Nina MacLaughlin is the author of the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter. Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she is a books columnist for the Boston Globe and has written for publications including the Paris Review Daily, the Believer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Bookslut, the Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. She was also recognized in Refinery29's list of "21 New Authors You Need to Know." In her latest book, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung (FSG Originals) the women of Ovid's Metamorphoses claim their stories and challenge the power of myth. Seductresses and she-monsters, nymphs and demi-goddesses, populate the famous myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses. But what happens when the story of the chase comes in the voice of the woman fleeing her rape? When the beloved coolly returns the seducer's gaze? When tales of monstrous transfiguration are sung by those transformed? In voices both mythic and modern, Wake, Siren revisits each account of love, loss, rape, revenge, and change. It lays bare the violence that undergirds and lurks in the heart of Ovid’s narratives, stories that helped build and perpetuate the distorted portrayal of women across centuries of art and literature.
Mairal, Pedro (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1970) Narrador, poeta y guionista. En 1998 obtuvo el Premio Clarín de Novela por Una noche con Sabrina Love, que fue llevada al cine dos años más tarde. Ha publicado, además, las novelas El año del desierto (2005) y Salvatierra (2008)). Es autor de los cuentos reunidos en Hoy temprano (2001), de la recopilación de columnas periodísticas El equilibrio (2013), de la novela en sonetos El gran surubí (2013) y de los libros de poesía Tigre como los pájaros (1996) y Consumidor final (2003) y del libro de crónicas Maniobras de evasión (2015). Visita la feria trayendo consigo La uruguaya, novela breve, ganadora del Premio Tigre Juan, en la que el protagonista, un joven escritor, viaja de Buenos Aires a Montevideo, al reencuentro con una mujer que marcó su vida y puso en peligro su matrimonio.
Thomas Mallon is the author of ten novels, including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, Fellow Travelers, and Watergate. Fellow Travelers has been made into a contemporary opera that is regularly performed throughout the United States. Mallon is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review, and in 2011 he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for prose style. He has been the literary editor of GQ and the deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Set during the tumultuous middle of the George W. Bush years—amid the twin catastrophes of the Iraq insurgency and Hurricane Katrina— Landfall (Pantheon) brings Thomas Mallon's cavalcade of contemporary American politics, which began with Watergate and continue with Finale, to a vivid and emotional climax. The president at the novel's center possesses a personality whose high-speed alternations between charm and petulance, resoluteness and self-pity, continually energize and mystify the panoply of characters around him. The story is deepened and driven by a love affair between two West Texans, Ross Weatherall and Allison O'Connor, whose destinies have been affixed to Bush's since they were teenagers in the 1970s. The true believer and the skeptic who end up exchanging ideological places in a romantic and political drama that unfolds in locations from New Orleans to Baghdad and during the parties, press conferences, and state funerals of Washington, D.C.
Adam Mansbach is the New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat; the novel The End of Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work which has been translated into more than forty languages, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and This American Life. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel are his only friends, which explains why they banded together for the helpful A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them…and Much More. Maybe Too Much More (Flatiron Books). The book addresses critical questions such as: Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? What's "Christian humor" and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up? The authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries. Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need. So gather up your chosen ones, open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism. Kirkus Review already warned you, calling A Field Guide to the Jewish People: "An irreverent take on Jewish life, culture, and lore. No topic is off limits.... This is another zany book for Jews and those who love them."
David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s – Rome 1960; Once in a Great City (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History). A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father (Simon & Schuster) is his twelfth book. David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling yet affirming story of his family’s ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication. Elliott Maraniss, David’s father, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Maraniss weaves his father’s story through the lives of his inquisitors and defenders as they struggle with the twentieth-century issues of race, fascism, communism, and first amendment freedoms. A Good American Family evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while underscoring what it really means to be an American.
Mesha Maren’s short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, the Oxford American, the Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Federal Prison Camp Alderson and is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Duke University. Lauren Groff calls her latest book, Sugar Run (Algonquin Books), “A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . .” In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we’ve traveled from the mistakes we’ve made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.
Valerie Martin is the author of eleven novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, four collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize and Britain’s Orange Prize. She is one of the contributing writers in Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (Akashic Books). Joyce Carol Oates, a queenpin of the noir genre, has brought her keen and discerning eye to the curation of an outstanding anthology of brand-new top-shelf short stories (and poems by Margaret Atwood!). While bad men are not always the victims in these tales, they get their due often enough to satisfy readers who are sick and tired of the gendered status quo, or who just want to have a little bit of fun at the expense of a crumbling patriarchal society. This stylistically diverse collection will make you squirm in your seat, stay up at night, laugh out loud, and inevitably wish for more.
Martínez, Guillermo (Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1962) Narrador y ensayista. Licenciado en matemática por la Universidad Nacional del Sur en 1984, se doctoró en Lógica en Buenos Aires en 1992 y posteriormente completó estudios posdoctorales en Oxford. Ha publicado los libros de cuentos Infierno grande (2001) y Una felicidad repulsiva (2013, ganador del Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez 2014); las novelas Acerca de Roderer (1993), La mujer del maestro (1998), Crímenes imperceptibles (2003), La muerte lenta de Luciana B. (2007), Yo también tuve una novia bisexual (2011) y la novela con que llega a Miami: Los crímenes de Alicia (2019), ganadora del Premio Nadal de este año, que gira en torno a una página arrancada de los diarios privados de Lewis Carroll, hecho que desencadenará una serie de crímenes.
Martínez-Grandal, Kelly (La Habana, Cuba, 1980) Poeta, ensayista y crítica de arte. Residió en Venezuela y actualmente vive en Miami. Licenciada en Artes, tiene una maestría en Literatura Comparada por la Universidad Central de Venezuela, donde también fue profesora de Arte y Literatura. Dirige Funcionarte, una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a combatir la violencia de género a través de la educación y la promoción cultural. Sus poemas y ensayos han sido publicados en varios portales digitales: Suburbano, Nagari Magazine, Letra Muerta y Verbigracia, entre otros. Su obra está incluida en las antologías 100 mujeres contra la violencia de género (2014) y 102 poetas en jamming ( 2014). En 2017 Martínez-Grandal publicó su primer libro, Medulla Oblongata, un cuaderno de versos publicado por CAWW Ediciones con ilustraciones de Ivette Díaz, en el que habla de temas esenciales: su raíces familiares, el exilio, la infancia.
Patrick McDonnell is the bestselling author, illustrator, playwright, painter, and creator of the comic strip Mutts, which appears in over 700 newspapers around the world. He has received numerous awards internationally, including the Reuben, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. Mooch, the curious cat, and Earl, the ever-trusting dog, are just two of the characters who inhabit the world of Mutts. In The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell, the award-winning author and illustrator’s beloved comic strip is celebrated as well as his bestselling children’s classics, including Me . . . Jane, The Gift of Nothing, South, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and Wag!, all shot from the original art. Also included are rare and never-before-seen artwork, proposals, outtakes, and developmental work, along with autobiographical commentary, a brand-new, career-spanning interview conducted by artist Lynda Barry, and an introduction by Eckhart Tolle.
Evelyn McDonnell is associate professor of journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock 'n' Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. Her latest book, Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl (Black Dog & Leventhal), is an unprecedented celebration of 104 musical artists, and the most complete, up-to-date history of the evolution, influence, and importance of women in music. From Bessie Smith and The Supremes to Joan Baez, Madonna, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Sleater-Kinney, Taylor Swift, and scores more, women have played an essential and undeniable role in the evolution of popular music including blues, rock and roll, country, folk, glam rock, punk, and hip hop. In Women Who Rock, McDonnell leads a team of women rock writers and pundits in an all-out celebration of 104 of the greatest female musicians. Organized chronologically, the book profiles each artist and places her in the context of both her genre and the musical world at large. Sidebars throughout recall key moments that shaped both the trajectory of music and how those moments influenced or were influenced by women artists.
Patrick McGilligan is the author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light; Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast; and George Cukor: A Double Life; and books on the lives of directors Nicholas Ray, Robert Altman, and Oscar Micheaux, and actors James Cagney, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. He also edited the acclaimed five-volume Backstory series of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters and (with Paul Buhle), the definitive Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. Funny Man: Mel Brooks (Harper), his latest, is a deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater. The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family’s kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the laughs that came easily inside the Kaminsky family proved more elusive. His lifelong crusade to transform himself into a brand name of popular humor is at the center of Funny Man. In this exhaustively researched and wonderfully novelistic look at Brooks’ personal and professional life, McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks’ psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. Engrossing, nuanced and ultimately poignant, Funny Man delivers a great man’s unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success.
Breanne McIvor studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, the Fish One-Page Prize and the Derek Walcott Writing Prize. In 2015, she won The Caribbean Writer’s David Hough Literary Prize. Where There Are Monsters (Peepal Tree Press Ltd) is her first short story collection. The Trinidad of these stories is utterly contemporary, but also a place defined by its folk mythologies and its cultural creations, its traditions of masking and disguises. These stories confront the increasing economic and cultural divisions between rich and poor, the alarming rise in crime, murders and an alternative economy based on drug trafficking. The figure of the loup-garou, the violent rhetoric of the Midnight Robber – or even cannibalism lurking far off the beaten track – have become almost comic tropes of a dusty folklore. In McIvor’s stories they become real and terrifying daylight presences, monsters who pass among us. In these carefully crafted stories, with room for humor, though of a distinctly gothic kind, Breanne McIvor reaches deep into the roots of Trinidad folk narratives to present us with very modern versions of our troubled selves.
Don McPherson, an All-America quarterback at Syracuse University who went on to play professionally in the NFL and Canada, began his work on gender-based violence prevention in 1994 at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force, and the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. His educational programs and lectures have reached over one million people in more than three hundred colleges and communities throughout North America. In You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity (Edge of Sports) former Syracuse University quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines how the narrow definition of masculinity adversely impacts women and creates many "blind spots" that hinder the healthy development of men. Dissecting the strict set of beliefs and behaviors that underpin our understanding of masculinity, he contends that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women. Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that viewing violence against women as a "women's issue" not just ignores men's culpability but conflates the toxicity of men's violence with being male. In You Throw Like a Girl, McPherson leads us beyond the blind spots and toward solutions, analyzing how we can engage men in a sustained dialogue, with a new set of terms that are aspirational and more accurately representative of the emotional wholeness of men.
Pablo Medina is the author of eighteen books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation, among them The Island Kingdom; the novels Cubop City Blues and The Cigar Roller, and the newest English version of Alejo Carpentier's seminal novel The Kingdom of This World. He was a member of the AWP board of directors from 2002-2007, serving as president in 2005–2006. Winner of numerous awards, among them grants from the Rockefeller and Oscar B. Cintas foundations, Medina was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2012. He teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. NBC News calls his latest novel, The Cuban Comedy (The Unnamed Press), "A literary triumph." A love story steeped in political satire, poetry, and the lightest touches of magical realism, Medina has created a bold, funny narrative with an uncanny heroine at its core: Elena of Piedra Negra, Cuba. Piedra Negra is an isolated village, whose citizens consist mainly of soldiers injured in the revolution who pass the time drinking a firewater so intense, all hallucinate, and most never recover. The firewater distiller's daughter Elena longs to be a poet. When Elena wins a national poetry prize, she leaves Piedra Negra behind for Havana. There she encounters a population adjusting to a new way of life, post-revolution: there are spies and secret meetings, black marketeers, and censorship. Full of outlandish humor and insights into an often contradictory and kafkaesque regime, Medina brings 1960s Cuba to life through the eyes of Elena.
Medina, Myra Narradora y docente universitaria. Profesora del departamento de World Languages del Miami Dade College (MDC), colaboradora de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE), Salzburg Global Fellow, evaluadora del Programa Fulbright Specialist y miembro del Consejo de redacción de la revista literaria Baquiana. Coautora de varios libros de texto y con artículos publicados en inglés y español en diversos medios impresos. Presenta en esta edición de la feria El cambio de las estaciones, editada por Baquiana, novela que tiene por escenario una isla caribeña a lo largo del siglo XX y por personaje principal, a Mariana, una mujer que vive dentro de una sociedad rural y patriarcal.
Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award. His work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s, Time, and GQ. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and an O. Henry Prize. He is an associate professor of journalism at New York University. He is author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. Mehta also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swaths of the world: When today’s immigrants are asked, “Why are you here?” they can justly respond, “We are here because you were there.” And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish. Impassioned, rigorous, and richly stocked with memorable stories and characters, This Land Is Our Land is a timely and necessary intervention, and a literary polemic of the highest order.
