(Abbott, Megan) Megan Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of eight novels, including The Fever, which won both the International Thriller Writers and Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have appeared in anthologies including Detroit Noir, Queens Noir and the Best American Mystery Stories of 2014. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of hardboiled fiction and film noir. Abbott is also a staff writer on HBO's show, The Deuce. Her latest novel, You will Know Me (Back Bay Books) poses the question: How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. When a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community, risking everything the Knoxes have worked for, Katie consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.
(Abdurraqib, Hanif) Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in the FADER, Pitchfork, the New York Times, and MTV News, where he is a columnist. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was published in 2016 by Button Poetry. They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio) is a collection of his essays. In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
(Acevedo, Chantel) Chantel Acevedo, Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami, is the author of A Falling Star, and Love and Ghost Letters, winner of the Latino International Book Award. Her latest work of historical fiction, The Living Infinite (Europa), is based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family's reign. In its starred review of The Living Infinite, Kirkus writes, “A wonderfully compact saga . . . Fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller.”
(Acevedo, Enrique) Enrique Acevedo is the anchor of the award-winning Noticiero Univision late-night edition, and a special correspondent for Fusion. He has covered major news stories from around the world for print, broadcast and online media in English and Spanish. He joined Univision from NBC-Telemundo, where he served as special correspondent and anchor in English and Spanish. Prior to that, he worked as a senior reporter on Televisa's special investigations unit and the network's investigative news magazine show: Los Reporteros. He also hosted La Otra Agenda, a daily news program on ForoTV, Televisa’s 24-hr cable news channel. Before joining Televisa, he was a national affairs reporter and special projects editor at Reforma one of the most influential newspapers in Latin America. Acevedo was awarded the National Journalism prize by Mexico's Press Club on two occasions. In 2014, Acevedo was nominated for The News & Documentary Emmy Award, and his coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was included as one of the "100 great stories" compiled by Columbia University for the journalism school centennial celebration.
(Ackerman, Elliot) Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. Dark at the Crossing (Knopf) was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction. Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab-American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. After he is robbed, Haris’s choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe—a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.
(Aguilar, Luis) Luis Aguilar Poeta y traductor. Ha publicado diecisiete libros de poesía, entre los que destacan Mantel de tulipanes amarillos (2015), Los ojos ya deshechos (2010), Decoración de interiores (2011), Ground Glass (2012), Muchachos que no besan en la boca (2015), No quimio (2015), Los cuerpos imprevistos (2016) y Ak-47 (2017). Ha ganado entre otros el Premio Internacional de Poesía Nicolás Guillén (2010), el Premio UANL a las Artes (2010), el Premio Internacional de Poesía Gilberto Owen (2015), el Premio Nacional de Poesía Toluca (2015) y el Premio Poesía Tamaulipas-Juan B. Tijerina (2016). Es catedrático de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México. Este año presenta en la Feria su volumen de poesía Vampires never say goodbye.
(Alarcón, Daniel) Daniel Alarcón is the author of At Night We Walk in Circles, which was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as the story collection War by Candlelight, the novel Lost City Radio, and the graphic novel City of Clowns. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” He is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, distributed by NPR, and is an assistant professor of broadcast journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. In Alarcón’s story collection, The King Is Always Above the People (Riverhead Books), a longlist selection for the National Book Award in Fiction, migration, betrayal, family secrets, doomed love, and uncertain futures are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes.
(Albanese, Andrew) Andrew Albanese is Features Editor at Publishers Weekly. He has covered the publishing and information technology fields since 1999, and has written for numerous publications including Lingua Franca, and Salon.com. Prior to joining Publisher Weekly he was a reporter and editor at Library Journal, and a former editor with Oxford University Press, and Regan Books.
(Alexander, Kwame) Kwame Alexander is a poet, speaker, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. His other works include the novels He Said, She Said and Booked, as well as his nonfiction debut, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. He is the cofounder of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program. Solo (Blink YA Books), Alexander’s YA novel written in poetic verse co-written with Mary Rand Hess, tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, the son of a washed-up rock star, who travels to Ghana and discovers a friendship he couldn’t have imagined, and a reconciliation he never expected. “With all the chaos, confusion, and angst of teenage life, I believe teens need a little bit of hope and love. And joy,” said Alexander. “What better way to find a thrill than through music. Solo is ultimately a book about a young musician finding his purpose—understanding what really matters in his world, what really matters to him. I hope readers realize through this book the importance words and music can play in their lives. And I hope that readers want to read more books that engage, entertain and empower.”
(Alexander, Patrick) Patrick Alexander originally developed the Wine Appreciation Program when he worked at the University of Miami. In the summer of 2011, after Patrick had left UM in order to focus on writing, the owner of Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan, suggested he offer his program at Books & Books. Four years, nineteen sold-out classes, and 300 satisfied students later, Patrick Alexander's Wine Appreciation Program has become one of the highlights of Books & Books event programming. With the publication of The Booklovers' Guide To Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine (Mango), with a foreword by Mitchell Kaplan, everyone can experience what Patrick's students have come to love and appreciate about great wines and great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. This fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask.
(Alexandre, Alfred) Alfred Alexandre was born in 1970 in Fort-de-France, Martinique. He is considered one of the new voices of Caribbean literature. After studying philosophy in Paris, he returned to his native land where he lived and worked as a French teacher. His first novel Bord de canal (The Edge of the Channel Edge) won the award Prix des Amériques insulaires et de la Guyane in 2006, and his first play La nuit caribéenne (Caribbean Night) was selected among the ten best Francophone texts in the Écriture Théâtrale Contemporaine de la Caraïbe contest in 2007. Mémoire d’encrier published Alexandre’s essay “Aimé Césaire, la part intime” and his novel Le bar des Amériques. Alfred Alexandre est né en 1970 à Fort-de-France, en Martinique. Après des études de philosophie à Paris, il retourne sur sa terre natale où il vit et exerce pendant un certain temps la profession d’enseignant-formateur en français. Son premier roman Bord de canal (Dapper, 2004) a obtenu le Prix des Amériques insulaires et de la Guyane 2006 et son premier texte théâtral La nuit caribéenne a été choisi parmi les dix meilleurs textes francophones au concours général d’Écriture Théâtrale Contemporaine de la Caraïbe (2007). Il a publié chez Mémoire d’encrier l’essai “Aimé Césaire, la part intime” (2014) et le roman Le bar des Amériques (2016). Il est l’une des nouvelles voix de la littérature antillaise.
(Allen, Jenny) Jenny Allen is a writer and performer whose articles and essays have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times, among other publications. Her award-winning solo show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, has been seen in venues across the country and in Canada. In In Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas (Sarah Crichton Books), Allen reports from the potholes midway through life’s journey. One moment she’s flirting shamelessly―and unsuccessfully―with a younger man at a wedding; the next she’s stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter’s computer. Allen's wit and compassion give a fresh slant on the vicissitudes of day-to-day, and not so day-to-day, life. To read Would Everybody Please Stop? is to experience life with imaginative and incisive humor.
(Allende, Isabel) Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. In her latest novel, In the Midst of Winter (Atria Books), Allende returns with a sweeping story about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn, to Guatemala, and to 1970s Chile and Brazil. Writing for the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley writes, “[The novel] embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics. In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page.” Isabel Allende es la autora viva más leída del mundo en lengua española. Creadora de bestsellers y obras aclamadas por la crítica internacional, como La casa de los espíritus, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, De amor y de sombra y Paula, sus libros han sido traducidos a más de 35 idiomas y han vendido más de 65 millones de copias. En su nueva novela, Más allá del invierno, Allende nos ofrece una de sus historias más personales: una obra absolutamente actual que aborda la realidad de la emigración y la identidad de la América de hoy a través de unos personajes que encuentran la esperanza en el amor y en las segundas oportunidades.
(Alonso, Odette) Odette Alonso Es poeta y narradora. Nació en Santiago de Cuba y reside en México. Su cuaderno Insomnios en la noche del espejo obtuvo el Premio Internacional de Poesía Nicolás Guillén 1999. Autora de la novela Espejo de tres cuerpos (2009) y del libro de relatos Hotel Pánico (2013), así como de doce poemarios, el más reciente, Los días sin fe (2017). Sus dos décadas de quehacer poético han sido reunidas en Manuscrito hallado en alta mar (2011) y Bajo esa luna extraña (2011). Ha compilado la Antología de la poesía cubana del exilio (2011). Alonso presenta en la feria la reedición de Con la boca abierta (Voces en Tinta), una serie de historias de mujeres fuertes que atraen y se sienten atraídas por otras mujeres, y que defienden con gran fortaleza sus mejores deseos e ilusiones.
Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is also "The Liberal Media" columnist for theNation, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the Nation Institute and the World Policy Institute in New York, as well as former columnist for the Daily Beast, the Forward, Moment, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the Sunday Express (London) as well as others. Alterman is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News. He has been called “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in the National Catholic Reporter and author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there,” in the San Francisco Chronicle. A winner of the George Orwell Prize, the Stephen Crane Literary Award, and the Mirror Award for media criticism (twice), he has also been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a Schusterman Foundation Fellow at Brandeis University and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. Alterman received his Ph.D in US history from Stanford, his M.A. in international relations at Yale and his B.A. from Cornell. Previously, he taught at Columbia, NYU and Hofstra. He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he is currently at work on a book about the history of the Israel/Palestine debate in the United States for Basic Books.
