For immediate release | December 11, 2018

Wayétu Moore among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Wayétu Moore, Juliet Grames, Chris Pavone, Clare Mackintosh, Annie Ward, and G. Willow Wilson will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 27 at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Wayétu Moore (“She Would Be King,” Graywolf/Macmillan) is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.

Juliet Grames (“The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” HarperCollins) was born in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in a tight-knit Italian-American family. A book editor, she has spent the last decade at Soho Press, where she is associate publisher and curator of the Soho Crime imprint. This is her first novel.

Chris Pavone (“The Paris Diversion,” Crown/Penguin Random House) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers, The Accident, and The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.

Clare Mackintosh (“After the End: A Novel,” Putnam/Penguin Random House) is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “I Let You Go,” “I See You,” and “Let Me Lie,” translated into more than 35 languages and with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. She is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which provides special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy at John Radcliffe Hospital.

Annie Ward (“Beautiful Bad,” Park Row Books/Harlequin) has a BA in English literature from UCLA and a MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her short screenplay “Strange Habit” was selected by the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.

G. Willow Wilson (“The Bird King,” Grove Atlantic) is the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Alif the Unseen,” which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2013; the memoir “The Butterfly Mosque”; the graphic novels “Cairo,” “Air,” and “Vixen”; and the celebrated comic book series Ms. Marvel.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event code: UNI1. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt, Leonesa Ballroom.

For more information on purchasing tickets and other United for Libraries events and meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit For information about registering for Midwinter, visit

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Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries