Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

Sunday, June 25, 2023 @ 8:00 am Central – Join your fellow readers and book lovers and hear from some of the year’s best authors from RUSA book and media award winners, Best of Lists and up-and-coming authors discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign books immediately following the event.


Michael Frank
Michael Frank

Michael Frank’s essays, articles, and short stories have appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, The Yale Review, Salmagundi, The TLS, and Tablet, among other publications. His fiction has been presented at Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, and his travel writing has been collected in Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times. He served as a Contributing Writer to the Los Angeles Time Book Review for nearly ten years. A recipient of a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, he livs with his family in New York City and Liguria, Italy

Piper Huguley

Named in 2015 as a top ten historical romance novelist in Publisher’s Weekly, Piper Huguley is the author of the Reconstruction era “Home to Milford College” series. She is a 2013 & 2014 Golden Heart finalist for two novels in the “Migrations of the Heart” series about the Bledsoe sisters and set in the early twentieth century.

T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon. In another life, she writes childrens’ books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections. This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups. When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

Wanda Morris

Wanda M. Morris is the acclaimed author of All the Little Secrets, her debut novel released in 2021 was a #1 LibraryReads pick. Her next novel, Anywhere You Run, released in 2022 was also a LibraryReads pick.

Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of The Death of Us, Death at Greenway, The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Dies, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ festival Midwest Mystery Conference and served as 2019-2020 national president of Sisters in Crime.

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