Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN. He is the author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam (Liveright). In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and mind” diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America’s giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. In The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right (Liveright), the political commentator recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent. No longer a Republican, but also not a Democrat, Boot here records his ideological journey from a “movement” conservative to a man without a party, beginning with his political coming-of-age as a young émigré from the Soviet Union, enthralled with the National Review and the conservative intellectual tradition of Russell Kirk and F. A. Hayek. Against this personal odyssey, Boot simultaneously traces the evolution of modern American conservatism, jump-started by Barry Goldwater’s canonical The Conscience of a Conservative, to the rise of Trumpism and its gradual corrosion of what was once the Republican Party.
Georges Bossous, Jr.
Georges Bossous, Jr. is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Health from Walden University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Barry University. He went through a 3-year-specialization in Infant Mental Health at the Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. Bossous has more than 10 years of experience as a psychotherapist. In 2016 he was appointed Vice-Chair for the Florida Senate District 38 Health Task Force. Bossous is the Founder/Executive Director of Word and Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims at reducing the occurrence of child sexual abuse. He is currently working on his first book, Betrayed by Your Rescuer. Georges Bossous, Jr. se yon kandida pou doktora nan Sante Piblik nan Walden University. Li te resevwa yon diplòm metriz nan Sikoloji nan men Barry University. Li te pase 3 lane espesyalizasyon nan Sante Mantal Timoun nan Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. Bossous gen plis pase 10 lane eksperyans kòm sikoterapis. An 2016 yo te nonmen li vis-prezidan Gwoup Travay sou Lasante 38yèm Distrik Sena Florida a. Bossous se fondatè/direktè egzekitif Word and Action, Inc., yon òganizasyon ki pa gen bi fè lajan, ki gen kòm objektif redui abi seksyèl sou timoun. L ap travay kounye a sou premye liv li, Betrayed by Your Rescuer.
Branden Boyer-White’s fiction has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Alaska Quarterly Review, Third Coast, and Anthropoid, among other places. Born and raised in the California desert, she currently works as a freelance writer and drinks too much coffee in Los Angeles. Her novella, Dice, was selected as a 2018 runner-up in the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Literary award.
H. W. Brands
H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written a dozen biographies and histories for Doubleday, two of which, The First American and Traitor to His Class, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. The General vs. the President was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster (Doubleday). In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together this second generation of American founders took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and tasked themselves with finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy.
Marie Brenner joined Vanity Fair as a special correspondent in 1984, left in 1992 to become a staff writer at The New Yorker, and then returned to the magazine in 1995 as writer-at-large. Brenner began her career as a story editor for Paramount Pictures' East Coast offices. She has served as a contributing editor at New York magazine, and has worked as a freelance foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East and Europe. Brenner became the first female baseball columnist covering the American League, traveling with the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Herald during the 1979 season. Her explosive article on Jeffrey Wigand and the tobacco wars was made into the feature film The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. Brenner is the recipient of five Front Page Awards and is the author of five books, including Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women and the best-selling House of Dreams: The Bingham Family of Louisville. Sugarland, a movie based on Brenner' s February 2001 Vanity Fair article, "In the Kingdom of Big Sugar," is currently being developed by Robert De Niro and Tribeca Productions.
Jamel Brinkley is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has received fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University. A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press) is his first book. Garth Greenwell writes, “This is the rare debut that introduces not a promising talent but a major writer, fully formed.” In the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. Jamel Brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class―where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.
Amber Brock teaches British literature at an all-girls' school in Atlanta. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and previously authored A Fine Imitation: A Novel. Her newest book Lady Be Good: A Novel (Crown) is set in the 1950s, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite--spending her days perfecting her "look" and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father's clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty's father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father's second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.
Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, The Missouri Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, New York magazine, LennyLetter, and on WNYC’s Note to Self. Her novel The Houseguest was published in 2016. She is the author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (Flatiron Books). One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style—by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating—which has dazzled millions of fans and been called "striking" by New York Times Book Review and "beautiful" by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
Molly Brooks is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, and the creator of many comics, which you can see on her website (mollybrooks.com). Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times, The Toast, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She is the author of Sanity and Tallulah (Disney Hyperion) Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she must show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate!
