Jeff Jackson is the author of Mira Corpora, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist, and five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award–winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City. He is the author of Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel (Macmillan). An epidemic of violence is sweeping the country: musicians are being murdered onstage in the middle of their sets by members of their audience. Are these random copycat killings, or is something more sinister at work? Has music itself become corrupted in a culture where everything is available, everybody is a "creative," and attention spans have dwindled to nothing? With its cast of ambitious bands, yearning fans, and enigmatic killers, Destroy All Monsters tells a haunted and romantic story of overdue endings and unlikely beginnings that will resonate with anybody who’s ever loved rock and roll.
Tiffany D. Jackson
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of Allegedly. A TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School. Monday's Not Coming (Katherine Tegen Books) is her newest book. Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
Abbi Jacobson is an American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator. Trained at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, she is best known as the Series Creator, Executive Producer and star of the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central series, Broad City. Jacobson is an AOLArtist and New York Times-bestselling author of her illustrated book, Carry This Book. She also has two coloring books: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco. She is the author of I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff (Grand Central Publishing), a hilarious and poignant collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew. When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn't she going with friends? Wouldn't it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one... why? In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections readers will feel like they're in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey.
A. D. Jameson
A. D. Jameson is the author of several books, including Cinemaps, a collaboration with the artist Andrew DeGraff. A former blogger for HTML Giant, his fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Unstuck, and elsewhere. He is a PhD candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), A. D. Jameson takes geeks and non-geeks alike on a surprising and insightful journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero franchises that now dominate pop culture. Along the way, he blasts through the clichés surrounding geek culture: that its fans are mindless consumers who will embrace all things Spider-Man or Batman, regardless of quality; or that the popularity and financial success of Star Wars led to the death of ambitious filmmaking. A lifelong geek, Jameson shines a new light on beloved classics, explaining the enormous love (and hate) they are capable of inspiring in fan and non-fan alike, while exploding misconceptions as to how and why they were made. I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing tells the story of how the geeks have inherited the earth.
Susie Jaramillo is an author illustrator and the creator of Canticos (Encantos); a baby brand inspired by Latino nursery rhymes featuring bilingual board books, games, videos and more. Her first book Los Pollitos has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She has gone on to publish 5 more books in the Canticos Series. “As a Latina mom exposed to songs and traditions from both the US and my native Venezuela, I’ve had a hard time finding books and apps of the nursery rhymes I grew up with,” says Brooklyn-based author-artist Susie Jaramillo. “In talking to people in both Latino and non-Latino communities, I realized this was missing from bookshelves and digital platforms everywhere.” To bring to life all the things she loved about her Latino culture, she created Canticos so kids of all ages can enjoy these nursery rhymes and songs. "In addition to promoting bilingual/multilingual learning,” she adds, "we hope the books, apps and videos also promote a sense of community and connect kids, especially Latino kids, to their culture.”
Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhD, is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the author of Doctored and Intern. A practicing cardiologist, Jauhar has been writing regularly about medicine for The New York Times since 1998. Heart: A History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), his latest book, is a scientific history, as well as a personal story. It tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family’s history of heart ailments and the patients he’s treated over many years. He also confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that future progress will depend more on how we choose to live than on the devices we invent. Affecting, engaging, and beautifully written, Heart: A History takes the full measure of the only organ that can move itself.
Writer Pauris Jean-Baptiste was born in Kawoche, in Latibonit, Haiti. He studied Theology and Linguistics in Haiti and France. He teaches Haitian Creole, Greek and Hebrew in Port-au-Prince, and also works as a translator and interpreter. He’s published more than fifteen books in Haitian Creole. Under the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, he was inducted as an Academician of the Haitian-Creole Academy (Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen). Pauris Jean-Baptiste fèt 16 mas 1936, sou bitasyon Kawoche, premye Seksyon Kominal Dolan, komin Tènèv, nan wo Latibonit, Ayiti. Limenm ak madanm li Jacqueline Weindling ki marye an 1970, yo gen twa pitit: de gason ak yon fi. Y ap viv Ayiti depi 1971. Pauris etidye teyoloji ak lengwistik an Ayiti ak an Frans. Li pwofesè kreyòl ayisyen, inisyasyon grèk ak ebre. Li egzèse metye tradiktè an kreyòl. Kòm ekriven kreyolofòn, li ekri plis pase yon kenzèn liv. Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen resevwa li 04 desanm 2014 kòm Akademisyen sou rekòmandasyon Ministè Kilti.
