, she has completed hundreds of dives in deep diving submersibles, both as passenger and pilot. Widder helped develop new tools for deep-sea exploration that produced observations of animals and behaviors never seen before, including the first video of a giant squid filmed in its natural habitat....
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    Elizabeth Williamson Elizabeth Williamson is a feature writer for The New York Times. She joined the Times as a member of its editorial board, writing about national politics during the 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, Williamson was a writer for The Wall Street Journal, covering national politics and the Obama White House, and a national reporter for The Washington Post. She began her career with a decade...
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    Ashley Woodfolk Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University and worked in children’s book publishing for over a decade. Now a full-time mom and writer, Woodfolk lives in a sunny Brooklyn apartment with her family. Her books include “The Beauty That Remains,” “When You Were Everything” and the Flyy Girls series. Woodfolk is one...

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    Ed Yong Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer on the staff of The Atlantic. He has also won the George Polk Award for science reporting, among other honors. Yong’s first book, “I Contain Multitudes,” was a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times and more. He lives...
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    Nicola Yoon Nicola Yoon is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Everything, Everything” and “The Sun Is Also a Star,” both of which have been adapted into major motion pictures, as well as “Instructions for Dancing.” She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She's also co-publisher of...
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    Lidia Yuknavitch Lidia Yuknavitch is the bestselling author of the novels “The Book of Joan,” “The Small Backs of Children” and “Dora: A Headcase.” She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Yuknavitch also wrote the story collection “Verge” and the memoir “The Chronology of...

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    Jennifer Ziegler Jennifer Ziegler is an author of books for young adults and middle graders, including such titles as “How Not to Be Popular” and “Revenge of the Flower Girls.” She is also on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ master of fine arts program on writing for children and young adults. When not writing or teaching, she can be found reading, exploring, doing...