Mai Der Vang
Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland: Poems, which won the Walt Whitman Award and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Integrating archival research and declassified documents, Der Vang offers in Yellow Rain: Poems (Graywolf Press) an astonishing work blending documentary, poetry, and collage. In it, she calls out the erasure of history while opening a view into wrongdoing that deserves a new reckoning. As the United States abandoned them at the end of the Vietnam War, many Hmong refugees recounted stories of a “yellow rain” that caused severe illnesses and thousands of deaths. The truth of what happened to the Hmong has been ignored and discredited. In poems that sing and lament, that contend and question, Vang tells their story. Booklist, in a starred review, noted that “[Mai Der Vang] transform[s] the impersonal and politically and ethically deceitful into a vivid reclamation of the brutal truth.”
Natasha Díaz is a screenwriter and the author of the novel Color Me In, and her essays have appeared in The Establishment and The Huffington Post. She is also a contributor to Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books), edited by Saraciea J. Fennell. This anthology of bestselling authors and up-and-coming voices explores the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Díaz, along with Elizabeth Acevedo, Kahlil O. Haywood, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and others, present texts that delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes to memories in the kitchen, travel around the world, addiction, and identity. It is a celebration of a rich and diverse community. Booklist called it “Candid … Nuanced … Each theme is worthy of its own volume … The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds …”
Fanuel Hanán Díaz
Fanuel Hanán Díaz (Santa Teresa del Tuy, Venezuela) – Escritor, editor, investigador y autor de libros para niños. Reside en Colombia. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, tiene una maestría en Televisión. Coordinó el departamento de selección de libros para niños y jóvenes del Banco del Libro de Venezuela y dirigió la revista Parapara. Ha dictado conferencias en países latinoamericanos y europeos. Profesor del máster Gretel de Literatura Infantil. Ha sido jurado de la Bienal de Bratislava, del premio Hans Christian Andersen y del Bolonia Ragazzi. Entre sus libros se destacan: Panorama breve de la literatura infantil en Venezuela (2013), Leer y mirar el libro álbum: ¿un género en construcción? (2007) y Cartas a Leandro (2006). También son de su autoría las obras para niños: Semillas de México (2007), Papageno y la flauta mágica (2013) y ¡No, tú no! (2019). Díaz participa en el 8vo. Seminario de Literatura infantil y Lectura.
Ruth Dickey has spent 25 years working at the intersection of community building, writing, and art. She is the author of Sky Ceilings (Pudding House Press) and the chapbook Paper Houses, and her work has appeared widely in print publications, including Alimentum, Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Ocean State Review, Potomac Review, and Sonora Review. A voracious reader, she was a co-founder of mothertongue, a community-based organization that works to create a safe space where all women may speak freely, and has taught poetry workshops in soup kitchens, drop-in centers, and D.C. public schools.
Mondiant Dogon is a Congolese author, human rights activist, and refugee ambassador. He has lived in refugee camps since 1996. His collaborator, Jenna Krajeski, is a reporter for The Fuller Project whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. Dogon, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was only 3 years old when his father’s lifelong friend, a Hutu man, came to their home with a machete in his hand and warned the family they were to be killed within hours. Dogon’s family fled into the forest, the start of a dangerous journey into Rwanda. They made their way to the first of several U.N. tent cities in which they would spend decades. For most refugees, the camp starts as an oasis but soon becomes quicksand, impossible to leave. Hideous violence stalked Dogon and his family in the camps. Rarely do refugees get to tell their own stories, but through his writing, Dogon took control of his narrative, and in Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugee’s Search for Home (Penguin Press), he speaks for refugees everywhere. Publishers Weekly called it a “searing debut memoir ... The result is an immensely moving memorial to the Rwandan tragedy.”
