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."
Loretta Collins Klobah
Loretta Collins Klobah lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she is a professor of Caribbean Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Puerto Rico. Her first collection, The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman, was published to critical acclaim in 2011. She earned an MFA in poetry writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was featured in the anthology New Caribbean Poetry, and her work has been published in The New Yorker, the 1996 Pushcart Prize Anthology, TriQuarterly New Writers, and How Much Earth? Ricantations (Peepal Tree Press) will reinforce the perception of Collins Klobah as superb poetic storyteller with a compassionate and radical womanist vision, alert to the multi-layered reality of Puerto Rican life, where shiny modernity gives way to spirit presences. There are absorbingly reflective poems on Juan Carreño de Miranda’s paintings of an hyperphagic child, a stray horse that hangs around the poet’s property, homunculi in glass bottles in a teaching hospital, the keeper of a butterfly farm, a high-wire circus family, and the irony of Nathan Leopold becoming the expert on Puerto Rican bird life. Poems begin from the most fantastic premises—a Che Guevera club in heaven with prizes for the coolest Che impersonator—then line by line open up her island’s secret heart, revealing a society under multiple pressures even before Hurricane Maria, about which the title poem offers a brilliantly hallucinatory picture.
Charles Kochman is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the #1 bestselling series Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Kochman has edited several hundred books for all age groups, including picture books; middle-grade novels; retrospectives; definitive monographs; award-winning graphic novels and collections. Prior to Abrams, Kochman spent twelve years as the first editor of licensed publishing at DC Comics and MAD Magazine, where he launched the MAD Books imprint and edited the company’s first New York Times bestseller, The Death and Life of Superman. Kochman started his career in 1985 at PlayValue books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and in 1987 became an editor at Bantam Books, where he edited the Choose Your Own Adventure series and the first middle-grade Star Wars publishing program. A graduate of Brooklyn College with a BA in children’s literature, Kochman is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Society of Illustrators and is on the board of advisors for the San Diego Comic-Con’s Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing, the Spectrum Art Annual, and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA).
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, and the New York Times, among others. The Red and the Blue : The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (Ecco) is his first book.In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns—their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape.
Tristram Korten is a magazine, newspaper, and radio journalist. His print work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including GQ, The Atlantic, and the Miami Herald, and his broadcast reporting has aired on public-radio programs nationally. He is the former editor of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and was a 2013 University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellow. Into the Storm: Two Ships, a Deadly Hurricane, and an Epic Battle for Survival (Ballantine Books) is his first book. Lee Child writes, “An intense, immersive deep dive into a wild, dangerous, and unknown world, written with the pace and appeal of a great thriller. This is nonfiction at its very best.” The true story of two doomed ships and a daring search-and-rescue operation that shines a light on the elite Coast Guard swimmers trained for the most dangerous ocean missions. As Korten narrates the ships’ fates, with insights drawn from insider access to crew members, Coast Guard teams, and their families, he delivers a moving and propulsive story of men in peril, the international brotherhood of mariners, and the breathtaking power of nature.
John Kretschmer is a writer, sailor, philosopher, lecturer, and businessman whose successful sail-training business aboard Quetzal takes a uniquely philosophical but hands-on approach to offshore sailing. He is the author of four highly regarded non-fiction books, including Sailing a Serious Ocean, and At the Mercy of the Sea, as well as hundreds of articles for the sailing press, Life, and the LA Times. He is the author of Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging (Adlard Coles). With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, Kretschmer's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize, as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. In Sailing to the Edge of Time, Kretschmer shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
Steve Kronen's previous collections are Splendor and Empirical Evidence. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The American Scholar, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Little Star, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Yale Review, the New Statesman, The Paris Review, Poetry Daily, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. He is a librarian in Miami. Homage to Mistress Oppenheimer (Eyewear Publishing) is a collection that hangs in the balance--between the apocalyptic and the everyday, fate and choice, love and death. Like nuclear fission itself, these poems transmute themselves, taking on the forms of twisted sestinas and transformational terza rima to take on the constant movement of their subject matter: the business of being a person with an awareness of both science and God. At once poignant, funny, and distortedly original, this collection is unmissable.
Michael Kupperman’s comic drawings and strips have appeared in dozens of publications including The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Esquire, Heavy Metal, and McSweeney’s; comic books for DC, Marvel, and others; and been collected in multiple books, including five of his own. They’ve also been animated for Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central. Conan O’Brian described him as “probably one of the greatest comedy brains on the planet.” He is the author of All The Answers (Gallery 13). In this moving graphic memoir, Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman traces the life of his reclusive father—the once-world-famous Joel Kupperman, Quiz Kid. Joel Kupperman became one of the most famous children in America during World War II as one of the young geniuses on the series Quiz Kids. With the uncanny ability to perform complex math problems in his head, Joel endeared himself to audiences across the country and became a national obsession. Following a childhood spent in the public eye, only to then fall victim to the same public’s derision, Joel deliberately spent the remainder of his life removed from the world at large. With wit and heart, Michael Kupperman presents a fascinating account of mid-century radio and early television history, the pro-Jewish propaganda entertainment used to counteract anti-Semitism, and the early age of modern celebrity culture.
R. O. Kwon
R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The Guardian, Vice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony.She is the author of The Incendiaries: A Novel (Riverhead Books), a powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult's acts of terrorism. Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. Haunting and intense, The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores what can befall those who lose what they love most.
Ethan J. Kytle
Ethan J. Kytle is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno and the author of Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era. He is co-author of Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (The New Press), a book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere. Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide. Denmark Vesey’s Garden joins the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting new interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States.
Daniela Lamas is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at Brigham & Women's Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation from Harvard College, she went on to earn her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also completed internship and residency. She then returned to Boston for her subspecialty fellowship. She has worked as a medical reporter at the Miami Herald and is frequently published in the New York Times. You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between (Little, Brown and Company) is her first book. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies? In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.
Sandra Gail Lambert
Sandra Gail Lambert is a writer of both fiction and memoir. She is the author of The River’s Memory. She was awarded an NEA fellowship based on an excerpt from A Certain Loneliness A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press). After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in body casts to just yesterday, trapped at home, gasping from pain. A Certain Loneliness is a meditative and engaging memoir-in-essays that explores the intersection of disability, queerness, and female desire with frankness and humor. A Certain Loneliness is literature of the body, palpable and present, in which Lambert’s lifelong struggle with isolation and independence—complete with tiresome frustrations, slapstick moments, and grand triumphs—are wound up in the long history of humanity’s relationship to the natural world.
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.
An accomplished community leader and fundraiser, Cathy Leff served as director of the Wolfsonian at Florida International University from 1997 to 2014. In her leadership role, she helped the institution evolve into a respected research center. Throughout the course of her career, Cathy Leff has been involved in a number of community organizations. From 1976 to 1987, she served as assistant director of the City of Miami Community Development Department, where she headed cultural planning initiatives such as the Arts in Public Places Program and Community Development Block Grant Program, which planned economic development projects in low-income communities.
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.