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Check out more than 90 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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    David Baldacci David Baldacci is a No. 1 bestselling author whose books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature films and television. Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America....
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    Amanda Bellows Amanda Bellows is a historian of the United States and teaches undergraduates at The New School. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bellows served as a project historian for the New York Historical Society’s major exhibit “Black Citizenship in the Jim Crow Era,” supported by a significant National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and has published writing...
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    Terry J. Benton-Walker Terry J. Benton-Walker is the bestselling author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series “Blood Debts.” He is also the author of the “Alex Wise” apocalyptic middle grade contemporary fantasy series. Featured at the 2024 National Book Festival, Benton-Walker’s most recent work, as editor and contributor, is “The White Guy Dies First: 13 Scary Stories of Fear and Power,” a young adult horror anthology...
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    James Bird James Bird is a children’s book author as well as a screenwriter and director for the independent film company Zombot Pictures. His films include “We Are Boats” and “Honeyglue.” Bird’s previous middle grade novels are “The Brave” and “The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls.” His latest novel, “No Place Like Home,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival. Originally from California, Bird is...
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    Ned Blackhawk Ned Blackhawk is the Howard R. Lamar professor of history at Yale University and an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Washington. Blackhawk is the author or co-editor of four books on Indigenous history, including “Violence Over the...
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    Max Boot Max Boot is a historian, bestselling author and foreign-policy analyst. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a weekly columnist for The Washington Post. Boot’s biography, “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam,” was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize...
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    Vera Brosgol Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to the United States when she was five. She is the creator of two graphic novels, “Anya's Ghost” and “Be Prepared,” and her debut picture book, “Leave Me Alone!,” was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. Brosgol has also worked on several animated films, including “Coraline” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio.” Her new graphic novel, “Plain...
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    Peter Brown Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children’s books, including “The Wild Robot” trilogy, “Children Make Terrible Pets” and “The Curious Garden.” He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for “Creepy Carrots!,” two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. His most recent...
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    Joy Buolamwini Joy Buolamwini, who received her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, an artist and a bestselling author. She advises world leaders on preventing AI harm, and her research on facial recognition technologies transformed the field of AI auditing. Buolamwini’s writing and work have been featured in publications including Time magazine,...

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    Nathalie A. Cabrol Nathalie A. Cabrol is a French American explorer and astrobiologist and the director of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute. She researches habitability and life beyond Earth, develops science exploration strategies for NASA for Mars and Titan, designs robotic field tests, leads projects in planetary science and astrobiology, and documents life’s adaptation to extreme environments and the effects of rapid climate change....
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    Pablo Cartaya Pablo Cartaya is a Cuban American author, screenwriter, speaker and educator who has taught creative writing workshops and spoken at universities and conferences throughout the world. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, on NBC and by Oprah’s Book Club. Cartaya has worked with Disney, Apple TV+ and Sesame Street on projects adapted from television series and...
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    J.C. Cervantes J.C. Cervantes is The New York Times bestselling author of the “Storm Runner” series. Her middle grade and young adult books have been published in more than 12 countries as well as appeared on many best of book lists. In 2023, Cervantes received a New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Her first book, “Tortilla Sun,” received a New Mexico Book Award...
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    Kyle Chayka Kyle Chayka is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a column on digital technology and the impact of the internet and social media on culture. He is the author of “The Longing for Less: An Exploration of Minimalism in Life and Art” and has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic and...
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    Lincoln Child Lincoln Child is a New York Times bestselling author known for, with co-author Douglas Preston, “The Cabinet of Curiosities”; “Relic,” which was adapted into a movie; and the “Pendergast” series. His recent books with Preston include “The Cabinet of Dr. Leng,” “Diablo Mesa,” “Bloodless,” “The Scorpion’s Tail” and “Crooked River.” Child is a former book editor and has published eight solo novels, including the...
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    Sandra Cisneros Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her numerous awards include National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur fellowship, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature, the National Medal of Arts, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Ambassador Richard...
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    Ernest Cline Ernest Cline is an internationally bestselling novelist, screenwriter, father and full-time geek. He is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels “Ready Player One,” “Ready Player Two” and “Armada,” and co-screenwriter of the blockbuster film adaptation of “Ready Player One,” directed by Steven Spielberg. His adaptation of his novel, “Armada,” is in development at Universal Pictures. Featured at...
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    K.A. Cobell K.A. Cobell, Staa’tssipisstaakii, is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Featured at the 2024 National Book Festival, her debut young adult thriller, “Looking for Smoke,” follows four teens on the Blackfeet Reservation who become the suspects of a murder investigation. Cobell’s work draws attention to the prevalent issue of missing and murdered Indigenous...
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    James S.A. Corey James S.A. Corey is the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They are best known for their science fiction novel series “The Expanse,” and for writing and producing its television adaptation. Both the book and television series received Hugo Awards. Daniel Abraham is also the author of “The Long Price” quartet, “The Dagger and the Coin” series and “The Kithamar Trilogy.” Ty...