(Amirthanayagam, Indran) Indran Amirthanayagam is a Sri Lankan-American poet-diplomat, essayist and translator in English, Spanish, and French. His Spanish collections include El Infierno de los Pajaros, El Hombre que Recoge Nidos, and “Sol Camuflado”. His poems have been published in English in Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, BOMB and elsewhere in the U.S.. His book of poetry in Englesh, Uncivil War, was a passionate, committed, and deeply humane collection that bore witness with unflinching honesty to the horrific violence of the Sri Lankan civil war. Pwezi a kat men: Pòtoprens nan nwa e blanc (édition delince), published in Creole, is an exquisite corpse collection of poetic conversation between Amirthanayagam and Alex LaGuerre. These poems were composed over the course of one year and offer reflections on everyday life in Port au Prince, Haiti. Indran Amirthanayagam se yon powèt-diplomat ameriken dorijin srilankè, ki ekri esè literè epi tradui nan lang angle, panyòl, ak franse. Nan koleksyon panyòl li an nou jwenn El Infierno de los Pajaros, El Hombre que Recoge Nidos, ak “Sol Camuflado”. Pwezi li yo pibliye nan lang angle nan Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, BOMB ak nan lòt magazin nan peyi Etazini. Liv pwezi li a, Uncivil War, te yon koleksyon plen pasyon, angajman, ak konpreyansyon pou lèzòm ki pote yon temwayaj onèt a vyolans terib gè sivil srilankè a. Pwezi a kat men: Pòtoprens nan nwa e blanc (Édition Delince), ki pibliye an kreyòl, se yon koleksyon konvèsasyon powetik mayifik ant Amirthanayagam ak Alex LaGuerre. Li te konpoze pwezi sa yo sou yon peryòd ennan epi y ofri refleksyon sou lavi toulejou nan Pòtoprens, Ayiti.
(Andersen, Kurt) Kurt Andersen is the bestselling author of the novels Heyday, Turn of the Century, and True Believers. He contributes to Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning public radio show and podcast. He also writes for television, film, and the stage. Andersen co-founded Spy magazine, served as editor in chief of New York, and was a cultural columnist and critic for Time and The New Yorker. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of The Harvard Lampoon. In Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (Random House) a sweeping, eloquent history of America, Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.
(Andricaín, Sergio) Sergio Andricaín Escritor, editor e investigador literario. Licenciado en Sociología en la Universidad de La Habana. Fue investigador del Centro de Investigaciones Culturales Juan Marinello, del Ministerio de Cultura de Cuba, y oficial de proyectos del Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe, en Colombia. Ha publicado libros como Escuela y poesía. ¿Y qué hago con el poema?, Espacios para la promoción de la lectura, Libro secreto de los duendes, Hace muchísimo tiempo, Dragones en el cielo y Un zoológico en casa. Dirige la Fundación Cuatrogatos (www.cuatrogatos.org), fundada por él junto al escritor Antonio Orlando Rodríguez.
(Antoni, Robert) Robert Antoni is the author of five novels, most recently As Flies to Whatless Boys. He is the recipient of a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad & Tobago National Library. In Trinidad Noir: The Classics (Akashic Noir), the latest in the award-winning series of original noir anthologies, Antoni and co-editor Earl Lovelace present nineteen works that trail the country’s criminals, her prostitutes, her officious bureaucrats, her police, and her ordinary citizens.
(Arellano, Robert) Robert Arellano is the award-winning author of six novels—including Edgar Award finalist Havana Lunar—and the nonfiction book Friki: Rock and Rebellion in the Cuban Revolution, forthcoming in 2018. Set during the summer of 1997, this explosive follow-up to the Edgar Award finalist, Havana Lunar (Akashic) Dr. Mano Rodriguez takes an undercover assignment to the most dangerous city in Latin America: Miami.
Yolanda Arrieta Malaxetxebarria
(Arrieta Malaxetxebarria, Yolanda) Yolanda Arrieta Malaxetxebarria Nació en Etxebarria, País Vasco. Estudió Magisterio, Teatro y Antropología Social y Cultural. Ha publicado una treintena de libros infantiles y juveniles, así como una decena para adultos. Obtuvo el Premio Irún-1997 con la novela Jostorratza eta haria / Aguja e hilo (Atenea). El original en euskara de La hija de las luces, obra que presenta este año en la feria, recibió el Premio Euskadi 2015. Ambas han sido publicadas por la editorial Denonartean, al igual que el volumen de nanas Luna-Cuna, con ilustraciones de Aitziber Alonso. Combina su trabajo literario con talleres de creatividad. La hija de las luces es una guía de viaje en el tiempo que nos acerca a la vida y entorno de Vicenta Moguel Elguezábal (1782-1854), primera escritora conocida de la literatura vasca.
