2018 Authors

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Past Featured Authors

Tony Abbott 2008
Betzi Abram 2003
Diana Abu-Jaber 2012
Chantel Acevedo 2016
Michele Albion 2011, 2013
Steve Alten 2008
Marty Ambrose 2000
Derek Anderson 2004
Mary Kay Andrews 2001, 2008, 2013
Sergio Andricaín 2014
Tom Angleberger 2015
Jennifer Arena 2016
Tedd Arnold 2013
Ace Atkins 2001
Jamie Ayres 2014
Larry Baker 2011
David Baldacci 2007
Jennifer Barnes 2011
Jennifer Lynn Barnes 2015
Annie Barrows 2013
Ted Bell 2011
Alex Berenson 2013
Elizabeth Berg 2002
Marianne Berkes 2006, 2008
Eileen Bernard 2003
Steve Berry 2006
Phil Bildner 2005, 2011
Reshonda Tate Billingsley 2007
Clinton L. Black 2001
Lisa Black 2007, 2009, 2012
Richard Blanco 2015
Herman Bly 2002
Prudy Taylor Board 2005, 2011
James O. Born 2008, 2016
Ben Bova 2001, 2005
Valerie Boyd 2005
Kim Boykin 2015
Rick Bragg 2004
Connie Bransilver 2001
Allison Brennan 2016
Denise Brennan-Nelson 2014
Scott Brick 2007, 2011
Douglas Brinkley 2004
Kristen Britain 2004
Suzanne Brockmann 2007
Holly Brown 2017
Sandra Brown 2005
Tracy Brown 2009
Nick Bruel 2011
Wanda Brunstetter 2014
Michael Buckley 2012
Sheramy Bundrick 2010
T. Davis Bunn 2003
Alafair Burke 2014
Jan Burke 2000, 2004
Nancy Bush 2008
T.J. Butler 2002, 2004
Meg Cabot 2006, 2016
W. Bruce Cameron 2014
Frank Cammuso 2015
Colin Campbell 2017
Elisa Carbone 2004
Melody Carlson 2014
Gail Carson Levine 2013
Ally Carter 2013
Mary Casanova 2006
Dixie Cash 2007
Wiley Cash 2014
Joy Castro 2013
Marsha Wilson Chall 2005
Joelle Charbonneau 2016
Cinda Chima 2015
Lindsay Cibos 2008
Scott Ciencin 2000, 2001, 2001, 2003
Chris Claremont 2010
Carol Higgins Clark 2006
Mary Jane Clark 2011
Nancy Cohen 2001, 2004
Evelyn Coleman 2001, 2002
Maria Antonieta Collins 2007
Sheila Herbet Collins 2003
Patrick Comer 2000
Michael Connelly 2002
Lori Copeland 2007
Tom Corcoran 2000
Enrique Cordoba 2005
Catherine Coulter 2013
Jasmine Cresswell 2001
Millie Criswell 2001
Deborah Crombie 2012
Christopher Paul Curtis 2012
Lauren Dane 2016
Susanna Daniel 2011
Cynthia Darlow 2008
S.V. Date 2002, 2005
Katie Davis 2009
Kimberly Carol Williams Davis 2002
Melissa de la Cruz 2008
Jeffery Deaver 2005
Nora DeLoach 2000
Nelson DeMille 2011
Wes DeMott 2001
Paul Doiron 2016
Trish Doller 2016
David Dorsey 2015
Tim Dorsey 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Sharon M. Draper 2010
Stella Pope Duarte 2006
Martha Tod Dudman 2008
Martin Dugard 2013
Lois Duncan 2002
Mark “Tiger” Edmonds 2003
Jason Edwards 2010
Brian Egeston 2002, 2003
Eric Elfman 2016
Roger Eschbacher 2004, 2007
Laura Esquivel 2007
David Essel 2003
Janet Evanovich 2005
Mary Anna Evans 2004
Linda Fairstein 2011
Richard Ferrone 2008
Joy Fielding 2004, 2013
Candace Fleming 2017
Adrian Fogelin 2003
Connie May Fowler 2006
Dorothea Benton Frank 2013
Marcia Freeman 2002
Dennis Fried 2001
Jeaniene Frost 2013
Diana Gabaldon 2003
Ed Gaffney 2007
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera 2000, 2004, 2006
Edmund Gatley 2004
Judy Gelman 2008