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    Barbara Dee Barbara Dee is the award-winning author of 14 middle grade novels, including “Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet,” “Violets Are Blue,” “My Life in the Fish Tank,” “Maybe He Just Likes You,” “Everything I Know About You,” “Halfway Normal” and “Star-Crossed.” Her books have earned several starred reviews and have been named to many best-of lists, including The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books and ALA...
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    Hayley Dennings Hayley Dennings discusses books and writing on her YouTube channel and loves stories centered on queer female characters. Seeing people like her represented in books encouraged Dennings to write her own books and pursue publishing. Featured at the 2024 National Book Festival, her debut novel, “This Ravenous Fate,” begins a queer fantasy duology set in the Harlem Renaissance in which a vampire and vampire...
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    Kathleen DuVal Kathleen DuVal is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches early American and Native American history. Her books include “Independence Lost,” a finalist for the George Washington Prize, and “The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent.” She is a co-author of “Give Me Liberty!” and co-editor of “Interpreting a Continent:...

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    Stuart E. Eizenstat Stuart E. Eizenstat is an international lawyer in Washington, D.C., and has served as ambassador to the European Union and deputy secretary of both the Treasury and State departments. He is the author of “President Carter: The White House Years,” “The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel and Its Relationship with the United States” and “Imperfect Justice:...
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    Safia Elhillo Safia Elhillo is an award-winning poet and author. Her debut young adult verse novel, “Home Is Not a Country,” was longlisted for the National Book Award; it also received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and an Arab American Book Award. Sudanese by way of Washington, D.C., but based in Los Angeles, Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International...
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    Zetta Elliott Zetta Elliott is the author of over 40 books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books “Bird” and “A Place Inside of Me.” Her bestseller “Dragons in a Bag” was selected for the 2021 Global Read Aloud. Her young adult poetry collection, “Say Her Name,” won the 2021 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her verse novel, “Moonwalking,”...
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    Desiree S. Evans Desiree S. Evans is a writer from the Louisiana bayou. She currently lives in New Orleans, where she spins spooky and fantastical tales for kids, teens and adults. Evans holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and international affairs from Columbia...

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    Camonghne Felix Camonghne Felix is a poet, essayist and author. Her poetry collection, “Build Yourself a Boat,” was longlisted for the National Book Award in poetry and shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award as well as the Lambda Literary Awards. Her poems have appeared in Freeman’s, the Academy of American Poets’ website, Harvard Review, LitHub, The New Yorker, PEN America, Poetry Magazine and elsewhere. Felix’s...
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    Saraciea J. Fennell Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran American writer, founder of The Bronx is Reading and creator of Honduran Garifuna Writers. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. Fennell is the editor of the nonfiction anthology “Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed,” and her work has appeared in PS, Refinery29, Parents.com and Culturess. She...
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    Candace Fleming Candace Fleming is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books for children and young adults, including “Crash from Outer Space: Unraveling the Mystery of Flying Saucers, Alien Beings and Roswell,” “The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb” and “Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.” She has received several awards, including the Young Adult Library Services Association's Award for Excellence...
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    Renée Fleming Renée Fleming is an opera singer and arts advocate who has performed at events ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Super Bowl. She has received many honors and awards, including five Grammys, the National Medal of Arts and a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award. A prominent advocate for research at the intersection of the arts, health and neuroscience, Fleming serves as an...

