2014 Authors

The 2014 Festival, takes place Presidents Day weekend, February 13-16, in and around Telfair and Wright Squares.

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Eben Alexander, M.D.

Closing Address, February 16, Trustees Theater, 3pm tickets required Eben Alexander’s memoir, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, has spent nearly a year on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

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Scott Turow

Opening Address, February 13, 6pm, Trustees Theater tickets required Scott Turow has written the best-selling legal thrillers Presumed Innocent, Burden of Proof, and Personal Injuries. His new novel is Identical.

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Mitch Albom

Keynote Address, February 14, 2014 6 p.m., Trustees Theater tickets required Mitch Albom is the best-selling author of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. His new novel is The First Phone Call from Heaven.


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Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator’s Wife, a historical novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s epic, troubled marriage to Charles Lindbergh, is a New York Times best-selling novel.

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C.J. Box

C.J. Box’s latest Joe Pickett bestseller, Breaking Point, came out in 2013, and the new one, Stone Cold, will appear in March. Box won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009 for Blue Heaven.

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Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy, a family drama set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, will be published in January 2014.

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Robin Cook

Robin Cook is the best-selling author of medical thrillers Outbreak, Intervention, and Cure. His new thriller Cell will be published in January 2014.

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Anton DiSclafani

Anton DiSclafani is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.

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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of the novels Practical Magic and The Dovekeepers. Her new novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, will be published in February 2014.


Nancy Horan

Nancy Horan’s debut literary novel, Loving Frank, was a surprise best-seller in 2008. Her latest novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, will be published in January 2014.

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Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey is author of the post-apocalyptic Silo novels that have drawn comparisons to The Hunger Games. Dust, the third installment, was published in August.

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Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True were both Oprah Book Club selections. We Are Water, Lamb’s new family drama, was released in October 2013.


Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips’s fifth novel, Quiet Dell, is a mesmerizing retelling of a harrowing true crime.

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Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve’s novel The Pilot’s Wife was an Oprah Book Club selection. Shreve’s new novel, the World War I epic Stella Bain, will be published in November 2013.

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Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor is author of the Pike Logan counterterrorism series. Taylor’s new thriller, The Polaris Protocol, will be published in January 2014.

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Lis Wiehl

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling novelist, former federal prosecutor, and popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. Her forthcoming novel Snapshot (January 2014) is inspired by actual historical events during the Civil Rights era.


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A. Scott Berg

A. Scott Berg has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Wilson, his authoritative biography of President Woodrow Wilson, was published in September 2013.

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Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, about a group of American athletes at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin, was published in June 2013.

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Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan is author of the best-selling memoirs The Middle Place and Lift. Her latest, Glitter and Glue, will be published in February 2014.

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John Ferling

John Ferling is the author of many books on American Revolutionary history. His latest, Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation explores the epic rivalry between Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.

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John Freeman

John Freeman is a book critic and editor at Granta magazine. How to Read a Novelist collects some of his best profiles of some of the best novelists of our time.

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Boris Kachka

Boris Kachka’s Hothouse, published in August 2013, is a behind-the-scenes history of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, venerable publisher of Flannery O’Connor, Tom Wolfe and 25 Nobel laureates.

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Lily Koppel

Lily Koppel is the author of The Astronaut Wives Club, about the cadre of women who became friends in the 1950s when their husbands—the Mercury Seven—became the first Americans in space.

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Megan McArdle

Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and author of the popular blog “Asymmetrical Information.” Her forthcoming book The Up Side of Down makes the case that success is largely contingent on how quickly and nimbly we learn from our mistakes.


John McMillian

John McMillian’s Beatles vs. Stones explores the epic rivalry between these iconic 1960s rock-and-roll bands.

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Claudia Roth Pierpont

Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, an examination of the life and novels of American literary giant Philip Roth, will be published in October.

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Mike Ritland

Mike Ritland is a former Navy SEAL who has trained hundreds of MWDs and continues to serve and rehabilitate special forces K9s through his non profit, the Warrior Dog Foundation. His memoir, Trident K9 Warriors, is an insightful account of dogs’ important role in military missions.

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John Rizzo

John Rizzo, the CIA’s former chief attorney, is author of Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, which will be published in January 2014.


Patricia Schultz

Patricia Schultz is author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, a travelogue of the world’s can’t-miss destinations.

Gabriel Sherman

Gabriel Sherman is author of The Loudest Voice in the Room: The Inside Story of How Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics.

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Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon is the author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, which will be published in November 2013.


James Swanson

James Swanson is the author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. His new history, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, will be published in November, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the President Kennedy’s untimely death.