2013 Authors

The following are our 2013 Presenting Authors. Look for an announcement of our 2014 Author lineup on October 9th, and save the date (February 13-16) for the 2014 Festival!

Fiction

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Dave Barry

Dave Barry is an author, humorist and Pulitzer Prize winner. His new suspense novel, Insane City, will be published in January.
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T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle’s novels include World’s End, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the just-published San Miguel.
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W. Bruce Cameron

W. Bruce Cameron is author of the novels A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey and the comic memoir 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
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Claire Cook

Claire Cook is author of the novel Must Love Dogs, which was made into a film starring John Cusack and Diane Lane.
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Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans has written numerous Christian novels. A Winter Dream and the 20th anniversary edition of The Christmas Box were published in October.
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Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain’s Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction.
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Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is author of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which moved to No. 1 on the New York Times Children’s Series list in December 2012.

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Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins is author of African-American romance novels, including A Second Helping and A Wish and a Prayer.
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Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon, a former publishing executive, is author of five 1940s-era spy novels including The Good German and Istanbul Passage.
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Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Kristyn Kusek Lewis has written articles for the New York Times, Real Simple, and Glamour. Her debut novel, How Lucky You Are, was published in September.
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Paula McLain

Paula McLain is author of The Paris Wife, her breakthrough second novel about the volatile relationship between Ernest and Hadley Hemingway.
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Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. The follow-up, Scarlet, will be published in February.
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J.R. Moehringer

J.R. Moehringer is a journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner. Sutton, his first novel, is about bank robber Willie Sutton.
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James Patterson

James Patterson writes the popular Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club detective series. Private Berlin will be published in January.
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Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr., is a syndicated columnist, novelist, and Pulitzer Prize winner. His recent novel, Freeman, is set near the end of the Civil War.
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B.A. Shapiro

B.A. Shapiro’s debut novel, The Art Forger, a literary thriller set in the art world, was published in October.
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Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt is author of the historical novels Daughters of the Witching Hill and Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen.
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Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His novella The Testament of Mary was published in November.
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Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles was named one of the top novels of 2012 by Amazon and Publishers Weekly.
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David Baldacci

David Baldacci is the author of numerous political suspense novels, including Absolute Power and the just-published The Forgotten.
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Nonfiction

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Al Gore

Al Gore was vice president from 1993-2000 and is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Future, which is about political, economic and environmental change, will be published in January.
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James Farmer

James Farmer is an author, floral designer and Southern lifestyle expert. His new book is Wreaths for All Seasons.
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Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of the fourth hour of "Today" in August 2007. She has also been a "Dateline NBC" correspondent since April 1998 and is a New York Times bestselling author for her book, HODA: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee.
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A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs read the Encyclopedia Britannica in The Know-It-All and grew a really long beard for The Year of Living Biblically. His new book is Drop Dead Healthy.
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Heidi Squier Kraft

Heidi Squier Kraft is author of Rule Number Two, a memoir of her seven-month deployment as a Navy psychologist in Iraq.
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Don Mann

Don Mann is a former Navy SEAL and author of the memoir Inside Seal Team Six. His novel Hunt the Scorpion will be published in February.
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Robert K. Massie

Robert K. Massie is the author of award-winning novelsCatherin the Great and Peter the Great: His Life and World.
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Kevin McCarey

Kevin McCarey’s Islands Under Fire is the bizarre tale of his involvement in the preservation of a coral reef off the coast of Puerto Rico.
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Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink, a business writer, is author of A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell Is Human.
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Anna Quindlen

The Festival hosted a Lunch and Conversation with NY Times Bestselling author, journalist, columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen in May 2013.

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Susanna Sonnenberg

Susanna Sonnenberg is author of the 2008 memoir Her Last Death. Her new memoir, She Matters, will be published in January.
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Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper recently joined CNN as anchor of a new weekday program and chief Washington correspondent, and is a former senior White House correspondent for ABC News. The Outpost is about his experiences covering the Afghanistan War.
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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is a presidential historian and author of Ike’s Bluff, which chronicles President Dwight Eisenhower’s White House years.
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Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson is a journalist, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner. The Warmth of Other Suns won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
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Garry Wills

Garry Wills is a historian and Pulitzer Prize winner. Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, will be published in February.
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