The following is the group of amazing authors who will come together for Booktopia 2017! All have received accolades about their new books from media and readers accross the country! Each author will lead different group sessions over the course of the 2 day retreat which will end with a group event on Saturday evening celebrating all authors and readers! A book signing will complete the weekend.
Below is the line-up of spectacular authors.
Victor Lodato for Edgar & Lucy
"Edgar and Lucy is a wonderful book with a cast of unforgettable characters navigating their way through life amidst all the burdens of grief, love, loss. It’s a mesmerizing story, the kind you want to curl up with and savor for hours!" — Liz Barnum
To read another fantastic review of Edgar & Lucy, given by fellow Booktopian author Kathleen Rooney, click here.
Victor Lodato is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona.
Lauren Grodstein for Our Short History
"Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's bigger--and stronger--than before." --Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family, and most recently, Our Short History. She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in New Jersey with her husband and kids.
Peter Heller for Celine
This excellent novelist (The Dog Stars and The Painter are two personal favorites) introduces a wonderful character in the silver-haired, blue-blooded Celine, a private eye whose own fractured childhood fuels her work in reuniting separated families. Her current case involves a young woman whose father, a world-class National Geographic photographer, disappeared decades earlier, presumably dead by bear attack. Heller's story takes the reader from Long Island Sound to southern Vermont, Yellowstone to Argentina. Part rich family saga and part investigative thriller, Celine is both thought-provoking and page-turning. — Stan Hynds
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Painter and The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook,The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Lisa Ko for The Leavers
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Time.com, Bustle, BuzzFeed, The Millions, and Nylon.com.
"The Leavers is courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment." --Barbara Kingsolver
Read a review from Ann Patchett here.
Lisa Ko’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She 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, Ko was born in Queens and lives in Brooklyn.
Jason Rekulak for The Impossible Fortress
*MOST ANTICIPATED NOVELS OF 2017 SELECTION BY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * BUSTLE *
"A sweet, funny, and moving tribute to nerds and misfits everywhere." --Seth Grahame-Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jason Rekulak is Publisher of Quirk Books, an independent press based in Philadelphia, where he edits a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. Some of his most notable projects include the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, the YA fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and the Edgar Award-winning Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. Jason's debut novel, The Impossible Fortress, was hailed by USA Today as "quirky and endearing...a pretty good book." He lives in Philadelphia.
Kathleen Rooney for Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Alone and lonely on New Year's Eve, an 85-year-old woman, once the toast of Manhattan's literary elite, recalls the glittering metropolis she once knew on a long walk from her Murray Hill apartment to welcome in 1985 at a friend's home in Chelsea. Her talent and the wealth she accrued didn't spare Lillian Boxfish from enduring difficult times. Her recollections are wistful, reflective, and even regretful but, like the darkened city around her, she never succumbed to defeat. This is a lady worth taking a journey with. — Alden Graves
A founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a literary publisher of work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a collective of poets and their typewriters who do commissioned poems on demand, Kathleen Rooney is the co-editor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, has just been published by St. Martin's Press. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay (The Mirror Thief), and teaches at DePaul University.
Will Schwalbe for Books for Living
"I want to tell you about Will Schwalbe's latest book. It's called Books for Living and it is my very favourite non-fiction read in years. Years. Ever since, well, Will's previous book: The End of Your Life Bookclub. His latest is being released Dec 27th and then he's going on tour. He's not only a gifted writer, but one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. If you get a chance to see him on tour, grab it. BOOKS FOR LIVING is spectacular!" ---Louise Penny
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing; digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The End of Your Life Book Club and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.
Jessica Shattuck for The Women in the Castle
“A virtuoso of time and place, Jessica Shattuck has created a heart-smashingly good novel, an important story that will change the way you look at current events, how you regard your neighbors. It will leave you asking, “What would I do if I were in these characters shoes? Would my conscience pass the test?” Powerful and prescient, an important book everyone should read.”
— Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and Songs of Willow Frost.
Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, which was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The Believer, among other publications. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Jim Shepard for The World to Come: Stories
"Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America," --- The Daily Beast
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.