Tess Gerritsen 2009
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler 2002
Sha’ Givens 2004
Anna Godbersen 2012
Holly Goldberg Sloan 2015
Christopher Golden 2003
Lucia M. Gonzalez 2010
Paulette Goodman 2003
Kathleen Goonan 2000
Chris Grabenstein 2017
Sue Grafton 2002
Heather Graham 2001, 2011
Rubye Graham-Emerson 2003
Shelley Shepard Gray 2017
Mark Greaney 2017
Jane Green 2012, 2013
H.Terrell Griffin 2013
James Grippando 2004, 2010, 2017
Andrew Gross 2014
Michael Grunwald 2007
George Guidall 2012
Robin Jones Gunn 2007
Donna Guthrie 2003
Margaret Peterson Haddix 2010
Patricia Haley 2003
James W. Hall 2000, 2004
Joan Hiatt Harlow 2006
Karen Harper 2000, 2001, 2007,
Kim Harrison 2013
Kristy Woodson Harvey 2016
Gerald Hausman 2000, 2002
Pete Hautman 2005
Jeremiah Healy 2001
Jane Heller 2000
Hilary Hemingway 2001
Beverly Taylor Herald 2001
Maude Heurtelou 2003
Carl Hiaasen 2000
Robert Hicks 2007
Joe Hill 2008
Nathan Hill 2017
Jared Hodges 2008
Alice Hoffman 2011
William Hoffman 2002
Nancy Holder 2012
Kimberly Willis Holt 2005
Lee Bennett Hopkins 2010
Ellen Hopkins 2013
Nancy Horan 2015
Darrell House 2006, 2009
Ard Hoyt 2004
Ad Hudler 2003, 2006, 2009
Angela Elwell Hunt 2000
Travis Hunter 2002
Gregg Hurwitz 2017
Amy Ignatow 2015
Michael Imepellizzeri 2001, 2002, 2003
Brenda Jackson 2004, 2008
Lisa Jackson 2010
Eloisa James 2014
Lorelei James 2016
J.A. Jance 2011
Iris Johansen 2012
Roy Johansen 2012
Franklyn Johnson 2001
Karla Juarez 2003, 2005
Richard Kadrey 2015
Stuart Kaminsky 2000
Victoria Kann 2011
James Kaserman 2001
James & Sarah Jane Kaserman 2002
Alex Kava 2012
Laurie Keller 2015
Katherine Kellgren 2011
Dr. Carol Kennedy 2001, 2002
Barbara Kesel 2003
Helen Ketteman 2004
S.J. Kincaid 2017
Cassandra King 2005, 2017
Jonathon King 2003
Peter King 2001
Shelly King 2015
Jeff Kinney 2009
Christine Kling 2005
Jeff Klinkenberg 2007
Debra Knight 2002
Michelle Knudsen 2017
Julie Kramer 2014
Uma Krishnaswami 2004
Jarrett Krosoczka 2008
Vicki Levy Krupp 2008
Mary Kubica 2017
Taya Kyle 2017
Jon Land 2015
Lorna Landvik 2006
Kelly Lange 2002
Alison Larkin 2008
Erik Larson 2012
Dennis Lehane 2000, 2009,
Christine Lemmon 2001, 2002
Betsy Lewin 2014
Ted Lewin 2014
Kevin Lewis 2005
Grace Lin 2017
Jeff Lindsay 2001, 2007, 2009, 2015
Laura Lippman 2015
David Liss 2009
Eric Litwin 2011
Martín Llorens 2014
Gary Loderhose 2002
Mary Logue 2005
Ethan Long 2014
Lois Lowry 2009
Lisa Lutz 2008
Jay MacDonald 2006
Doug MacGregor 2000, 2001, 2002
TJ MacGregor 2001
Debbie Macomber 2006, 2016
Robert Macomber 2004, 2009, 2010
Michelle Madow 2014
Susan Mallery 2015
Phillip Margolin 2004, 2014
Margaret Maron 2014
Michele Martinez 2008
Connie Mason 2000
Janeen Mason 2009
Susan Rowan Masters 2003
Peter Matthiessen 2002
S.R. Maxeiner, Jr. M.D. 2003
Timmothy McCann 2002
Erin McCarthy 2007
Sharyn McCrumb 2006
Nina McGuire 2000
LuAnn McLane 2014
Bob McLeod 2007
C.C. Medina 2001
Meg Medina 2016
Maile Meloy 2015
Brad Meltzer 2006
Charise Meracle Harper 2015
Shelley Fraser Mickle 2003
Linda Lael Miller 2007
Sue Miller 2006
Wendy Howell Mills 2004
Jacquelyn Mitchard 2016
Sue Monk Kidd 2014
Mary Alice Monroe 2001, 2004, 2015
Johanna Moran 2010
Gustavo Bolivar Moreno 2008
David Morrell 2003
Bob Morris 2005, 2008
William Morrow 2003
Stan Mulford 2002
Stuart Murphy 2002
Victoria Christopher Murray 2003
Lauren Myracle 2010
Donna Jo Napoli 2004
Julie & Mike Neal 2003
Carla Neggers 2008, 2010
Kadir Nelson 2013
Carla Norton 2015
Kitty Oliver 2003
Lauren Oliver 2012
James O’Neal 2010
Joseph Pacheco 2005
Daniel Palmer 2016
Michael Palmer 2005, 2012
Barbara Parker 2000
Doris L. Parker 2001
P.J. Parrish 2003, 2004
Stephan Pastis 2014
Ridley Pearson 2011
Robert Newton Peck 2002
Ana Sofia Pelaez 2016
George Pelecanos 2006
Sara Pennypacker 2012
Mike Perkins 2003
Kayla Perrin 2001
Martha Lou Perritti 2003
Esther Sandner Petersen 2003
Dani Pettrey 2015
Hank Phillippi Ryan 2014
Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2011
Nancy Pickard 2001, 2003
Craig Pittman 2017
Peggy Post 2003
Kevin Powell 2004
Martha Powers 2001
Jack Prelutsky 2004
Margi Preus 2013
Mary Jo Putney 2004
Julia Quinn 2014
Maria Rado 2005
Chris Raschka 2003
Randy Rawls 2015
Frank Remkiewicz 2001, 2002
Patricia Rice 2001
Larry Richardson 2001
Sherri Duskey Rinker 2016
Kimberla Lawson Roby 2017
Eric Rohmann 2017
Paul Ruben 2008
Anthony Samad 2004
Judy Schachner 2012
Frederick Schofield 2001
Aileen Schumacher 2000
Lisa Scottoline 2010
Brenda Seabrooke 2001, 2002
Jeff Shaara 2009
Jill Shalvis 2014
Deborah Sharp 2013
Bob Shea 2013
Courtney Sheinmel 2014
Sara Shepard 2011, 2017
Neal Shusterman 2016
Linda Shute 2001
Obert Skye 2012
Irene Smalls 2007, 2008
Patrick Smith 2000
Cynthia Smith, Leitch 2011
Tom Smoot 2009
Charles Sobczak 2001, 2002, 2003
Bill Sparks 2003
Erica Spindler 2012
Patricia Sprinkle 2001
Les Standiford 2000, 2007, 2013
Wendy Corsi Staub 2008
David Ezra Stein 2012
R.L. Stine 2010
Sarah Strohmeyer 2004
Dana Sullivan 2015
Tui T. Sutherland 2017
Marlene Taylor 2002
Candis Terry 2015
Carlene A. Thissen 2005
Jodi Thomas 2016
Trisha R. Thomas 2005
Salome Thomas-EL 2003
Tracy Price Thompson 2002
Caroline Todd 2012
Duncan Tonatiuh 2015
Thrity Umrigar 2012
Lisa Unger 2005
Vivian Vande Velde 2006
Annie Vanderbilt 2009
Ana Veciana-Suarez 2004
Elaine Viets 2000, 2004
Debbie Viguie 2012
Brady Vogt 2002
M. Diane Vogt 2001, 2005
Susan Vreeland 2008
Tina Wainscott 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Blair S. Walker 2003
D. Watkins 2017
Melanie Watt 2013
Joe Weber 2004
Elissa Brent Weissman 2016
Rosemary Wells 2011
Valerie Wilson Wesley 2006
Charles G. West 2000
Chassie West 2001
Diana Lee Whatley 2004
Kate White 2016
Randy Wayne White 2003
Tyler Whitesides 2014
Susan Wiggs 2005, 2017
Lori Wilde 2017
Doug Wilhelm 2007
Beatriz Williams 2017
Sheila Williams 2004
F. Paul Wilson 2007, 2010
Darryl Wimberley 2001
Douglas Wood 2006
Stuart Woods 2008
Lori Woolridge 2003, 2004
Dan Yaccarino 2004, 2005
Rick Yancey 2014
Salina Yoon 2017
Mario Alberto Zambrano 2014
Zane 2012

