Frances de Pontes Peebles
Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her latest novel is The Air You Breathe (Riverhead Books), the story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.
Debra Dean is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books that have been published in twenty-one languages. Her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. She is a professor of Creative Writing at FIU. Her newest book, Hidden Tapestry: Jan Yoors, His Two Wives, and the War That Made Them One (Northwestern University Press), tells the remarkable true story of Belgian-American artist Jan Yoors - childhood vagabond, wartime resistance fighter, New York bohemian - and the two women who agreed to share his life. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors’s photographs and vast tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan and earned him international acclaim. Defying repeated arrests and torture by the Gestapo, he worked first as a saboteur and later escorted Allied soldiers trapped behind German lines across the Pyrenees to freedom. After the war, he married childhood friend Annabert van Wettum and embarked on his career as an artist. When a friend of Annabert’s, Marianne Citroen, modeled for Yoors, the two began an affair, which led the three to form a polyamorous family that would last for the rest of their lives. Moving to New York, the trio became part of the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Told in arresting detail by Debra Dean, best-selling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad, Yoors’s story is a luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.
Anthony Del Col
Anthony Del Col is the best-selling comics, audio and TV writer of the acclaimed Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed and the neo-noir Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie. His audio drama Unheard: The Story Of Anna Winslow, a found-footage thriller, debuted at #1 on Audible in the U.S. and U.K. in late-2017, breaking download records. Anthony Del Col is the co-writer of this summer’s audacious graphic novel Son Of Hitler (Image Comics) that explores the legend of Adolf Hitler’s illegitimate son and the determined female spy handler that discovers him in the darkest days of World War II. In the darkest days of World War II a female British spy handler discovers a rumor: that when Adolf Hitler was stationed in France during the First World War he fathered a child. Armed with stolen Nazi files, she goes rogue to find this son and recruit him for a mission to meet his biological father and kill him to end the war’s greatest threat. But that may not be the end of the Hitler family saga… A pulpy spy and alternative history thriller in the vein of The Man in the High Castle, Zero Dark Thirty, Inglourious Basterds, and John le Carré.
Enrique Del Risco
Del Risco, Enrique (La Habana, Cuba, 1967) Narrador, ensayista y profesor universitario. Reside en Nueva York. Licenciado en Historia en la Universidad de La Habana, tiene un doctorado en Literatura Latinoamericana en la Universidad de Nueva York. Ha publicado varias colecciones de cuentos, entre las que se destacan ¿Qué pensarán de nosotros en Japón? (2007), Premio Iberoamericano de relatos Cortes de Cádiz, Leve historia de Cuba (2007), El comandante ya tiene quien le escriba (2003), Lágrimas de cocodrilo (1998), Pérdida y recuperación de la inocencia (1994) y Obras encogidas (1992). Suyo es el volumen de ensayos Elogio de la levedad. Mitos nacionales cubanos y sus reescrituras literarias en el siglo XX (2008). Sus relatos han sido traducidos al inglés, francés, alemán y polaco. Los libros más recientes del autor son: Siempre nos quedará Madrid (2012) y Enrisco para presidente (2014). Coeditó el libro Pequeñas resistencias 4: Antología del nuevo cuento norteamericano y caribeño (2005) y editó la antología El compañero que me atiende (2017). Participa en la presentación de la Colección Mariel, publicada por Hypermedia, que incluye obras de Reinaldo Arenas, Carlos Victoria, Roberto Valero, Guillermo Rosales, Miguel Correa, Leandro Eduardo Campa, Juan Abreu y Nicolás Abreu, entre otros.
Alan Dershowitz is one of the most famous and celebrated lawyers in America. He was the youngest full professor in Harvard Law School history, where he is now the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus. The author of numerous bestselling books, from Chutzpah to The Best Defense to Reversal of Fortune (which was made into an Academy Award-winning film) and to The Case for Israel, Dershowitz has advised and defended many of the most famous legal cases of the past fifty years, including O.J. Simpson, Anatoly Sharansky, Michael Milken, Claus von Bulow, and Mike Tyson. He is the author of The Case Against Impeaching Trump (Hot Books). President Donald Trump says, "Alan Dershowitz is a brilliant lawyer...He has written a new and very important book called The Case Against Impeaching Trump, which I would encourage all people...to read!" The Case Against Impeaching Trump seeks to reorient the debate over impeachment to the same standard that Dershowitz has continued to uphold for decades: the law of the United States of America, as established by the Constitution.
Hernán Díaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity. He is the managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. His most recent novel, In the Distance (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.
