Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., June 30
2-4 p.m.
Las Vegas Hotel, Pavilion 02 & 03
Advance tickets: $55, $49 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets (if available): $60.
Event code: UNI2

Don’t miss this traditional event. Bestselling authors Heather Gudenkauf, Laurie R. King, Jean Kwok, Emily St. John Mandel, and James Rollins will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow.




Heather GudenkaufHeather Gudenkauf

Little Mercies, Harlequin, MIRA
July 2014; $15.95; 978-0-77831-633-6

Heather Gudenkauf’s first novel, The Weight of Silence, debuted # 4 on the New York Times bestsellers list and remained on the list for 22 weeks and has been published in 20 countries. Her second novel, These Things Hidden, cemented Gudenkauf as a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and was described in a Publisher’s Weekly starred review as “Scintillating…A tale so chillingly real it could have come from the latest headlines.” Gudenkauf has more than two million copies of her books in print.  She lives in Iowa with her family. 



Laurie R. King (photo credit: Iden Ford)Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Picador/Macmillan
May 2014; $25; 978-1-25005-011-3

Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Kate Martinelli novels and the acclaimed Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries, as well as a few stand-alone novels. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell series, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of the Century’s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in northern California.




Jean Kwok (photo credit: Chris Macke)Jean Kwok

Mambo in Chinatown, Riverhead/Penguin
June 2014; $27.95; 978-1-59463-200-6

Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was 5 and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. In between her MFA in fiction at Columbia and undergraduate studies at Harvard, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer for Fred Astaire Studios in New York City. Her debut novel Girl in Translation was a New York Times bestseller and has been assigned in universities, colleges and high schools across the world.




Emily St. John Mandel (photo credit: Dese'Rae L. Stage)

Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven, Knopf/Random House
Sept. 2014; $24.95; 978-0-38535-330-4

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of three previous novels -- Last Night in MontrealThe Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet -- all of which were Indie Next picks. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband.



James RollinsJames Rollins

The 6th Extinction, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Aug. 2014; $27.99; 978-0-06178-481-1

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than 40 languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets -- and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.