Melchor, Fernanda (Veracruz, México, 1982) Narradora y periodista. Estudió Periodismo en la Universidad Veracruzana y una maestría en Estética y Arte en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. En 2013 publicó sus dos primeros libros: Aquí no es Miami, colección de crónicas y relatos, y Falsa liebre, novela. En 2017 dio a conocer su segunda novela: Temporada de huracanes, con la que recibió el Premio Internacional de Literatura 2019, otorgado por la Casa de las Culturas del Mundo en Berlín. Ese mismo año recibió el Premio Ana Seghers, también en Alemania. Otros galardones obtenidos por la autora son el del PEN a la Excelencia Literaria 2018 y el Premio Nacional de Crónica Dolores Guerrero en 2011. Actualmente es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Melchior presenta en en la feria Temporada de huracanes (2013), novela en que el crimen perpetrado contra una mujer poco querida y solitaria permitirá ir conociendo a los personajes involucrados con los hechos y, del mismo modo, sus condiciones miserables de vida.
Méndez, Roxana (San Salvador, El Salvador, 1979) Poeta, narradora y traductora. Tiene un máster en Literatura Española e Hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Barcelona. En 2019 obtuvo el Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos de Miami y el Centro Español en El Salvador le otorgó el premio de cultura La Cruz de Santiago. Ha recibido también el Premio Alhambra de Poesía Americana en España y en su país el premio Gran Maestre de Poesía, así como en otros certámenes nacionales de narrativa y poesía infantil. Entre sus poemarios para adultos se destacan El cielo en la ventana (2012), Mnemosine (2008) y Memoria (2004) y, para niños, los libros Máquinas voladoras (2018) y El libro secreto (2017) y Clara y Clarissa (2012). Participa en el VI Seminario de Literatura infantil y lectura.
Raised in a small town in Georgia with no money or connections, Pat Mitchell went on to become a consummate media game-changer. She was the first woman president of PBS, CNN Productions, and The Paley Center for Media, as well as an award-winning producer of documentaries and TV series. She is the cofounder and curator of TEDWomen and the Connected Women Leaders Initiative; chair of Sundance Institute and Co-Chair of The Women's Media Center; trustee of the Skoll Foundation; and advisor to Participant Media. In Becoming a Dangerous Woman (Seal Press), she shares her own path to power, from a childhood spent on a cotton farm in the South to her unprecedented rise in media and global affairs. Alongside revelatory interviews with other dangerous women, Mitchell takes us on a lively journey, sharing with readers intimate anecdotes about navigating the power paradigms of Washington, D.C. and Hollywood, traveling to war zones with Eve Ensler and Glenn Close, pressing Fidel Castro into making a historic admission about the Cold War, and matching wits with Ted Turner and Robert Redford.
Morell, Arturo (México) Abogado, diplomático, narrador, poeta, especialista en temas sociales y promotor cultural con estudios de teatro y cine. Autor de Líneas de madrugada (2003), De poli a diva… y de regreso (2007) e Innominado amor (2013). Ha estrenado las obras dramáticas Alquimia y transmutación, Chav@s unidos por la igualdad y Pastorela de la integración. Recibió el Premio Nacional por la Igualdad y la No Discriminación 2017 otorgado por el CONAPRED y es Doctor Honoris Causa (2014) por el Claustro Doctoral México. Presidente de la Fundación Voz de Libertad AC dedicada desde 2005 al diseño de estrategias culturales para resolver problemáticas sociales. Se presenta en la feria con su libro Confía en ti y cambia tu mundo, título en el que aparecen reflejadas sus experiencias como tallerista y promotor cultural.
Maika Moulite earned a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Miami. When she’s not using her digital prowess to help nonprofits and major organizations tell their stories online, she’s writing stories of her own. She also blogs at Daily Ellement, a lifestyle website featuring everything from diverse inspirational women to career guidance. She is co-author, with her sister Maritza, of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine (Inkyard Press). When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime… Quick-witted high school journalist Alaine Beauparlant gets booted from her elite private school after an intricate prank goes cruelly awry (blame it on the family curse). She warily accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend her suspension at the family’s estate in Haiti–where her estranged mom is recuperating from a political fiasco. In her family’s homeland for the first time, Alaine is immediately put to work at her aunt’s start-up helping native children in need. Alaine meets locals, interacts with kids connected to donors, and is shown the ropes by Jason, a fellow intern whose charming ways are making work a bit more challenging. What she doesn’t expect to find are letters, articles, emails, and diary entries that she compiles into a final project that will not only save her academic standing in school, but also help her finally know the mother she’s never really understood.
