Jenna Blum is the New York Times and number one international bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She was also voted one of the favorite contemporary women writers by Oprah.com readers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her MA from Boston University and has taught fiction and novel workshops for Grub Street Writers for twenty years.
In The Lost Family, Jenna artfully brings to the page a husband devastated by a grief he cannot name, a frustrated wife struggling to compete with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both her own family and another lost before she was born. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love. More at www.jennablum.com .
Boris Fishman is the author of Savage Feast, a family history told through recipes, and the novels A Replacement Life, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and also won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, the London Review of Books, New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and other publications. He teaches in Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City.
“Savage Feast is one of the best books I’ve read this year. A page turner of a memoir filled with recipes for delicious meals you will want to make.” (Daphne Kalotay)
Please see borisfishman.com for more.
Daphne Kalotay’s books include the award-winning novels Sight Reading and Russian Winter and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories, shortlisted for the Story Prize. Published in 20+ languages, her work has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo, among others. A citizen of both the U.S. and Canada, she teaches at Princeton University but makes her home in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she is working on a new book of short stories. Her new novel, Blue Hours, is both mystery and adventure, linking Manhattan circa 1991 to eastern Afghanistan in 2012. It tells of a life-changing friendship between two memorable heroines, and a dangerous journey to save one. More at www.daphnekalotay.com.
Steve Katz studied guitar with Dave Van Ronk and the Reverend Gary Davis, and became obsessed with American roots music and “jug band” music. Steve and Stefan Grossman, along with John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, and David Grisman formed the Even Dozen Jug Band, recording an album in 1964. In 1965, Steve joined Danny Kalb in the Blues Project, recorded three albums there, then became a founding member of Blood, Sweat Tears, which won three Grammies and sold millions of records worldwide. After BS&T, Steve went on to produce three Lou Reed albums, two of which went into Billboard’s Top Ten. His last official band membership was with American Flyer in the mid-seventies. Steve then became a VP of Mercury Records where he produced the seminal Irish band, Horslips. He is now performing solo concerts and doing book talks around the country. Steve is married to ceramic artist Alison Palmer. The couple lives in Kent Connecticut along with two dogs, two parrots and the remains of their guinea pig, Sid. Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? is Steve’s memoir, “an honest and personal account of a life at the edge of the spotlight—a privileged vantage point that earned him a bit more objectivity and earnest outrage than a lot of his colleagues.” (Lyons Press)
Crystal Hana Kim
Crystal’s debut novel, If You Leave Me, is “a tale of war, family, and forbidden love—the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they’re forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today.” (Gina Hyams)
Crystal holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MSEd from Hunter College. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is a Teach For America alum and has taught elementary school, high school, and collegiate writing and is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.
Ruth began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. She moved to Berkeley, California in 1973, and became co-owner and cook at The Swallow Restaurant. In 1978 she became restaurant critic for New West and California magazines, and went on to be the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times. From 1993-1999 she served as restaurant critic for the New York Times. In 1999 she moved to Gourmet Magazine, where she was Editor in Chief for ten years.
She has authored four memoirs, Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You, Mom, Finally. Her novel, Delicious! was published in 2014, and her cookbook, My Kitchen Year, 136 Recipes that Saved My Life in 2015. She edited The Modern Library Food Series, which currently includes ten books. She was Executive Producer and host of the public television series, Adventures with Ruth and a judge on Top Chef Masters. She is the recipient of six James Beard Awards. Her latest book, Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir was published in April by Random House.
Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines, and as a toddler came to the US with her parents. She grew up in New England, becoming a US citizen in her twenties. She thought she was going to be a physician, like her parents, but while attending Tufts University, decided to become a writer. After graduating from the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she taught in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon. She then returned to Tufts University, where for many years she taught writing in the English Department and courses in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Grace is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Currently, she is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.
David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University and the author, most recently, of Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell (FSG, 2017). His previous books include Fascinating Rhythm (Princeton, 2005) and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale, 2011). His writings have appeared in many publications, including The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Slate, The Nation, and Bookforum, among others. He wrote the songs and libretto for Mensch! The Musical, and is currently working on a musical memoir. For more about David, see david-yaffe.com.