T. J. English
T. J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City, as well as The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Esquire, Playboy, and New York magazine, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes for the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld (William Morrow) is an epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets. The Corporation reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster stories that has been overlooked—until now.
Amy Ephron is the author of The Castle in the Mist, her first book for young readers, which has been nominated for a SCIBA Award, and of Carnival Magic, a companion book. Amy has also written several adult books, including A Cup of Tea, which was an international bestseller. Her novel One Sunday Morning received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year and Best Historical Fiction of the Year awards and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection. She is a contributor and contributing editor at Vogue and Vogue.com, and her work has appeared in numerous other publications. She was also the executive producer of Warner Brothers' A Little Princess. She is the author of Carnival Magic (Philomel Books). This companion to Castle In the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic, and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time? In a visit to the psychic's wagon, while Tess is being hypnotized, the wagon seems to move. But where are they going and what awaits them? Will they be caught in a world different from their own? And do the Baranova twins, acrobats who miss their sister almost as much as Tess and Max miss their family, hold the keys to the mystery?
Esquivel, Laura (Cuauhtémoc, D.F., México, 1950) Novelista, ensayista y política. Es licenciada en Educación Preescolar. En 1989 publicó su primera novela Como agua para chocolate, que resultó un éxito de ventas (fue traducida a más de 30 idiomas), lo mismo que su adaptación cinematográfica. A esta obra le siguieron La ley del amor (1995), Tan veloz como el deseo (2001), Malinche (2006), A Lupita le gustaba planchar (2014). Ha publicado también el cuento infantil Estrellita marinera (1999), el ensayo titulado El libro de las emociones (2000), un tratado filosófico de cocina llamado Íntimas suculencias (1998) y el manual de dramaturgia personal Escribiendo la nueva historia (2013). Ha recibido los premios ABBY (American Booksellers of the Year) por Como agua para chocolate y Giuseppe Acerby, de la Universidad de Verona, por Tan veloz como el deseo. Presenta en la Feria El diario de Tita (Suma de Letras) y Mi negro pasado (Suma de Letras), novelas que continúan la saga de Como agua para chocolate.
Elizabeth Eulberg is not a detective (or so she claims). She is, however, the award-winning author of middle-grade novels The Great Shelby Holmes and The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, and internationally bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and Just Another Girl. In The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case (Bloomsbury Children's Books), acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg continues her hilarious middle-grade twist on Sherlock Holmes as detective duo Shelby and Watson tackle their trickiest case yet--going undercover . . . as figure skaters! After Watson's online journal chronicling his and Shelby's case-closing abilities attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter, the pair becomes a small "media sensation" in their Harlem neighborhood. So it's no surprise (at least, to Shelby!) when the article lands them a new client--a figure skating coach whose star athlete, Jordan Nelson, is receiving strange, threatening messages, written entirely in code. There's no one better to crack the cipher than dynamic duo Shelby and Watson! But to gather information, Shelby decides that they'll have to go undercover . . . as an award-winning pair skating team. Can they use the laws of physics and their acting skills to maintain their covers and figure out who's sending Jordan such strange messages before it's too late?
Sara Farizan is an Iranian American writer and ardent basketball fan who was born in and lives near Boston. The award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, she has an MFA from Lesley University and a BA in film and media studies from American University. Here to Stay (Algonquin Young Readers) is her third novel. What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.
Ramiro Fernández was born in Havana to a family involved in the pharmaceutical industry. He left Cuba in 1960, settling first in Palm Beach County and then in New York, where he was a photography editor at Time Inc. for 25 years. He was involved in the launches of Entertainment Weekly and People en Español magazines and worked at Sports Illustrated and People. He is the author of Cuba Then: Revised and Expanded (The Monacelli Press). A witness to the Cuban Revolution in his youth, Fernández's consuming passion has been to build a photography collection to represent the Cuba he remembers. With an autobiographical introduction from the author, who was born in Havana, and peppered with selections from Richard Blanco's alluring poetry, these pages take readers inside circuses, concerts, filmsets, and street parades. From unlikely images of historical newsmakers (Fidel Castro drinking a Coca-Cola on a public bus) to a roster of jet-setting celebrities such as Celia Cruz, and Winston Churchill, Cuba Then is a welcome new edition of this seductive and lush photographic survey of the small island that continues to fascinate the world.
Enrique Fernández has been a teacher, editor and writer. He was a columnist for Billboard, the Village Voice, the New York Daily News and the Sun-Sentinel, writing about all aspects of culture and the arts. He was born in Lezama’s “unnameable feast” and now lives and writes in the Florida Panhandle. When a cancer diagnosis, and then various treatments, eliminate libido, the echoes of love and desire in the form of memories remain. What happens to a life when sexual expression is lost? Enrique Fernández’s Pretty to Think So (Mango) weaves questions of sex, mortality, and identity with a lyricism that readers will not soon forget. In the sprawling Cortadito (Mango), Enrique Fernández explores Cuban cuisine through memories of growing up on the pre-revolutionary island. In his sensual journey through the origin and evolution of staples of Cuban food, Fernández wonders what shapes flavor, is it the soil or the community—whether at home or abroad?
Ramón Fernández Larrea
Fernández Larrea, Ramón (Bayamo, Cuba, 1958) Poeta, guionista y director de programas radiales de radio y de cine. Reside en Miami. Algunos de sus libros son: El pasado del cielo (1987), Premio Nacional de Poesía Julián del Casal; Poemas para ponerse en la cabeza (1989), Premio XX Aniversario El Caimán Barbudo; El libro de las instrucciones (1991), Manual de pasión (1993), El libro de los salmos feroces (1995), Terneros que nunca mueran de rodillas (1998), Premio de poesía Julio Tovar; Cantar del tigre ciego (2001), Nunca canté en Broadway (2005) y Todos los cielos el cielo (2015), Premio Internacional de Poesía Gastón Baquero. En la Feria participa en la presentación de la novela Contracastro, del poeta y narrador cubano Rafael Alcides.
Leonel Fernández Reina
Leonel Fernández Reina nació el 26 de diciembre de 1953 en la ciudad de Santo Domingo. En 1962 viajó a New York con su familia, donde se quedó residiendo. A su regreso ingresó a la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). En 1978 obtuvo el título de Doctor en Derecho con honores (Magna Cum Laude). Su tesis de grado El delito de opinión pública, enriqueció el debate sobre dicho tema. Fue profesor de varias generaciones de periodistas y comunicadores de la universidad estatal, impartió asignaturas relacionadas con el derecho de prensa, historia, sociología de la comunicación y relaciones internacionales. También fue docente en la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Amante de la lectura, el Dr. Fernández es reconocido como uno de los académicos y profesionales más lúcidos de su generación. Ha ganado prestigio debido a su sólida formación y a sus grandes dotes de expositor.
Fue presidente de la República Dominicana en tres períodos constitucionales no consecutivos (1996 - 2000, 2004 - 2008, y 2008 - 2012). Gracias a sus aportes a las ciencias políticas, ha sido distinguido con el título de Doctor Honoris Causa por las siguientes universidades: La Sorbona (1999), Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Universidad de Seton Hall, New Jersey (2000), Universidad Estatal de Santiago de Chile (2002), Lehman College (2002), Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey) (2004), Nova Southeastern University (Florida) (2005), Universidad de Massachusetts y Universidad Estatal de Panamá, Universidad Cultural de China (Taiwan), Universidad de Hankuk (Corea del Sur) (2006) y Universidad de París 8 (Francia) en 2013.
Es fundador y presidente de tres organizaciones sin fines de lucro: la Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), la Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), su filial en Estados Unidos, y la Asociación Dominicana de las Naciones Unidas (ANU-RD). También es fundador y presidente del Consejo de Regencia del Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, Consejo Dominicano de Relaciones Internacionales (CDRI) y presidente del Consejo para las Relaciones entre el Mundo Árabe y América Latina y el Caribe (CARLAC). Además es vicepresidente del Grupo de Personas Eminentes de los Países de África, el Caribe y el Pacífico (Grupo ACP) y miembro distinguido de varios consejos e instituciones internacionales entre las cuales se destacan el Círculo de Montevideo, el Consejo de Jefes de Gobierno Libremente Elegidos, el Centro Carter, la Junta Directiva de la revista Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, el Diálogo Interamericano, el Club de Madrid y el Club de Ejecutivos Estados Unidos-Caribe. Este año el Dr. Fernández lanzará en la Feria su más reciente libro titulado: Años de avance. Escritos de Teoría y Acción. La obra ofrece una recopilación de sus artículos de opinión y análisis publicados en la revista de formación política "Teoría y Acción", de la cual fue director por un extenso período de tiempo.
