Soman Chainani is the New York Times bestselling author of the five-book series School for Good and Evil. The fairy-tale saga has sold more than 3 million copies, been translated into 29 languages, and will be a Netflix major motion picture. In Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales (HarperCollins), Chainani and illustrator Julia Iredale reimagine 12 well-known European fairy tales, folktales, and classic stories. Here, Snow White has dark skin. A brown-skinned prince is cursed to appear as a beast. After being left behind by their father and stepmother, south Asian siblings must find their way out of the forest. Each twist reveals truths full of warning and triumph, that free hearts long kept tame and explore life and death. Kirkus recommended it for "any lover of fairy tales who seeks alternative endings.”
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in California. She is the author of the graphic novel Pashmina; Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, a bilingual board book; and illustrator of the picture book I Will Be Fierce. Her illustrations are often featured at Disney Parks. In time-travel adventure Jukebox (First Second), Shaheen’s father abruptly disappears, and the only clues about what happened are a mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history. Then Shaheen turns on the jukebox – and it pulls her and cousin Tannaz to the era of the record playing. As the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches to landmark concerts, the question remains: Can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? Publishers Weekly celebrated the book as possessing “a rich color palette, vivid historical details, and funny rapport between the cousins ... Chanani writes a love letter to music through the decades, visually twining the albums with important historical events.”
Myriam J. A. Chancy
Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian-American writer and the author of the novels The Loneliness of Angels, The Scorpion’s Claw, and Spirit of Haiti. She also wrote Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women, Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile, and From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, a trilogy of literary criticism focusing on Caribbean women writers. What Storm, What Thunder: A Novel (Tin House Books) recounts the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake from Haiti still hasn’t recovered. Opening at the end of a long, sweltering day, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Port-au-Prince, leaving desolation wreaked by both nature and humankind in its wake. We meet Richard, an expat and wealthy water-bottling executive with a secret daughter; Anne, an architect who drafts affordable housing structures for a global NGO; Leopold, a small-time drug trafficker who pines for a call girl; and Ma Lou, the older woman selling produce in the market who remembers them all. In telling their stories, Chancy delivers both a haunting record of heartbreaking trauma and a testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. Publishers Weekly, called it “extraordinary … lyrical … dazzling. … Each of the voices entrances, thanks to Chancy’s beautiful prose and rich themes. This is not to be missed.”
Mamta Chaudhry, the author of the novel Haunting Paris (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday/Anchor Books), was born and raised in Calcutta and came to Florida for graduate studies. Her early fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States and India. Much of her professional career was in television and classical radio at stations in Calcutta; Gainesville, Florida; Dallas, and Miami. She also has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Miami.
Former television director Lee Child is the author of 25 New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with 16 having reached the #1 position, and the #1 bestselling complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. In Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel (Delacorte Press) – the 26th installment of the Reacher saga, co-written with his son, Andrew Child – we meet our hero heading west, walking under the desert sun. Suddenly he comes upon a curious scene: A Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around, with a woman slumped over its steering wheel. Is she dead? No – and nothing is what it seems. She’s an army veteran-turned-FBI agent and she’s trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some very dangerous people. Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, but this will be the riskiest job of his life.
Kat Chow is a writer and journalist; she was previously a reporter at NPR and was a founding member of the Code Switch team. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Radiolab, among others, and she is one of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s fourth chairs. Chow worried constantly about her parents dying, especially her mother, a vivacious and mischievous woman. And after her mother’s unexpected death from cancer, Chow, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. In Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing), she weaves together a story by the emotional fallout that follows her extended family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. She asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family’s story: Is writing an exorcism or is it its own form of preservation? The result is a meditation on who we become facing loss, and a remarkable contribution to the literature of the American family. Kirkus observed that by “uniting family memories, elements of Chinese culture, and an intimate perspective, Chow wraps tragedy and history into an affecting memorial. A powerful remembrance of a family unmoored by the loss of its matriarch.”