Fanuel Hanán Díaz
Díaz, Fanuel Hanán (Caracas, Venezuela, 1966) Narrador, ensayista e investigador venezolano, especializado en literatura infantil y juvenil. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y magíster en Televisión. Coordinó el departamento de selección de libros para niños y jóvenes del Banco del Libro de Venezuela. 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 Bologna Ragazzi. Gerente de la línea infantil de la Editorial Norma. Entre sus libros se destacan: Cartas a Leandro (Caracas, 2006), Panorama breve de la literatura infantil en Venezuela (Caracas, 2013) y Temas de literatura infantil. Se presenta en el V Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura como parte de la mesa Más libros, más libres: Lectura y pensamiento independiente.
Díaz, Lleny (Placetas, Cuba, 1975) Ha publicado el libro de poemas Sobre mi espalda desnuda otro silencio vive (Miami, 2012), Placenta colectiva (Ediciones Torremozas, 2016) y Se miran los caballos (Hypermedia, 2018), obra que presenta este año en la Feria. Fue finalista del Premio Nuevos valores de la poesía hispana 2012 de Ediciones Baquiana y el Centro Cultural Español en Miami. En la actualidad vive en Miami y ha publicado en revistas impresas y virtuales de Cuba, España y Estados Unidos como Caimán Barbudo (Cuba), Conexos (EE.UU.), Diario de Cuba (España), Círculo de Poesía, (EE.UU). Su poesía ha sido recogida en varias antologías: Poetas cubanos en Miami y Crear en femenino, entre otras. Participó en el Festival de Poesía O Miami en 2016. Presenta su poemario Se miran los caballos (Hypermedia).
Eddy Díaz Souza
Díaz Souza, Eddy (Jaruco, Cuba, 1965) Escritor, dramaturgo y director teatral. Licenciado en Bibliotecología en la Universidad Central de Venezuela y magíster en Educación en Español en Educación en Nova Southeastern University. Ha publicado libros para niños como Cuentos de brujas (2000), Premio Nacional de Literatura Infantil La Edad de Oro; Bernardino Soñador y la cafetera mágica (1992), Alas de primavera (2007) y El príncipe y el mar (2014). Ha estrenado sus obras de teatro para adultos Mal tiempo (y un poema sombrío) y Miénteme. Fundador y director ejecutivo de Artefactus Cultural Project, organización con sede en Miami. Coordina la mesa: Las editoriales se presentan, en el V Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Promoción de Lectura Más libros, más libres.
Dihígo, Gilberto (Cuba) Escritor, periodista, historiador y productor de radio y televisión. Su labor profesional en medios de prensa abarca Cuba, México, Venezuela, República Dominicana y Estados Unidos. Algunos de sus trabajos periodísticos han sido traducidos al alemán. Es pionero de las páginas web con TO2.com en México, donde fungió como editor de negocios y finanzas. Fue jefe de la corresponsalía de la agencia Notimex en Haití y República Dominicana, asimismo colaboró con las agencias AP, EFE, UPI y Prensa Latina. En la actualidad es director ejecutivo de la página web Aki más Negocios y participa como experto en temas políticos, internacionales y deportivos en diferentes programas de la televisión hispana en los Estados Unidos. Mi padre el inmortal (Editorial Plaza) es una crónica sentimental dedicada a su famoso padre, el pelotero Martín Dihígo.
Duy Doan is a Kundiman Fellow whose poetry has appeared in Poetry, Slate, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He received an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. Duy Doan’s striking debut, We Play a Game (Yale University Press), reveals the wide resonance of the collection’s unassuming title, in poems that explore—now with abundant humor, now with a deeply felt reserve—the ambiguities and tensions that mark our effort to know our histories, our loved ones, and ourselves. These are poems that draw from Doan’s experience as a Vietnamese-American while at the same time making a case for—and masterfully playing with—the fluidity of identity, history, and language. Nothing is alien to these poems: the Saigon of a mother’s dirge, the footballer Zinedine Zidane, an owl that “talks to his other self in the well”—all have a place in Doan’s far-reaching and intimately human art.
Eric Jay Dolin
Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling author of Leviathan and Brilliant Beacons. He and his family live in Marblehead, Massachusetts, from which the pirate John Quelch departed in 1703, and returned to in 1704, only to be hanged in Boston. With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, his latest book, Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates (Liveright) vividly reanimates the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Americas. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” ―spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s―when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also, brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.
Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and is the author of ten previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster. The Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel (William Morrow)is his latest book. From Florida’s king of mayhem," Tim Dorsey, comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms. No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they’re on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce. As the body count grows, so does the list of questions: Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? Who is expecting the dildo? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?