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    Forrest Gander Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and taught at Harvard and Brown University. His books, often concerned with ecology, include “Be With,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “Twice Alive: An Ecology of Intimacies,” and the forthcoming “Mojave Ghost: A Novel Poem.” Gander’s translations, which have received a Best Translated Book Award, include...
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    Doris Kearns Goodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin’s work for President Johnson inspired her career as a presidential historian. Her first book was “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II.” Goodwin earned the Lincoln Prize for “Team of Rivals,” in part the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln,” and the...
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    Max Greenfield Max Greenfield is an American actor and author of several illustrated children’s books. He is known for his roles as Schmidt in “New Girl” and Dave Johnson in “The Neighborhood.” In the past three years, he has published the picture books “I Don’t Want to Read This Book,” “This Book Is Not a Present” and “I Don’t Want to Read This Book Aloud.” Featured...
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    Alexis Pauline Gumbs Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of several works of poetry as well as “Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Animals,” which won a Whiting Award in 2022. She has received a Windham Campbell Prize and fellowships from the Center for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her new biography, “Survival Is a Promise: The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde,” is...

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    Lexi Haas Lexi Haas is a disability advocate and daughter of Susan Haas. Together, they form a writing team focusing on disability education and advocacy. Lexi has a rare and severe form of cerebral palsy. While she can’t walk or talk, she was reading by 10 months old, has an impressive memory, a keen sense of humor and an invincible spirit. Recognizing her young daughter’s gift...
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    Susan Haas Susan Haas is a disability advocate and mother of Lexi Haas. Together, they form a writing team focusing on disability education. Lexi has a rare and severe form of cerebral palsy. While she can’t walk or talk, she was reading by 10 months old, has an impressive memory, a keen sense of humor and an invincible spirit. Recognizing her young daughter’s gift for words,...
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    M.A.R. Habib M.A.R. Habib is a distinguished professor of English at Rutgers University and a scholar of literary criticism, theory and philosophy. Among his many works is a volume of poetry, “Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century.” His new work, “The Qur’an: A Verse Translation,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival.
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    Tamron Hall Tamron Hall is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television host and executive producer of the syndicated talk show, “Tamron Hall,” as well as a bestselling author, a self-taught cook and a mother. Born and raised in Texas, Hall had her culinary senses ignited at an early age by her grandfather, Louis Mitchell, a barbecue pitmaster, and the bond they developed around food. She has served...
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    Donna Hemans Donna Hemans is the author of the novels “River Woman” and “Tea by the Sea.” Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Ms. Magazine and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She received her undergraduate degree in English and media studies from Fordham University and a Master of Fine Arts from American University. Hemans serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation...
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    Monica Hesse Monica Hesse is The New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in the Blue Coat,” “American Fire,” “The War Outside” and “They Went Left.” She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a columnist at The Washington Post. Hesse lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her family. Her latest young adult novel, “The Brightwood Code,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival.

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    Elizabeth Gonzalez James Elizabeth Gonzalez James is the author of the novel “Mona at Sea” and the chapbook “Five Conversations About Peter Sellers.” Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Rumpus, storySouth, PANK and elsewhere, and they have received numerous Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net nominations. Her new novel, “The Bullet Swallower,” is featured at the 2024 National...
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    Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance and sculpture. His picture books have been translated into over 50 languages and sold over 14 million copies worldwide. Jeffers’ original artwork has been exhibited at museums worldwide and he has received numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, a Bologna Rigazzi Award, an...
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    Abby Jimenez Abby Jimenez is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling romance author. Her novels have sold over 1.5 million copies and been translated into 28 languages. She has received a Good Morning America Book Club pick, a Book of the Month’s Book of the Year Award and a Minnesota Book Award. Before her writing career, Jimenez was in the national spotlight as a “Cupcake...

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    Tony Keith Jr. Tony Keith Jr. is a Black American gay poet, spoken word artist and hip-hop educational leader. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Critical Media Literacy and the Journal of Black Masculinity, among others. He is a multiyear fellow of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Having earned a doctorate in education from George Mason University, Keith serves as the...
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    Hena Khan Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer and the author of the award-winning middle grade novel “Amina’s Song.” Her other middle grade novels include “Amina’s Voice,” “More to the Story” and the “Zara’s Rules” series. Khan is also the author of many picture books, including “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns,” “Under My Hijab” and “It’s Ramadan, Curious George.” She has served on the board...
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    Rachel Khong Rachel Khong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, “Real Americans,” which is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival. Her first novel, “Goodbye, Vitamin,” was the winner of the California Book Award for first fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; and Esquire. Khong lives in Los Angeles.
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    Kazu Kibuishi Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling “Amulet” series, which is available in 21 languages. He is also the creator of “Copper,” a webcomic featuring an adventurous boy-and-dog pair. Kibuishi illustrated the covers of the 15th anniversary paperback editions of the “Harry Potter” series written by J.K. Rowling. His new graphic novel, “Waverider,” concludes the “Amulet” series and...

