First Author, First Book

Sun., June 26
1-2:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Plaza BR D

Debut authors will speak about their books and writing experiences during this popular annual author panel. Featuring Stephanie Knipper, Jung Yun, Nathan Hill, Reba Riley, Joe Ide, and Meg Little Reilly. Authors will sign copies of their books following the program - your chance to get a signed first edition or ARC from tomorrow's literary star! Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert. Light refreshments will be served.

Stephanie KnipperStephanie Knipper

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin, Algonquin
Aug. 2016; $25.95; 9781616204181

Stephanie Knipper based much of the story of The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin on her own experience in raising a daughter with severe disabilities. She lives with her family in Kentucky.






Jung Yun (photo credit: Stephanie Craig)Jung Yun

Shelter, Picador/Macmillan
March 2016; $26; 9781250075611

Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in Tin House (the "Emerging Voices" issue); The Best of Tin House: Stories, edited by Dorothy Allison; and she is a recipient of an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband.




Nathan Hill (photo credit: Michael Lionstar)Nathan Hill

The Nix, Knopf/Penguin Random House
Aug. 2016; $27.95; 9781101946619

Nathan Hill's short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he now lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. This is his first novel.




Reba Riley (photo credit: Kelly St. James Photography)Reba Riley

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome, Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
April 2015; $24.95; 978-1-61620-360-3

Reba Riley is a speaker, former Evangelical Poster Child, and lover of all things sparkly. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and blogs about spiritual health and healing for and the Huffington Post.





Joe IdeJoe Ide

IQ, Mulholland Books/Hachette
Oct. 2016; $26; 9780316267724

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, Calif.




Meg Little ReillyMeg Little Reilly

We Are Unprepared, MIRA/Harlequin
Aug. 2016; $15.99; 9780778319436

Meg Little Reilly is a writer and former spokesperson for the Obama Administration. Before she got serious about writing, she worked for President Obama as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget; and prior to that, as spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury. She has worked at the U.S. Senate, Environmental Defense Fund, and leading political consulting firms. A Vermont native, Meg began her career at Vermont Public Radio. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.