Bryan Christy is the founder of special investigations at National Geographic and the author of the nonfiction book The Lizard King. His criminal investigations have been the subject of two award-winning NatGeo documentaries and led to police raids on Vatican City, the defrocking of a pedophile monsignor, the arrest and imprisonment of the “Pablo Escobar of wildlife trafficking,” and the closing of China’s ivory market. In his fiction debut, In the Company of Killers (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), Christy introduces Tom Klay, an investigative reporter leading a double life as a CIA spy. But while on assignment in Kenya, Klay is attacked, and his closest friend is murdered. Soon, his carefully constructed double life unravels. The agency has helped Klay before, but this time, help is slower to come, and the deeper he digs, the more he realizes that everything he thought he knew about his work may have been a lie. The New York Times called him “Immensely talented … Christy’s muscular, vivid writing and John le Carré-esque talent for thrusting us deep into unfamiliar territory ensure that what could lapse into cliché instead sounds fresh and exciting.”
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her novel The House on Mango Street is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country and has sold more than six million copies. Her awards include NEA fellowships in poetry and fiction, a MacArthur fellowship, the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo (Vintage, dual-language edition) tells the story of Corina, who left her Mexican family in Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in the cafés of Paris. Instead, she spent her brief time there running out of money and lining up with other immigrants to call home from a broken pay phone. But the months of befriending panhandling artists in the métro, sleeping on crowded floors, and dancing tango at underground parties are bathed in a certain glow, because of her intense friendships with Martita and Paola. Over the years the women have dispersed to different continents, falling out of touch and out of mind – until a rediscovered letter brings Corina’s days in Paris back with breathtaking immediacy. Publishers Weekly noted that Cisneros’ “language and rhythm of her prose reverberate with Corina’s longing for her youth and unfulfilled promise. The author’s fans will treasure this.”
Susanna Clarke’s debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and The Guardian First Book Award, and won the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, the Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Her collection of short stories, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, was published in 2006. Piranesi (Bloomsbury Publishing) is set in a dreamlike alternative reality, where the house inhabited by its namesake protagonist is no ordinary building: Its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. And within this infinite labyrinth of halls, an ocean is imprisoned. Waves thunder up staircases and rooms are flooded in an instant, yet Piranesi lives to explore his unusual dwelling. He shares it with another – a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help in researching A Great and Secret Knowledge. And as Piranesi wanders through the never-ending corridors, a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one he has always known. Described as “rich, wondrous, full of aching joy and sweet sorrow,” by The New York Times, Clarke’s latest – shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, the RSL Encore Award, and the Women’s Prize for Fiction – is hypnotic.
Jelani Cobb is a historian and a professor of journalism at Columbia University. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 2015, he is a recipient of the Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation. Reaching back across a century through writings on race in America, The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (Ecco), co-edited with David Remnick, includes Rebecca West’s classic account of a 1947 lynching trial and James Baldwin’s Letter from a Region in My Mind, weighty additions to a collection that brings together reporting, profiles, memoir, and criticism by writers such as Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Elizabeth Alexander, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Malcolm Gladwell. Publishers Weekly called it “an essential volume for readers interested in the Black past and present, as all readers should be.”
With more than seventy-five million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including Win, The Boy from the Woods, Run Away, Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His forthcoming thriller, The Match, will be published on March 15, 2022. He is also the creator and executive producer of many television shows, including several critically acclaimed Netflix Original drama series including The Stranger starring Richard Armitage, Safe starring Michael C. Hall, The Innocent from Netflix Spain, Gone for Good from Netflix France and Stay Close starring Cush Jumbo, which will release globally on December 31, 2021. Coben is currently developing 14 projects with Netflix in the US and internationally.
Marsha B. Cohen
Marsha B. Cohen, Ph.D., is a lecturer, educator, independent scholar, cultural historian, and news analyst. A lecturer in international relations for more than a decade at Florida International University, where she earned her Ph.D. in that field, she currently teaches lifelong learning and adult education courses, including online courses via Zoom.
Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo’s late night interactive talk show; executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and host of its highly rated reunion specials; and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. He has made a career, and a life, out of making the ordinary extraordinary. The inspiration for this fabulous, over-the-top view of the world has always come from the incredible women he adores – from his mother to Madonna. In Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love (Henry Holt and Co.) Cohen shares his most beloved words of daily inspiration, affirmation, and (just enough) intoxication from those lovely ladies to make any ordinary day shine bright. These collected saying and quotes come from the icons, thought leaders, Real Housewives, and legendary celebs that fuel his fun, and he also writes of the people and experiences that have given him the most joyous life a little boy growing up in St. Louis could ever have dreamed of.
Marina Colasanti (Asmara, Eritrea, 1937) – Narradora, poeta, periodista, traductora y artista plástica italobrasileña. De padres italianos, la mayor parte de su niñez transcurrió en Italia hasta que en 1948 su familia emigró a Rio de Janeiro. Graduada de Diseño en la Escuela Nacional de Arte. Trabajó como periodista, editora y presentadora de televisión durante muchos años. Entre sus libros para adultos traducidos al español se destacan Cuentos de amor rasgado (2014) y Con su voz de mujer (2013), ambos de cuentos, y el poemario Clasificados y no tantos (2011). Algunas de sus obras narrativas para niños y jóvenes editadas en lengua española son Ana Z. ¿a dónde vas? (2016), Penélope manda saludos (2016), Breve historia de un pequeño amor (2015), Veintitrés historias de un viajero (2010), Un amigo para siempre (2012) y Lejos de mi querer y otros cuentos (2006). También han aparecido en español dos de sus libros de ensayos Mi guerra ajena (2013) y Como si hiciese un caballo (2008). Ha traducido a autores como Alberto Moravia y Roland Barthes. Interviene en el 8vo. Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura.
Ena Columbié (Guantánamo, Cuba) – Poeta, narradora, antóloga, periodista, editora, crítica y fotógrafa. Reside en Miami. Licenciada en Filología. Algunos de sus poemarios más recientes son: Solitar (2012), Sepia (2017), Intimisma (2018), Jazz (2018), Piedra (2019) y Nauseamundo (2020). En 2018 dio a conocer la novela Confesiones de un idiota. Estuvo a cargo de la selección y el prólogo de las obras incluidas en Las horas (2011), La luz que conduce a los poetas (2013), 13 poetas (2017) y del Dossier Mireya Robles (2017). Obras suyas han sido incluidas en: La crónica más larga: periodismo cubano en el exilio (2016), Antología de la poesía cubana del exilio (2011) y La mujer rota (2008). Codirige las editoriales Entre Ríos y AlphaBeta. Ha colaborado en algunas publicaciones como: Diario de Cuba, Cubaencuentro, Linden Lane Magazine, Revista Nagari, Revista Conexos, Revista Suburbano y Otro lunes. Escribe para el Nuevo Herald. La autora participa en una conversación con el escritor Santiago Rodríguez, quien presenta su libro Hitchcock, la homosexualidad y los MacGuffin. Manuel del impertinente.
Marina Condó (Argentina) – Narradora, editora, conferencista y tallerista. Trabajó en Mindvalley Hispano y actualmente es freelancer. Tiene un canal en Youtube (MarinaEscribe) en el que comparte reseñas de libros y cómics. Organiza encuentros de lectura y clases de escritura creativa. En 2021 gana el Premio Sed con su novela Flores de la calle, publicada en el mismo año por Ediciones Suburbano, en la que combina el tema del viaje con lo marginal, el fanatismo y el amor. Viene a compartir con el público de la feria este libro.
Michael Connelly is the author of 35 previous novels, including The New York Times bestsellers The Law of Innocence, Fair Warning, and The Night Fire. A former newspaper reporter, his books, which include the Harry Bosch, Lincoln Lawyer, and Renée Ballard series, have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. In The Dark Hours (Little, Brown and Company), the fourth installment in the Ballard and Bosch series, it’s New Year’s Eve in Hollywood and LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air after the countdown. Minutes after midnight, she’s called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in a crowded street party. Ballard quickly determines that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky, and that it's linked to another unsolved murder. But the department is so hampered by inertia and low morale that to solve both cases, Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. And as the two detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. Jeff Ayers of The Associated Press called Connelly “the Raymond Chandler of this generation, and readers will be studying his writing methods decades from now.”
Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010. In addition to his post behind the mic, Contreras programs music from the Latin diaspora for the acclaimed Tiny Desk concert series and hosts a weekly Instagram Live interview with a wide-ranging roster of guests.
Pedro Corzo (Santa Clara, 1943) – Periodista y conferencista. Residió en Venezuela durante doce años y colaboró con varios medios de información. Actualmente trabaja en Radio Martí. Es presentador del programa Opiniones de WLRN y columnista del Nuevo Herald. Ha publicado más de quince libros, entre los que se destacan Cuba, Cronología, Perfiles del poder, La porfía de la razón, Guevara: Anatomía de un mito, Cuba, Desplazados y pueblos cautivos y El espionaje cubano en Estados Unidos. Es productor de dieciséis documentales entre los que sobresalen Zapata, Boitel y Los sin derechos. Recibió la medalla de la Libertad, otorgada por el gobernador de Florida en 2017. Presenta en la feria el último título que ha dado a conocer: Armando Sosa Fortuny Mártir de la libertad, que reúne testimonios sobre este preso político cubano que pasó cuarenta y tres años de su vida en las cárceles de la isla.
Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street: A Novel, a 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction finalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Kweli, The Paris Review, Catapult, and elsewhere. In What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel (Grand Central Publishing), a community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will entwine their two families together in unexpected ways over the next 20 years. Jade – Gee’s steely, ambitious mother – is determined to give her son the tools he’ll need to survive as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man. Noelle’s headstrong mother, Lacey May, is a white woman who refuses to see the half-Latina side of her daughters. When Gee and Noelle’s paths collide, the two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And as love is built and lost, the past is never left far behind. Esquire noted that “Coster’s remarkable characters, each one of them authentically flawed and gorgeously realized, propel this wise and loving story ever forward, making for a graceful meditation on family, inequality, and the ties that bind.”
Yosie Crespo (Pinar del Río, Cuba) – Poeta y narradora. Tiene publicados tres libros de poesía: Solárium (2011, Premio Nuevos valores de la poesía hispana, convocado por Ediciones Baquiana y el Centro Cultural Español en Miami), La ruta del pájaro sobre mi cabeza (2013) y Caravana (2018). Recibió el Primer premio del IV Concurso Juvenil de Poesía Federico García Lorca y fue Premio Internacional en la categoría de Cuento corto en la Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires. Su poemario Estrella de ocho puntas obtuvo el Primer Premio Victoria Urbano 2019, convocado por la Asociación de estudios de género y sexualidades (AEGS) a la mejor obra creativa. Crespo llega a la feria con la edición bilingüe de Queríamos saber qué era una rosa/What Is a Rose? We Wondered, publicado a comienzos del 2021 por Artepoética Press, una colección de versos, con diferentes registros líricos, en que explora los vínculos de su mundo interior con la realidad.
Alan Cumming’s many awards for his stage and screen work include a Tony, Olivier, BAFTA, and Emmy. He is the author of two children’s books, a book of photographs and stories, a novel, and New York Times bestseller Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir. Discussing Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packaged Life (Dey Street Books), he writes that “No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it. You just learn to manage and prioritize it. … you have merely decided to stop being vigilant and embraced denial as your modus operandi. And that is what this book is about, and for: to remind you not to buy into the Hollywood ending.” Much of Baggage chronicles his life in Hollywood and how, having recovered from a nervous breakdown at 28, work took him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world. “… [I]n every bad decision or moment of sensual joy I have endeavored to show what I have learned and how I’ve become who I am today: a happy, flawed, vulnerable, fearless middle-aged man, with a lot of baggage.” Douglas Stuart, Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain, called Baggage a “wonderful book that is funny, honest, fearless, and generous in its vulnerability.”
Jim Daniels is a writer and poet. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently The Middle Ages, Street Calligraphy, and Rowing Inland. His most recent books of stories are The Perp Walk and Eight Mile High. He also co-edited the anthology Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music. The poems in Gun/Shy (Wayne State University Press) deal with the emotional weight of making do. Tinged with both the regrets and wisdom of aging, Daniels' poems measure the wages of love in a changing world. He explores the effects of family work, and what is lost and gained in those exertions. He finds solace in small miracles – his mother stretching the budget to feed five children with "hamburger surprise" and potato skins, his children collecting stones and crabapples as if they were gold coins. His first long poem in many years, "Gun/Shy," centers the book. Through the personas of several characters, Daniels dives into America's gun culture and the violent gulf between the fearful and the feared.
