Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., Jan. 11, 2016
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:50 p.m.)
Seaport Hotel, Plaza Ballroom
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets: $65 (if available)
Event code: UNI3

Janice Y.K. Lee (Penguin), Liz Moore (W.W. Norton & Company), Val McDermid (Perseus), Stephanie Danler (Penguin Random House), Jennifer Haigh (HarperCollins), and Robyn Carr (Harlequin)  will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Enjoy a light offering of tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A book signing will follow. Buy your tickets early, as this event often sells out. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2015 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.




Janice Y.K. Lee (photo credit: Xue Tan) Janice Y.K. Lee

The Expatriates, Penguin/Viking
Jan. 2016; $27.95; 978-0-525-42927-0

Janice Y. K. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong.  A former editor at Elle, she lives in New York with her husband and four children.






Liz MooreLiz Moore

The Unseen World, W.W. Norton & Company
June 2016; $26.95; 978-0-393-24168-6

Liz Moore is the author of the forthcoming The Unseen World, the acclaimed novel Heft, and The Words of Every Song. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.




Val McDermid (photo credit: Mimsy Møller) Val McDermid

Splinter the Silence, Perseus/Grove Atlantic
Dec. 2015; $26; 978-0-802-12408-1

Val McDermid is the best-selling author of 29 previous novels, which have been translated into more than 40 languages. She has received numerous awards recognizing her exceptional career, including the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing, and the Pioneer Award from Lambda Literary. Her individual books have won many prizes, including the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award and the CWA Gold Dagger. She lives in Scotland.


Stephanie Danler (photo credit: The New York Times)

Stephanie Danler

Sweetbitter, Penguin Random House/Knopf
May 2016; $24.95; 978-1-101-87594-0

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.




Jennifer Haigh (photo credit: Sharona Jacobs) Jennifer Haigh

Heat and Light, Ecco
May 2016; $25.99; 978-0-061-76329-8

Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her short story collection News from Heaven won the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories and many other places. She lives in Boston.



Robyn Carr (photo credit: Michael Alberstat)Robyn Carr

What We Find, Harlequin/MIRA
April 2016; $26.99; 978-0-778-31885-9

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, and an 11-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River and Thunder Point series. In 2015, four of her titles achieved major milestones— #1 New York Times bestseller for One Wish and A New Hope, #2 New York Times bestseller for Wildest Dreams and #1 Bookscan bestseller for Never Too Late. Carr attributes much of her success to the fact that she tries to craft stories that not only entertain but also address sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, health risks and post-traumatic stress disorder. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband.