Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2017

    An Indies Introduce Author

    Keynote Speakers

    Roxane Gay
    Difficult Women, Grove Press

    Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, the essay collection Bad Feminist, and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012A Public SpaceMcSweeney’sTin HouseOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionWest BranchVirginia Quarterly Review, NOONThe New York Times Book Review, BookforumTime, the Los Angeles TimesThe Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is also the co-editor of [PANK] magazine. Her forthcoming title Difficult Women will be published by Grove Press in January, 2017, and other upcoming books include How To Be Heard to be published in April, 2017 by Simon & Schuster/TED, and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body coming from Harper in June, 2017.

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    Ann Patchett
    Commonwealth, Harper

    Ann Patchett is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What Now?, and the essay collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her newest book Commonwealth was published by Harper in September, 2016. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

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    Kim Malone Scott
    Radical Candor: How to Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, St. Martin's Press

    Kim Malone Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc. She is the author of Radical Candor: How to Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, to be published by St Martin’s Press March 2017. Kim has been an advisor at Dropbox, Kurbo, Qualtrics, Shyp, Twitter, and several other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google.  Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking.  Earlier in her career, Kim worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. She is the author of three novels: Virtual Love, The Househusband, and The Measurement Problem. She and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Lesley Stahl
    Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, Blue Rider Press

    Lesley Stahl is one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists.  Her career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting.  She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since 1991; the 2015-16 season marks her 25th on the broadcast.  Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and part of the George H.W. Bush presidencies.  She also hosted Face the Nation from 1983-91 and co-anchored American Tonight from 1989 to 1990.  She is married to author and screenwriter Aaron Latham.  They have one daughter and two granddaughters. Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting was published by Blue Rider Press in April, 2016.

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    Featured Presenters

    Paul Currie

    Paul Currie's career began at Marks and Spencer where he held senior positions both in stores and the Head Office and later managed the European operation based in Paris. At Hamleys he was appointed Chief Operating Officer as part of the turnaround team with the brief to develop a business model for profitable growth.  He took the 250-year-old iconic toy retailer from a single central London store into a modern omni-channel operation which is now represented around the world.  At Foyles, Paul has introduced many initiatives focusing on people, digital, and service innovations giving Foyles a distinctive market position, and as a result the company is enjoying strong growth and gaining market share.

    Donna Paz Kaufman

    After managing one of the country’s leading independent bookstore cafes and working in publishing, Donna founded The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates in 1992 with the mission of helping booksellers build skills and insights so that they may lead healthy, life-driven, profitable independent bookstores. She holds a business degree and is a certified trainer in customer service and leadership. Donna is a past president of the Women’s National Book Association and is a public library advocate.

    Mark Kaufman

    Mark applies his background in human resources, group facilitation, marketing communications, and organization transformation to his work with bookstore students and clients. With an eye for detail and a commitment to excellence, Mark has become one of the book industry’s experts on publisher co-op. He has worked with booksellers to enhance their marketing efforts, develop strategies and materials to facilitate the sale of a store, and resolve staffing and personnel issues.

    Max Thomas

    Max Thomas is a nationally recognized digital marketing specialist who is an expert on organic search and data-driven digital marketing who has spoken at SMX and SMX Advanced, LMA Southeast, LMA Tech in San Francisco, IndieBound 2016 at American Booksellers Association, SecretSauce in London, and other industry recognized conferences. As the founder and CEO of thunderactive, Max has lead his team (with offices in San Diego and New York City) to success for clients in legal, real estate, life sciences, consumer goods and new tech.

    A Columbia undergraduate with a Yale MBA, Max is an Impact Circle Member for The Trevor Project and is an advisor/mentor to start-up companies and angel investment networks, including Gaingels and Serval Ventures in New York City.

    Appearing Authors

    Jodi Lynn Anderson
    Midnight at the Electric, HarperTeen/HarperCollins

    Jodi Lynn Anderson is the bestselling author of several books for young people, including Tiger Lily, one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, and My Diary from the Edge of the World, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015. Her upcoming young adult novel ​Midnight at the Electric will be published by HarperTeen in June, 2017. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and son.

    M.T. Anderson
    Yvain, Candlewick

    M. T. Anderson is the author of many books for young adults, including most recently Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His latest book, Yvain: The Knight of the Lion will be published by Candlewick in Spring, 2017. To request a NetGalley copy of Yvain, please contact Jamie Tan,

    Thi Biu
    A Different Pond, Capstone Young Readers

    Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and grew up in California and New York. She draws, writes, and teaches. She recently completed her first graphic novel, The Best We Could Do (Abrams, 2017), which is memoir about her mother and father and was selected as a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title. Bui is the illustrator of A Different Pond, which will be published by Capstone Young Readers in August, 2017.

    Nickolas Butler
    The Hearts of Men, Ecco/HarperCollins

    Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally-bestselling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men, which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards and will be published in the US by Ecco in March, 2017.   Along the way, he has worked as a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Lumberyard, The Christian Science Monitor, Narrative, Sixth Finch, and several other publications. He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children. E-Galleys of The Hearts of Men are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.

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    Vicki Covington
    Once in a Blue Moon, John F. Bliar

    Vicki Covington was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her previous work includes the novels Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women and the memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage with Dennis Covington. She wrote a column for the Oxford American and has also written for The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council for the Arts, Vicki now resides in Lubbock, Texas. Her upcoming novel, Once in a Blue Moon, will be published by John. F. Blair in April, 2017.

    Rebecca Donnelly
    How to Stage a Catastrophe, Capstone Young Readers

    Rebecca Donnelly was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. She has a MA in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. These days she writes and runs a small rural library in upstate New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe, the story of  a children’s theater in the Florida panhandle, will be published by Capstone in April, 2017.

    Jenny Forrester
    Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir, Hawthorne Books

    Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts MagazineNailed MagazineHip MamaThe Literary KitchenIndiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology, published by Putnam.She curates the Unchaste Readers Series. Her memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky, will be published by Hawthorne Books in March, 2017.

    Tony Fucile
    Poor Louie, Candlewick

    Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing!, as well as the illustrator of the Bink and Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and two books by Hallie Durand, Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Tony's newest book, Poor Louie, will be published by Candlewick in Spring, 2017.

    Grant Ginder
    The People We Hate at the Wedding, Flatiron Books/Macmillan

    Grant Ginder is the author of This How it Starts and Driver's Education. ​His upcoming release​, The People We Hate at the Wedding, will be published by Flatiron Books in June, 2017.  Grant  received his MFA from NYU, where he teaches writing. He lives in Brooklyn. Advanced copies and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Patricia Cave at

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    Lauren Grodstein
    Our Short History, Algonquin Books

    Lauren Grodstein is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor's Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. Her upcoming release, Our Short History, will be published by Algonquin Books in March, 2017. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and her website is  Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Craig Popelars at

    Joshilyn Jackson

    Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Gods in Alabama, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the most recent The Opposite of Everyone, published by William Morrow and chosen as the #1 Indie Next List Great Read for March, 2016. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. Visit her website at

    Christina Baker Kline
    A Piece of the World, William Morrow/HarperCollins

    Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in HandThe Way Life Should BeDesire Lines and Sweet Water. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco ChronicleMoney, MorePsychology Today, among other places. Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and has lived in the American South and Maine. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and Drew University, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She lives in Montclair, NJ, with her family. Her upcoming novel, A Piece of the World, will be published by William Morrow in February, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.