Maritza Moulite graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and the University of Southern California with a Master’s in Journalism. She’s worked in various capacities for NBC News, CNN, and USA Today. An admirer of Michelle Obama, Maritza is a perpetual student and blogs at Daily Ellement. She is co-author, with her sister Maika, of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine (Inkyard Press). When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime… Quick-witted high school journalist Alaine Beauparlant gets booted from her elite private school after an intricate prank goes cruelly awry (blame it on the family curse). She warily accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend her suspension at the family’s estate in Haiti–where her estranged mom is recuperating from a political fiasco. In her family’s homeland for the first time, Alaine is immediately put to work at her aunt’s start-up helping native children in need. Alaine meets locals, interacts with kids connected to donors, and is shown the ropes by Jason, a fellow intern whose charming ways are making work a bit more challenging. What she doesn’t expect to find are letters, articles, emails, and diary entries that she compiles into a final project that will not only save her academic standing in school, but also help her finally know the mother she’s never really understood.
Philip Mudd, the author of Takedown, a detailed account of intelligence gathering in the hunt for al-Qa’ida, is the ex–deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and the FBI’s National Security Branch. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post. Mudd’s Black Site (Liveright) is an account of one of the most controversial initiatives in American history. After September 11, 2001, almost overnight, the CIA evolved into a warfighting intelligence service. In Black Site Mudd addresses how far America actually went to pursue al-Qa’ida and prevent another catastrophe. One tool was an interrogation program of suspected al-Qaida members and other terrorists, known internally as “The Program.” Because the methods might have been questionable by American legal, ethical and moral standards, the work was often done in a web of top-secret “black sites” in other countries outsourced to intelligence agents of other governments. Debates about torture ignited in 2014 after the US Senate published a report of the Program. But the report, Mudd argues, did not fully address questions such as: How did the officials actually come to their decisions? What happened at the detention facilities on a day-to-day basis? And how did the officers feel about what they were doing? Based on interviews from dozens of officials―many of whom have never spoken out before― Black Site seeks answers to these questions and more. It shows the tragedy and triumph of the CIA during its most difficult days. Kirkus Review called Black Site “a revealing and engaging account of life in the shadows.”
Murrieta, Fabio (Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1970). Ensayista y editor residente en España. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad de La Habana, cursó estudios de Doctorado en la Universidad de Cádiz. En Cuba fue editor y especialista en Estudios Culturales en las fundaciones Alejo Carpentier, Pablo Milanés y Hermanos Loynaz. Ha prologado numerosos libros e impartido cursos y conferencias en universidades de varios países. Entre sus libros se encuentran La esperanza en Pailock (1994), El amor a la ciudad (1996) y Con Cuba en la distancia (2002). Director de las editoriales Aduana Vieja y Letra Capital. Experto tecnológico en Marketing y Comunicación, es consultor en moda de varias marcas europeas. Coordina la mesa de la editorial valenciana Aduana Vieja.
Leland Myrick is the Ignatz Award– and Harvey Award–nominated author and illustrator of The Sweet Collection, Bright Elegy, Missouri Boy, and illustrator of the New York Times–bestseller Feynman, a collaboration with Jim Ottaviani. He has written and illustrated work for Dark Horse Comics, GQ Japan, Vogue Russia, and the Flight series. Jim Ottaviani is a New York Times–bestselling author. Ottaviani and Myrick’s Hawking (First Second), is an illustrated biography of Stephen Hawking, one of the most important scientists of our time. As they tell it, from his early days at the St Albans School and Oxford, Stephen Hawking’s brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. Then, at twenty-one, he was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Though the disease weakened his muscles and limited his ability to move and speak, it did nothing to limit his mind. After being told he had only a few years to live, he went on to do groundbreaking work in cosmology and theoretical physics for decades, bringing his intimate understanding of the universe to the public in his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time. He also established himself as a pop-culture icon by playing himself on shows like Star Trek, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory, and becoming an outspoken advocate for disability rights. Publishers Weekly celebrated Hawking: "This smart and wondrously exploratory scientific biography reveals as much about black holes as the man who explored them."
Walter Naegle is the former partner of the American Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin and is executive director of the Bayard Rustin Fund, which commemorates Rustin's life, values, and legacy. Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters; We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States, and, First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson. Jacqueline Houtman is the author of the award-winning children's book The Reinvention of Edison Thomas. Her science writing for adults and children has appeared in various ublications including World Book Science Year, FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience series, and the Cleveland Clinic Magazine. Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington (City Lights Publishing) is a biography for younger readers about one of the most influential activists of our time. An early advocate for African Americans and for gay rights, Rustin was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was arrested on a bus 13 years before Rosa Parks and he participated in integrated bus rides throughout the South 14 years before the Freedom Riders. He was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., teaching him the techniques and philosophy of Gandhian nonviolent direct action. He organized the March on Washington in 1963, one of the most impactful mobilizations in American history. Yet despite these contributions, few Americans recognize his name, and he is absent from most history books, in large part because he was gay. This biography traces Rustin’s life, from his childhood and his first arrest in high school for sitting in the “whites only” section of a theater, through a lifetime of nonviolent activism. Michael Cart in a starred review for Booklist, called Troublemaker for Justice “an indispensable addition to the literature of both civil and gay rights."
Malcolm Nance is author of the New York Times bestseller The Plot to Hack America and an intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former career US intelligence officer. In The Plot to Destroy Democracy (Hachette Books ) Malcolm Nance examines how Russia has used cyber warfare, political propaganda, and manipulation of our perception of reality to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet. Its objective, Nance argues, is to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within — and he also warns readers about and what can be expected to happen should we fail to stop their next attack. Utilizing top secret Russian-sourced political and hybrid warfare strategy documents, Nance writes about the plan to undermine American institutions that has been in effect from the Cold War to the present day. Based on original research and countless interviews with espionage experts, he scrutinizes the recent hacking, exposes Russia’s support of right-wing extremists throughout both the U.S. and Europe, and examines how Putin's agencies have worked since 2010 to bring fringe candidate Donald Trump into elections. The Plot to Destroy Democracy provides a better understanding of why Putin's efforts are a serious threat to our national security and global alliances –and is also a blistering indictment of President Donald J. Trump. Kirkus Reviews note that "Nance traces the revival of Russian enmity to Putin's second term as president, when he turned his KGB training to good use in weakening his American opponents by exploiting their divisions-exactly what those active measures are supposed to do... A convincing...cry that treason is afoot."
Navarro, Julia (Madrid, España, 1953) Periodista y escritora española. Después de escribir varios libros de actualidad política, en 2004 publicó su primera novela: La Hermandad de la Sábana Santa, que se convirtió rápidamente en un éxito.nA esta la siguieron La Biblia de barro (2005), La sangre de los inocentes (2007), Dime quién soy (2010), Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto (2013) e Historia de un canalla (2016). Ha recibido, entre otros galardones, los premios Ciudad de Cartagena 2004, Ciudad de Córdoba 2004 y Pluma de Plata de la Feria del Libro de Bilbao 2005. Sus libros se han publicado en más de treinta países y actualmente se está preparando la adaptación audiovisual de Dime quién soy. A la Feria del Libro de Miami, Julia Navarro llega con su más reciente obra Tú no matarás, aparecida este año bajo el sello Plaza & Janés del grupo Penguin Random House, en la que cuenta el largo periplo seguido por tres amigos escapados de la España franquista en 1941; su viaje los llevará a sitios tan disímiles como Alejandría, París, Lisboa, Praga, Boston y Santiago de Chile.
Kadir Nelson is an author, artist and illustrator. He has received many awards and honors for his work including for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; the historical fiction book Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford. He has also been recognized for his work in children's books such as We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, his debut as an author; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by poet Ntozake Shange, and Just the Two of Us, written by Will Smith. In the picture book biography of Nelson Mandela (Katherine Tegen Books) Nelson tells the story of global icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela in free verse and illustrations. It tells the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa, and of the struggles of a man who believed in equality for all people, no matter the color of their skin and who, eventually, became the president of his country. Publishers Weekly called Nelson Mandela “An extremely powerful picture-book biography of South Africa’s first black president. It’s a solid biography in its own right, but thanks to Nelson’s characteristically stunning paintings, it soars.”