Diane Landy is a writer and longtime volunteer for writing projects in elementary and preschool classrooms. She is the author of Adventures with Zap: 107 Creative Prompts for Beginning Writers―for Earthlings Ages 4 and Up (The Experiment). Calling all Earth kids! Meet Zap, a spunky blue alien from the planet Vox Nova. When a stowaway from Earth sneaks onto his spaceship, he makes lots of mistakes. Is the furry creature friendly? Or dangerous? Zots! Quick, grab a pencil to teach Zap about our world. Share memories, too, and make up adventures of your own. Adventures with Zap introduces the magic of storytelling through playful writing practice. Children build skills and confidence while creating a precious keepsake.
Larios, Francisco (Nicaragua) Poeta, antólogo, traductor y crítico. Ha publicado los poemarios Cada sol repetido (2010), The Net in Sight/La red ante los ojos (2015), La Isla de Whitman (2015) y la plaquette bilingüe (inglés y español) Astronomía de un sueño/Astronomy of a Dream (2013). Como traductor y antólogo, en 2017 dio a conocer Los hijos de Whitman. Poesía norteamericana en el siglo XXI. Llega a la trigésimo quinta edición de la Feria con Sobre la vida breve de cualquier paraíso (400 Elefantes), un cuaderno de poesía que explora las relaciones del ser humano con el contexto social en que vive.
Francie Latour is a writer and educator whose work explores issues of race, culture and identity. She was a staff reporter for the Boston Globe for ten years, and her essays have been featured on National Public Radio, the Today show, The Root and Essence. Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings (Groundwood Books) is her first picture book. Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter. The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow ― the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the taptap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding road to her aunt’s home in the mountains. The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings ― the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.
Nicholas Laughlin is the editor of The Caribbean Review of Books and the arts and travel magazine Caribbean Beat, and program director of the Bocas Lit Fest, an annual literature festival and literary development organization based in Trinidad. He is also codirector of the contemporary art space Alice Yard. His book of poems The Strange Years of My Life was published in 2015. So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans (Telegram Books) is his latest book. So Many Islands breaks out bold new writing from the distant shores of countries in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here you will find poems about revolution and protest. Giving voice to their challenges and triumphs, these writers create a vibrant portrait of what it is like to live and love on the small islands they call home. Readers everywhere will find universal connections with these words and worlds. Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cyprus, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malta, Mauritius, Niue, Rotuma (Fiji), Soma, Singapore, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago.
Lavín, Mónica (Ciudad México, México, 1955) Narradora, guionista de televisión, periodista y profesora universitaria. Graduada de Biología en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Es autora de las novelas Café cortado (2001), Premio Narrativa de Colima; Hotel Limbo (2008), Yo, la peor (2010), Premio Iberoamericano de Novela Elena Poniatowska; Las rebeldes (2011), La casa chica (2012) y Doble filo (2014), así como de los libros de cuentos Ruby Tuesday no ha muerto (1996), Premio Nacional de Literatura Gilberto Owen; Uno no sabe (2003), La corredora de Cuemanco y el aficionado a Schubert (2008), Pasarse de la raya (2010) y Manual para enamorarse (2012). Entre sus obras de ensayo se encuentran Leo, luego escribo (2001), Apuntes y errancias (2009), Sor Juana en la cocina (2010) y Cuento sobre cuento (2014). Tiene un libro de entrevistas titulado Mexicontemporáneo (2016). Actualmente es columnista del diario El Universal y conduce el programa de televisión Contraseñas en el que entrevista a figuras literarias. Es profesora e investigadora en la Academia de Creación Literaria de la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México. Viene a presentar su nueva obra Cuando te hablen de amor (Planeta), una novela sobre las imperfecciones del amor y la certeza de que, a pesar de todo, siempre es posible.
David Lawrence, Jr.
David Lawrence, Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. He has been honored as a Miami Today Living Legend as well as with the Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers. He is author of A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child (Mango). What are you going to do for the rest of your life? For David Lawrence Jr., a brilliant newspaper editor and publisher with a distinguished, three-decade-long journalism career who retired in 1999 at the age of 56, the answer in his words was to dedicate his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.” Dave’s successful career in journalism is a story of the roller coaster of the American newspaper from the halcyon days of post-World War II to the dramatic changes and decline of today. But the most lasting impression you’ll have will be of a highly principled man applying his talents and values in a transitioning America. Ultimately, he elects to transfer his lifelong fascination with journalism to civic advocacy for early childhood learning.