Jeftanovic, Andrea (Santiago, Chile, 1970) Narradora, ensayista y docente. Estudió Sociología en la Universidad Católica de Chile y un doctorado en Literatura Hispanoamericana en la Universidad de California, Berkeley. Ha publicado las novelas Escenarios de guerra (2000), Premio del Consejo Nacional del Libro y la Lectura, y Geografía de la lengua (2007), los volúmenes de cuentos Monólogos en fuga (2006) y No aceptes caramelos de extraños (2011), el libro de ensayos Hablan los hijos (2011) y el de entrevistas y testimonios Conversaciones con Isidora Aguirre (2009). Presenta en la feria Destinos errantes (2017), un conjunto de crónicas ficcionales.
Born in Jacmel, Haiti, Inéma Jeudi studied Law. He’s currently a cultural reporter and critique for Télévision nationale d’Haïti (TNH). He studied under the renown poet and novelist, Lyonel Trouillot, at the Atelier Jeudi Soir, and his poetry has been published in various literary magazines across the world. He’s contributed to the bilingual Anthologie bilingue de la poésie créole haïtienne de 1986 à nos jours (Actes Sud, 2015). He’s the author of three books of poetry under the pen name Jeudinéma. His work has been adapted for the theater (Dram’Art) or turned into songs (performed by artists Herby Francois, Wooly Saint Louis Jean, and BIC). Inéma Jeudi, ki te fèt nan vil Jakmèl, Ayiti, te etidye Dwa. Kounye a li se yon jounalis ak kritik kiltirèl pou Televizyon Nasyonal Dayiti (TNH). Li te etidye nan klas powèt ak otè woman renome Lyonel Trouillot, nan Atelier Jeudi Soir, epi li pibliye powèm li nan diferan magazin literè toupatou nan lemond. Li kontribye nan Anthologie bilingue de la poésie créole haïtienne de 1986 à nos jours (Actes Sud, 2015). Li se otè twa liv pwezi sou non plim Jeudinéma. Yo adapte èv li an pou teyat (Dram’Art) oswa yo fè li tounen chante (avèk vwa atis Herby Francois, Wooly Saint Louis Jean, ak BIC).
Dennis Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of Melville House, an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. A former journalist, he is also the founder of MobyLives one of the world’s first and most well-known book blogs, based upon his syndicated newspaper column about books (the original MobyLives).
Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College. She earned her PhD in sociology from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale University. In 2015-2016, she was a Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, where she worked on her new book, AMERICAN EDEN (Liveright 2018).
David Cay Johnston
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump. He teaches at Syracuse University College of Law. He has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, ABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other shows, and was a consultant for the Netflix series “House of Cards.” It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America? is his most recent book. The Trump administration is remaking the government. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America tells us exactly how it is making America worse again. Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more. No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined.
Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers University. She is the author of An American Marriage: A Novel (Algonquin Books). Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.
Jim Jordan is an author and historian living in South Carolina. He is the author of the novels Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia and Penny Savannah: A Tale of Civil War in Georgia. Mr. Jordan has published articles in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Military History. He is the author of The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade (University of Georgia Press). In 1858 Savannah businessman Charles Lamar organized the shipment of hundreds of Africans to Jekyll Island, Georgia. This book presents his “Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book.” These seventy long-lost letters shed light on the lead-up to the Civil War from the remarkable perspective of a troubled, and troubling figure.
