Lauren Acampora‘s first novel, The Paper Wasp, was named a Best Summer Read by The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, ELLE, Town & Country, BBC.com, Daily Mail (UK), Tatler, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly. It has also been nominated for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, was published by Grove in May 2015. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Amazon and NPR. It won the GLCA New Writers Award, was a finalist for the New England Book Award, and was on the longlist for The Story Prize. Lauren’s short fiction and other writing has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Guernica, New England Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, The New York Times Book Review, and LitHub. She graduated from Brown University, earned an MFA at Brooklyn College, and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Writers OMI International Residency, and the Ragdale Foundation. Lauren lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.
Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels. In 2016, Amitava Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (General Nonfiction) as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists. Kumar’s latest book is Immigrant, Montana: A Novel, published by Faber in the UK, Knopf in the US, and in translation by other publishers worldwide. It was named a notable book of the year by The New York Times, a book of the year by The New Yorker, and listed by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2018. The book came out in India under the title The Lovers: A Novel. Kumar is also the author of Lunch With a Bigot; A Matter of Rats, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb; Nobody Does the Right Thing; Husband of a Fanatic, Bombay-London-New York, and Passport Photos and he has edited five additional books. His forthcoming nonfiction is entitled Every Day I Write the Book. Kumar’s non-fiction and poetry has been published in The New York Times, Granta, NPR, The Nation, New Yorker.com, Harper’s, Bookforum, The Guardian, Kenyon Review, Vanity Fair, Guernica, and many more. He is the script-writer and narrator of the prize-winning documentary film, Pure Chutney (1997). In 2013, Amitava Kumar collaborated with Teju Cole on an ekphrastic project entitled “Who’s Got the Address?”He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College.
Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. For many years, Troncoso has taught at the Yale Writers’ Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the board of councilors and Vice President of the Texas Institute of Letters. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay category. His work has recently appeared in New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Texas Monthly Magazine, and New Guard Literary Review.
Abi Maxwell is the author of Lake People and a new novel, The Den, the story of two women ostracized from the same community for giving in to their sexual desires, 150 years apart . Her fiction has also appeared in McSweeney’s. She studied writing at the University of Montana and she grew up in New Hampshire’s Lake Country, where now lives with her husband and son.
Sisters in Crime
Although Max Folsom was an avid reader all her life, as well as a longtime editor, reviewer, and speech writer, she never envisioned herself as a mystery writer. The author of the Baker Somerset series of mysteries is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and the League of Vermont Writers. One Bad Day After Another, the first Baker Somerset crime novel, was one of the five finalists for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Find her at: https://www.bakersomerset.com/
Sadie Hartwell, also writing as Susannah Hardy, is the author of the national bestselling Tangled Web and
Greek to Me Mysteries. She is also a freelance editor of fiction and nonfiction and is a frequent speaker at conferences, libraries, and bookstores. Sadie lives in Connecticut with her family and a tuxedo cat who runs the household. Find her at: https://susannahhardy.com/writing-as-sadie-hartwell/
Sharon Healy-Yang is passionate about mysteries from the golden age, whether in a book or on the screen. Her fascination with mysteries and the 1940s drives her pleasure in crafting novels that recapture the wit, adventure, and suspense of the era. Healy-Yang lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two cats, and an enormous collection of vintage films. Bait and Switch and Letter from a Dead Man are the first two novels in a series of Jessica Minton Mysteries. Healy-Yang is now polishing a third, Always Play the Dark Horse, which brings in another of her passions: thoroughbred racing. Find her at: https://sharonhealyyang.com/
Lisa Lieberman is the author of the Cara Walden historical noir mystery series based on old movies and featuring blacklisted Hollywood people on the lam in dangerous international locales. Her books hit the sweet spot between Casablanca and John le Carré. Her work has appeared in Noir City, Gettysburg Review, Raritan, Michigan Quarterly, Mystery Scene and elsewhere. She is Vice President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Find her at: https://deathlessprose.com/