Zachary Leader is Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University in Great Britain, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was educated at Northwestern, Cambridge, and Harvard universities, and is the author of Reading Blake's Songs, Writer's Block, Revision and Romantic Authorship, and The Life of Kingsley Amis, a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005 (Vol. 2) (Knopf) is his most recent book. When this second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow opens, Bellow, at forty-nine, is at the pinnacle of American letters - rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. Bellow never fell, producing some of his greatest fiction (Mr Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, all his best stories), winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize. At eighty, he wrote his last story; at eighty-five, he wrote Ravelstein. In this volume, his life away from the desk, including his love life, is if anything more dramatic than in volume 1. Bellow's heroic energy and will are clear to the very end of his life. His immense achievement and its cost, to himself and others, are also clear.
Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She is author of The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created (Harper). He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. There was no frame he couldn’t or wouldn’t fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen." Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh—business manager, spin doctor, damage control wizard, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom. Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device. Everglades (Les Éditions Prise de parole), co-written with Daniel H. Dugas, documents the effects of human presence in the natural world and the traces left behind. Everglades is an ode to the beauty, the fragility and the resilience of nature faced with the invasiveness of a particular species, ours.
Joseph O. Legaspi
Joseph O. Legaspi, a Fulbright and NYFA fellow, is the author of Imago and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary and Subways. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, jubilat, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Salt Hill. He is the cofounder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian American writers. His most recent collection of poetry, Threshold (CavanKerry) enters a landscape of seemingly perpetual in-between, crossing from conventionality to queerness; exploring the fluidity of gender; and translating the hard hold of family. The collection meditates on passageways and what it means to arrive at, and pierce through, thresholds—between countries, past and future, and the threat and security of love.
Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Based in Washington, he specializes in national politics, media and profiles of figures in public life. He is the recipient of the of the National Magazine Award for profile writing, and the author of This Town and Citizens of the Green Room. Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times (Penguin Press) is a merciless probing of America's biggest cultural force, pro football. Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life than he'd care to admit tuned into pro football. Leibovich kept his obsession relatively private. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile in the New York Times Magazine. To his surprise, Brady returned the call. So began a four-year odyssey that has taken Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. Ultimately, this is a chronicle of what may come to be seen as "peak football," but also the moment when it all began to turn. Big Game is a journey through an epic storm. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.
John Leland is a reporter at The New York Times. He is the author of two previous books, Hip: The History and Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of “On the Road” (They’re Not What You Think). Before joining the Times, he was a senior editor at Newsweek, editor in chief of Details, a reporter at Newsday, and a writer and editor at Spin magazine. Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old (Sarah Crichton Books) is an extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being. In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. They each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise. Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to “live better” ―informed by those who have mastered the art.
Mia Leonin is the author of Unraveling the Bed, and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers. Leonin's poetry has been published in New Letters, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Witness, River Styx, Chelsea, and others. Leonin has been awarded fellowships from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She is the author of Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City), an illustrated book-length poem for adult readers steeped in the world of Micaela, a ten-year old, who lives in an unnamed, Spanish-speaking city by the sea. Seeking emotional refuge after a traumatic assault, Micaela withdraws from the world of adults, almost losing her burgeoning sense of self. But she becomes enchanted by language, beginning with the tilde that sits atop the Spanish letter Ñ, and her new love of the written word helps her find redemption in surprising places.
David Levering Lewis
David Levering Lewis, author of nine books and two editions, received the Pulitzer Prize for each volume of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2010 and is university professor emeritus at NYU. The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order (Liveright) is his most recent book. In the wake of one of the most tumultuous Republican conventions ever, the party of Lincoln nominated in 1940 a prominent businessman and former Democrat who could have saved America’s sclerotic political system. Although Wendell Lewis Willkie would lose to FDR, acclaimed biographer David Levering Lewis demonstrates that the corporate chairman–turned–presidential candidate must be regarded as one of the most exciting, intellectually able, and authentically transformational figures to stride the twentieth-century American political landscape. Successful at outwitting the isolationist wing of his own party, Willkie took on Roosevelt during one of the nation’s darkest periods, creating an unlikely alliance of supporters, including anti-big-government business leaders and black voters, who rightly felt excluded from New Deal benefits.
