2022 Festival Authors

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The following authors are scheduled to appear at the 17th annual Festival of Books & Authors on Saturday, September 24, 2022.These sessions will be free and open to the public. Schedule and panel information will available in September.



   Text: Sandra Brown Overkill, mountains with woman's face looking up

Sandra Brown is the author of seventy-three New York Times bestsellers, including Blind Tiger, Thick As Thieves, Seeing Red, Outfox, Tailspin, Seeing Red, Sting and Mean Streak. In Overkill Brown delivers a riveting thriller in which a conflict of conscience for a former football star and an ambitious state prosecutor swiftly intensifies into a fight for their lives. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Brown Photography.


Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. Djèlí Clark spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the author of the novellas Ring Shout, The Black God’s Drums, and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. He has won the Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards and been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon Awards. A Master of Djinn is P. Djèlí Clark's first full-length novel, the story of a Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities agent who must unravel the mystery of a murder and imposter in 1912 Cairo to restore peace to the city. 



Sayantani dasGupta is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which -- The Serpent's Secret -- was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century, and an E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book. Sayantani is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books. Debating Darcy is bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta’s reinterpretation of beloved classic Pride and Prejudice -- imaginative, hilarious, thought-provoking, and truly reflective of the complex, diverse world of American high school culture. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Berger.



Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award–winning author of Legendborn, and a second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic. 



Mike Duncan is the creator of the History of Rome and Revolutions podcasts. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Before the Storm and Hero of Two Worlds. Hero of Two Worlds is the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette's lifelong quest to defend the principles of democracy, told through the lens of the three revolutions he participated in: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Revolution of 1830.



Kat Fajardo is a Honduran Colombian award-winning cartoonist and illustrator from the lively and magical place of Loisaida, New York City. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been recognized by online publications such as RemezclaEl Hispanic NewsSchool Library JournalHuffington Post Latino Voices, and more. Miss Quinces is a middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who would rather do anything other than celebrate her quinceañera--a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about navigating the expectations of family and cultural tradition.


Marcie Cohen Ferris is professor emerita in American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and acting director of UNC's Center for the Study of the American South. Edible North Carolina gathers a constellation of leading journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists--along with photographer Baxter Miller--to offer a deeply immersive portrait of North Carolina's contemporary food landscape.



  Text: Stories from Tenants Downstairs on a building of bricks

Sidik Fofana earned an MFA from New York University. He lives with his wife and son in New York City where he is a public school teacher. Stories from the Tenants Downstairs is set in a Harlem high rise and is a stunning debut about a tight-knit cast of characters grappling with their own personal challenges while the forces of gentrification threaten to upend life as they know it. Photo courtesy of Roque Nonini.



Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford, thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug. The Many Daughters of Afong Moy is a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.



Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Less Is Lost is the follow-up to the bestselling and Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Less, in which the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.



Edible North Carolina gathers a constellation of leading journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists--along with photographer Baxter Miller--to offer a deeply immersive portrait of North Carolina's contemporary food landscape.



Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Mexican heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. He works with Indian Child Welfare in Tahlequah. Calling for a Blanket Dance is a moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction. Photo courtesy of Dalton Perse.


Edible North Carolina gathers a constellation of leading journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists--along with photographer Baxter Miller--to offer a deeply immersive portrait of North Carolina's contemporary food landscape.



Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of YA novels Monday’s Not Coming, Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, Grown, White Smoke, Santa in The City, The Weight of Blood, and co-author of Blackout. Jackson ramps up the horror and tackles America's history and legacy of racism in The Weight of Blood, a suspenseful YA novel following a biracial teenager as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom. Photo courtesy of Kolin Mendez.



Anya Kamenetz is a journalist and the author of five nonfiction books about how young people learn, grow and thrive. Her newest book is The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, And Where We Go Nowwhich shows how the pandemic disrupted children's lives--and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first.


  Text: TJ Klune Under the Whispering Door, three houses stacked on top of each again against the silhouette of a deer's shadow

TJ Klune is the New York Times bestselling author of Under the Whispering Door, The House in the Cerulean Sea and the YA The Extraordinaries series, which includes The Extraordinaries, Flash Fire, and Heat Wave. Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.



Britney S. Lewis was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas where she fell in love with storytelling and the idea that magic moved and breathed in our world. After getting her Bachelor’s of Arts and Science, she worked in the world of marketing and communications for a few years before accepting a position as an editor for greeting cards where her job is to make sure to get the best words on paper. In this surrealist journey of grief, fear, and hope, Lewis's debut novel, The Undead Truth of Us, explores love, zombies, and everything in between in an intoxicating amalgam of the real and the fantastic. Photo courtesy of Kylah Clark's Photography.



Charlie Lovett is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and four other novels, including his latest The Enigma Affair, a thriller with a WWII background. His plays for children have been seen in over 5000 productions. He is thrilled to be writing for children again with his middle grade book, The Book of the Seven Spells, a story of four children who accidentally discover an enchanted house that once belonged to a great magician, and embark upon a journey to find a book of magic and learn its spells before it falls into the wrong hands.



The Royal Trials is an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire that combines sci-fi and fantasy in an epic journey to the stars. Photo courtesy of Bryan Jones Photography.



Stacy McAnulty is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children. She writes fiction and nonfiction picture books and chapter books, many with a STEM focus. Save the People delivers an action-packed look at past extinction and current threats to humanity's survival -- with the ultimately reassuring message that humans probably have a few more millennia in us.



Edible North Carolina gathers a constellation of leading journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists--along with photographer Baxter Miller--to offer a deeply immersive portrait of North Carolina's contemporary food landscape.


Naomi Novik is the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate, the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and the Temeraire series. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in The Golden Enclaves, the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.


 She Danced With Lightning Text against purple sky with lightning, girl dancing on stage

Marc Palmieri is a playwright, whose many titles include the NY Times “Critic’s Pick” play, Levittown and Waiting for the Host, as well as the screenplay for Miramax Films’ Telling You. He is an assistant professor at Mercy College’s School of Liberal Arts, a longtime guest faculty member at The City College of New York’s MFA program in Creative Writing, and graduated Wake Forest University as the second winningest pitcher in the school’s history, also a draftee of the Toronto Blue Jays. Part family memoir, part medical mystery involving severe epilepsy, She Danced with Lightning follows one girl’s battle to persevere as a competitive dancer, culminating in a terrifying decline, a courageous performance, and an eleventh hour, life-saving brain surgery.



In Wings of Fire: The Dangerous GiftSnowfall's plan to keep her tribe safe is and be the best queen ever is called into question when a storm of unidentified dragons arrives on her shore, looking for asylum and Snowfall is forced to reconsider her plan. Photo courtesy of Judith Saigent Photography


Tia Williams had a fifteen‑year career as a beauty editor for magazines including Elle, Glamour, Lucky, Teen People, and Essence. She wrote the bestselling debut novel The Accidental Diva and penned two young adult novels, It Chicks and Sixteen Candles. Her previous novel, the award‑winning The Perfect Find, is being adapted by Netflix for a film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia is currently an editorial director at Estée Lauder Companies. Seven Days in June is a hilarious, romantic, and sexy-as-hell story of two writers discovering their second chance at love.




Rita Woods is a family doctor and the director of a wellness center. When she's not busy working or writing Dr. Woods spends time with her family or at the Homer Glen library where she served on the board for ten years. The Last Dreamwalker tells the story of two women, separated by nearly two centuries yet inextricably linked by the Gullah-Geechee Islands off the coast of South Carolina--and their connection to a mysterious and extraordinary gift passed from generation to generation. Photo courtesy of Latrice Murphy, Latrice Murphy Design.