Alejandra Domenzain grew up in Mexico and the United States. She has been an advocate for immigrant workers for more than 25 years, and also worked as an elementary school teacher. Currently, she is dedicated to improving workplace health and safety for low-wage workers. Illustrated, bilingual, and written in musical rhyme, For All/ Para Todos (Hard Ball Press) is her first children’s book. A collaboration with illustrator Katherine Loh, it tells the story of Flor. She and her dad make a dangerous journey from their poor country to a land called For All/Para Todos. But there her father works long hours picking fruit in the fields for little pay and soon learns that immigrants are not welcome. As Flor grows up, she learns that her story, like the story of so many migrants, needs to be told.
Aurora Lydia Dominguez
Aurora Lydia Dominguez is a high school teacher, college professor, journalist, writer, moderator, and cosplayer. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dominguez was a full-time journalist for more than 15 years, working at The San Juan Star, the Miami Herald, Miami.com, Where Magazine, and Bauer Xcel Media for publications such as J-14 and Twist magazines. Currently teaching at the University of Miami, she has taught at Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and Florida Atlantic University, and also served as a writing coach for FIU.
Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is a New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including Naked Came the Florida Man: A Novel, No Sunscreen for the Dead: A Novel, Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel, Clownfish Blues: A Novel, Coconut Cowboy: A Novel, and Florida Roadkill: A Novel. In Tropic of Stupid: A Novel (William Morrow), devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms, the book’s murderous, history-loving protagonist, decides to investigate his own using a DNA service advertised on late-night TV. Excited to construct his family tree, he’s ecstatic to discover he may be related to a notorious serial killer who’s terrorized the state for 20 years and never been caught. Which one of his newfound relatives will be the one to help him hunt down this deranged maniac? (And when will Serge realize that a dogged investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also hot on the trail?) Then our antihero meets a park ranger who’s also longing to make a family reconnection. But all is not as it appears on the surface, and Serge’s newfound friendship in the mysterious swamps of Florida may lead to deadly results. Publishers Weekly celebrated Dorsey’s touch “mixing the slapstick humor of the Three Stooges with Sunshine State details that would make a Florida history professor envious.”
Working as an art writer and curator in India, New Jersey-born Avni Doshi began writing fiction. It was a good decision, one that led to a Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a Charles Pick Fellowship. In her debut book Burnt Sugar: A Novel (The Overlook Press) – shortlisted for the TATA Literature Award upon its publication in India and in the United States for the 2020 Booker Prize – we meet Antara, who characterizes her relationship with Tara thusly: “I would be lying if I say my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.” Wild and reckless in her youth, Tara abandoned her marriage to join an ashram, and while she was busy as a partner to its spiritual leader, little Antara was cared for by an older devotee. She also embarked on a stint as a beggar and spent years chasing a homeless artist, all with young Antara in tow. But now Tara is forgetting things and Antara is an adult who must search for a way to make peace with the past, as she confronts the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her. Burnt Sugar is a story of love and betrayal between a mother and a daughter, and an exploration of the subjective nature of truth. The Washington Post called it “a work of extraordinary insight, courage, and sophistication.”
Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. poet laureate, and the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. In 2021 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her works include Sonata Mulattica: Poems and Collected Poems: 1974-2004, which was shortlisted for the National Book Award. In Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company), her first volume of new works in 12 years, Dove investigates the wavering moral compass guiding America’s and the world’s experiments in democracy. She depicts the first Jewish ghetto in 16th-century Venice, the efforts of Black Lives Matter, a girls’ night clubbing in the shadow of World War II, and the doomed nobility of Muhammad Ali’s conscious objector stance. Musical in its forms, Playlist collects various voices: an elevator operator simmers with resentment, an octogenarian dances an exuberant mambo, a spring cricket philosophizes with mordant humor on hip-hop, critics, and Valentine’s Day. And calamity turns personal in the closing “Little Book of Woe,” which charts a journey from terror to hope as Dove learns to cope with debilitating chronic illness. At turns audaciously playful and grave, alternating poignant meditations on mortality and acerbic observations of injustice, Playlist is the poet speaking truth to power.