(Askowitz, Andrea) Andrea Askowitz’s writing has appeared in various venues, including The New York Times, Salon, Brain, Child, 429, xoJane, AEON, Manifest-Station, Sliver of Stone, The Washington Blade, The Manhattan Resident, NPR, PBS, and the anthologies, Looking Queer and All that Glitters. She is the author of the memoir, My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. Askowitz is the creator of the popular live storytelling event, Lips Service, as well as the executive producer, teacher and co-host of the podcast Writing Class Radio.
(Atlas, James) James Atlas is the author of Bellow: A Biography; Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the memoir My Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor’s Tale. The founder of the Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives series, Atlas was for many years an editor at the New York Times, first at the book review and later at the magazine. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and other journals. In The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale (Pantheon) Atlas presents an endearing tale of how writers’ lives get documented. Begging with his own childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers’ lives, Atlas presents the panoply of the great literary biographers, from the Renaissance to the masters of his own literary generation. Publisher Weekly writes, “Part literary history and part memoir, this is a lively and elegant biography of biography itself.”
(Attenberg, Jami) Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. Attenberg’s latest novel, All Grown Up (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection. Newsweek writes, “Jami Attenberg deftly travels inside the head of a 39-year-old woman who has no interest in doing what she’s supposed to do and follows her heart instead of her mind—a story that’s sexy, charming, and impossible to put down.”
(Attkisson, Sharyl) Sharyl Attkisson has been a working journalist for more than thirty years and is host of Sinclair's Sunday morning TV program Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. She has covered controversies under the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, emerging with a reputation, as the Washington Post recently put it, as a “persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government’s story.” She is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. She has worked at CBS News, PBS, and CNN. Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? In The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote (Harper), Attkisson pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinion. Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of smear artists and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media--operatives who are corrupting the political process and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.
(Atwan, Helene) Helene Atwan is the Director of Beacon Press, an independent non-profit book publisher founded in 1854. She began her publishing career in 1976 at Random House in New York as an assistant editor in their College Division, before moving to Alfred A. Knopf in 1977 as a publicity associate. She then joined The Viking Press in 1979 as the associate director of publicity. In 1981, she moved to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she began as the director of publicity. She also became a vice president of the house in 1987 and the associate publisher in 1991. In 1993, she joined the Pocket Books division of Simon & Schuster as a vice president and director of marketing. She was appointed director of Beacon Press by the board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalists Association in October of 1995.
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar
(Ayabar, Gustavo Adolfo) Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc. fellow. He has served on the board of the Latino Writers Collective and his work can be found in their anthology, Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, as well as several prominent literary magazines. Adolfo Aybar’s second poetry collection, We Seek Asylum (Willow Books/Aquarius Press) has been awarded the Poetry Grand Prize for the Willow Books Literary Literature Award by Aquarius Press. He is the first-ever Willow author to appear at the Miami Book Fair.
(Babin, Leif) Leif Babin is a decorated former Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL platoon commander, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (St. Martin’s Press) details the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, including how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.
C. Morgan Babst
(Babst, C. Morgan) C. Morgan Babst studied writing at NOCCA, Yale, and N.Y.U. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in such journals as The Oxford American, Guernica, the Harvard Review,LitHub, the New Orleans Review, and her piece, 'Death Is a Way to Be,' was honored as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She evacuated New Orleans one day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Her novel, The Floating World (Algonquin) is a dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, which takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina with the story of the Boisdorés, whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans. Cora, the family’s fragile elder daughter, refuses to leave the city, forcing her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave who became one of the city’s preeminent furniture makers, and his white “Uptown” wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic--the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself.
Robin F. Bachin
(Bachin, Robin F.) Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and assistant provost for civic and community engagement at the University of Miami. Bachin is the editor of Big Bosses: A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America (University of Chicago Press), the memoir of Althea McDowell Altemus. Beginning with her employment as a private secretary to bachelor-playboy James Deering, Altemus vividly recounts her life as a secretary for prominent employers in Chicago, Miami, and New York during the late teens and 1920s. Alongside her, we rub elbows with movie stars, artists, and high-profile businessmen, and experience lavish estate parties that routinely defied the laws of Prohibition. Big Bosses gives us a one-of-a-kind peek inside the excitement and challenges of being a woman and a professional during the roaring ‘20s.