First Author, First Book

Sun., June 25
3-4 p.m.
McCormick Place West, W196c

A traditional United for Libraries favorite program, debut authors Emil Ferris, C. Morgan Babst, Devin Murphy, Sarah Shoemaker, and Gregory Scott Katsoulis will introduce you to their new works – 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.

Emil Ferris (photo credi: Kurt Devine)Emil Ferris

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Fantagraphics/W.W. Norton & Co.
Feb. 2017; $39.99; 978160699-9592

Emil Ferris grew up in Chicago during the turbulent 1960s where Emil still lives and is consequently a devotee of all things monstrous and horrific. In a previous life, Emil was an illustrator and toy sculptor for a diverse range of clients. Emil has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010, Ferris was made a Toby Devan Lewis Fellow in the Visual Arts, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is Emil's first, but not last, graphic novel.



C. Morgan BabstC. Morgan Babst

The Floating World, Algonquin
Oct. 2017; $26.95; 9781616205287

C. Morgan Babst was born and raised in New Orleans and studied writing at Yale with Robert Stone, Kate Walbert, and Amy Bloom. She and her family evacuated New Orleans one day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Some months later, at a Katrina benefit in Manhattan, she met a fellow New Orleanian, and she married him. Eleven years later, she returned home to New Orleans to build a life with her husband and young daughter.

Devin MurphyDevin Murphy

The Boat Runner, Harper Perennial/HarperCollins
Sept. 2017; $15.99; 9780062658012

Devin Murphy grew up near Buffalo, N.Y., in a family with Dutch roots. He holds an MFA from Colorado State University, a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Bradley University. He has worked various jobs in national parks around the country and once had a three-year stint at sea that led him to more than 50 countries on all seven continents. His fiction has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologies, including The Missouri ReviewGlimmer Train, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.


Sarah ShoemakerSarah Shoemaker

Mr. Rochester, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
May 2017; $27; 9781455569809

Sarah Shoemaker is a former university librarian and currently lives in northern Michigan.


Gregory Scott Katsoulis Gregory Scott Katsoulis

All Right Reserved, Harlequin TEEN, Harlequin
Aug. 2017; $18.99; 9780373212446

Gregory Scott Katsoulis is a writer, photographer, composer, lapsed cartoonist and, generally ridiculous.