Antonio Michael Downing
Antonio Michael Downing is the author of Molasses. He grew up in southern Trinidad, Kitchener and northern Ontario, and Brooklyn, New York. The Toronto-based writer and activist also performs and composes music as John Orpheus. In his memoir Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming (Milkweed Editions), Downing tells a story of loss, displacement, and a search for identity. What begins as a happy childhood in a tiny village in the tropical forests of Trinidad – raised by his grandmother, Miss Excelly, and her King James Bible – changes dramatically when she dies. Soon he is shipped off to live with his devoutly evangelical Aunt Joan in rural Canada, where they are the only Black family in the area. Isolated and longing for home, Downing begins a decadeslong journey to transform himself through music and performance, trying on different personas as part of his search – corporate employee, rapper, and musician – before ending up as a “Saga Boy,” a West Indian playboy archetype. When his choices land him in jail, it’s time for a change. Publishers Weekly noted that “suffused with poetic prose that jumps off the page, this inspiring account sings.”
Edited by Jorge Duany – director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of anthropology at Florida International University – and featuring an impressive list of contributors including Anelys Alvarez, Lynnette M. F. Bosch, María A. Cabrera Arús, Iliana Cepero, Ramón Cernuda, Emilio Cueto, Carol Damian, Victor Deupi, Jorge Duany, Alison Fraunhar, Andrea O’Reilly Herrera, Jean-François Lejeune, Abigail McEwen, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, and E. Carmen Ramos, Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora (University of Florida Press) explores the evolution of Cuban visual art and its links to cubanía, or Cuban cultural identity. These essays trace the creation of Cuban art through shifting political, social, and cultural circumstances. The illustrations feature artwork from the Spanish colonial, republican, and post-revolutionary periods of Cuban history and the contemporary diaspora. Isabel Alvarez Borland, co-editor of Cuban-American Literature and Art: Negotiating Identities praised as “compelling and relevant. Takes readers on a journey through the history of Cuban art’s significance, demonstrating how art has mirrored the cultural life of the country as well as how politics affect the production of art itself.”
Carmen Duarte (La Habana, 1959) – Dramaturga, ensayista y profesora universitaria. Vive en Estados Unidos desde 1993. En Cuba dirigió el colectivo teatral Luminar (de 1988 a 1993). Varias de sus piezas teatrales fueron publicadas en 1994 por la editorial Letras Cubanas bajo el título ¿Cuánto me das, marinero? Ha escrito las novelas Hasta la vuelta (2001), La danza de los abanicos (2006), Donde empieza y acaba el mundo (2014) y El inevitable rumbo de la brújula (2016). En 2021 dio a conocer la investigación literaria Etnia, raza y sexualidad en la dramaturgia femenina hispano-caribeña en los Estados Unidos, editada por Letra Capital; con esta obra es que llega a la feria.
Denise Duhamel’s books include Ka-Ching!, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, and Kinky. When Hurricane Irma hit her Florida apartment, Duhamel kept a journal of her terrifying experience and turned to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” In Second Story: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press), she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, aware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. The 37 poems in the collection include odes to her favorite uncle – who was “green” before it was a hashtag – and Mother Nature, via a retro margarine commercial. She writes letters to her failing memory as well as to America’s collective amnesia. With the fear of the water below and a burglar who enters through her second-story window, she faces the story under the story, the second story we often neglect to tell. Duhamel is also co-editor, with Rick Mulkey, of the anthology Ice on a Hot Stove: A Decade of Converse MFA Poetry (Clemson University Press). The book highlights the last decade of poetry presented in the MFA in creative writing program at Converse College and produced by the program’s faculty, visiting faculty, and graduates. For more than a century, the college has held a distinct position in the literary history of South Carolina.
Lee Durfey-Lavoie is a college dropout who was able to find a career in writing. Just Roll With It is his debut graphic novel, with cartoonist and illustrator Veronica Agarwal. The book follows Maggie, who’s desperately hoping to get through her first year of middle school with a minimum of stress. But between finding the best after-school clubs, trying to make friends, and avoiding the rumored monster on school grounds, she’s having a tough time. So she turns for help from her 20-sided dice. But what happens if Maggie rolls the wrong number? A touching middle-grade tale, Just Roll With It explores the complexity of anxiety, OCD, and learning to trust yourself and the world around you. Gale Galligan, adaptor and illustrator of the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series, praised it as a “charming, compassionate story that’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever stayed up worrying.”
