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Jesse Andrews

Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review.

His new YA novel, Munmun, is set in an alternate reality a lot like our world, where every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Munmun tells the story of one poor, tiny kid that struggles to get munmun, get big, and get safe in a world of giants.

Munmun is a brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Booklist praised, "[Munmun] offers a unique, caustic, thought-provoking lampoon of America's obsession with wealth." Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking in Jesse Andrews’s most ambitious novel to date. More Information

Kara Bietz

Kara Bietz grew up in New England but now resides near Houston, Texas with her husband, two kiddos and three dogs. She’s been dreaming up stories as long as she can remember; sometimes she puts them on paper and sometimes they just live in her head. Her first literary credit was a poem about her Dad, published on Father’s Day in her hometown newspaper when she was 8.

Until I Break, released in 2016 is about two boys: One, a star athlete and top student with a deep-seated need to prove himself. The other, a chip-on-his-shoulder quarterback who will never settle for second best. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger? http://www.karabietzauthor.com

Kayla Cagan

Kayla Cagan is from Houston, Texas. Piper Perish is her debut YA novel, and it's companion, Art Boss, will be published in Fall 2018. Her short plays and monologues have been published by Applause Books and Smith and Kraus. She has also contributed comics and essays to assorted collections, including Girl Crush Zine, Womanthology, and Unite and Take Over: Stories Inspired by the Smiths. Cagan lives with her husband, screenwriter Josh A. Cagan and their dog, chihuahua Banjo L. Cagan, in Los Angeles. http://kaylacagan.com/

Hillary Jordan

Her first novel, Mudbound, was published in 2008 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House UK. It won the Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice, and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. Mudbound was also the NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was one of 30 titles chosen for the 2013 World Book Night book giveaway. Paste Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade.

Jordan's second novel, When She Woke, was published in 2011 by Algonquin and HarperCollins Canada and in 2012 by HarperCollins UK. It was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Lamda Literary Award finalist. Jordan's novels have been translated into ten languages and counting, with seven new translations of Mudbound forthcoming.

In early 2017, the film adaptation of Mudbound premiered at Sundance, earning rapturous praise for its cast and production. Directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, and Jason Clarke, it hit theaters (and Netflix!) in November 2017. Rolling Stone called it "a stunning achievement": "A fiercely intimate epic about poverty, racism, violence and a divided America, Mudbound scorchingly reflects the Trump era without being a part of it.” The Atlantic echoed the sentiment, writing, "In a year when fissures in American race relations continue to be at the forefront of national discussion, Mudbound feels like a worthy antidote to the pop culture that has struggled to reflect this current reality." Jordan is also working on a sequel to Mudbound, to be published in 2019.

When she's not writing, Jordan speaks at colleges, literary festivals, and community libraries, and teaches the occasional workshop. Jordan grew up in Dallas, Texas and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in Brooklyn. For more information on Hillary Jordan, please visit www.hillaryjordan.com.

Daniel Kalder

Daniel Kalder was born and raised in Fife, Scotland. In 1997 he moved to Moscow, Russia, and spent the better part of the next ten years working, living and traveling in and around the former Soviet Union. This experience led to two books, Lost Cosmonaut (2006) and Strange Telescopes (2008), and also helped inspire an enduring fascination with dictator literature, which is the subject of his third book, The Infernal Library (2018). He has published journalism in many venues, including Esquire, The Guardian and The Dallas Morning News, and has also written and presented for BBC Radio. He lives in Austin, Texas. http://www.danielkalder.com/kalderbooks.html.

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki has garnered much acclaim for both her written and performance-based work. The graphic novel Skim (with Jillian Tamaki) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and received numerous other accolades, including the Doug Wright Award for Best Graphic Novel, the Ignatz Award, and the Joe Schuster Award. Tamaki was also awarded the Writers’ Trust Honour of Distinction for her body of work.

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian artist and writer. She is known for her graphic novels Skim, Emiko Superstar, and This One Summer, and for several prose works of fiction and non-fiction. In 2016 she began writing for both Marvel and DC Comics. http://marikotamaki.blogspot.com/

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her latest book, Before We Were Yours was the winner of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historial Fiction.

The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Wingate's novels have been translated into over 30 languages. Booklist summed up her work by saying, "Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller."

Lisa writes her stories at home in Texas where she is part of the Wingate clan of storytellers. Lisa believes that stories can change the world. http://www.lisawingate.com/

Laura Geringer Bass

Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over twenty books for young people including A Three Hat Day, illustrated by Arnold Lobel, an ALA Notable Book, and Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book. Her new middle-grade novel, The Girl With More Than One Heart, is coming from Abrams this Spring. A Mentor at Stony Brook, Southampton in the graduate Fellowship program in Children’s Literature, as well as a Mentor for Girls Write Now, she serves on the Advisory Board of First Book, an award-winning organization that has delivered over 170 million books into the hands of children in need.