Tina Brown is an award-winning writer and editor and founder of the Women in the World Summit. Between 1979 and 2001 she was the editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Her 2007 biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles, topped the New York Times bestseller list. In 2008 she founded The Daily Beast, which won the Webby Award for Best News Site in 2012 and 2013. Queen Elizabeth honored her in 2000 as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to overseas journalism, and in 2007 she was inducted into the U.S. Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. The Vanity Fair Diaries: Power, Wealth, Celebrity, and Dreams: My Years at the Magazine That Defined a Decade (Picador) is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.
Stacey Lynn Brown
Stacey Lynn Brown was raised in Atlanta. She is the author of Cradle Song: a poem and teaches creative writing at Indiana University. The Shallows (Persea), her most recent book, is a poignant collection of poems on illness and parenthood by one of the great poets of the American South. In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown continues her potent exploration of the American South―its complex legacies of family and race. These harrowing yet ultimately hopeful new poems depict a daughter grappling with the aftermath of her father’s massive stroke and her own concurrent struggles with a debilitating and mysterious illness.
Mahogany L. Browne
Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae and the author of several books including Smudge and Redbone. She directs the poetry program of the Nuyorican Poets Café. Browne is one of the editors behind The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). An anthology the Latino Rebels call, “one of the most diverse and important poetry anthologies of the last 25 years.” Black Girl Magic continues and deepens the work of the first BreakBeat Poets anthology by focusing on some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This anthology breaks up the myth of hip-hop as a boys’ club, and asserts the truth that the cypher is a feminine form.
Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life. Born in Miami, she grew up in Space Coast Florida and has been in Midcoast Maine for four decades. Former Poet Laureate of her small town of Belfast, Maine, her poetry, essay, and fiction have appeared in over thirty journals. One of her essays was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. She has been awarded writing residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studios Center, Kezar Lake, Maine, Landfall Trust in Newfoundland, and Obras Foundation in Portugal. She is the author of Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages (Burrow Press). In 1962, as John Glenn orbits the earth and sea turtles lay their eggs, as they have for millennia, on wild Florida beaches just miles from Cape Canaveral, eleven-year-old Linda Buckmaster becomes one of the first children to successfully undergo open-heart surgery. Encountering more of a problem than they anticipated, surgeons improvise a solution using Teflon, a material developed for the space industry. Through the eyes of an alcoholic rocket engineer's daughter, Space Heart paints a picture of an era of endless optimism and television cowboys amid the looming Soviet threat. Combining prose poems, narrative memoir, and history, Buckmaster juxtaposes the natural world of Space Coast Florida in the 1950s and 60s with the cutting-edge technology of the early days of the space race.
Libby Burton is a senior editor at Henry Holt. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Juked, la fovea, Meridian, North American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, and Tin House, among others. Burton’s brilliant debut, Soft Volcano (Saturnalia Press), is the winner of the 2017 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. At the core of Libby Burton’s highly anticipated debut poetry collection, Soft Volcano, are the vivid details underpinning the relationships we hold dearly in our lives. A feminist force, highly wrought and impressionistic, surges from these intensely lyric distillations that show us what we look like standing in the hallways of the museum of lost love—where we stand, how our hair looks, what marks of woe and time are left upon the body after love is strained or abandoned. Soft Volcano is a book of vivid and crushing lyric poems, each one a swell of danger, beauty, and truth.
When Zack Bush was growing up he spent his free time listening to jazz. Zack is now the owner of Ball & Chain, a historic live-music venue on Miami s famed Calle Ocho, in the heart of Little Havana. Zack and his partners renovated and restored the nearly forgotten gem, famous for hosting 20th-century jazz greats like Chet Baker, Count Basie, and Billie Holiday. Today, musicians from around the world perform live on the Ball & Chain stage. Zack s other passion is books. A devoted reader and writer, Zack's lifetime desire to become an author has found a refreshed source of inspiration as the father of two-year-old son Ace and baby daughter Ava. Made for Me (Familius) is his debut children’s book. From a child's first uttered "Dada" to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, "You are the one made just for me," Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together--forever.
With degrees in History and International Relations, Pierre Buteau is a sought-after keynote speaker. He has taught History at various high schools and universities, including the State University of Haiti and the Haitian Institute for African Studies and Research (IERAH). He contributed to several anthologies, such as Cent Ans de Domination Américaine (2015), Le Prix du Jean-Claudisme (2013), and Refonder Haïti (2010), and was published in various cultural and scientific magazines. In Haiti, he’s the President of the Historical, Geographical, and Geological Society. Avèk diplòm nan Listwa ak Relasyon Entènasyonal, Pierre Buteau se yon konferansye yo envite toupatou. Li anseye Listwa nan plizyè lekòl segondè ak inivèsite, pami yo Inivèsite Deta Dayiti ak Enstiti Ayisyen pou Etid ak Rechèch sou Lafrik (IERAH). Li te kontribye nan plizyè antoloji, tankou paregzanp Cent Ans de Domination Américaine (2015), Le Prix du Jean-Claudisme (2013), ak Refonder Haïti (2010), epi li te pibliye nan plizyè magazin kiltirèl ak syantifik. Nan peyi Dayiti, li se Prezidan Sosyete Istorik, Jeyografik, ak Jeyolojik la.
Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the beloved and critically acclaimed Princess Diaries books, which were made into wildly popular Disney movies of the same name. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's books for both adults and teens/tweens sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit-forming.” Royal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess (Feiwel & Friends) is her latest book. Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison should be having fun. Her best friend is visiting from America, her sister’s royal coronation is only three days away (the first coronation of a female ruler in two centuries), and she’s even got a new boyfriend who is actually a very smart and charming prince! But it’s hard to celebrate when her royal cousins are scheming to take over the throne. And with everyone running around, Olivia and her friends have been saddled with royal babysitting duties. When did growing up royal get so complicated?!?
Garnette Cadogan is an essayist whose research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. Named by the literary magazine Freeman's as one of 29 writers from around the world who "represent the future of new writing” in 2017, he writes about culture and the arts for various publications. He is a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar (2017-2018) at DUSP, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. The editor-at-large of Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro), he is at work on a book on walking.
Susannah Cahalan is a news reporter at the New York Post whose award-winning work has also been featured in The New York Times. She is the author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (Simon & Schuster), an award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity. When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.
Caicedo, Armando (Bogotá, Colombia, 1943) Periodista, novelista, profesor universitario y publicista. Reside en el sur de la Florida. Durante siete años fue decano de la Facultad de Publicidad en la Universidad Central en Colombia. En tres ocasiones ha sido galardonado con el Premio José Martí concedido por la National Association of Hispanic Publications –NAHP– como reconocimiento a su trabajo de editorialista gráfico en El Tiempo Latino, el semanario en español de The Washington Post. También es autor de dos libros de crónica histórica, cuatro novelas y tres libros sobre humor. Ha publicado más de dos mil columnas en periódicos de Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Cada semana entrega a los lectores sus columnas de sátira política y sus apuntes como editorialista gráfico. Presenta en la Feria El niño que me perdonó la vida (Palabra Libre), relato de un niño guerrillero y un teniente del ejército regular colombiano que se enfrentan en las selvas de Colombia.
Ryan Calejo was born and raised in south Florida. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami with a BA. He teaches swimming to elementary school students, chess to middle school students, and writing to high school students. Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (Aladdin) is his first novel. Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving. But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.
Ada Calhoun has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Post. Her book St. Marks Is Dead was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. She is the author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (W. W. Norton & Company), a collection of seven essays celebrating the beauty of the imperfect marriage. Calhoun’s funny, poignant personal essays explore the bedrooms of modern coupledom for a nuanced discussion of infidelity, existential anxiety, and the many other obstacles to staying together. Both realistic and openhearted, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give offers a refreshing new way to think about marriage as a brave, tough, creative decision to stay with another person for the rest of your life. “What a burden,” Calhoun calls marriage, “and what a gift.”
Madeline Cámara Betancourt
Cámara Betancourt, Madeline (Regla, La Habana, Cuba) Profesora universitaria y ensayista. Doctora en Filología española en SUNY Stony Brook, actualmente es profesora de literatura latinoamericana en la Universidad de Florida del sur. Ha enseñado, además, en la Universidad de la Habana, en la UNAM en la ciudad de México y en San Diego State University, California. Ha recibido, entre otros premios, The Rockefeller Fellowship en Humanidades en la Universidad Internacional de Florida y la beca Fulbright. Ha publicado dos antologías sobre María Zambrano: María Zambrano: Palabras para el mundo (2011) y María Zambrano, between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean (2015). Ha escrito y editado varios libros, entre otros: Cuban Women Writers: Imagining a Matria (2008), La memoria hechizada (2002), La letra rebelde: estudios de escritoras cubanas (2002), Cuba: The Elusive Nation (2000), Vocación de Casandra (2000) y Cuentos cubanos contemporáneos (1997). También ha dado a conocer numerosos artículos en revistas científicas nacionales e internacionales y publicaciones literarias. Fundadora y editora de la revista literaria Letras Cubanas, en La Habana, hasta que salió al exilio en 1992. Trae a la Feria una edición facsímil, preparada y prologada junto a Julio Quirós, de Persona y democracia, de la filósofa y ensayista María Zambrano, obra publicada en Puerto Rico en 1958, en la que la pensadora española indaga sobre las circunstancias históricas que apartan al hombre de los proyectos de progreso y democracia, a la vez que ofrece alternativas éticas para fortalecer el concepto de persona.
Leo Felipe Campos
Leo Felipe Campos nació en Venezuela y reside en Colombia. Es autor de los libros de relatos El famoso caso de las cartas de Lucas Meneses (2009) y Sexo en mi pueblo (2009). Ha sido publicado en siete antologías: una de poesía, tres de cuentos y otras tres de crónicas periodísticas. Fue fundador y editor de la revista cultural plátanoverde y del folletín de literatura latinoamericana 2021 Pura Ficción. Trabajó como corresponsal desde Sao Paulo y Caracas para el diario El Espectador, y en Colombia ha publicado crónicas y reportajes para revistas como El Malpensante, Don Juan, Bienestar y Bacánika. Recientemente incursionó en la escritura de diálogos para series de TV con la factoría de contenidos Punta Fina, y se acaba de estrenar como articulista para The New York Times en español. Campos llega la Feria para presentar Gancho al hígado (Tusquets), una colección de cuentos con personajes que han recibido este guantazo fulminante en el round más difícil de sus vidas.
Marjuan Canady, a native Washingtonian with Trinidadian/African-American roots, is an award winning entrepeneur, writer, performer, director, educator and producer for both film and the stage. Canady’s work has been highlighted in international publications, such as The Washington Post, The Trinidad Guardian, Blavity, LA Times, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Madame Noire and Vice-ID. Canady is the founder and CEO of her multimedia production company, Sepia Works. Canady’s other children’s books include, The Legend of the Golden Coqui, Did You Know Coloring Book, La Leyenda del Coqui Dorado and The Trickster and the Magic Quilt. She is the author of Callaloo and the Magic Quilt (Sepia Works). In search of a long lost patch from her grandmother's quilt, Zoe and her friend Winston travel to the Gullah Sea Islands where they meet the slick-talking Bruh Rabbit, who tricks them into handing over their quilt and vanishes to the magical island of Sankofaland. With time running out, Zoe and Winston enlist the help of some new friends to catch the trickster and find the missing patch before it's too late. Appropriate for Ages 3-7. This book features a foreword by Paula Whaley (Visual Artist and Sister of James Baldwin).
Joanna Cantor holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Departures, Fodor's Travel, Greatist, and the Willamette Week. Joanna was the 2014 recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She is the author of Alternative Remedies for Loss (Bloomsbury Publishing), a slyly funny coming-of-age novel about a young woman fumbling her way into the mysteries of loss and the travails of adulthood as she tries to make sense of a vanished mother's legacy. 00When 22-year-old Olivia learned that her mother had only months to live, she pulled up roots, leaving Vassar and her career plans far behind to be with her mother for her last days. And yet, just four months after her mother's death, everyone in Olivia's family already seems ready to move on. But as Olivia tries to piece together an adulthood without her mother to guide her, she makes a shocking discovery: a secret romantic correspondence her mother had with a man who only signed each letter “F.” As she tries to untangle the mystery of F, Olivia will journey halfway across the world, to an ashram in rural India, on a quest that will reconfigure everything Olivia thought she knew about her family and her own place in an increasingly complex world.
Julio Capó Jr.
Julio Capó Jr. is assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 (The University of North Carolina Press). Poised on the edge of the United States and at the center of a wider Caribbean world, today's Miami is marketed as an international tourist hub that embraces gender and sexual difference. As Julio Capó Jr. shows in this fascinating history, Miami's transnational connections reveal that the city has been a queer borderland for over a century. In chronicling Miami's queer past from its 1896 founding through 1940, Capó shows the multifaceted ways gender and sexual renegades made the city their own. Drawing from a multilingual archive, Capó unearths the forgotten history of "fairyland," a marketing term crafted by boosters that held multiple meanings for different groups of people. In viewing Miami as a contested colonial space, he turns our attention to migrants and immigrants, tourism, and trade to and from the Caribbean--particularly the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti--to expand the geographic and methodological parameters of urban and queer history. Recovering the world of Miami's old saloons, brothels, immigration checkpoints, borders, nightclubs, bars, and cruising sites, Capó makes clear how critical gender and sexual transgression is to understanding the city and the broader region in all its fullness.
Margaret Cardillo holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Miami. Her first children’s book, Just Being Audrey, a biography of Audrey Hepburn, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal. Margaret’s writing for the screen has won a College Television Award and received several Best of Fest awards. A former children’s book editor, Margaret now teaches screenwriting at the University of Miami. Just Being Jackie (Harper Collins) is a stunning and inspirational nonfiction picture book about the life and style of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos, the team that created Just Being Audrey. Jackie Kennedy was an American icon of style and grace—but there was steel under that style. Her poise under fire, intelligence, and tireless work as First Lady earned her the respect of leaders worldwide and made her beloved by generations. Jackie’s legacy also extended beyond her time in public life. She was a talented journalist, a preservationist who secured the legacy of national landmarks, and an editor of award-winning books. The creators of Just Being Audrey have brought us another insightful, dazzling book about the real woman behind the famous name, who was so much more than first appearances.
Pablo Cartaya's novels explore identity, place, and the spaces in-between. His debut novel about a boy standing up for his community, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, received three starred reviews. When Pablo isn't writing, he's spending time with his family or dreaming of his next visit to Puerto Rico. In his most recent book, Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish (Viking Books for Young Readers), one boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle grade novel. Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target. After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. But Marcus can't focus knowing that his father--who walked out of their lives ten years ago--is somewhere on the island. So begins Marcus's incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn't know if he'll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
Francesco Casale is Director at Letter16 Press, the publisher of Robert Huff: Cross Section, with essay by Beth Dunlop. The book offers a cross section of the drawings, paintings, sculpture and public artworks of Miami-based artist. Robert Huff. In Huff’s work, love of the natural world and the man-made world are juxtaposed. His passion for “place” turned to genuine concern for the environment and the future of the planet as he bore witness to the consequences of development and industry in the backwaters and backwoods landscapes that he loved.