For immediate release | December 19, 2017

Susan Wiggs among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Wiggs, Silas House, Elisabeth Hyde, Ariel Lawhon, Molly Tanzer and Spencer Wise will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

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 2017 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Susan Wiggs (“Between You and Me,” William Morrow/HarperCollins) 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.

Silas House (“Southernmost,” Algonquin) 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.

Elisabeth Hyde (“Go Ask Fannie,” Putnam/Penguin Random House) 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.

Ariel Lawhon (“I Was Anastasia: A Novel,” Doubleday/Penguin Random House) 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 (“Creatures of Will and Temper,” John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 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.

Spencer Wise (“The Emperor of Shoes,” Hanover Square Press/Harlequin) is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction. He teaches at Florida State University.

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.

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