Literary Luminaries: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 8:00 am Pacific- Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year’s best authors from RUSA Book & Media Award Winners and Best of Lists Authors. Invited authors will discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign books immediately following the event. Registration is required. Register here today for this RUSA Ticketed Event at ALA Annual Conference.

Confirmed Authors:

Tananarive Due, The Reformatory

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator, Steven Barnes, wrote “A Small Town” for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone” on Paramount Plus, and two segments of Shudder’s anthology film Horror Noire.

Photo Credit Mike Rubenstein

Elysse Graham, Book & Dagger

Elyse Grahamis a historian and professor at Stony Brook University, a flagship university in the SUNY system. She holds degrees from Princeton, Yale, and MIT, and has learned how scholars whisper, scheme, launder information, and guard secrets. She is the author of three academic books: You Talkin’ to Me? (Oxford University Press), A Unified Theory of Cats on the Internet (Stanford University Press), and The Republic of Games (McGill-Queens University Press).

Photo Credit John DeAmara

Helen Laser, Yellowface

Written by R.F. Kuang. Narrated by Helen Laser. HarperAudio. June should be happy for her friend Athena’s runaway literary success, but with her own writing career stalled, she is consumed by jealousy. When Athena unexpectedly dies and leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, June takes it and passes it off as her own but struggles to keep her deception a secret. Helen Laser’s voice drips with envy and snark as she superbly captures June’s escalating rage.

Photo Credit by Stanton Stephens

Anastacia-Reneé, side notes from the archivist

Anastacia-Reneé is a queer writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, playwright, former radio host, TEDX speaker, and podcaster. She is the author of (v.) (Gramma/Black Ocean), Forget It (Black Radish); Sidenotes from the Archivist (HarperCollins/Amistad, ), and Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere (HarperCollins/Amistad). Side Notes From The Archivist was selected as one of “NYPL Best Books of 2023,” and, The American Library Association (RUSA) “Notable Books of 2024.” Anastacia-Reneé is a recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award and, she was selected by NBC News as part of the list of “Queer Artist of Color Dominate 2021’s Must See LGBTQ Art Shows,” for “(Don’t Be Absurd) Alice in Parts” an installation at the Frye Art Museum. Anastacia-Reneé served as Seattle Civic Poet (2017-1019) during Seattle’s inaugural year of UNESCO status.

Photo Credit Karianne Flaathen

Edward Underhill, The In-Between Bookstore

Edward Underhill is an author and composer who grew up in Wisconsin, studied music in Ohio, and spent several years in NYC. He currently lives in California with his partner, where he writes music (frequently for film & TV) and stories (frequently for teens). He is the author of the young adult novels Always the Almost and This Day Changes Everything. His adult fiction debut, The In-Between Bookstore, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2025.

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