V.E. Schwab, author of Vengeful, is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed Shades of Magic series. She splits her time between Nashville and Edinburgh and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.
Kathryn Schwille is the author of What Luck, This Life and work published in New Letters, Crazyhorse, West Branch, Sycamore Review and other literary journals. She was an award-winning newspaper reporter before moving to North Carolina to become an editor at the Charlotte Observer. Schwille received her MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Dreams of Joy, which debuted at number one, and many other novels. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which is tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. She has been honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award.
Lee Smith, author of Dimestore, was born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Va., and began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. She has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and The Last Girls.
She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, an Academy Award in Fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, N.C., with her husband, writer Hal Crowther.
Tatjana Soli, author of The Removes, is a New York Times bestseller. Winner of the U. K.’s James Tait Black Prize, her work was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award and twice listed as a New York Times Notable Book.
tammy lynne stoner, author of Sugar Land, has been published in more than a dozen anthologies and literary journals. stoner has lived in 15 cities, working at countless odd jobs, as well as creating Dottie’s Magic Pockets and publishing Gertrude literary journal, now in its 21st year. She wears pajamas 80% of the time.
James Sturm, author of Off Season, lives in Vermont, where he helps run a cartooning school that he co-founded, The Center for Cartoon Studies. His graphic novels include The Golem’s Mighty Swing and Market Day. He is a contributing editor to Slate and co-founder of Seattle’s biweekly newspaper, The Stranger.
Mathangi Subramanian, author of A People’s History of Heaven, is an award-winning Indian American writer, author, and educator. A graduate of Brown University and the Teachers College of Columbia University, and the recipient of a Fulbright and other fellowships, Subramanian’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, and elsewhere. This is her first work of literary fiction.