Lit Fest Authors - Speed Dating Dinner

On October 20th meet these authors at the WF Lit Fest Speed Dating Dinner! Tickets are $45 and include a Southern themed dinner from Chef Dave of The Forks Catering. The evening begins at 6pm with a local author cocktail hour where you can socialize and meet local authors. Dinner begins at 7pm, authors will spend about 10 minutes at a table and when we ring the bell move to another table! Authors will be available after the dinner to sign books and take pictures. Page 158 Books will have each authors books for sale at the event. Get your holiday shopping done in one shot! Visit this page for the full schedule of events and workshops!

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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends.

       



Susan Rivers began her writing career as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, and working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco. 

Her focus shifted to fiction with a move to the Carolinas in 1995 (right here in Wake Forest!). Rivers' debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday, was published by Algonquin Books in 2017. It was a People Magazine "Best New Books Pick" and a Woman's Day "Editor's Desk Pick" in 2017, as well as IndieNext, Library Reads and Winter OKRA Picks. The novel was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize 2017 and the Southern Book Prize 2018.

    



Tal Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children's book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, "Daddy, why don't you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?" Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book: The Punch Escrow. It won the Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction prize, and has since been awarded the Best Indie Sci-Fi Book of 2017 by Foreword and Kirkus Reviews.

  



Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. With stories set in Nigeria and the American South, she delves into themes of home, country, and spiritual longing. Swimming Between Worlds, her newest, is called by Charles Frazier, “a perceptive and powerful story told with generosity and grace.” Anna Jean Mayhew writes, “the riveting plot and real-life characters would not let me go.” In a starred review, Library Journal said of Orr’s last novel, A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa, “this extraordinary novel shines with light and depth.”

       



Lee Zacharias is the author of a collection of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night; three novels, Across the Great Lake, Lessons, and At Random; and a collection of personal essays, The Only Sounds We Make.
Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including, among others, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Five Points, Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, Outdoor Photographer, and Our State. Ten times her essays have been named Notable Essays of the Year by The Best American Essays, which reprinted her essay "Buzzards" in The Best American Essays 2008. For a decade she served as editor of The Greensboro Review.

       



Kim Dinan is the author of the memoir, The Yellow Envelope (2017; paperback). After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.
Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

           



Jennifer McGaha is the author of the memoir Flat Broke with Two Goats. Just as the Great Recession was easing in some parts of the country, Jennifer McGaha experienced an economic crisis of epic proportions. Her home was in foreclosure; she had $4.57 in the bank; and worst of all, she had recently discovered that she and her accountant husband owed four years of back taxes to the state of North Carolina and the IRS. 
Flat Broke with Two Goats takes readers on a wild adventure from a Cape Cod-style home in the country to a hundred-year-old, mice-infested, snake-ridden cabin in a North Carolina holler. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia,  Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.
Photo credit: Michael Mauney

      



Cyndy Etler author of the young adult novels, The Dead Inside (2017; paperback) and We Can’t Be Friends (2018; paperback). In her gritty and unflinching memoirs, Cyndy recounts the horrific sixteen months she spent in a teen rehab facility, suffering sleep deprivation, physical abuse, and brainwashing, and her turbulent readjustment to life at home and high school.  

        



Marianna Crane became one of the first gerontological nurse practitioners in the early 1980s. A nurse for over forty years, she has worked in hospitals, clinics, home care, and hospice settings. She writes to educate the public about what nurses really do. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Eno River Literary Journal, Examined Life Journal, Hospital Drive, Stories That Need to be Told: A Tulip Tree Anthology, and Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. She lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina.

   



Cookbook author, editor, freelance writer and award-winning essayist Debbie Moose takes an omnivorous approach to life - try at least one bite of everything. She started out with a journalism degree and a love of newsrooms, but discovered that food writing could touch on all aspects of life and offer the greatest opportunity to bring people together. The only thing people like as much as eating food is talking about it – no doubt about that. Debbie was born and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her writing career, she has enjoyed discovering the state’s wonderful food, great cooks and traditions. She brings her knowledge of and passion for the Tar Heel State to others, with a large dollop of humor.

        



Cat Warren's book What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World (Touchstone 2015) captures the wonder and the science of scent-detection dogs who use their amazing noses to help their human partners find everything from a missing child to a deadly bomb. At the book’s heart is Solo, Cat’s unruly German shepherd puppy. Solo’s boundless energy was what made him loveable – but it also made him exhausting, and difficult to train. Cat is currently writing a young readers adaptation of What the Dog Knows for Simon & Schuster Children’s Division. Cat is a professor at NC State University where she teaches science writing, creative nonfiction, and editing. She was a newspaper reporter for many years before she started teaching at universities. She lives in Durham with her husband, David, and two German shepherds, Jaco and Rev.

        



John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His new book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrives on November 6th. Join us for the Book Launch on October 29th and get yours early!

  



Donna Everhart is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south. A native of North Carolina, she resides in her home state with her husband and their tiny heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, Mister.

        



Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us.

        



Heather Bell Adams  is originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina, and now lives in Raleigh with her husband and son. She has published short fiction in The Thomas Wolfe Review, Clapboard House, Pembroke Magazine, Broad River Review, First Stop Fiction, Deep South Magazine, Appalachian Story, Gravel, and elsewhere. She won the 2016 James Still Fiction Prize and the 2017 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award and was named the Emerging Writing Fellow for the inaugural Laughing Heart Literary Festival. Her first novel, MARANATHA ROAD, released September 1, 2017 from Vandalia Press, the creative imprint of West Virginia University Press. A graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law, her legal practice focuses on financial services litigation.

        



Ware Wilkins  lives in Wake Forest, NC. She's the author of the Sadie Salt Series and lover of kittens, coffee, and Klingons. She also writes romance under the pen name Em Stevens, and has been a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina, a NC RWA group.

     



Growing up in the North Carolina Piedmont, stories about far away places made Nicole Sarrocco want to be anywhere but rural Wake County. But the stories she heard in her great grandmother’s kitchen, in the lobby of her mother’s small business, in the downtown Hudson Belk’s lunch counter, or riding home half asleep in the back of her parents’ car - those stories made her want to be a writer. Her novels are Lit By Lightning and Ill-Mannered Ghosts; a memoir, Baton Twirling for Beginners, is forthcoming. She teaches English and History classes at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where each day she endeavors to put the stems back into STEM.

     



Jonathan D Voss was a portrait artist and graphic designer before becoming a children's book illustrator. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker was his first book. Brave Enough for Two is his author-illustrator debut. He lives in North Carolina with his family.

        



Bestselling author and OCD advocate, Barbara Claypole White, writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she lives in rural Orange County with her beloved menfolk and 14 flowerbeds, one of which is home to Horace, a large black snake. Her novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son (a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist for Best Fiction 2105), Echoes of Family, and The Promise Between Us.

     



Nationally Best Selling Author Quincy J. Allen, is a cross-genre writer with numerous short story publications. His most recent pro sale, “Sons of the Father,” appeared in Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter: Files from Baen, published in October of 2017. Chemical Burn, his first novel in the sci-fi detective noir series Endgame, was a finalist in RMFW’s Colorado Gold Contest in 2011. His latest installment of the Blood War Chronicles, Blood Curse, is book 2 in an epic fantasy series featuring a clockwork gunslinger in the Old West hell-bent on stopping a demon apocalypse from wiping out two worlds. His first media tie-in novel, Colt the Outlander: Shadow of Ruin, is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure where bounty hunters must face down an ancient evil hidden under the polar cap of a distant world.