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    Anna Lapera Anna Lapera is a mixed-race Guatemalan American author and educator. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she teaches middle school by day and writes stories about spunky kids stepping into their power in the early hours of the morning. When she’s not writing or teaching, you can find her occasionally playing the drums or searching for the crispiest plátano frito in town. Lapera lives in Maryland...
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    Erik Larson Erik Larson is the author of six national bestsellers — “The Splendid and the Vile,” “Dead Wake,” “In the Garden of Beasts,” “Thunderstruck,” “The Devil in the White City” and “Isaac’s Storm” — that have collectively sold more than 10 million copies. His books have been published in nearly 20 countries. His most recent book, “The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak...
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    Dante S. Lauretta Dante S. Lauretta, regents professor at the University of Arizona, is a pioneering scientist known for his contributions to planetary science and astrobiology. Leading the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission, he directed the team that collected samples from the asteroid Bennu, offering profound insights into solar system formation. Lauretta’s research spans solar system origins, Earth’s habitability, life’s origins and the connection between life...
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    Vanessa Le Vanessa Le graduated from Brown University with a degree in health and human biology and now resides in the Pacific Northwest. She is attending medical school and her writing is an expression of her love for medicine and her Vietnamese heritage. When not writing, she’s wishing she was writing, studying medicine or spoiling her two Shiba Inus. Her featured book at the 2024 National...
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    Edan Lepucki Edan Lepucki is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels “California” and “Woman No. 17.” She is also the editor of “Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them.” Lepucki’s work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Esquire Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and The Cut, among other publications. Her latest...
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    Daniel J. Levitin Daniel J. Levitin, who has a doctorate in cognitive psychology, is a James McGill professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University, as well as founding dean of Minerva University in San Francisco. His research addresses fundamental questions in auditory memory, musical structure, and the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of musical experience. As a musician (saxophone, guitar, vocals and bass), Levitin has performed with...
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    Liniers Liniers is the author of more than 30 books, including the Eisner Award-winning “Good Night, Planet.” He is the creator of the daily comic strip “Macanudo,” which has been published in Argentina by La Nación since 2002 and in English-language collections in the United States since 2014. He received the Inkpot Award for his contributions to the world of comics in 2018. He is...
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    Carlos Lozada Carlos Lozada is an opinion columnist at The New York Times and co-host of the weekly “Matter of Opinion” podcast. Previously, he was a book critic and senior editor at The Washington Post and the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Lozada has won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism and the National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in reviewing. He is the author...
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    Marie Lu Marie Lu is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the “Legend,” “Warcross” and “Skyhunter” series; “The Young Elites” trilogy; “Batman: Nightwalker”; and “The Kingdom of Back.” After graduating from the University of Southern California, she jumped into the video game industry, where she worked as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare hours reading, drawing, playing games and...

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    Ayana Mathis Ayana Mathis is an author, critic and essayist currently teaching at the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College. Her writing has been featured on many best-of book lists and by Oprah’s Book Club and has received a nomination for the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Legacy Award. Mathis’ essays and criticism have been published in The Atlantic, Glamour, Rolling Stone and Guernica. Published by The...
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    James McBride James McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection “Deacon King Kong”; “The Good Lord Bird,” winner of the National Book Award; “The Color of Water”; “Song Yet Sung”; the story collection “Five-Carat Soul”; and the James Brown biography “Kill ’Em and Leave.” His debut novel, “Miracle at St. Anna,” was turned into a 2008 film. In...
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    Casey McQuiston Casey McQuiston is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies, including “One Last Stop,” “I Kissed Shara Wheeler” and “Red, White & Royal Blue,” which was adapted for film in 2023. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Bon Appetit. McQuiston’s latest book, “The Pairing,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival.
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    Meg Medina National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book “Merci Suárez Changes Gears.” She is also the author of award-winning young adult novels and picture books, including “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; “Mango, Abuela and Me,” illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book; and...
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    Claire Messud Claire Messud is the author of seven works of fiction. She teaches at Harvard University and is the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She’s been longlisted for the Booker Prize and has twice been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her new novel, “This Strange Eventful History,” is featured at...
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    Tiya Miles Tiya Miles is the Michael Garvey professor of history at Harvard University, the author of five prizewinning works on the history of slavery and early American race relations and a 2011 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She is the founder and director of the Michigan-based ECO Girls program and the author of “All That She Carried,” which won the National Book Award in 2011....

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    Annalee Newitz Annalee Newitz is a journalist and the author of several science fiction and nonfiction books, including the national bestseller “Four Lost Cities.” Newitz writes for The New York Times and New Scientist and co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podcast “Our Opinions Are Correct.” Their newest book, “Stories Are Weapons: Psychological Warfare and the American Mind,” is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival.
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    Aimee Nezhukumatathil Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four award-winning poetry collections and The New York Times bestselling illustrated collection of nature essays “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments,” which was chosen as a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She is the poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the storytelling branch of the Sierra Club, and a professor of English and...
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    Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of “The Committed” and “The Sympathizer,” which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and is now an HBO original series. Nguyen’s work includes the short story collection “The Refugees” and the nonfiction book “Nothing Ever Dies,” a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the...

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    Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini is the bestselling author and creator of the World of Eragon and the Fractalverse. His bestselling fantasy series, “Inheritance Cycle” (“Eragon,” “Eldest,” “Brisingr” and “Inheritance”), has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. First published at 19, Paolini is the holder of the Guinness World Record for youngest author of a bestselling series. His science fiction novels include “To Sleep in a...
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    James Patterson James Patterson is a bestselling author of adult and middle grade fiction, with more than 400 million copies sold worldwide and 15 books adapted for film and television. His well-known characters and series include “Alex Cross,” “Women’s Murder Club,” Jane Effing Smith and “Maximum Ride.” He has co-authored novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton and received an Edgar Award, 10 Emmy Awards, the...
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    LeUyen Pham LeUyen Pham has illustrated more than 100 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor book “Bear Came Along” by Richard T. Morris and the bestselling “Princess in Black” series by Shannon and Dean Hale. She is the co-creator, along with Shannon Hale, of the bestselling graphic novel memoirs “Real Friends,” “Best Friends” and “Friends Forever.” Her own books include “The Bear Who Wasn’t There”...
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    Peter Pomerantsev Peter Pomerantsev is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia,” which won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and of “This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality,” which won the 2020 Gordon Burn Prize. He received the 2022 European Press...
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    Douglas Preston Douglas Preston is a New York Times bestselling author known for, with co-author Lincoln Child, “The Cabinet of Curiosities”; “Relic,” which was adapted into a movie; and the “Pendergast” series. His recent books with Child include “The Cabinet of Dr. Leng,” “Diablo Mesa,” “Bloodless,” “The Scorpion’s Tail” and “Crooked River.” Preston is also the author of the award-winning nonfiction book “The Lost City of...

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    Ruben Quesada Ruben Quesada is a poet and editor of the anthology “Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry,” which won an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2023. He is also the author of two books of poetry, “Revelations” and “Next Extinct Mammal.” His new poetry collection, “Brutal Companion,” will be published in October 2024. Quesada has been a poetry editor for Poet Lore, Pleiades...

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    Jeffrey Rosen Jeffrey Rosen is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, where he hosts “We the People,” a weekly podcast of constitutional debate. He also is a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He previously was the legal affairs editor of The New Republic and a staff writer for The New Yorker....
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    David M. Rubenstein David M. Rubenstein is The New York Times bestselling author of “How to Invest,” “How to Lead,” “The American Experiment” and “The American Story.” He is co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. Rubenstein is chairman of the boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign...
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    Adam Rubin Adam Rubin is the author of a dozen critically acclaimed picture books that have sold more than 5 million copies combined, including “Dragons Love Tacos,” “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel,” “High Five,” “Gladys the Magic Chicken,” “Secret Pizza Party,” “Robo-Sauce,” the “Those Darn Squirrels” trilogy and “El Chupacabras,” which won the Texas Bluebonnet Award. He also wrote The New York Times bestselling middle...

