Authors Over Easy Breakfast
Wednesday, September 20 - 7:45 - 9:00 am
Washington / Clark Ballroom
Don Winslow / City in Ruins / HarperCollins/William Morrow
Sometimes you have to become what you hate to protect what you love. Bestselling author Don Winslow completes his epic crime trilogy with City in Ruins (William Morrow/HarperCollins), the explosive finale to City on Fire and City of Dreams. Ranging from the gritty back rooms of Providence, RI, to the power corridors of Washington, DC, from Wall Street to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, City in Ruins is an epic novel of love and hate, ambition and desperation, vengeance and compassion. A former investigator, anti-terrorism trainer and trial consultant, Don Winslow has published twenty-five books, and his work has been adapted for television and film. Winslow has announced that City in Ruin, to be published in April 2024, will be his final novel.
Maeve DuVally / Maeve Rising: Coming Out Trans in Corporate America / Sibyline Press
Maeve DuVally chronicles her long journey to claim her authentic self in her searingly honest memoir Maeve Rising: Coming Out Trans in Corporate America (Sibylline Press/IPS). Even as DuVally found success climbing the corporate ladder, her personal life was in shambles, troubled by addiction, failed marriages and childhood trauma. Hitting rock bottom, she was finally able to get sober, to understand the source of her lifelong struggles, and to take the first bold steps towards becoming the woman she is now. The decision to come out was hard, but she found her employer, Goldman Sachs, more supportive than she had imagined, proving that there is space for a trans woman in corporate America. Maeve DuVally is a mentor, writer, LGBTQ+ advocate, and a frequent speaker on workplace diversity.
Laurie Frankel / Family Family / Holt
In Family Family (Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan), Seattle writer Laurie Frankel proves that, while some families are made by blood, and some are made by choice, true families are, well, complicated. Actress India Allwood’s latest film is about adoption, but India has some deeply personal reasons to know that not all adoptions are filled with pain and regret. When she tells a journalist that the film is too one-sided, she becomes the center of a media storm, until her own adopted daughter steps in to help by calling on family in all its guises. Laurie Frankel is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include One Two Three, Goodbye for Now and This is How It Always Is. Family Family will be published in January 2024.
Rachel Khong / Real Americans / Knopf
Rachel Khong’s new novel, Real Americans (Knopf/PRH), is an immersive tale of love, race, class and inheritance. Fifteen-year-old Nick Chen has never felt like he belonged on the isolated Washington island where he lives with his single mother, Lily. He can't shake the sense she's hiding something. When Nick sets out to find his biological father, the journey threatens to raise more questions than answers. Rachel Khong is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and others. In 2018, she founded The Ruby, a work and event space for women and nonbinary writers and artists in San Francisco’s Mission District. Real Americans will be published in April 2024.
Garth Stein / The Cloven: Book Two / Fantagraphics c/o Bright White Light LLC
Two-time PNBA Book Award winner Garth Stein returns with the much-anticipated second book of The Cloven (Fantagraphics/W.W. Norton), the graphic novel series featuring James “Tuck” Tucker, a genetically modified human organism known as a Cloven. Geneticist Dr. Kenneth Langner, creator of the Cloven species, reveals himself to Seattle Stranger reporter Jake Arthur and is found dead the next day, and suddenly Jake is knee-deep in something far more sinister than he has ever imagined. Meanwhile, Tuck has been rounded up with other Cloven and taken to Halcyon Meadows, an exclusive retreat for the wealthy, the connected and the powerful. Stein’s text is once again accompanied by the artwork of Matthew Southworth, making for a strikingly different tale of the Northwest. Garth Stein’s adult novels and books for children remain beloved standards for PNBA booksellers.