Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., June 27
2-4 p.m.
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Ballroom A
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries personal members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI3

Don’t miss this traditional event. Bestselling writers Shari Lapena, Lisa Fenn, Thomas Mullen, Susan Mallery, and Imbolo Mbue, along with audiobook narrator Jayne Entwistle, will discuss their new books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow.




Shari Lapena (photo credit:  Joy von Tiedemann)Shari Lapeña

The Couple Next Door, Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House
Aug. 2016 $26; 9780735221086

Shari Lapeña worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut.





Lisa Fenn (photo credit: ESPN)Lisa Fenn

Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family, Harper Wave/HarperCollins
Aug. 2016; $25.99; 9780062427830

Two-time Edward R. Murrow and six-time Emmy Award-winning feature producer Lisa Fenn reported on professional sports for thirteen years with ESPN. A graduate of Cornell University, she continues to produce sports stories and write about the redemptive power of love. She lives in Beverly, Mass., with her husband and two young children.



Thomas Mullen

Darktown, Atria/37 INK/Simon & Schuster
Sept. 2016; $26; 9781501133862

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA TODAY. He was also awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers and The Revisionists. His works have been named to Year’s Best lists by The Chicago Tribune and USA TODAY, among others. His stories and essays have been published in Grantland, Paste, and the Huffington Post, and his Atlanta Magazine true crime story about a novelist/con man won the City and Regional Magazine Award for Best Feature. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.


Susan Mallery (photo credit: Annie Brady)Susan Mallery

Daughters of the Bride, HQN/Harlequin
July 2015; $26.99; 9780373789719

Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as familiar as the folks next door. Her books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. With her popular Blackberry Island books in trade paperback and her ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestseller lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans. Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.”


Imbolo Mbue (photo credit: Kiriko Sano)Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers, Penguin Random House
Aug. 2016; $28; 9780812998481

Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City with her husband and children. This is her first novel.


Jayne Entwhistle Jayne Entwistle

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley, Random House Audio
Jan. 2015; $35; 9780449807613

Originally from the north of England, Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning audiobook narrator putting her various British and American accents to work. Jayne is the recipient of numerous AudioFile Earphones awards, a Voice Arts Award, an Odyssey Honor and the 2016 Odyssey Medal for The War that Saved My Life – which was also named a Newbery Honor and the Schneider Award winner.  When not reading books out loud she is working on-screen in commercials, film and television - most recently appearing with Shaquille O'Neal and Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers in a pilot for Amazon.