Sarah Dass was born in Trinidad but has lived in Tobago since she was 2 years old. She works as an office administrator by day and writes stories about the Caribbean by night. Her debut novel, Where the Rhythm Takes You (Balzer + Bray), was inspired by her childhood spent in a seaside hotel and tells the story of 17-year-old Reyna, who has spent most of her life at her family’s gorgeous seaside resort in Tobago. But what once seemed like paradise is starting to feel like purgatory. It’s been two years since her mother passed away and Aiden – Reyna’s childhood best friend, first kiss, first love, first everything – left the island to pursue his music dreams. Her friends are all planning their futures and heading abroad; even her father seems ready to move on. Then Aiden returns – as a VIP guest of the resort, no less – with his Grammy-nominated band and two gorgeous LA socialites, and he finds Reyna exactly where he left her. Publishers Weekly said “inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Dass interweaves the allure of the source material with the warm tropical winds and scents of Tobago. Readers, even those unfamiliar with Austen’s work, will appreciate this cast of characters with believable motivations and fleshed-out ideas as they realize what they want and embrace second chances for love and for new adventures.”
Kwame Dawes is the author of 21 books of poetry and has written or edited numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His most recent books include the poetry collections City of Bones: A Testament and Punto de Burro, and the novel Bivouac. He is director of the African Poetry Book Fund, editor of the award-winning African Poetry Book Series, and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Dawes relocated to the U.S. in 1992, eventually settling in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Nebraska: Poems (University of Nebraska Press), Dawes explores a constant them of his work – the intersection of memory, home, and artistic invention. The poems here are set against the backdrop of Nebraska’s cycle of seasons, and they are meditative even as they search for a sense of place in a new landscape. He grapples with life as a transplant with a strong sense of place and haunting memories. Luke Hollis, in Harvard Review Online, noted that “Dawes is no longer a stranger to the middle American landscape, now a welcome newcomer creating space for new voices to be heard.”
Emilio de Armas
Emilio de Armas (Camagüey, Cuba, 1946) – Poeta, investigador literario, editor, traductor, ensayista y conferencista. Reside en Miami desde 1992. Licenciado en Lengua Española y Literaturas Hispánicas en la Universidad de La Habana, tiene también un doctorado en Lengua Española por la Universidad Internacional de la Florida. Fue fundador del Centro de Estudios Martianos en Cuba. Ha publicado los poemarios La extraña fiesta (1979, Premio de Poesía de la Universidad de La Habana), Reclamos y presencias (1983), La frente bajo el sol (1988), Blanco sobre blanco (1993), Sólo ardiendo (1995), Sobre la brevedad de la ceniza (2005, Premio de Poesía Eugenio Florit), Tiempo de silencio (2012), Con la fidelidad del peregrino (2014), De pie sobre la tierra (2017), In the Wind (2017), Con los siete colores de la luz (2017), De pie sobre la tierra (2017), Volvería a vivir (2018), Hay un espacio abierto… (2018), Concierto para la mano izquierda (2019), Otro golpe de dados (2020), Escrito como jugando (2020), Un día después de ayer (2020) y Cenizas de la luz (2020). Para los jóvenes escribió Junto al álamo de los sinsontes (1988), Premio Casa de las Américas de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil que también fue editado en Argentina por Colihue. Es autor de una biografía imprescindible: Casal (1981), sobre la vida y obra del poeta cubano Julián del Casal, y de Un deslinde necesario: los Versos libres y Flores del destierro (1978), una propuesta de edición crítica de la poesía de José Martí. La feria lo recibe con Asido a la mano que me guía (Cuadernos de poesía, 2021), en el que explora los motivos del impulso poético.
Anjanette Delgado, a Puerto Rican writer and journalist, is the author of The Heartbreak Pill, winner of the Latino International Book Award, and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications such as the Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Vogue, and The New York Times. She characterizes the work in Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness (University of Florida Press), as “literatura del desarraigo,” a Spanish literary tradition. Home in Florida features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Reinaldo Arenas, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Jaquira Díaz, Patricia Engel, Carlos Harrison, and many others. These writers – first-, second-, and third-generation immigrants to Florida from places such as Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Perú, Argentina, and Chile – reflect the diversity of Latinx experiences across the state. Together, they explore what exactly makes Florida home for those struggling between memory and presence.