Adult Authors

  • Janet Beard
    Janet Beard

    Janet Beard

    Janet Beard earned an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her first novel, “Beneath the Pines,” was published in 2008 and her follow-up, “The Atomic City Girls,” will be published in 2018. Born and raised in east Tennessee, she currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio. Visit janetbeard.com

  • Alex Berenson
    Alex Berenson

    Alex Berenson

    Alex Berenson writes the John Wells series of novels and is a former reporter for The New York Times. His debut novel, “The Faithful Spy,” won the Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. Visit alexberenson.com

    Photo credit: Sigrid Estrada

  • J.T. Ellison
    J.T. Ellison

    J.T. Ellison

    J.T. Ellison is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens. She also pens the thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with Catherine Coulter. Visit jtellison.com

  • Craig Grossi
    Craig Grossi

    Craig Grossi

    Craig Grossi was a member of an elite team of Marines. He found his dog Fred during his most dangerous assignment in the Sangin District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. While not the place he was expecting to meet his first dog, Craig was able to send Fred home to his family while he completed his tour.

    ​After Afghanistan, Craig left the Marines in search of a new mission – to share his story and his adventures with Fred, and the message of “stubborn positivity” that Fred inspired. “Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How they Rescued Each Other” is his first book and is also available in a young reader’s edition. Visit fredtheafghan.com

  • Sue Halpern
    Sue Halpern

    Sue Halpern

    Sue Halpern is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novel “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library.” Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone and Conde Nast Traveler, among many publications. Her book “Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught In The Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly” was made into an Emmy-nominated film. Halpern is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rhodes Scholarship, and a founder of the Town of Johnsburg Library, the first public library in that corner of the Adirondacks. Visit suehalpern.com

    Photo credit: Nancie Battaglia

  • Patti Callahan Henry
    Patti Callahan Henry

    Patti Callahan Henry

    Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author whose novels include “The Bookshop at Water’s End,” “The Idea of Love” and “Driftwood Summer.” She lives with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Visit patticallahanhenry.com

     

  • Jillian Medoff
    Jillian Medoff

    Jillian Medoff

    Jillian Medoff is the acclaimed author of the national best-seller “I Couldn’t Love You More” and “Good Girls Gone Bad.” Her first novel, “Hunger Point,” was adapted into an original Lifetime movie. She has an MFA from NYU and has studied with writers including Mona Simpson, Jonathan Dee and Alice Walker, and taken master classes with Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates and Grace Paley. Visit jillianmedoff.com

    Photo credit: Nina Subin 

  • Carla Neggers
    Carla Neggers

    Carla Neggers

    Carla Neggers is The New York Times best-selling author of many novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including “Thief’s Mark,” “Liar’s Key,” “Red Clover Inn” and “Echo Lake.” A frequent traveler to Ireland, Carla lives with her family in New England. Visit carlaneggers.com.

