First Author, First Book

Sat., June 23
4-5 p.m.
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 (c) Kwela BooksNovuyo Rosa Tshuma   

House of Stone, W.W. Norton & Co.            
Jan. 2019                               

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.                                                                                             

Bryan Camp (photo credit: Beth Anne Merida)Bryan Camp        

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.                                                                                                         



Mesha MarenMesha Maren       

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.


Malcolm Hansen (photo credit: Maja Bergman)Malcolm Hansen

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.