María José Ferrada
Ferrada, María José (Temuco, Chile, 1977) Poeta, novelista y periodista. Tiene un máster en Estudios de Asia y el Pacífico en la Universidad de Barcelona. Fueron sus primeros libros para niños y jóvenes 12 historias minúsculas de la tierra, el cielo y el mar (2005), Un mundo raro (2010), El lenguaje de las cosas (2011), El baile diminuto (2011) y Animalario (2012). Recibió, en 2013, el V Premio Internacional de Poesía para niños y niñas Ciudad de Orihuela con su libro El idioma secreto. Al año siguiente publicó Niños, un poemario dedicado a los niños y niñas ejecutados o desaparecidos durante la dictadura en Chile, con el que recibió el Premio Academia, un reconocimiento de la Academia Chilena de la Lengua a la mejor obra literaria publicada en Chile, y el Premio Municipal de Literatura de Santiago en la categoría de literatura juvenil. Niños fue también elegido para representar a Chile en el catálogo internacional de IBBY ese mismo año. Con su obra Notas al margen (2013), recibió el Premio Marta Brunet, otorgado por el Consejo Nacional del Libro y la Lectura a la mejor obra de literatura infantil, y la Medalla Colibrí de IBBY Chile, galardón que distingue cada año las mejores publicaciones de libros infantiles y juveniles. En 2017 aparecieron La tristeza de las cosas, Mexique y Agua. En ese mismo año, su libro Un jardín, publicado en 2016, fue galardonado por el Banco del Libro de Venezuela y recibió una mención de honor en los Ragazzi Awards de la Feria Internacional del Libro infantil y juvenil de Bolonia. Kramp (Planeta), novela familiar que transcurre en tiempos posteriores a la dictadura de Pinochet, es su primera obra para adultos; con ella ganó premio Mejor Novela que otorga el Círculo de Críticos de Arte de Chile, y ha sido traducida y publicada en Italia en 2018. La autora trae a la Feria su primera novela Kramp y participa en el V Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura en la mesa ¿Qué odio y qué amo de los libros para niños?
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and the founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy. She has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as the New York Times, Wired, PRI's Studio 360, CBC's Spark, and Fast. Lee was formerly Design Director at global innovation firm IDEO and was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She holds a Master's in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University. In Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness (Little, Brown Spark), designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee explains how to cultivate a happier, healthier life by making small changes to your surroundings. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.
Robert W. Fieseler
Robert W. Fieseler is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing. A writer for The Big Roundtable, Narratively, and elsewhere, he lives in Boston. He is the author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation (Liveright), an essential work of American civil rights history, Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue-collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic―families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors’ needs―revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs.
Liana Finck is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Awl, and Catapult. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Tablet magazine. Her first book, A Bintel Brief, was published in 2014.Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir (Random House) is a visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against what’s expected of her as a woman and learning to accept her true self. In this achingly beautiful graphic memoir, Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost—her shadow, she calls it, but one might also think of it as the “otherness” or “strangeness” that has defined her since birth, that part of her that has always made her feel as though she is living in exile from the world. In Passing for Human, Finck is on a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, and along the way she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away—because they’re embarrassing, or inconvenient, or just plain weird—and at what cost?
Jess Fink has been making drawings, cartoons and comics since she could hold a pencil. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2003, she set out to self-publish as many comics as possible. Her published works include We Can Fix It, a time travel memoir, and Chester 5000-XYV, an erotic Victorian romance. She has been featured in various anthologies like SPX, Popgun, Best Erotic Comics and Erotic Comics, Volume 2. Her erotic work has been published by Fantagraphics including a special single issue with writer Polly Frost (Head #14). She is the author of Chester 5000 (Book2) Isabelle & George (Top Shelf Productions), winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series. Isabelle is a lonely orphan, reprimanded at every turn by her strict matron. George is an inventor on the cusp of a brilliant discovery. Together they find love, but in an age of violent mechanization and military secrets, can their passion survive?
