Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:50 p.m.)
Colorado Convention Center, 203/205/207
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets: $65 (if available)
Event code: UNI1

Silas House, Elisabeth Hyde, Ariel Lawhon, Molly Tanzer, Susan Wiggs, and Spencer Wise 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.




Silas House (photo credit: Tasha Thomas)Silas House

Southernmost, Algonquin/Workman
June 2018; $26.95; 9781616206253

Silas House is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors.


Elisabeth Hyde (photo credit: Jerry Bauer)Elisabeth Hyde

Go Ask Fannie, Putnam/Penguin Random House
April 2018; $27; 9780735218567

Elisabeth Hyde is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, most recently In The Heart of The Canyon, a New York Times Editor's Choice and a People Magazine Great Read. Her fourth novel, The Abortionist's Daughter, became a bestseller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer Read by The Richard and Judy Show. Trained as a lawyer, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before she started writing full-time. She lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband.



Ariel LawhonAriel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia: A Novel, Doubleday/Penguin Random House
March 2018; $26.95; 9780385541695

Ariel Lawhon is cofounder of the popular website A novelist, blogger, and lifelong reader, she lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, four sons, and black lab -- who is, thankfully, a girl.




Molly Tanzer

Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Will and Temper, John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nov. 2017; $16.99; 9781328710260

Molly Tanzer is the Sydney J. Bounds and Wonderland Book Award–nominated author of Vermilion (an NPR and io9 Best Book of 2015), A Pretty Mouth, the historical crime novel The Pleasure Merchant, and other works. She lives in Boulder, Colo.




Susan Wiggs (photo credit: Life at Six Knots Photography)Susan Wiggs

Between You and Me, William Morrow/HarperCollins
June 2018; $26.99; 9780062425539

Susan Wiggs is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 50 novels, with her books in print in 30 countries. A native of a small town in upstate New York, she now lives with her husband at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather can commute to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. A former teacher and graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard, Susan is also an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and cautious mountain biker — yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.



Spencer Wise (photo credit: Molly Hamill)Spencer Wise

The Emperor of Shoes, Hanover Square Press/Harlequin
June 2018; $26.99; 9781335145901

Born in Boston, Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction. His work has appeared in Narrative MagazineHayden's Ferry ReviewThe Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. Wise teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.