Marcia Douglas is the author of novels and poems and performs the one-woman show, “Natural Her-Story.” She teaches creative writing and Caribbean literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her The Marvellous Equations of the Dread A Novel in Bass Riddim (New Directions) was longlisted for the 2016 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. The ancestors have awakened. Somebody has called them. The long-dead are stirring. Jah ways are mysterious ways. “Is me―Bob. Bob Marley.” Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. Jah ways are mysterious ways, from Kingston’s ghettoes to London, from Haile Selaisse’s Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas’s mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history. This amazing novel―in bass riddim―carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion.
Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1966. She earned her BA in English literature and an MA in Spanish literature at the University of Havana, and her PhD in Latin American literature at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of twelve other works of fiction and three plays and is the winner of the Rincón de la Victoria Award and a finalist for the Herralde Award. Death Comes in Through the Kitchen (Soho Crime) is her most recent book. Don’t let the authentic Cuban recipes fool you: This is no cozy mystery. Set in Havana during the Black Spring of 2003, a charming but poison-laced culinary mystery reveals the darker side of the modern Revolution. Matt, a San Diego journalist, arrives in Havana to marry his girlfriend, Yarmila, a 24-year-old Cuban woman whom he first met through her food blog. But Yarmi isn’t there to meet him at the airport, and when he hitches a ride to her apartment, he finds her lying dead in the bathtub. With Yarmi’s murder, lovelorn Matt is immediately embroiled in a Cuban adventure he didn’t bargain for. The police and secret service have him down as their main suspect, and to clear his name, he must embark on his own investigation into what really happened. The more Matt learns about his erstwhile fiancée, though, the more he realizes he had no idea who she was at all—but did anyone?
Hector Duarte, Jr.
Hector Duarte, Jr. is a writer and teacher out of Miami, Florida. He’s current editor at The Flash Fiction Offensive. His work has appeared, among many other places, in Shotgun Honey, Spelk Fiction, HorrorSleazeTrash, and Just to Watch Them Die: Crime fiction inspired by the songs of Johnny Cash. Desperate Times Call (Shotgun Honey) is his first book. Society is a tough place. Daily, it seems, a huge thumb presses down on us. What happens when someone pushes back, flips off the gigantic, karmic oppressor? Or simply caves in and decides to wallow in the gutter? Desperate Times Call is a collection of stories about people on society’s fringes and margins. Characters pushed to their limits, left without much choice but to give in, push back, or simply explode. How do we answer when Desperate Times Call?
Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III is the author of Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Gone So Long: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Company) is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy. Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III. In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades. Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.
Daniel H. Dugas
Daniel H. Dugas is a poet, musician, and videographer. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals and literary events in North America, Europe, Mexico and Australia. His tenth book of poetry, co-written with Valerie LeBlanc, Everglades (Les Éditions Prise de parole), documents the effects of human presence in the natural world and the traces left behind. Everglades is an ode to the beauty, the fragility and the resilience of nature faced with the invasiveness of a particular species, ours.
Denise Duhamel’s collection of poetry, Blowout, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Kinky. Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenhiem Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is professor of Creative Writing at Florida International University in Miami.
Beth Dunlop is one of the country's most noted architectural writers. She was the architecture critic for the Miami Herald for more than 20 years and she is the author of numerous books including Arquitectonica, a monograph about the innovative Florida architectural firm, and Florida's Vanishing Architecture. Her writing has appeared widely in architecture, design, and travel magazines. She has won many awards including a medal for writing and criticism from the American Institute of Architecture. Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture (Welcome Books) is her most recent book. In this completely redesigned follow-up to the successful Building A Dream, readers will get a look at the architecture and the ideas and stories behind the structures which have been designed by some of the most renowned contemporary architectsThis stunning oversize and collectible volume will feature original architectural drawings and superb color photographs of the projects alongside an expertly written text that incorporates extensive interviews with the architects and executives involved.
Manny Duran is a current PhD candidate and former instructor at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, where he taught in various departments from Philosophy to World History; Politics to Film and Media Studies. His work focuses on revolutions and the effects of institutions on Afro-Caribbean Diasporas and African Diasporas. He is currently writing his dissertation on the idea of paranoia as a rite-of-passage (and defense mechanism) in oppressed communities. Manny is also a political activist who has worked in politics for the US and his native country, the Dominican Republic.
Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of the New York Times bestselling Footnotes from the Greatest Bookstores. His cartoons, Op-eds, and short stories appear worldwide regularly including the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, Readers Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, among many others. Based on the New York Times bestseller Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores, Bob Eckstein brings his heart-tugging illustrations to a postcard set in World’s Greatest Bookstores: 100 Postcards (Clarkson Potter). Here are 100 postcards that celebrate the pillar of every community--the independent bookstore--with 50 total illustrations to both send and save. Celebrating beloved bookshops and the people who work in them, each of these postcards includes a painterly illustration with the name and dates of operation and room for writing on the back, offering a charming dedication to the world of books. Eckstein is also author of The Illustrated History of the Snowman (Gallery Books). Who made the first snowman? Who first came up with the idea of placing snowballs on top of each other, and who decided they would use a carrot for a nose? Most puzzling of all: How can this mystery ever be solved, with all the evidence long since melted? Whenever we see big snowballs our first impulse is to deck them out with a top hat. Humorist and writer Bob Eckstein has long been fascinated by this ubiquitous symbol of wintertime fun -- and finally, for the first time, one of the world's most popular icons gets his due. A thoroughly entertaining exploration, The History of the Snowman travels back in time to shed light on the snowman's enigmatic past.
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter. She serves on the board of New York City's Housing Works Bookstore. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine Books) is an inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.
David Edwards is a creator, writer, and educator. He teaches at Harvard University and is founder of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France and Cambridge, MA. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been featured prominently in the international media, and is at the core of the international artscience movement. Edwards is the author of Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last (Henry Holt and Co.). Most things we create will not matter. This book is about creating things that do, from a master innovator who brings science and art together in his cutting-edge labs. Art and science are famous opposites. Contemporary innovation mostly keeps them far apart. But in this book, David Edwards—world-renowned inventor; Harvard professor of the practice of idea translation; creator of breathable insulin, edible food packaging, and digital scents—reveals that the secret to creating very new things of lasting benefit, including innovations we will need to sustain human life on the planet, lies in perceiving art and science as one. Creating Things That Matter is a book for anyone wondering what tomorrow might be, and at last half believing that what they do can make a difference.
Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, and Twilight of the Superheroes. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University. Your Duck is My Duck: Stories (Ecco) is her latest collection. At times raucously hilarious, at times charming and delightful, at times as solemn and mysterious as a pond at midnight, Deborah Eisenberg’s stories gently compel us to confront the most disturbing truths about ourselves—from our intimate lives as lovers, parents, and children, to our equally troubling roles as citizens on a violent, terrifying planet. In Eisenberg’s world, the forces of money, sex, and power cannot be escaped, and the force of history, whether confronted or denied, cannot be evaded. No one writes better about time, tragedy and grief, and the indifferent but beautiful universe around us.
Mark Eisner has spent most of the past two decades working on projects related to Pablo. Earlier, he conceived, edited and contributed translations for City Lights' The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. He also developed and wrote the introduction to City Lights' translation of Neruda's "venture of the infinite man." He is currently producing a documentary on Neruda, with support from Latino Public Broadcasting. Eisner holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford, where he later was a Visiting Scholar. He is the author of Neruda: The Poet's Calling (Ecco), the most definitive biography to date of the poet Pablo Neruda, a moving portrait of one of the most intriguing and influential figures in Latin American history. Few poets have captured the global imagination like Pablo Neruda. In his native Chile, across Latin America, and in many other parts of the world, his name and legacy have become almost synonymous with liberation movements, and with the language of erotic love. Neruda: The Poet’s Calling is the product of fifteen years of research by Mark Eisner, writer, translator, and documentary filmmaker. The book vividly depicts Neruda’s monumental life, potent verse, and ardent belief in the “poet’s obligation” to use poetry for social good. It braids together three major strands of Neruda’s life—his world-revered poetry; his political engagement; and his tumultuous, even controversial, personal life—forming a single cohesive narrative of intimacy and breadth.
Roxanna Elden combines eleven years of experience as a public school teacher with a decade of speaking to audiences around the country about education issues. Her first book, See Me After Class, is a staple in school districts and educator training programs throughout the country, and her work has been featured on NPR as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Education Week, and many other outlets. In her first novel, Adequate Yearly Progress (River Street Books), a perspective-hopping story follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa. Steve Almond writes, "Roxanna Elden is not only a smart and funny storyteller, but she's the kind of writer who takes us inside her characters, and makes us feel the struggles that animate the teaching mission . . .”
Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos are best friends living in New York. They have been playing Dungeons & Dragons together every week for more than a decade. Zack secretly wishes that he were an elf; Nick publicly denies that he is a dragon. They are the authors of The Adventurer's Guild #2: Twilight of the Elves (Disney Hyperion). Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they're keeping from each other. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before. Don't miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos's Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts.
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller, No. 8 on Amazons Top 100 Editors' Picks and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. The first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander (Ecco) is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often-overlooked American Upper Midwest by a “formidably gifted” (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller.