Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., June 29
2-4 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental 6
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI2

Don’t miss this traditional event. Bestselling writers Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen, and John Katzenbach will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow.




Adriana Trigiani (photo credit: Timothy Stephenson)Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens, Harper/HarperCollins
Oct. 2015; $26.99; 978-0-06231-919-7

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Paula McLain (photo credit: Stephen Cutri)Paula McLain

Circling the Sun, Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House
July 2015; $28; 978-0-34553-418-7

Paula McLain is the author of the novels The Paris Wife and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Matthew Pearl (photo credit: Mark Ostow)Matthew Pearl

The Last Bookaneer, Penguin
April 2015; $27.95; 978-1-5942-0492-0

Matthew Pearl is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, and The Technologists. His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages.





B.A. ShapiroB.A. Shapiro

The Muralist, Algonquin
Nov. 2015; $24.95; 978-1-61620-357-3

B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, and more. She has also written four screenplays and the nonfiction book The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists (New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, etc.) and won many awards, including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston with husband and dog, Sagan.



Sarah PekkanenSarah Pekkanen

Things You Won't Say, Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster
May 2015; $16; 978-1-4516-7355-5

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us, and Catching Air, as well as a series of linked short stories for e-readers. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives with her family, including a rescue dog and cat, in Chevy Chase, Md.



John Katzenbach (photo credit: Nancy Doherty)John Katzenbach

The Dead Student, Mysterious Press/Perseus
Oct. 2015; $26; 978-0-80212-337-4

John Katzenbach has written 13 previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Traveler, Day of Reckoning, What Comes Next, and Red 1-2-3. Katzenbach has been published in more than 25 countries, with millions of copies sold throughout the world. Movie adaptations of his previous novels The Madman's Tale and The Analyst are currently set for a 2016 release, and three of Katzenbach's novels have already been made into feature films: In the Heat of the Summer; Hart's War, starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and Just Cause, starring Sean Connery. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News. He lives in western Massachusetts.