Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., June 26
2-4 p.m.
McCormick Place South, S103
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries personal members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI1

Bestselling writers Jonathan Safran Foer, Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson, A.J. Finn, and Celeste Ng will dscuss their forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow. The winners of the 2017 Baker & Taylor Awards will be recognized at this event.




Jonathan Safran Foer (photo credit: Jeff Mermelstein)Jonathan Safran Foer

Here I Am, Farrar, Straux & Giroux/Macmillan
Sept. 2016 $28; 9780374280024

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.






Allison Pataki (photo credit: Tricia McCormack)Allison Pataki

Where the Light Falls, Penguin Random House
July 2017; $28; 9780399591686

Allison Pataki is the author of the bestselling novels The Accidental Empress and The Traitor's Wife. The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization ReConnect Hungary. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in English, and is a member of The Historical Novel Society. She lives in Chicago with her husband.




Elly Griffiths (photo credit: Sara Reeve)Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 2017; $27; 9780544750319

Elly Griffiths is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her work has been praised as "gripping" (Louise Penny), "captivating," (Wall Street Journal) and "must-reads for fans of crime fiction" (Associated Press). She lives in Brighton, England. 





Brianna WolfsonBrianna Wolfson

Rosie Colored Glasses, MIRA/Harlequin
Feb. 2018; $26.99; 9780778330691

Brianna Wolfson has honed her voice on the San Francisco storytelling circuit, including The Moth GrandSLAM. Raised in New York, she currently lives in San Francisco. Her debut novel is largely autobiographical.





A.J. FinnA.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Jan. 2018; $26.99; 9780062678416

A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for 10 years before returning to New York City.



Celeste Ng (photo credit: Kevin Day)Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere, Penguin Press/Penguin Random House
Sept. 2017; $27; 9780735224292

Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband and son.