2019 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
Janet Beard 2018
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
Jeffrey Brown 2018
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
J.T. Ellison 2018
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
Alan Gratz 2018
Shelley Shepard Gray 2017
Mark Greaney 2017
Jane Green 2012, 2013
H.Terrell Griffin 2013
James Grippando 2004, 2010, 2017
Andrew Gross 2014
Craig Grossi 2018
Michael Grunwald 2007
George Guidall 2012
Robin Jones Gunn 2007
Donna Guthrie 2003
Margaret Peterson Haddix 2010
Patricia Haley 2003
Michael Hall 2018
James W. Hall 2000, 2004
Sue Halpern 2018
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
Patti Callahan Henry 2018
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
Jillian Medoff 2018
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, 2018
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
Jessica Shattuck 2018
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
Scott Turow 2018
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
Jennifer Ward 2018
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

  • Tara Conklin
    Tara Conklin

    Tara Conklin

    Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. “The House Girl,” her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into eight languages. Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and as a litigator at a corporate law firm in London and New York.  Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University.) Visit www.taraconklin.com

  • Johnny Heller
    Johnny Heller

    Johnny Heller

    Johnny Heller has narrated over 700 audiobooks in every genre. He is a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award Winner, a double nominee in 2015, a 2014 Nominee for Best Male Narrator, a double nominee in 2012 and was named a Best Voice of 2008 – 2011, 2014, 2015 and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner 2008-2013. A winner of over 25 Earphone Awards, Audiofile Magazine named Heller one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century. Johnny coaches actors in audiobook narration and commercial VO locally, nationally and internationally. Visit www.johnnyheller.com.

  • Thomas Mullen
    Thomas Mullen

    Thomas Mullen

    Thomas Mullen is the author of five novels, including “Darktown,” an NPR Best Book of 2016; “Lightning Men,” named a Top Ten Crime Novel of 2017 by The New York Times; and “The Last Town on Earth,” named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today. Visit www.thomasmullen.net.

  • Lisa Patton
    Lisa Patton

    Lisa Patton

    Lisa Patton is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She worked 25 years in the music and entertainment industry before discovering her passion for novel writing and is now the bestselling author of what Library Journal calls, “the beloved Dixie series: “Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter,” “Yankee Doodle Dixie” and “Southern as a Second Language.” Her latest novel, “Rush,” a summer 2018 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and a SIBA bestseller, has been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “a story about right versus wrong, old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times.” Visit www.lisapatton.com.

  • Lori Roy
    Lori Roy

    Lori Roy

    Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest where she attended and graduated from Kansas State University. She is the author of the Edgar Award-Winning “Bent Road.” Her most recent novel, “Let Me Die In His Footsteps,” received the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel of 2015, making Lori the first woman to win Best First and Best Novel and the third person to do so. Visit www.loriroy.com.

    Photo credit: Kathleen Hall Photography

  • B.A. Shapiro
    B.A. Shapiro

    B.A. Shapiro

    B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Muralist,” “The Art Forger,” “The Safe Room,” “Blind Spot,” “See No Evil,” “Blameless” and “Shattered Echoes.” She has also written four screenplays and the nonfiction book, “The Big Squeeze.” “The Art Forger” has been on many bestseller lists including the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle and has won many awards including The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel. Visit www.bashapirobooks.com.

    Photo credit: Lynn Wayne

  • Peter Swanson
    Peter Swanson

    Peter Swanson

    Peter Swanson is the author of four novels: “The Girl With a Clock For a Heart,” an LA Times Book Award finalist; “The Kind Worth Killing,” winner of the New England Society Book Award; “Her Every Fear,” an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, “All the Beautiful Lies.” Visit www.peter-swanson.com.

  • Kiki Swinson
    Kiki Swinson

    Kiki Swinson

    Kiki Swinson is the bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories. Swinson’s works feature resilient women making tough—and sometimes not quite legal—decisions to survive. Her novels, inspired by her experiences and a five-year stint in federal prison, have sold over 1 million copies. Visit www.kikimedia.net.

