Hot Picks for Book Clubs

Sun., June 29
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N236

Join Ana Castillo, Ann Hood, Rebecca Rasmussen, and Julie Lawson Timmer as they discuss what makes their latest work perfect for book clubs. Authors will sign their books following the event. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will moderate.

Ana Castillo (photo credit: Robert A. Molina)Ana Castillo

Give it to Me, Feminist Press at CUNY/Consortium
May 2014; $16.95; 978-1-55861-850-3

Ana Castillo is the author of several bestselling titles including novels The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, So Far From God, and the poetry collection I Ask the Impossible. Her novel Sapogonia was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Castillo is editor of La Tolteca, an arts and literary zine, and is on the advisory board of the new American Writers Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Dr. Castillo will hold the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University in Illinois.



Ann Hood (photo: Joyce Ravid)Ann Hood

An Italian Wife, W. W. Norton & Company
Sept. 2014; $25.95; 978-0-39324-166-2

Ann Hood is the best-selling author of The Knitting CircleThe Red Thread, Comfort and The Obituary Writer, among other works. She has been the recipient of a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Providence, R.I.




Rebecca Rasmussen (photo credit: Danielle Kantrowitz)Rebecca Rasmussen

Evergreen, Knopf/Random House
July 2014; $25.95; 978-0-38535-009-0

Rebecca Rasmussen is the author of the novel The Bird Sisters. Her stories have appeared in or won prizes from TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, The Mid-American Review, among other journals. She was born and raised in the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and teaches English part-time at UCLA.




Julie Lawson TimmerJulie Lawson Timmer

Five Days Left, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam/Penguin
Sept. 2014; $26.95; 978-0-39916-734-8

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Ontario and earned a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University before heading south of the border. She has a law degree from Southern Methodist University and works as in-house legal counsel in Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and children. Five Days Left is her first novel; she is currently at work on her second.