Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. His latest book, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (Flatiron Books) tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. In this historical page-turner, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer teams up with American history writer and documentary television producer, Josh Mensch to unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch capture in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.
Ana Menéndez has published four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland!, The Last War, Loving Che and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan and India. Her work has appeared in publications that include Vogue, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times and Tin House and has been collected in several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. She has a B.A. in English from Florida International University and an M.F.A. from New York University. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she has also lived in India, Turkey and The Netherlands, where she designed a creative writing minor at Maastricht University. She is now a program director with Academic Affairs at FIU.
Julia Navarro is a writer and journalist. After writing several books of nonfiction, including Nosotros, la transición; Entre Felipe y Aznar (Us the Transition: Between Felipe and Aznar) and La izquierda que viene (The Left That’s Coming), she published her first novel, the best seller La Hermandad de la Sábana Santa, (The Brotherhood of the Holy Sheet, 2010). She later published several books including Dime quién soy (Tell Me Who Am I) and Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto, (Shoot, I’m Already Dead). At the Miami Book Fair, Navarro will present her most recent work Tú no matarás, (You Will Not Kill, Plaza & Janés) in which she tells the story of three friends escaping Franco´s Spain in 1941. Their journey will take them to places as disparate as Alexandria, Paris, Lisbon, Prague, Boston, and Santiago de Chile.
Kadir Nelson is an author, artist and illustrator. He has received many awards and honors for his work including for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; the historical fiction bookHenry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford. He has also been recognized for his work in children's books such as We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, his debut as an author; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by poet Ntozake Shange, and Just the Two of Us, written by Will Smith. Originally performed for its namesake show in ESPN, the poem The Undefeated (Versify) is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review noted that "[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson....communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger."