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Past Authors

Paula McLain

Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novels The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She now introduces her latest title, Love and Ruin, which returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn – a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. Paula received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and she lives with her children in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo credit: Melanie Acevedo

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Claire McMillan

Claire McMillan is the author of Gilded Age and The Necklace. She is the 2017-18 Cuyahoga County Writer-in-Residence and currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, Massachusetts. She practiced law until 2003 and then received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives on her husband’s family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with their two children.

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Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of the Biscuit books, Katy Duck books, and more.

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Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall grew up in Parma, Ohio, and is the author of six books for children. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a teacher in the public schools, as well as working in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater programs. Shelley’s books have been ALA Notable Books, Ohioana Book Award winners, and Choose To Read Ohio choices. She lives in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area with her husband and cat.  

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David Giffels

David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose, a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice,” and the memoir All the Way Home, winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His most recent memoir, Furnishing Eternity, is a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one’s Midwest roots and seeking a father’s wisdom through an unusual woodworking project – constructing his own coffin. David is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Photo credit: Angelo Merendino

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Emilie RichardsEmilie Richards is the author of over 70 novels including romance, women’s fiction and cozy mystery. Her series include Ministry is Murder mysteries, the Shenandoah Album novels, The Happiness Key series, and the Goddesses Anonymous novels.

Her background as a counselor enables her to write richly textured family stories that explore the human condition.

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Tom BatiukTom Batiuk celebrated the 10th anniversary of Lisa’s Story, the award-winning storyline in Medina resident Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean comic strip. Lisa’s universe was expanded in September 2017 with two new titles: Prelude and The Last Leaf.

Batiuk was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his portrayal of Lisa’s Story and received the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Cure Hall of Fame Award.

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Jay AsherJay Asher’s debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past 10 years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the US alone. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His novels have been translated into over 30 languages. His third novel, What Light, was released in October 2016.

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Brad RiccaBrad Ricca is the author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes and Super Boys, which won the Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction and was named a Top 10 Book on the Arts by Booklist. His book of poetry, American Mastodon, won the St. Lawrence Book Award. He is a 2014 winner of a Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature and is a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University.

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Jim GillJim Gill
is an award-winning musician and author. His distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together!

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Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of six bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the Pulitzer-nominated World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day.  With her latest novels, Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday.  The daughter of a sheriff, Mary grew up with cops and guns but also holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.

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Emily St. John Mandel is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Station Eleven, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and MCDL's One Book, One Community 2016 selection. Mandel is the author of three previous novels – Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun and The Lola Quartet – all of which were Indie Next picks. Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her family.
Photo credit: Dese'Rae L. Stage

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Thrity Umrigar, author of The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, and other novels, is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She was born in Bombay, India, and came to the U.S. when she was 21.  After earning a business degree, which she survived by writing and acting in plays, she earned her M.A. in English and later received a fellowship at Harvard University, where she wrote her first novel, Bombay Time. Thrity speaks at literary events all over the U.S. 

Lauren Oliver is the bestselling author of the Delirium Trilogy, as well as Before I Fall, Panic, and Vanishing Girls for teens, Liesl & Po and The Spindlers for middle-grade readers, and Rooms for adults. Raised in Westchester, NY, in a family of writers, Oliver has always enjoyed living creatively, often writing sequels for her favorite books as a young adult. She studied literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago and Creative Writing at New York University. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, running, dancing, making up weird songs and working in her pajamas.

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