Authors Appearing at Winter Institute 2018

    An Indies Introduce Author

    Keynote Speakers

    Junot Díaz
    Islandborn, Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers

    Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His new picture book Islandborn will be published in March 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers.

    Alberto Manguel
    Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, Yale University Press, Yale University Press

    Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader and a lover of books. Born in Buenos Aires, he has since resided in Israel, Argentina, Europe, the South Pacific, and Canada. He is now the director of the National Library of Argentina. Packing My Library goes on sale in February, 2018 from Yale University Press.

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Editorial Director, SJP for Hogarth, Crown Publishing Group

    Sarah Jessica Parker is an award-winning television and film actress, producer, and designer. She recently launched SJP for Hogarth in partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President, Publisher of Crown and Hogarth. In her new role as Editorial Director, Ms. Parker acquires and curates high-quality works of fiction that reflect her own taste as a reader by both established writers and emerging voices. She is directly involved in the editorial and publishing process for each book issued under her imprint.

    Pamela Paul
    My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, Henry Holt and Co., Macmillan

    Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, Inside The New York Times Book Review. Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. She is also the author of four other books By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, and Vogue.

    Dan Pink
    When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Riverhead Books, Penguin

    Daniel H. Pink is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Drive, To Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 35 languages. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

    Amy Webb
    The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, Public Affairs, Hachette Book Group

    Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base. She is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how to predict and manage technological change. It was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016 and was a Washington Post Bestseller. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages.

    Featured Presenters

    Morten Hansen
    Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More, Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Inc.

    Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at University of California, Berkeley. He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and Great at Work. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), professor Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His academic research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Morten Hansen was also a manager at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised corporate clients worldwide. Born and raised in Norway, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters, and he travels the world to give keynotes and help companies and people become great at work.

    Jesse Mecham
    You Need a Budget, Harper Business, Harper Collins

    Jesse Mecham founded YNAB in 2004 to help him and his new wife, Julie, watch their money. Studying for his masters of accountancy at Brigham Young University at the time, he put his numbers wizardry to work to develop a system to track their expenses that became YNAB. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Appearing Authors

    Steve Almond
    Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart, Red Hen Press, Red Hen Press

    Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the NewYork Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His newest collection of political essays, Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart, is forthcoming in April 2018. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in Best American Erotica, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mysteries, and The Pushcart Prize, and his essays and reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and many others. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.

    Lauren Bradshaw
    Magnolia's Magnificent Map, Cameron Kids, Cameron + Company

    Lauren Bradshaw, the designer of a line of artisanal dolls known as Walnut Animal Society, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Walnut Animal Society book series is inspired by Lauren’s hand-sewn stuffed animals, a group of friends whose mission is to create and to always remain curious. In the books, the woodland characters come to life, encouraging children to thoughtfully consider their world, seek answers, and create empathy through understanding. Magnolia's Magnificent Map is the second book in the Walnut Animal Society series, following Henry's Bright Idea, which was published in August 2016. Henry's Bright Idea follows Henry the Fox and Eleanor the Bear on a journey as they search for Henry's lost idea. Magnolia's Magnificent Map follows Magnolia the Bunny as she explores the walnut grove with her friends, Margaux the Kitty and Chester the Raccoon, looking for that elusive, special place that will complete her map.

    Tami Charles
    Like Vanessa, Charlesbridge, Charlesbridge

    Tami Charles is a former elementary school teacher who now writes full-time and resides in Central New Jersey. Like Vanessa is her debut novel and Tami is excited that it has been chosen for Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2018. A life-long fan of Vanessa Williams, Tami was inspired by Ms. Williams’s fortitude and perseverance in the face of racism and struggle. Tami’s character was born of this inspiration and, like Tami herself, is a young girl from Newark who realizes she can be confident, beautiful, and own it! Besides writing, Tami is a wannabe chef, and has even appeared on Good Morning America doing a cooking demo with host Michael Strahan.

    Nancy Churnin
    Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, Creston Books, Creston Books

    Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News by day, children's book writer by night. Her first book, The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game, made the Texas 2x2 reading list, the Texas Topaz Nonfiction list, the New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, the Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, and the Illinois Monarch Award Master List. Her second book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, came out with Creston Books in fall 2017. With Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, she unites her passion for musical theatre with her love of children's book, an unbeatable combination.