First Author, First Book

Sun., June 28
1-2 p.m.
Moscone Convention Center, 232-234 (S)

This traditional book event features first-time authors Scott Sherman, Val Brelinski, Kim van Alkemade, and Andrew Roe. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. An author signing will follow.

Scott Sherman (photo credit: Emrah Gurel)Scott Sherman

Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library, Melville House/Penguin Random House
June 2015; $25.95; 978-1-61219-429-5

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation and a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He was a contributing writer for Lingua Franca. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dissent, and other publications. For his reporting on the New York Public Library he was given the Blue Ribbon Award for Public Advocacy by Design Observer magazine in 2012.


Val Brelinski (photo credit: Tim Brelinski and Max Boyd)Val Brelinski

The Girl Who Slept with God, Viking/Penguin Random House
Aug. 2015; $27.95; 978-0-52542-742-1

Val Brelinski, who was a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, is the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. She was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in Fiction Writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her writing has been published in VQR and The Rumpus. She lives in Woodland, Calif.


Kim van AlkemadeKim van Alkemade

Orphan #8, William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Publishers
July 2015; $14.99; 978-0-96233-830-3

Kim van Alkemade's creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. Born in New York, N.Y., she earned a BA in English and history from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a professor in the English department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing. She lives in Carlisle, Pa.




Andrew RoeAndrew Roe

The Miracle Girl, Algonquin
April 2015; $24.95; 978-1-61620-360-3

Andrew Roe has had his fiction published in Tin House, One Story, the Sun, Glimmer Train, The Cincinnati Review, and other literary magazines, as well as the anthologies Where Love Is Found and 24 Bar Blues. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle,, San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English/creative writing from San Diego State University, and a master of arts degree in literature from San Francisco State University. A member of PEN Center USA, he currently lives in Oceanside, Calif., with his wife and three children.