David Levithan's many acclaimed novels include Every Day, Another Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). In 2016, David received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. His newest book is Someday (Knopf Books for Young Readers), the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Every Day, now a major motion picture starring Angourie Rice. For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person's body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn't anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?
Lawrence H. Levy
Lawrence H. Levy is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writers Guild Award winner and a two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Family Ties, Saved by the Bell, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. Last Stop in Brooklyn: A Mary Handley Mystery (Broadway Books) is his third novel in the Mary Handley Mystery series. It's the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man's brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again, it's up to Mary to make right the city's wrongs. New York City's untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behind bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York's justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper's style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes. It'll be Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet.
Lillian Li received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, as well as Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Granta, and Jezebel. She is from the D.C. metro area and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel (Henry Holt and Co.), qn exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant, is her first novel. The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay. Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón comes The Carrying (Milkweed Editions)―her most powerful collection yet. Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses. And still Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives.
Laura Lippman is the award-winning writer of more than twenty crime-fiction novels. She lives in Baltimore (and is the editor of Baltimore Noir) and New Orleans. Liza Jane and the Dragon (Black Sheep) is her debut children's picture book. Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door--what could possibly go wrong? And at first everything was fun. The dragon did whatever Liza Jane wanted him to do. But it turned out the dragon had only one response to all problems--opening his mouth and belching fire. Suddenly, people were scared of Liza Jane. The pizza delivery man didn't want to come to her house. No one wanted to play with her. And all that fire was very bad for the furniture. Could Liza Jane have been wrong about what kind of qualities she wanted in a parent?
James W. Loewen
James W. Loewen is the bestselling and award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, Sundown Towns, and the forthcoming Lies My Teacher Told Me for Young Readers (all from The New Press). He also wrote Teaching What Really Happened and The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White and edited The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. He has won the American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Loewen is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, DC. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Text Book Got Wrong (The New Press) is out now in a new edition, with a new preface by the author. Howard Zinn writes, “Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself.” Having sold nearly two million copies, the book won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be “objective.” The Washington Post Book World calls Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (The New Press) “Powerful and important . . . an instant classic.” In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks weren’t welcome—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South.
Toronto Ink Company founder Jason Logan is an internationally recognized designer, creative director, author, and artist. His illustrations appear regularly in the New York Times and his fine art has been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and the Yukon. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, SPD, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the author of Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking (Abrams). The Toronto Ink Company was founded in 2014 by designer and artist Jason Logan as a citizen science experiment to make eco-friendly, urban ink from street-harvested pigments. In Make Ink, Logan delves into the history of inkmaking and the science of distilling pigment from the natural world. Readers will learn how to forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits, and black walnut, then how to mix, test, and transform these ingredients into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and environment. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout, Make Ink combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind’s oldest tools of communication.
Lorenzo, Gloria (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1954) Pintora, escultora y ceramista. Reside en Estados Unidos desde 1981. Graduada de Artes Plásticas en la Academia de Bellas Artes de San Alejandro, en La Habana. Ha realizado más de quince exposiciones individuales y numerosas exhibiciones colectivas en Barbados, Bélgica Cuba, Ecuador, España, Estados Unidos y Venezuela. Interviene en el homenaje póstumo que la Feria le rinde a su padre, el gran escritor cubano José Lorenzo Fuentes, autor de Después de la gaviota, Premio Casa de las Américas 1968, y La piedra de María Ramos.
José Lorenzo Fuentes
Lorenzo Fuentes, José (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1928 - Miami, Estados Unidos, 2018) Narrador y periodista. Su amplia biografía incluye Recibió varios galardones literarios, entre los que se destacan el Premio Internacional de Cuentos Hernández Catá por “El lindero”, el Premio Nacional de Novela con Viento de enero (1967), la mención de honor en el Concurso Casa de las Américas con Después de la gaviota (1968), libro considerado un clásico de la narrativa cubana, y en México el Premio Literario Plural por El cielo del general (1983), en el género de cuento. Ha publicado, además, los volúmenes de cuento Maguaraya Arriba (1962), El vendedor de días (1967), Mesa de tres patas (1980), Hierba nocturna (2014) y Mis mejores cuentos (2015). Dentro de su producción la novelística se destacan El sol, ese enemigo (1962), La piedra de María Ramos (1986), Brígida pudo soñar (1986), Los ojos del papel (1990), Las vidas de Arelys (2011) y Cleopatra virtual (2017). Otros libros suyos son El hombre verde y otros relatos (2005) y El cementerio de las botellas (2012). Entre sus ensayos cabe mencionar Meditación (2001), Del sexo al amor (2012) y La conexión deseo realidad (2013). Sus obras han sido publicadas en Cuba, Estados Unidos, Alemania, Ecuador, México y España, entre otros países. La Feria rinde un merecido tributo a la importante figura literaria que es José Lorenzo Fuentes.
Glynnis MacNicol co-wrote HelloFlo: The Guide, PERIOD.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl, a guide to puberty, with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom. She co-edited and contributed to the best-selling Amazon Kindle essay collection The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including ELLE.com, where she was a contributing writer; The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, The Cut, New York Daily News, W, Town & Country, The Daily Beast, Shondaland, and Capital New York. She is the author of No One Tells You This: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster). If the story doesn't end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she'd been led to expect. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.
Beth Macy is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books Truevine and Factory Man. Based in Roanoke, Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (Little, Brown and Company) is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it. In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse.
Bob Mankoff served as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker from 1997-2017. The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive (Black Dog & Leventhal) is a monumental, two-volume, slip-cased collection, which includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons selected and organized by subject with insightful commentary by Mankoff and a foreword by David Remnick. The collection organizes nearly 3,000 cartoons into more than 250 categories of recurring New Yorker themes and visual tropes, including cartoons on banana peels, meeting St. Peter, being stranded on a desert island, snowmen, lion tamers, Adam and Eve, the Grim Reaper, and dogs, of course.
Melanie Márquez Adams
Márquez Adams, Melanie (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1976) Escritora y editora ecuatoriana. Autora de la colección de cuentos Mariposas negras (Eskeletra Editorial), ganadora del Tercer Lugar en los Premios Literarios del North Texas Book Festival 2018 (ficción en español), que presenta este año en la Feria. Actualmente cursa el Máster de Escritura Creativa en la Universidad de Iowa, donde ha recibido la beca Iowa Arts Fellowship. Su obra ha sido incluida en Pertenencia: Narradores sudamericanos en Estados Unidos (2017), así como en Sensaciones oníricas: Antología ecuatoriana de relato y poesía y Todos contamos (2018). Colabora regularmente con textos de ficción y no ficción en ViceVersa, Suburbano Ediciones y La Nota Latina.
J. Michael Martinez
J. Michael Martinez received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first collection, Heredities. His second, In the Garden of the Bridehouse, was published by the University of Arizona Press. He is the poetry editor of Noemi Press, and his writings have been widely anthologized. Museum of the Americas (Penguin Books) is Winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Cornelius Eady--an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity. Museum of the Americas traces an aesthetic out of racialized scenes of corporeal excess. Hybrid in form, Museum of the Americas voices itself in theory, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Throughout, Martinez questions how "knowledge" of the body is organized through an observer's visual perception of that body. For Martinez, the corporeal always serves as a repository of the human situation, a nexus of culture. His work revives and repurposes the persecuted ethnic body from the biopolitical appropriations that render it a disposable aesthetic object.
Tara Lynn Masih
Tara Lynn Masih’s fiction, poetry, and essays have been widely anthologized. She is editor of the acclaimed Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (a ForeWord Book of the Year) and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays; her story collection Where the Dog Star Never Glows was a National Best Books finalist. She is founding series editor of the annual Best Small Fictions anthology. My Real Name is Hanna (Mandel Vilar Press) is her debut novel. Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler's army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in "free of Jews." When Hanna's father disappears, suddenly it's up to Hanna to find him--and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive. Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit.