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Dennis Lehane – Fiction, Co-Director
Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, Dennis Lehane has published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories, and the play, "Coronado," which was produced at theatres in New York City; Chicago; San Francisco; and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels--Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island--have been adapted into award-winning films. His tenth novel, Live by Night, will be published in October. Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.
Sterling Watson – Fiction & Nonfiction, Co-Director
Sterling Watson is the author of six novels, including The Calling; Deadly Sweet; Blind Tongues; Sweet Dream Baby; and Weep No More My Brother. His most recent novel, Fighting in the Shade, was published in 2011 by Akashic Books and has been described by Dennis Lehane as, "A brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports. A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory." Mr. Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He was director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College for 20 years and is the College's Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing.
Andre Dubus III – Fiction
Andre Dubus III is the author of five books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and The New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors' Choice". It is named on many "Top Non-fiction Books of 2011" lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Library journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Esquire magazine. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the National Book Award, the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a 2012 recipient of an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Beth Ann Fennelly – Poetry
Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright, and grants from the N.E.A. and United States Artists. Her work has three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Ms. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books. Her first, Open House, won The 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. It was reissued by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her second book, Tender Hooks, and her third, Unmentionables, were published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2008. She has also published a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, in 2006, with Norton, and is co-authoring a novel with her husband, Tom Franklin. They live in Oxford with their three children.
Tom Franklin – Fiction
Tom Franklin is the author of four books: Poachers, stories, and three novels, Hell at the Breech, Smonk and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, the Golden Dagger Award for Best Novel and the Willie Morris Prize in Southern Fiction. He lives in Oxford, MS, and teaches at Ole Miss.
Ann Hood – Fiction
Ann Hood is the author of nine novels, including Somewhere off the Coast of Maine, The Knitting Circle, and most recently, The Red Thread. She has also written two memoirs, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles, and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2008. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times; Paris Review; The Washington Post; O; Glimmertrain; and Tin House. She is also the author of The Treasure Chest, a forthcoming eight-book series for children featuring 12-year-old twins, Felix and Maisie, who travel in time to meet iconic American figures from centuries past. The winner of two Pushcart Prizes, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The Knitting Circle will soon be an HBO movie starring Katherine Heigl.
Laura Lippman – Fiction
Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including twelve years at The Baltimore Sun. Her Tess Monaghan books (By A Spider's Thread; The Last Place; The Sugar House; Baltimore Blues; Charm City; Butchers Hill; No Good Deeds; and In Big Trouble) have won every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe awards, and her novel, In a Strange City, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of five previous stand-alone novels: To the Power of Three; Every Secret Thing; What the Dead Know (also the winner of the Quill Award for Best Mystery); Life Sentences; and I'd Know You Anywhere—the last three were also New York Times bestsellers. In 2008 Ms. Lippman's award-winning short stories were anthologized for the first time in one volume, along with an original novella, Hardly Knew Her. Fall 2008 also marked Ms. Lippman's serialization in The New York Times Magazine with The Girl in the Green Raincoat—a continuation of her P.I. character Tess Monaghan. Her most recent stand-alone novel, And When She Was Good, was published in August 2012. A recipient of the first Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence and the 2003 Maryland Author Award, she and her husband, David Simon, divide their time between Baltimore and New Orleans.
Stewart O'Nan – Fiction
Stewart O'Nan's first story collection, In the Walled City, received the Drue Heinz Prize. Winner of the Ascent and Columbia Fiction Awards, he is the author of 13 novels, including the novel-in-stories, Everyday People. His work has appeared in Granta, Outside, Ploughshares, Glimmertrain, and many other journals.
Les Standiford –Nonfiction
Les Standiford is the author of 15 books, including the novels Bone Key and Havana Run and the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to Paradise; Meet You in Hell; Washington Burning; and The Man Who Invented Christmas. Last Train to Paradise was one of the History Channel's Top Ten picks. Meet You in Hell was the publisher's nominee for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Washington Burning was the publisher's nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The Man Who Invented Christmas was a New York Times Editors' Choice in 2008. He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami. In March 2011, Ecco Press published Bringing Adam Home, an account of Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews' 27-year quest to solve the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh. The book became a New York Times best seller and was for three weeks the #1 selling True Crime book on the Wall Street Journal list.
David Yoo – Young Adult Writing
David Yoo's first collection of essays, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever, was published in June 2012. He is also the author of the Young Adult novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, of which author Jonathan Lethem wrote, "David Yoo's voice is so witty and charming it only seems fair to give warning: he'll break the hearts of teenage readers of all ages with this bittersweet love story," and Girls For Breakfast, an New York Public Library Books For the Teen Age selection and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice, along with a middle grade novel, The Detention Club, published in 2011. David has a regular column in KoreAm Journal and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son, where he teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers' Workshop.
2013 Guest Faculty
Ann Patchett – Keynote Speaker
An alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Ann Patchett was a 1990 residential fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a 1992 New York Times Notable Book. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her next novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold over a million copies in the United Sates and has been translated into more than 30 languages. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. Her fourth novel, Run, was a New York Times Bestseller. Her most recent novel, State of Wonder, was published in 2011.
Daniel Woodrell – Special Guest Speaker
Daniel Woodrell has been called one of the best-kept secrets in American literature and is the author of eight books, including Tomato Red, which won the 1999 PEN Center USA award for fiction; Woe to Live On, which was adapted into a movie by Ang Lee; and Winter’s Bone, recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Five of Daniel Woodrell’s eight novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
Tracy Crow – Guest
Tracy Crow teaches creative writing at Eckerd College and is the author of the memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine (University of Nebraska Press) and the conspiracy thriller, An Unlawful Order, under her pen name, Carver Greene. Ms. Crow is the nonfiction editor of Prime Number Magazine, a Press 53 publication, and is working with the University of Nebraska Press to compile and edit a military anthology of creative nonfiction by veterans and their families. Ms. Crow's essays and short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.
Karina Berg Johansson – Guest
Karina Berg Johansson's debut novel Synvilla (Illusion) was published in 2010 and chosen by the Finish-Swedish teachers to be distributed in schools throughout the Swedish parts of Finland. Her second book, the first in a series, Den sista utvägen (The Last Resort) came out in 2012, with the second, Innan mörkret faller, forthcoming in 2013. Her short story Villebråd (Fair Game) was picked for the launch of the first Swedish e-book imprint, and it is also available in an app-collection of short stories. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with her family.
Joshua Kendall - Executive Editor & Editorial Director
Joshua Kendall is currently an executive editor and editorial director of Mulholland Books/Little Brown & Co. He has edited such authors as Tana French, Stewart O’Nan, Charlie Huston, Ron Carlson, Jasper Fforde, as well as the upcoming novel by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst. He has also reissued the works of Richard Yates, Walker Percy, Jim Thompson, among others. Josh was formerly a senior editor at Viking Penguin and an editor at Picador. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael Koryta – Guest
Michael Koryta has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Great Lake Books Award, and St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) Best First Novel prize, while also earning nominations for the Edgar, Quill, Shamus, Gold Dagger, and Barry awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times prize for best mystery, his novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. His work has been translated into nearly 20 languages. The Prophet, his ninth novel, released in August 2012, has been called "A relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare," by Dennis Lehane. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.
Peter Meinke – Guest
Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has appeared in New Republic, the New Yorker, Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other journals. He has published 15 books of poems, seven in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World (2006). His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. Mr. Meinke directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities, most recently at the University of South Florida/Tampa. In 2009, the University of Tampa Press published Lines from Neuchâtel—illustrated by his wife, Jeanne—in a handsome 35th Anniversary Edition, with added poems and drawings. He writes a biweekly column, "Poet's Notebook"—also illustrated by Jeanne—in Tampa Bay's alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing.
Lori Roy – Guest
Lori Roy's debut novel, Bent Road, was awarded the 2011 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, named a 2011 New York Times Notable Crime Book, selected by the state of Kansas as a 2012 Notable Book and nominated for the 2011 Book-of-the-Month Club Best First Fiction Award. Bent Road was also named one of the best books of 2011 by the Library Journal, The Kansas City Star, Oline Cogdill and Sarah Weinman and was chosen as an April pick by the Midwest Booksellers. Ms. Roy's next novel, Until She Comes Home (Dutton/Penguin), will be published in the summer of 2013. Lori lives with her family in central Florida.
Johnny Temple – Publisher/Editor
Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Mr. Temple plays bass guitar in the band, Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum. He is also the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival each September.