Calvin “Made-S.O.N.” Early
Calvin “Made-S.O.N.” Early is a speaker/spoken-word artist with years of experience in youth development and community relations. Combining humor and real-life experiences, his presence commands attention and engages students. Early is best known for using powerful spoken-word poetry as a vehicle to provoke thought, evoke change, and drive a message home to audiences of youth and those who advocate for them.
Andrea Elliott is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and a former staff writer at the Miami Herald. She has won a Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, a Scripps Howard Award, and prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of News Editors. Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City (Random House) is her eight-year chronicle of Dasani, a girl whose spirit is tested by homelessness, poverty, and racism in an unequal America. In her sweeping narrative, Elliott weaves the story of Dasani’s childhood with her family’s history, tracing the passage of their ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. As Dasani comes of age, the homelessness crisis in New York City is exploding amid the deepening chasm between rich and poor. Dasani must guide her siblings through a city riddled with hunger, violence, drug addiction, and the monitoring of child protection services. Out on the street, she becomes a fierce fighter to protect the ones she loves. When she finally escapes city life to enroll in a boarding school, she faces an impossible question: Would leaving poverty mean abandoning her family – and herself? Publishers Weekly called it “stunning ... a remarkable achievement that speaks to the heart and conscience of a nation.”
Artist, writer and editor Raymond Elman co-founded Provincetown Arts magazine in 1985 and is the founding editor-in-chief of the Inspicio Arts publication platform. His paintings have been widely exhibited and are included in numerous collections. Beginning in 1989, after decades of making only abstract art, Elman began focusing on portraits of the art colony at leisure. His large-scale, mixed-media portraits of Pulitzer Prize recipients Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alan Dugan, and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His most recent project is a series of mixed media portraits of people (now in their 70s and 80s) who patronized Historic Hampton House during the segregation-era 1950s and ’60s. Elman will be speaking with Barbara Mailer Wasserman about her book Love of My Life: A Memoir at Miami Book Fair 2021.
Patricia Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel; It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris: A Novel; and Vida. Her stories appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. In Infinite Country: A Novel (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster), Talia is an American daughter of Colombian parents who is serving time at a correctional facility for adolescent girls. Her father and a plane ticket to the U.S. are waiting for her back home in Bogotá. But can she really bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America? Her story, a tale of how her family came to be in two different countries and two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. The New York Times noted that the book's “prose is serpentine and exciting ... [with] intimate and meticulously rendered descriptions of Andean landscapes and mythology, of Colombia’s long history of violence. … a compulsively readable novel.”
María Amparo Escandón
María Amparo Escandón is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints: A Novel and González & Daughter Trucking Co: A Road Novel with Literary License. Born in Mexico City, she has lived in LA for nearly four decades. In L.A. Weather: A Novel (Flatiron Books), Los Angeles is parched and dry as a bone. And all Oscar – the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family – wants is a little rain. He’s also carrying a costly secret, one that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with more intimacy and less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters – Claudia, a TV chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media whiz who has a knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers – are blindsided and left to question everything they know. Now the family must wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: Stick together or burn it all down? Jorge Ramos, award-winning journalist and author of No Borders, called L.A. Weather “a phenomenal story about the Mexican-American experience in LA: fun, quirky, heart-wrenching, very human and full of soul. Read it and realize how much we all share (beyond the weather).”
Alex Espinoza, author of Still Water Saints: A Novel, contributed “Detainment (El Sereno)” to Changelings, Ghosts, and Parallel Worlds, Part 1 of Speculative Los Angeles (Akashic Books). A collection of 14 stories commissioned by Denise Hamilton (including one of her own), each set in a different neighborhood of the city, each reimagining the metropolis in very different ways. But while you will find local color, landmarks, and flavor in these stories, you might also encounter 21st-century changelings, dirigibles, black holes, beachfront property in Century City, and psychic death cults. Booklist noted that the “contributing authors skillfully capture the presences of different Los Angeles neighborhoods that become characters all on their own, teetering on the precipice of many possibilities.”
Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer, interfaith activist, and cultural-sensitivity trainer, and the author of the early-reader Yasmin series and A Thousand Questions. In Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero (Quill Tree Books), the title character is almost 12 and excited to start middle school. He has spent all his life in the small town of Frey, Texas, and nearly that long waiting for the chance to participate in the regional robotics competition, which he just knows he can win. His father is the beloved owner of the local dollar store, but the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has everyone in his Muslim community on edge. With “Never Forget” banners everywhere, the appearance of a group calling themselves The Patriot Sons, and protests about the new mosque, Yusuf realizes that the country’s anger from two decades ago hasn’t gone away. Can he hold onto his joy – and his friendships – in the face of heartache and prejudice? Kirkus called it a "timely, emotional story full of hope and love even in the face of discrimination and prejudice."
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life and two essay collections: Abandon Me: Memoirs and Girlhood. Her essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, The Sewanee Review, Tin House, The Sun, and The New York Times. In Girlhood (Bloomsbury Publishing), she blends investigative reporting, memoir, and scholarship to examine the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them. When Febos’ body began to change at age 11, she understood immediately that her meaning to other people had changed with it. By her teens, she’d defined herself based on these perceptions, and by the romantic relationships she threw herself into headlong. As she grew older, she increasingly questioned the stories she’d been told about herself – and the habits and defenses she’d developed over years of trying to meet others’ expectations. Realizing that the values she and so many other women had learned in girlhood did not prioritize their safety, happiness, or freedom, she set out to reframe them. Girlhood is a philosophical treatise, an anthem for women, and a searing study of the transitions into and away from girlhood toward a chosen self. Publishers Weekly described it as “raw and unflinching; this dark coming-of-age story impresses at every turn.”
A native of Spain, Virginia Feito was raised in Madrid and Paris, and studied English and drama at Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a copywriter until she quit to write her debut work of fiction, Mrs. March: A Novel (Liveright). The proper, dutiful wife of a successful novelist, Mrs. March is proud of her husband, as expected. Then a neighborhood shopkeeper suggests that her husband’s latest protagonist – a detestable character – is based on Mrs. March herself, and her world is suddenly shaken to its core. Part Hitchcockian psychological thriller, part social satire, the story follows her descent into paranoia. It begins within the pages of a book, after she finds a newspaper clipping about a missing woman in her husband’s office. But then, what about his recent “hunting trips” up north with his editor? Or the roaches that have suddenly started to appear, and the strange breathing noises? Soon Mrs. March’s obsession threatens everyone in her wake. Vogue praised the novel, saying it “portrays a rarefied world as hellish Grand Guignol. The pleasure of the book is in watching all that psychotic menace come out into the open, and in trying to figure how much of it is actually real.”
Linda Rui Feng
Born in Shanghai, Linda Rui Feng has lived in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Kenyon Review, Santa Monica Review, and Washington Square Review. Swimming Back to Trout River: A Novel (Simon & Schuster) is her first published work of fiction. In the summer of 1986, in a small Chinese village, 10-year-old Junie receives a letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: Her father promises to return home and collect her by her 12th birthday. But Junie’s growing determination to stay put in the idyllic countryside with her beloved grandparents threatens to derail her family’s shared future. She doesn’t know that her parents, Momo and Cassia, are newly estranged from one another in their adopted country, each holding close private tragedies and histories from the tumultuous years of their youth during China’s Cultural Revolution. For Momo to fulfill his promise, he must make one last desperate attempt to reunite all three family members before Junie’s birthday – even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light. The New York Times noted that “With lean prose and assured storytelling, this debut novel describes a family fractured by geography, ambition and the ripple effects of China’s tumultuous 20th-century history.”