  • Jessica Shattuck
    Jessica Shattuck

    Jessica Shattuck

    Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of “The Hazards of Good Breeding,” a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and of “Perfect Life.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, WIRED and The Believer, among others. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Shattuck now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her latest release is “The Women in the Castle.” Visit jessicashattuck.com

  • Scott Turow
    Scott Turow

    Scott Turow

    Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of 11 bestselling works of fiction, including his first novel, “Presumed Innocent.” His newest novel, “Testimony,” was released in May 2017. He has written two nonfiction books about his experiences in the law, and his novels have been the basis of several films, including the movie, “Presumed Innocent.” His books have sold more than 30 million copies around the world.

    A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons LLC, an international law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters. He has served on a number of public bodies, including the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment to recommend reforms to Illinois’ death penalty system, and was the first Chair of Illinois’ Executive Ethics Commission which was created in 2004 to regulate executive branch employees in the Illinois State government. He was also President of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest membership organization of professional writers, and is an Emeritus Trustee of Amherst College. Visit scottturow.com

    Photo credit: Jeremy Lawson

Child Authors

  • Jeffrey Brown
    Jeffrey Brown

    Jeffrey Brown

    Jeffrey Brown is the best-selling author and illustrator of the middle grade “Jedi Academy” series as well as the “Darth Vader and Son” series. When he was a kid, Jeffrey always dreamed of growing up to draw comics and make books for a living – and now he’s living that dream! Jeffrey has written a number of autobiographical books for adults, humorous graphic novels about cats and parodies like “Incredible Change-Bots.”

    Currently, Jeffrey is working on a series that has been 40,000 years in the making: “Lucy & Andy Neanderthal!” Lucy and Andy are a brother and sister living in the stone age, which would be hard enough between hunting mammoths and avoiding cave bears – but they also have to make new friends, stay out of trouble, and survive their prehistoric sibling rivalry. “Lucy & Andy Book Two: The Stone Cold Age” is out now. Visit jeffreybrowncomics.com

  • Alan Gratz
    Alan Gratz

    Alan Gratz

    Alan Gratz is the best-selling author of a number of novels for young readers including “Samurai Shortstop,” “The Brooklyn Nine,” “Prisoner B-3087,” “Code of Honor,” “Projekt 1065,” “The League of Seven” series and “Ban This Book.” His latest novel is “Refugee,” the story of three different refugee families struggling for freedom and safety in three different eras and different parts of the world. A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Alan is now a full-time writer living in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Visit alangratz.com

  • Michael Hall
    Michael Hall

    Michael Hall

    Michael Hall is the author/illustrator of “My Heart is Like a Zoo” which made The New York Times best-sellers list and “Red: a Crayon’s Story” which was named to the 2016 Rainbow List and received the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award. A former graphic designer, his body of work includes such titles as “Frankencrayon,” “It’s an Orange Aardvark” and “Cat Tale.” Visit michaelhallstudio.com

  • Suzy Kline
    Suzy Kline

    Suzy Kline

    Suzy Kline’s first “Horrible Harry” book was published in 1988. Since then she has written more than 30 books about Harry and his friends in Room 3B. Suzy grew up in California and now lives in Willington, Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. They have a number of children and grandchildren. She taught elementary school for 27 years and now does scores of school visits in addition to her writing. Visit suzykline.com

  • Jennifer Ward
    Jennifer Ward

    Jennifer Ward

    Jennifer Ward is the award-winning author of more than 20 acclaimed books for children, including the ALA Notable “Mama Built a Little Nest,” illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Steve Jenkins, and the bestselling and wildly popular “There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea,” illustrated by Steve Gray. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona and lives in Southern Illinois, where she writes full time. She often uses nature and science as a muse for her rollicking, rhythmic informational books for children. Visit jenniferwardbooks.com

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