Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:50 p.m.)
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Liberty A-C
Advance tickets: $55, $49 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets: $60.

Bestselling authors Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman, and Cristina Henriquez, Alice Greenway, and Gabrielle Zevin will discuss their writing life and forthcoming books. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow, with most books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during this event.This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA. Event code: UFL1




Lisa Scottoline (photo credit: Ryan Collerd)Lisa Scottoline

Keep Quiet, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan
April 2014; $27.99; 978-1-25-001009-4

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 21 novels. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit.” There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print, a published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.




Sue Monk Kidd (photo credit: Roland Scarpa) Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings, Viking/Penguin
Jan. 2014; $27.95; 978-0-67-002478-0

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.




Laura Lippman (photo credit: Jan Cobb)Laura Lippman

After I'm Gone, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Feb. 2014; $26.99; 978-0-06-208339-5

Laura Lipppman is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels in an oeuvre that includes the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, a collection of critically acclaimed stand-alone novels, and an anthology of award-winning short stories.





Cristina Henriquez (photo credit: Michael Lionstar) Cristina Henriquez

The Book of Unknown Americans, Knopf/Random House
June 2014; $24.95; 978-0-38-535084-6

Cristina Henriquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and The Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.





Alice Greenway (photo credit: Tim Cornwell)Alice Greenway

The Bird Skinner, Atlantic Monthly Press/Perseus
Jan. 2014; $25; 978-0-80-212104-2

Alice Greenway divides her time between the United States and Britain. Her first novel, White Ghost Girls, set in Hong Kong in the 1960s, won the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and was on the Orange Prize longlist. She currently lives in Scotland.





Gabrielle ZevinGabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Algonquin/Workman
April 2014; $24.95; 978-1-61-620321-4

Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young adult novels, including Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, which has been translated in more than 20 languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in Los Angeles.