Fabienne Josaphat was born in Haiti and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as screenplays. Her first novel, Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow, was released with Unnamed Press in February 2016. Fabienne Josaphat se otè yon woman ki rele A L’Ombre du Baron(Unnamed Press, 2016). Li te ekri yon esè, “Summer is an Empty House”, ki te resevwa mansyon “Esè Remakab” nan Best American Essays 2016. Èv li te parèt sa pa fè lontan nan TeenVogue Magazine, epitou nan Eight Miami Poets, yon antoloji pwezi Jai-Alai Books. Li rete nan Sid Florida.
David A. Kaplan
David A. Kaplan’s other books include The Silicon Boys, The Accidental President, and Mine’s Bigger. A graduate of Cornell and the New York University School of Law, he teaches courses in journalism and ethics at NYU. In the tradition of The Nine and The Brethren, The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution (Crown) takes us inside the secret world of the Supreme Court. David A. Kaplan, the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, shows how the justices subvert the role of the other branches of government—and how we’ve come to accept it at our peril. With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court has never before been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time—from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, The Most Dangerous Branch is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle.
Tal Keinan is an American-born entrepreneur and social activist. He is a co-founder of Clarity Capital, a global asset-management firm, and chairman of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, Israel’s largest nonprofit lender to small and micro businesses. He serves on the boards of directors of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and the HESEG Foundation, is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is chairman of the YPO Intercontinental Chapter. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Israel’s Air Force Academy. God Is in the Crowd: Twenty-First Century Judaism (Spiegel & Grau) is a bold proposal for discovering relevance in Judaism and ensuring its survival, from a pioneering social activist, business leader, and fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Presented through the lens of Tal Keinan’s unusual personal story, it a sobering analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity. Keinan was born to a secular Jewish family in Florida. Using his own dramatic experiences as a backdrop, and applying lessons from his life as a business leader and social activist, Keinan takes the reader on a riveting adventure, weaving between past, present, and future, and fusing narrative with theory to demonstrate Judaism’s value to humanity and chart its path into the future.
A former reporter for the Charlotte Observer, Pam Kelley has won honors from the National Press Club and the Society for Features Journalism. She contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She is the author of Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South (The New Press). Meet Money Rock. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s generous, often to a fault. He’s one of Charlotte’s most successful cocaine dealers, and that’s what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies—racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration—help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe. She earned an MFA from Rosemont College. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and You Go First (Greenwillow Books), a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick. Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different—Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch. Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways, as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school.
Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is currently an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and she was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in many publications, including Politico, Slate, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, TeenVogue, and The New York Times. The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books) is her most recent book. Kirkus writes it is,"A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland...Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize." A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America’s overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.
Brenda Ann Kenneally
Brenda Ann Kenneally is a mother, teacher, multiplatform documentarian, Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and formerly incarcerated youth. Over the past thirty years, Kenneally’s long-form, immersive projects have produced visceral portraits of the personal experiences of disadvantaged children in America, as well as a ground-up historic record of contemporary social and political values in the United States. “ In the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, Upstate Girls: Unraveling Collar City (Regan Arts), is an eye-opening portrait of the rise and fall of the American working class, and a shockingly intimate visual history of Troy, New York that arcs over five hundred years—from Henry Hudson to the industrial revolution to a group of contemporary young women as they grow, survive, and love. Welcome to Troy, New York. The land where mastodon roamed, the Mohicans lived, and the Dutch settled in the seventeenth century. What began as a brief assignment for The New York Times Magazine became an eye-opening portrait of the rise and fall of the American working class, and a shockingly intimate visual history of Troy that arcs over five hundred years. Kenneally beautifully layers archival images with her own photographs and collages to depict the transformations of this quintessentially American city. The result is a profound, powerful, and intimate look at America, at poverty, at the shrinking middle class, and of people as they grow, survive, and love.
