Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Existence, The Field Party Series, and The Boys South of the Mason Dixon. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
Carl Hart is a psychology and psychiatry professor at Columbia University. Hart is known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. He was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter. He is also the author of Smarter Faster Better, a book on the science of productivity, and The Power of Habit, about how habits are formed in our lives, companies and societies.
Gayle Forman is a young adult fiction author, known for novels such as If I Stay, which was made into a film, as well as a journalist with articles published in several magazines such as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She traveled to many countries and wrote her impressions in the book You Can’t Get There from Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.
Jenny Han was born in Virginia, United States. She has worked as a bookseller, has got masters in creative writing from New School and is the author of books for children and youth - including To All the Boys I´ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, published by Intrínseca (in Brazil). He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Karin Slaughter is one of the world is most popular and acclaimed storytellers, having made it to number 1 in bestseller lists in several countries. She has published 15 novels, which have been translated into more than 30 languages, sold over 35 million copies, and her first psychological thriller, Pretty Girls, was published last year. Born in Georgia, USA, she currently lives in Atlanta.
When Leisa Raven started drama school she wrote her first plays. Leisa dedicated herself to playwriting and several of her plays were produced in Australia. The novel took the place of theater when Leisa began writing fan fiction and she attracted readers on the internet. The online success inspired her to write her first novel, Bad Romeo, and her sequel Broken Juliet. Leisa currently lives in Australia with her husband, two children, three cats and a kangaroo named Howard.
Nuccio Ordine is an Italian professor, literary critic, philosopher and one of the world is top experts on the Renaissance and philosopher Giordano Bruno.
Paula Hawkins is a British author born in Zimbabwe. Her best-seller The Girl on the Train sold over 20 million copies, of which 250,000 in Brazil, and it was adapted to a film. She has just published the thriller Into the Water, whose movie rights have also been sold. The novel delves into how blurry memories of the past can influence and misconstrue the present. In addition to touching on the issue of memory, Hawkins once again tells a story about women. She deftly joins highly commercially successful suspense plots with discussions on important and contemporary issues. While Girl on the Train deals with abusive relationships and the nuances of motherhood, Into the Water deals with sexism and misogyny in many forms and expressions.
Pepetela won the Camões Prize for his body of work on Angolan contemporary history. Among the titles published in Brazil are the novel "Mayombe", which portrays the thoughts of a guerrilla group. In "Yaka", he follows the life of a colonial family in the city of Benguela over the course of a century, while in "A Geração da Utopia"(The Utopia Generation) he portrays the disillusionment of post-independence Angola. This event will include the launch of his new novel by Editora LeYa, "Se o passado não tivesse asas" (If the Past Did Not Have Wings), in which he writes about life in the streets of Luanda following the Angolan civil war.
Sofia Silva is a 29-year-old Portuguese writer who has become a self-publishing phenomenon with more than 1 million views on Wattpad and 700,000 readings on Amazon Kindle Unlimited service. She will have her book, Sorrisos Quebrados (Broken Smiles), published by Editora Valentina . Domestic violence, depression, physical disability and sexual abuse are themes in the writer`s novels, who always seeks to show how these situations affect the social and loving life of her characters.
V.E. Schwab is the author of best-seller Vicious, which won the Publishers Weekly Best Book and Amazon Best Book of the Month. It was also a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice 2013 Book Awards, and the ALA (American Library Association) awarded it the top fantasy book in its 2014 Reading List. Her work is at the top of reading lists of several authors, from Laini Taylor to Chuck Wendig. She is also the author of The Archived and The Near Witch.
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