    Photo credit: Solomon & Solomon Photography

  • Anthony Tata
    Anthony Tata

    Anthony Tata

    General Anthony Tata has more than three decades of service in the public and private sectors. His last tour was as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, commanding 25,000 troops. He is author of national bestselling thrillers “Foreign and Domestic,” “Three Minutes to Midnight,” andBesieged.” His latest releases are “Direct Fire” and “Dark Winter.” Visit www.ajtata.com.

    Photo credit: Christer Berg Photography

  • Wendy Wax
    Wendy Wax

    Wendy Wax

    Wendy Waxs contemporary women’s fiction revolves around journeys of self-discovery and explores the bonds of friendship that get us through the toughest times. Her works include “A Week at the Lake,” “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” and her Florida-set “Ten Beach Road” novels: “Best Beach Ever,” “One Good Thing,” “Sunshine Beach,” “The House On Mermaid Point,” “Ocean Beach” and “Ten Beach Road” and have been featured in national media including USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal and Woman’s World.

    Her other works include “Magnolia Wednesdays,” “The Accidental Bestseller,” “Hostile Makeover,” “Leave it to Cleavage,” “Single in Suburbia,” and “7 Days and 7 Nights.” Many of her novels have been published internationally.

    A former broadcaster and the mother of two grown sons, Wendy has left the suburbs of Atlanta for an in town high-rise where she and her husband are happily downsized. Her newest novel “My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding” will be released in May 2019. Visit www.authorwendywax.com.

  • Karen White
    Karen White

    Karen White

    Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of over 20 books, including “The Night the Lights Went Out,” “Flight Patterns,” “The Sound of Glass,” “A Long Time Gone” and “The Time Between” and a coauthor, with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, of “The Forgotten Room.” Visit www.karen-white.com.

    Photo credit: Marchet Butler

  • Lauren Willig
    Lauren Willig

    Lauren Willig

    Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several works of historical fiction, including “The English Wife,” the RITA-winning Pink Carnation series, and two novels co-written with Karen White and Beatriz Williams. An alumna of Yale, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law. She lives in New York City with her husband, preschooler, baby and lots of coffee. Visit www.laurenwillig.com.

Teen Authors

  • Ashley Poston
    Ashley Poston

    Ashley Poston

    Ashley Poston is the author of “Geekerella” and “Heart of Iron.” Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well. Visit www.ashposton.com.

Kids' Authors

  • Drew Brockington
    Drew Brockington

    Drew Brockington

    Drew Brockington has flown a space shuttle, repaired the space station, and worked in Mission Control, all while attending Space Camp. He is the author and illustrator of the Indiebound Bestselling graphic novel series “CatStronauts!” He lives with his family in Minneapolis. Visit www.drewbrockington.com.

  • Jessica Day George
    Jessica Day George

    Jessica Day George

    Jessica Day George is The New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books for middle grade and young adult readers. Born in Idaho, she has a degree in Humanities and Scandinavian Studies from BYU and lived in Delaware and New Jersey before settling near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, three kids and fluffy dog. She likes books, dark chocolate, knitting, movies, Disney vacations and very small dogs. Visit www.jessicadaygeorge.com.

  • Joan Holub
    Joan Holub

    Joan Holub

    Joan Holub is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author of “Mighty Dads,” “Little Red Writing,” “Zero the Hero,” “This Little Trailblazer,” “Who Was Babe Ruth,” and “Hello Ninjas.” She co-writes the series “Goddess Girls,” “Heroes in Training,” and “Grimmtastic Girls.” Visit www.joanholub.com.

  • Hilde Lysiak
    Hilde Lysiak

    Hilde Lysiak

    Hilde Lysiak is the 11-year-old publisher of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania’s newspaper, the Orange Street News. The paper has 700+ paid subscribers and is read by thousands more online. Hilde’s journalism efforts have been profiled by The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, NBC Today and hundreds of other newspapers and television stations around the world. Hilde is co-writing the Scholastic Branches series “Hilde Cracks the Case” with her dad, Matthew Lysiak. Visit www.orangestreetnews.com.

  • Jackson Pearce
    Jackson Pearce

    Jackson Pearce

    Jackson Pearce is the author of many titles for young readers, including the “Ellie Engineer” series, the “Doublecross” series, the “Pip Bartlett” series and the “Sisters Red” series. Her books “The Doublecross” and “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures” have both appeared on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list. Visit www.jacksonpearce.com.

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