Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:50 p.m.)
Georgia World Congress Center, B211/B212
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets: $65 (if available)
Event code: UNI1

Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall, Emily Fridlund, Matthew Quick, and Lisa Wingate 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 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.




Mary Kay Andrews (photo credit Bill Miles)Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan
May 2017; $29.99; 9781250130440

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The WeekendersBeach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Spring FeverSummer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta.






Pam Jenoff (photo credit Mindy Schwartz Sorasky)Pam Jenoff

The Orphan's Tale, MIRA/Harlequin
Feb. 2017; $15.99; 9780778319818

Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised in southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in international affairs, with minors in history and Japanese. She then received her master's in history from Cambridge University in England





Kathy Hepinstall (photo credit Kelly Beck-Byrnes)Kathy Hepinstall

The Book of Polly, Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House
March 2017; $26; 9780399562099

Kathy Hepinstall is the author of five previous novels. She is also a top level advertising creative director who has written award-winning campaigns for corporate clients from Apple to Nike. She grew up in Spring, Texas, near the Louisiana border, and now lives in Portland, Ore., and Santa Barbara, Calif.. Polly is based, in part, on Hepinstall's own mother, who has as wicked a tongue as her fictional counterpart.




Emily Fridlund (photo credit Doug Knutson)

Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves, Atlantic Monthly Press/Perseus
Jan. 2017; $25; 9780802125873

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Sou'wester, New Delta Review, Chariton Review, Portland Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. The opening chapter of History of Wolves won the 2013 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for fiction, and Fridlund's collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published by Sarabande in fall 2017. 



Matthew Quick (photo credit Benj Lipchak)Matthew Quick

The Reason You're Alive, HarperCollins
July  2017; $25.99; 9780062424303

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, The Good Luck of Right Now, and Love May Fail. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Quick lives with his wife on North Carolina’s Outer Banks



Lisa Wingate (photo credit: Whitley Lind Photography)Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours, Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House
June 2017; $26; 9780425284681

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of the national bestseller Tending Roses. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner.