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April 14, 2018 – Pasadena Hilton Hotel

Learn about the authors’ personal journeys

Enjoy lunch and talking with other readers

Shop for books and have them signed

Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline





Jin Lee



Main Ballroom Authors

Christina Baker Kline

As she did in her beloved bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in her new novel, A Piece of the World. It’s the haunting and memorable tale of Christina Olson, the flesh-and-blood woman behind Andrew Wyeth’s best known painting, Christina’s World.  Baker Kline’s essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today.

Baker Kline is a graduate of Yale University, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia. She has taught at Yale, NYU, and the University of Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University. She is a recipient of Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three sons.

“A Piece of the World is a story for those who want the mysterious made real.” – The New York Times Book Review. “Another winner from the author of Orphan Train.” – People.  “It is a masterpiece.” – Historical Novel Society

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is the compulsively readable saga of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who are exiled in 20th century Japan and must fight to control their destiny. “Reading Pachinko,” writes Book Page “is like binge-watching every season of an HBO series.” Pachinko was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and is a national bestseller and a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Lee’s first novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was named one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” by the London Times, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, London Times, Vogue, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Yale University and earned her law degree at Georgetown University. She currently lives in New York with her family.

“Pachinko is the kind of book that can open your eyes and fill them with tears at the same time.” – NPR. “Stunning . . . In this sprawling book, history itself is a character.” – The New York Times

Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle was inspired by author Jessica Shattuck’s knowledge that her grandmother was a Nazi. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once hosted all of German high society, The Women in the Castle is the propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. Shattuck’s other novels include Perfect Life and The Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the L.L. Winship/PEN Award.

Shattuck’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The Believer. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Shattuck now lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, MA.

“Moving . . . surprises and devastates.” – The New York Times Book Review. “A masterful epic.” – People. “Mesmerizing . . . The Women in the Castle stands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of history’s most tragic eras.” – USA Today

Hannah Tinti

In The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a father protects his daughter from the legacy of his violent past and the truth about her mother’s death. A thrilling tour de force, Hannah Tinti’s second novel has been optioned for television. Her first novel, The Good Thief, was a New York Times Notable Book, and won The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the ALA Alex Award, and the Quality Paperback’s New Voices Award. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award.

Tinti teaches at NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia’s MFA Program, CUNY, and the Museum of Natural History. She is Executive Editor of the award-winning magazine One Story, which she co-founded, and Literary Commentator of the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts. Hannah lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“Tinti depicts brutality and compassion with exquisite sensitivity . . .” – The New Yorker. “The book has an irresistible velocity that Ms. Tinti sustains to the end.” – The Wall Street Journal

Breakout Session Authors

The following three authors will speak concurrently

Jade Chang

Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, is the hilarious and poignant rags-to-riches-to-rags again tale of entrepreneur Charles Wang. It follows his unlikely odyssey across America, as he reconnects with his children in ways he never could when he was rich. The Wangs vs. the World was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next List selection, and The Millions Most Anticipated Book.

Chang has worked as an arts and culture journalist and editor for the BBCMetropolisGlamour, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She has also been an editor at Goodreads. Chang is the recipient of a Sundance Arts Journalist fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.

“Jade Chang is unendingly clever in her generous debut novel.” – The New York Times. “Jade Chang’s firecracker of a debut knowingly and refreshingly breaks every unwritten rule of the Asian-American family saga, making for a blistering, high-energy read that’s worthy of its prepublication hype.” – Newsday

Charmaine Craig

Charmaine Craig’s new novel, Miss Burma, is based on the true story of her mother who became Burma’s first Miss Universe contestant at age 15, married a general, and ruled in his stead after he was assassinated. Miss Burma was long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next List selection. Her first novel, The Good Men, was a national bestseller and was translated into six languages.

Craig studied literature at Harvard College, received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, where she teaches literature, the art of the paragraph, and forms of narration. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters.

Miss Burma, said The New York Times, has “passages of exquisitely precise description.” Elle magazine raved, “Like many of the best books, Miss Burma feels rooted in its time and place, while also laying bare timeless questions of loyalty, infidelity, patriotism, and identity.”

Natashia Deón

In her debut novel, Grace, Natashia Deón explores racism, abuse, freedom, love and motherhood in the story of escaped slave Naomi and her daughter during the Civil War years and before.  Grace was awarded a 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Black Caucus and was named a New York Times Top Book, a Kirkus Review Best Book, a Book Riot Favorite Book, The Root Best Book, and an Entropy Best Book.

A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the Los Angeles-based reading series, Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She is a recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residences at Yale University, Bread Loaf, and the Prague Creative Writing Program. She has an MFA from the University of California at Riverside-Palm Desert.

“[A] haunting portrait of slavery, love and violence.” – Newsday. “With her debut novel, Natashia Deón has announced herself beautifully and distinctively.” – The New York Times

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