Gala Author Tea Sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern

Enjoy your beverage of choice while hearing from writers about their forthcoming titles. Daniel Black (Don't Cry for Me), David Wright Falade (Black Cloud Rising), Meg Waite Clayton (The Postmistress of Paris), and Ruth Ozeki (The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel) will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Barbara Hoffert, editor of LibraryJournal's Prepub Alert, will moderate.

This event will be presented free and livestreamed on Facebook. You can also join via Zoom.

David Wright Falade (Black Cloud Rising, Atlantic Monthly Press /Grove Atlantic) is a professor of English at the University of Illinois and a 2021-2022 Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. He is the co-author of the young adult novel Away Running and the nonfiction book Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers, which was a New Yorker notable selection and a St. Louis-Dispatch Best Book of 2001. The recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award, he has written for the New Yorker, the Village Voice, the Southern Review, Newsday, and more.


New York Times and USA Today bestseller and book club favorite Meg Waite Clayton (The Postmistress of Paris, HarperCollins) is the author of eight novels, including the Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London, a national and international bestseller. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep- and Nicole Kidman-sponsored The Writers Lab. Meg’s prior novels include the #1 Amazon fiction bestseller Beautiful Exiles; the Langum Prize honored The Race for ParisThe Wednesday Sisters, named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time (on a list with The Three Musketeers!); and The Language of Light, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. 

Daniel Black (Don’t Cry for Me, Hanover Square Press/Harlequin) is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He is an associate professor at his alma mater, Clark Atlanta University, where he now aims to provide an example to young Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. He is the author of They Tell Me of a Home and The Sacred Place. Black has been nominated for the Townsend Literary Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award, the Ferro-Grumley Literary Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Georgia Author of the Year Prize; in addition, he was awarded the Writer’s Award from the Middle-Atlantic Writers Association.

Ruth Ozeki (The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel, Viking Books/Penguin Random House) is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foun­dation and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.


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