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    Lisa Ko
    The Leavers, Algonquin Books

    Lisa Ko's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. Her upcoming debut and Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title, The Leavers, will be published by Algonquin Books in May, 2017. Ko has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. A founding coeditor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, she was born in Queens and lives in Brooklyn. Galleys and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Craig Popelars at

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    Alan Lightman
    Song of Two Worlds, Red Hen Press

    Alan Lightman, physicist, essayist, and novelist, is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities. Lightman’s writing has appeared in Harper’sSalonThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many other publications. His widely known Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. His book The Accidental Universe was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the best ten books of the year. Lightman’s newest title, Song of Two Worlds, will be published by Red Hen Press in February, 2017. Advanced copies and e-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees by contacting Alisa Trager at

    Heidi Mastrogiovanni
    Lala Pettibone's Act Two, Amberjack Publishing

    Heidi Mastrogiovanni is a dedicated animal welfare advocate who lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their three rescued senior dogs, Chester, Maggie, and Squeaks. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was chosen as one of ScreenwritingU’s 15 Most Recommended Screenwriters of 2013. The comedy web series she writes and produces, Verdene and Gleneda, was awarded the Hotspot on the Writers Guild of America’s Hotlist. Lala Pettibone’s Act Two, Heidi’s first novel, which will be published by Amberjack Publishing, distributed by Mid Point Trade Books, in February, 2017, embraces the themes found in all of her work: It’s never too late to begin again, and it must be cocktail hour somewhere. 

    Marissa Moss
    Last Things: A Graphic Memoir about ALS, Red Wheel/Weiser

    Marissa Moss has written more than 50 children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Barbed Wire Baseball, her latest picture book, won the California Book Award gold medal. Her upcoming graphic memoir, Last Things, will be published by Red Wheel/Weiser in Spring, 2017. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children’s publishing house. Galleys of Last Things will be available at the closing reception and can also be requested through Sales Manager, Debra Woodward at 978-225-2936.

    Sara Flannery Murphy
    The Possessions, Harper/HarperCollins

    Sara Flannery Murphy grew up in Arkansas, where she divided her time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. Murphy received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Washington University in St. Louis and went on to study Library Science in British Columbia. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and son. The Possessions is her first novel and will be published by Harper in February, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.

    Robin Newman
    A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Poached Egg, Creston Books

    Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Her debut book, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, earned a starred review from Kirkus. The mice detectives are back on a new investigation, this time tracking down an egg-napper.  A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Poached Egg will be published by Creston Books in April, 2017.

    Bao Phi
    A Different Pond, Capstone Young Readers

    Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution ReduxA Different Pond is his first picture book, and will be published by Capstone Young Readers in August, 2017.

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an acclaimed writer for adults and teens. His novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe won a Printz Honor Award, the Pura Belpre, Lambda, and Stonewall Book Awards. Mr. Sáenz lives in El Paso, Texas.  His new novel, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, will be published by Clarion Books in March, 2017.  If you would like to receive a link to an e-galley or a physical ARC prior to Wi12, please contact Ann Dye at  

    Jessica Shattuck
    The Women in the Castle, William Morrow/HarperCollins

    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 and now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA. Shattuck’s newest title, The Women in the Castle, will be published by William Morrow in April, 2017. E-Galleys are available to Winter Institute attendees on Edelweiss.

    Ali Standish
    The Ethan I Was Before, HarperCollins

    Ali Standish grew up in North Carolina and spent several years as an educator in the Washington, DC, public school system. She has an MFA in children’s writing from Hollins University and a MPhil in Children’s Literature from Cambridge University. She lives with her Finnish husband and rescue dog in Cambridge, England​.​​ Her debut novel The Ethan I Was Before​ is an Winter/Spring 2017 Children's Indies Introduce selection and will be published by HarperCollins in January. 2017. You can visit her online at and on Twitter (@alistandish).

    Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

    Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s and more defunct Internet start-ups than she cares to count. Her non-fiction essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Martha Stewart Living. She is the bestselling author of The Nest, published by Ecco and chosen as the #1 Indies Next List Great Read for April, 2016.

    Angie Thomas
    The Hate U Give, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

    Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. The Hate U Give is her first novel and will be published by Balzer + Bray in February, 2017.​ You can find her at

    Daniel Wallace
    Extraordinary Adventures, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan

    Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big FishRay in ReverseThe Watermelon KingMr. Sebastian and the Negro MagicianThe Kings and Queens of Roam, and the upcoming Extraordinary Adventures, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press in May, 2017.

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