Rebecca Dinerstein, for The Sunlit Night
A stunning debut novel--which Jonathan Safran Foer calls "lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller."
REBECCA DINERSTEIN is the author of the novel The Sunlit Night and the bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems Lofoten. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorkeronline, among others. She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.
Stephen Kiernan for The Hummingbird
Author Stephen Kiernan was born in Newtonville, NY the sixth of seven children. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has chaired the board of the Young Writers Project, served on the Vermont Legislative Committee on Pain and Palliative Care, and joined the advisory board of the New Hampshire Palliative Care Initiative. Stephen travels the country speaking and consulting on how to expand use of hospice, palliative care and advance directives.
Sophie McManus for The Unfortunates
Sophie McManus is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Unfortunates, which is a Barnes & Noble 2015 Great Writers Discover Award Finalist, was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, long listed for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and named a notable book or must-read by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Paste, and Time Out (New York) among others. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Memorious, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Jentel Foundation. She was born and raised in New York City and teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.
Ray O’Conor for She Called Him Raymond
Ray O’Conor has been a weekly newspaper columnist and author of articles and opinion pieces published in several newspapers and magazines. His work as an author of narrative non-fiction has been the subject of stories and articles across broadcast, print and digital media. His first book, She Called Him Raymond – A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing, is a candidate. Ray left his position as a bank CEO and senior officer of a publicly traded company to pursue his writing career. He also served as a Special Agent with the United States Department of Defense and as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
Jung Yun for Shelter
Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in "Tin House" (the "Emerging Voices" issue); The Best of Tin House; Stories edited by Dorothy Allison; and "The Massachusetts Review"; and she is a recipient of an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and an Artist's Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She live in Western Massachusetts with her husband,
Morgan Callan Rogers for Written on my Heart
Morgan Callan Rogers’s debut novel, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, was published in the US, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Australia. It won a Reader’s Choice award in Germany. Morgan grew up in Bath, Maine, and spent her summers in a small cottage with her parents and three siblings, writing stories at a rickety table set on a screen porch. Before publishing Red Ruby Heart, Morgan worked as a librarian, a journalist, an actress, an editor, and a teacher. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Written on my Heart is Morgan’s second novel.
B.A Shapiro for The Muralist
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 non-fiction 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.
Martin Seay for The Mirror Thief
The Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery. All three stories will weave together into a spell-binding tour-de-force that is impossible to put down — an old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice … and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of literary art.