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    Alexander Sammartino Alexander Sammartino was born in Rhode Island, grew up in Arizona and now lives in New York. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University. Sammartino’s debut novel, “Last Acts,” which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival. It focuses on a father and son trying to avoid the...
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    Stephanie Seales Stephanie Seales is a storyteller and children’s literature expert who has worked in almost every aspect of the book business and is passionate about racial equity. She understands the power of story and follows Toni Morrison’s advice, writing the books she wants to read. Featured at the 2024 National Book Festival, her debut picture book, “My Daddy Is a Cowboy,” follows a young girl...
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    Peng Shepherd Peng Shepherd is the bestselling, award-winning author of “The Cartographers” and “The Book of M.” Her novels have been featured in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and on “Good Morning America,” and they have been translated into more than 10 languages. Her work has also been optioned for television and film. Shepherd was born in Phoenix, where she rode horses...
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    Hampton Sides Hampton Sides is the author of the bestselling narrative histories “Ghost Soldiers,” “Blood and Thunder,” “Hellhound On His Trail,” “In the Kingdom of Ice” and “On Desperate Ground.” He has been a contributor to Outside, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines. A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Sides...
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    Safiya Sinclair Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of “How to Say Babylon: A Memoir,” which is featured at the 2024 National Book Festival. “How to Say Babylon: A Memoir” received a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography and One Caribbean Media’s OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Sinclair’s memoir was also included in many best book...
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    Lish Steiling Lish Steiling is a chef, food stylist, recipe writer and James Beard Award and Emmy Award-winning culinary producer. She is a co-founder of the brand The Taste Curators and is a regular chef on Epicurious’ YouTube channel. Steiling was also a champion on Food Network's “Chopped.” She has worked for and contributed to the “Today” show, Food Network, The New York Times, the “Tamron...

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    Tess Taylor Tess Taylor is the current poet laureate of El Cerrito, California, and her work deals with place, ecology, memory and cultural reckoning. She has published five poetry collections: “The Misremembered World,” “The Forage House,” “Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange,” “Work & Days” and “Rift Zone.” Taylor is also the editor of the anthology “Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That...
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    Jonathan Todd Jonathan Todd is a co-founder of the Boston Kids Comics Fest and former second grade teacher. He was a Jacqueline Woodson Fellow within the Solstice Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program at Lasell University, where he studied writing for children and young adults. Previously, Todd studied journalism and illustration at Syracuse University, as well as English and history at Emory University. A...
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    Annabelle Tometich Annabelle Tometich spent 18 years as a food writer and restaurant critic for The News-Press in her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Catapult and many more outlets. She has won more than a dozen awards for her stories, including first place for food and travel writing at the 2022 Sunshine State Awards. Featured at...

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    Andrew Joseph White Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans, bestselling author from Virginia. He received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University. White writes about trans folks with claws and fangs, and what happens when they bite back. Featured at the 2024 National Book Festival, his latest book, “Compound Fracture,” follows a trans autistic teen who’s drawn into the generational struggle...
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    Crystal Wilkinson Crystal Wilkinson is the bestselling author of multiple books, including a poetry collection and three works of fiction. She served as the poet laureate of Kentucky from 2021 to 2023. Wilkinson has received many honors, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, the O. Henry Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared...
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    Emily Wilson Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been named a fellow in Renaissance and early modern scholarship at the American Academy in Rome. In addition to Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” Wilson has also published translations of works by Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca....
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    Sam Winston Sam Winston is a writer and visual artist known for his work in drawing, typography and artists' books. His work is held in many special collections worldwide, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Winston’s work also is collected by the Library of Congress and commissioned by the New York Times....
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    Sherri Winston Sherri Winston is the author of many books for young readers, including “President of the Whole Fifth Grade,” “President of the Whole Sixth Grade,” “The Sweetest Sound,” “Jada Sly: Artist & Spy” and “The Kayla Chronicles.” Her middle grade novel “Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution” was longlisted for the National Book Award. Before she was an author, Winston was a longtime newspaper writer...

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    Gene Luen Yang Former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. He advocates for the importance of reading diversely. His graphic novel “American Born Chinese,” a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner, has been adapted into an original series on Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel...
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    Rebecca Yarros Rebecca Yarros is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of over 15 novels, including the first book in the “Empyrean” series, “Fourth Wing”; the “Legacy” series; the “Flight & Glory” series; and the standalone novel “In the Likely Event.” Her work has received multiple starred Publishers Weekly reviews and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year honor. Yarros loves military heroes and...