Emiko Jean

Emiko Jean is the New York Times and indie bestselling author of Mika in Real Life—a GMA book club pick (and Jean’s adult debut,) and witty young adult novels Tokyo Dreaming, and Tokyo Ever After—A Reese Summer YA Book Club pick. Writing more is exactly what Jean wants to do, no matter the age group. […]


Gilly Segal

Gilly grew up in Florida, came of age in Israel, where she graduated from Hebrew University, and finally decided to call Decatur, Georgia, home. By day, she’s the chief legal officer for a group of advertising agencies. By night, she is a caped crusader! No, just kidding (she wishes). Her real not-actually-secret identity is writer. […]


Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found, The Story Hour, Everybody’s Son, The Secrets Between Us, and Honor. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning, as well as children’s […]


Frank X. Walker

A native of Danville, Kentucky, Frank X Walker is the first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate. Walker has published eleven collections of poetry, including Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, which was awarded the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and the Black Caucus American Library Association Honor Award for […]

Vasquez Gilliland

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist and painter. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. Her first poetry collection was Dirt […]


Michael Tougias

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 30 books for adults and 7 for children and young adults. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: […]


Jarrett J. Krosoczka

​​​​​Jarrett J. Krosoczka, known since boyhood as “JJK,” is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist and Sunshine, winner of the Boston Globe Horn […]


AS King

A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review and in 2022 received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including 2021’s SW/TCH, 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner and LA Times […]


Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (2012) where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home , was released in 2018. Her other works include the novels, Across […]


Malaka Gharib

Malaka Gharib is a journalist, cartoonist and graphic novelist. She is the author of “I Was Their American Dream,” winner of the 2020 Arab American Book Award, and “It Won’t Always Be Like This.” By day, she works as an editor on NPR’s Life Kit podcast. Her comics and writing have been published in the […]