Sat., June 23
Morial Convention Center, 286-287
First-time authors Marjorie Herrera Lewis, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Bryan Camp, Mesha Maren, and Malcolm Hansen will introduce their debuts, providing a chance to get to know future bestselling writers. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.
Marjorie Herrera Lewis
When the Men Were Gone, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Oct. 2018; $16.99; 978-0-0628-3605-2
Marjorie Herrera Lewis knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age 27 she began writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer covering the Dallas Cowboys. She later joined The Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football herself and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff in December 2016.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
House of Stone, W.W. Norton & Co.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Displaced, among other publications. House of Stone was awarded a Bellagio Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation. Novuyo is a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based New York. She currently lives in Houston, Texas.
The City of Lost Fortunes, John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 2018; $24; 978-1328810793
Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers' Workshop and the University of New Orleans's MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the back seat of his parents' car as they evacuated the Crescent City during Hurricane Katrina.
Sugar Run, Algonquin/Workman
Jan. 2019; $26.95; 978-1616206215
Mesha Maren’s short stories and essays appear in Tin House, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, and other literary journals. She was winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and is the recipient of an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University. She currently teaches fiction at West Virginia Wesleyan College and at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.
They Come in All Colors, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
May 2018; $26.00; 9781501172328
Malcolm earned his BA in philosophy from Stanford University. He worked for a few years in California before spending a decade living, working, and traveling throughout Central America, South America, and Europe. Malcolm returned to the US to complete an MFA in fiction at Columbia. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.