Saraciea J. Fennell
Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran writer and the founder of The Bronx is Reading – Bronx Book Festival, a child and youth literacy organization. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors. Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books) is her anthology of bestselling authors and up-and-coming voices presenting work that explores the myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Díaz, Kahlil O. Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, Ibi Zoboi, and Fennell herself. Their texts delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes to memories in the kitchen, travel around the world, addiction and identity. The book is a celebration of a rich and diverse community. Booklist called it “Candid … Nuanced … Each theme is worthy of its own volume … The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds …”
Gerardo Fernández Fe
Gerardo Fernández Fe (La Habana, 1967) – Novelista, poeta, ensayista y traductor. Reside en Miami. Licenciado en Lengua francesa en la Universidad de La Habana en 1995. Ha trabajado como traductor y profesor de francés en Cuba, Ecuador y Estados Unidos. Ha publicado novelas La Falacia (1999) y El último día del estornino (2011). También ha dado a conocer los libros de ensayos y crónicas Cuerpo a diario (2007), Notas al total (2015) y Moleskine Sergio Pitol (2018); los poemarios El llanto del escriba (1992), Las palabras pedestres (1996) y Tibisial (2017) y el volumen de entrevista: José Kozer: tajante y definitivo (2020). Ha traducido al castellano textos de Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Antonin Artaud, Emil Cioran y Denis Roche, entre otros autores. Colabora habitualmente con las revistas Letras Libres y Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos. A nuestra fiesta del libro viene a compartir su novela coral Hotel Singapur (Audere Libros, 2021) en la que las historias de vida de varios personajes se van entrelazando con la del narrador.
Andrea Ferrari (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961) – Narradora, traductora y periodista. Ha escrito la mayor parte de sus libros para el público juvenil. Entre sus títulos más destacados se encuentran El complot de las flores (2003, Premio El barco de vapor, España), Café solo (2004) También las estatuas tienen miedo (2005, incluido en la selección The White Ravens), La noche del polizón (2012, Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos), Zoom (2013, Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos), Los chimpancés miran a los ojos (2014, reconocido por The White Ravens), Últimas páginas de mi vida (2017), Quizás en el tren (2018, en coautoría con Martín Blasco) y Las iguales (2019). Su serie El nuevo Sherlock la integran El camino de Sherlock (2007, Premio Jaén de Narrativa Juvenil), No es fácil ser Watson (2010) y No me digas Bond (2013). Ha publicado la trilogía Sol de noche, a la que pertenecen La velocidad de la música (2015), Las marcas de la mentira (2015) y El ruido de éxito (2016). Interviene en el 8vo. Seminario de Literatura infantil y Lectura.
Jorge Ferrer (La Habana, 1967) – Escritor, periodista y traductor. Reside en Barcelona desde 1994. Estudió Comunicación en el Instituto Estatal de Relaciones Internacionales de Moscú (MGIMO) y periodismo en la Universidad de La Habana. Es autor de Días de coronavirus. Un itinerario (2020) y Minimal Bildung (2001 y 2016), y editor, entre otros libros, de Retrato de apóstata con fondo canónico, de Tristán de Jesús Medina (2004); Diario íntimo de la revolución española, de José María Chacón y Calvo (Verbum, 2009); La palabra arrestada, de Vitali Shentalinski (2018) y Peleando con los milicianos, de Pablo de la Torriente Brau (2010). Ha sido galardonado con el Premio de traducción literaria Read Russia en 2020 y el premio La literatura rusa en España en 2014. Ha traducido del ruso a una veintena de autores como Svetlana Aleksiévich, Iván Bunin, Aleksandr Herzen, Vasili Grossman, Guzel Yájina, Vasili Rózanov o Ilyá Ehrenburg. Sus crónicas, reportajes y columnas han aparecido en Letras libres, El Mundo, Letra Internacional, World Literature Today, La Razón, El Estornudo, Indeks Bezopasnosti, Rialta y El Nuevo Herald, entre otros medios de Europa y América. Ferrer llega a la feria con Días de coronavirus (Hypermedia, 2020), una crónica del confinamiento del autor en los días duros de la pandemia en Barcelona mientras que, encerrado en su apartamento, trabaja, lee y batalla contra sus angustias.