Crystal M. Fleming
Crystal M. Fleming, PhD, is a writer and sociologist who researches racism in the United States and abroad. She earned degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. Fleming writes about race, sexuality, and politics for publications including The Root, Black Agenda Report, Vox, and Everyday Feminism. She is the author of Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide (Beacon Press) is a unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race"--and what to do about it. Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance--and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change. How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a truth bomb and call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression.
Tessa Fontaine spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction and have appeared in The Rumpus and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, LitHub, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery―through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. A story for anyone who has ever imagined running away with the circus, wanted to be someone else, or wanted a loved one to live forever, The Electric Woman is ultimately about death-defying acts of all kinds, especially that ever constant: good old-fashioned unconditional love.
Fortún, Denis (La Habana, Cuba, 1963). Poeta, narrador y bloguero. Reside en Miami. Ha publicado los poemarios Zona desconocida (2007) y Serio divertimento (2016) y en narrativa El libro de los Cocozapatos (2011) y Diles que no me devuelvan. Crónicas del aeropuerto (2013). Sus artículos, reseñas literarias, entrevistas y versos han aparecido en diferentes medios impresos y en línea de Cuba, España y Estados Unidos. Igualmente, sus poemas y cuentos han sido incluidos en antologías de Cuba, México y Estados Unidos. Actualmente trabaja en un libro de poesía, Coordenadas ilícitas, y en una novela, Cueros contemporáneos. Publica su blog Fernandina de Jagua. Llega este año a la Feria con 324 Mendoza (CAAW Ediciones), novela erótica cuyo protagonista observa la intimidad de sus vecinos y nos narra su vida amorosa.
Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Billy Lynn was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He is the author of Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution (Ecco), a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, that recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis. Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself. Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point, and where we may be headed.
Ted Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater—the definitive and only full-scale history of Harlem’s legendary showplace and the source material for a graphic novel adaptation—and In the Groove, a collection of interviews with those who have shaped the music industry. He is also a producer and manager, most notably for four-time Grammy nominee Buckwheat Zydeco. Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem's Legendary Theater (Abrams ComicArts). Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop—along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands of artists, many of whom have become legends. Today, the Apollo enjoys an almost mythical status. With its breathtaking art, this graphic novel adaptation of Showtime at the Apollo brings to life the theater’s legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City.
Fragoso, José (Madrid, España) Ilustrador y autor de libros infantiles. Reside en Chicago. Estudió animación y diseño gráfico en Madrid e ilustración en la Escuela de Artes Visuales de New York. Ha ilustrado más de veinte libros, entre los que se destacan La increíblemente alucinante historia de Marcial, el niño normal (2017) y Mi voz ambos publicados en España y Estados Unidos en 2018. También es el ilustrador de la productora Picture Farm en Brooklyn y es profesor de ilustración en el Instituto Cervantes Chicago y en varios colegios públicos. Es miembro de la Society of Illustrators de Estados Unidos. Participa en el V Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura.
Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester. He is a co-founder of NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog and an on-air commentator for All Things Considered. He also served as the science consultant for Marvel Studio’s Dr. Strange. He is the author of Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth (W. W. Norton & Company), which tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it’s highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What’s more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change.
Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. His latest book, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society (Metropolitan Books) is a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times—perfect for this political moment. Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics. These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.
Laurie Frankel is the author of three novels: Goodbye For Now, The Atlas Of Love, and most recently This Is How It Always Is: A Novel (Flatiron Books). This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods. His latest book is Varina: A Novel (Ecco). Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions. The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with “bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit.” Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman’s tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.
John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages. He is the author of Freeman's: Power (Grove Press). From the voices of protestors to the encroachment of a new fascism, everywhere we look power is revealed. Spouse to spouse, soldier to citizen, looker to gazed upon, power is never static: it is either demonstrated or deployed. Its hoarding is itself a demonstration. This thought-provoking issue of the acclaimed literary annual Freeman’s explores who gets to say what matters in a time of social upheaval. Featuring work from brand new writers Nicole Im, Jaime Cortez, and Nimmi Gowrinathan, as well as from some of the world’s best storytellers, including US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani, and Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Freeman’s: Power escapes from the headlines of today and burrows into the heart of the issue. Maps (Copper Canyon Press), John Freeman's first poetry collection charts the impact of place on human experience. In Beirut, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Rome, and the foothills of a childhood hometown, Freeman navigates legacies of ruin and construction, illness and memory. Warm, mournful, and distinctly urban, Maps offers a compassionate perspective from the experience of one American embroiled in empire.
Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer whose work appears internationally, including in the Guardian, and the New York Times. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane and editor of Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine. She is a contributing editor of the Asian American Literary Review, and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is the recipient of many awards, including the JH Kafka prize for fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University. Global leaders and activists writing about what they understand shared security to be. Freeman is co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (Olive Branch Press), in which more than forty global leaders and activists reflect on the state of the world, and the indivisibility of lasting peace and security. Taken together these global citizens articulate a persuasive and powerful argument in favor of a new way of looking at a world where we reframe security as a shared goal. This is an exceptional compilation of voices whose places of origin reflect the world of which they speak, and who, in chorus, become a testament to the fact that we can come together, no matter how far-flung we are, how solitary our endeavors, to shape our common future.
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga. His debut novel, The Exiled Heir, was nominated for Best First Novel at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2012. His second book, The Errantry of Bantam Flyn, rose to #6 on the Kindle Norse/Viking Fantasy bestseller list. The Grey Bastards: A Novel (Orbit) is his latest novel. Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon. On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion - even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.
Ellen G. Friedman
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Ellen G. Friedman was born in Kyrgyzstan, a republic of the Soviet Union. She is professor of English and founding director of Holocaust and genocide studies at the College of New Jersey and is on the Faculty Advisor's Council for the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. Her books include Joyce Carol Oates, Breaking the Sequence: Women's Experimental Fiction, Morality USA, and Joan Didion: Essays and Conversations. She is the author of The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story (Wayne State University Press). Most Polish Jews who survived the Second World War did not go to concentration camps, but were banished by Stalin to the remote prison settlements and Gulags of the Soviet Union. Less than ten percent of Polish Jews came out of the war alive-the largest population of Jews who endured-for whom Soviet exile was the main chance for survival. Ellen G. Friedman's The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story is an account of this displacement. Based on primary interviews and told in a blending of past and present experiences, Friedman gives a new voice to Holocaust memory-one that is sure to resonate with today's exiles and refugees. Those with an interest in World War II memoir and genocide studies will welcome this unique perspective.
Andrew Friedman has chronicled the life and work of some of our best American chefs. He is the author of Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Bocuse d'Or, the World's Most Prestigious Cooking Competition and coeditor of the internationally popular anthology Don't Try This at Home. He has also coauthored more than two dozen cookbooks and memoirs with chefs including Alfred Portale, Paul Liebrandt, and Michael White, and collaborated on the New York Times bestselling memoir Breaking Back with tennis star James Blake. His newest book, Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll: How Food Lovers, Free Spirits, Misfits and Wanderers Created a New American Profession (Ecco), is an all-access history of the evolution of the American restaurant chef. Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll transports readers back in time to witness the remarkable evolution of the American restaurant chef in the 1970s and '80s. Told largely in the words of the people who lived it, as captured in more than two hundred author interviews with writers like Ruch Reichl and legends like Jeremiah Tower, Alice Waters, Jonathan Waxman, and Barry Wine, Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll treats readers to an unparalleled 360-degree re-creation of the business and the times through the perspectives not only of the groundbreaking chefs but also of line cooks, front-of-house personnel, investors, and critics who had front-row seats to this extraordinary transformation.
Carol Fulp is president and CEO of the Partnership, New England's premier organization dedicated to enhancing competitiveness by attracting, developing, and retaining multicultural professionals. Prior to joining The Partnership, Inc., she held executive roles at John Hancock Financial, WCVB (the ABC-TV Boston affiliate), and the Gillette Company. In 2010, President Obama appointed Fulp as a US representative to the sixty-fifth session of the UN's General Assembly. Her new book, Success Through Diversity: Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win (Beacon Press) explores how investing in a racially and ethnically diverse workforce will help make contemporary businesses more dynamic, powerful, and profitable. Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.