Kody Keplinger grew up in a small Kentucky town. During her senior year of high school she wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, which is a New York Times bestseller, a USA Today bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Romantic Times Top Pick. It has since been adapted into a major motion picture. Kody is also the author of Lying Out Loud, a companion to The DUFF; Run; Shut Out; and A Midsummer's Nightmare, as well as the middle-grade novel The Swift Boys & Me. It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith. But it's not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight. Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .
John Forbes Kerry
John Forbes Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator. Kerry is the author of A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, The New War, and the best-selling This Moment on Earth. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In Every Day Is Extra (Simon & Schuster), John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years—a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history. Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.
Harrison Scott Key
Harrison Scott Key’s writing has been featured, among other places, in The Best American Travel Writing, the New York Times, Outside, The Chronicle of Higher Education, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Southern Living, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Gulf Coast, and Oxford American, where he is also a contributing editor. He teaches at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. His first memoir, The World’s Largest Man, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir (HarperCollins) is his most recent book. This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. As a young boy in Mississippi, Harrison possessed many special gifts, such as the ability to read and complete college applications. And yet, throughout young adulthood, he failed at many vocations, until one day, after drinking perhaps too many beers and dusting off his King James Bible, he stumbled across a passage about a lonely pelican, which burst into flame inside him. In a mad blaze of holy illumination, Harrison realized his dream: to set the world afire with the light inside him. He would write a funny book. This was his dream. With unforgettable wit and tenderness, Congratulations, Who Are You Again? is Harrison’s instructive tale of pursuing his destiny with relentless and often misguided devotion, transforming his life beyond all comprehension.
Diana Khoi Nguyen
Born in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. A winner of the 92Y's Discovery / Boston Review 2017 Poetry Contest, she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn) is a mourning song, not an exorcism or un-haunting of that which haunts, but attuned attention, unidirectional reaching across time, space, and distance to reach loved ones, ancestors, and strangers. By working with, in, and around the photographs that her brother left behind (from which he cut himself out before his death), Nguyen wrestles with what remains: memory, physical voids, and her family captured around an empty space.
Chip Kidd is the three-time Eisner Award-winning author, art director, and designer of Batman Collected, Batman: Animated (co-author), Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross, Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan, and the graphic novel Batman: Death by Design. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications and the Lifetime Achievement medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross (Pantheon) is his most recent book. Here is the beloved Marvel Universe of comics characters, brought to thrilling life as only Alex Ross can. They’re all here: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and many more—all seeming to leap, blast, and launch off the page.
Gilbert King is the author the New York Times bestseller, Devil in the Grove, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 2013. The book was also the runner-up in nonfiction for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a finalist for both the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award, and the gold medal winner in nonfiction for the Florida Book Awards. King has written about the race and criminal justice for the New York Times and the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Smithsonian. He's also a featured contributor to The Marshall Project. His latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found (Riverhead Books), tells the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a "husky Negro" did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.
Matthew Klam is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Sam the Cat. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a Whiting Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His writing has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. Who is Rich?: A Novel (Random House), his most recent book has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family’s nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival. He can’t decide whether his own very real desire for love and human contact is going to rescue or destroy him.
Jeff Klinkenberg wrote for the Tampa Bay Times from 1977 to 2014. He is the winner of the Florida Humanities Council 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing; a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; and a recipient of a 2018 Florida Folk Heritage Award. He is the author of Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida; Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida; and Seasons of Real Florida. Son of Real Florida: Stories From My Life (University Press of Florida) is his most recent book. As stories about "Florida Man" inspire wild headlines in the news, Florida's most beloved chronicler is here to show that the state is more than the stereotypes. Klinkenberg tells what it was like growing up in pre-air conditioning Florida and becoming a newspaper reporter in mid-century Miami. He introduces us to the stout-hearted folks who have learned to live and even prosper among the insects, sharp-toothed critters, and serious heat. Above all, Klinkenberg portrays Florida's people, places, food, and culture with a deep understanding that does not relegate them to cliché. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous in its own ways. Though some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, "Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise."