2018 Literary Feast Authors


The 30th Night of Literary Feast Welcome Reception and dinners will be held Saturday evening May 5, 2018 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

**Most but not all authors will appear at LitLIVE! on May 4, 2018 in one of four Barnes & Noble locations.


Sixteen years ago, Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star, an Olympic Gold medalist, and a multimillionaire. While he excelled on the court, Vin harbored a dark secret: a dependency on drugs and alcohol that began after the clean-cut preacher’s son turned pro. In his autobiography, God and Starbucks, he speaks candidly about his struggle to overcome his addiction which ultimately cost him his basketball career, his fortune, and his health.
David Bianculli is an American TV critic, columnist, radio personality, non-fiction author and university professor. Bianculli has served as the television critic for NPR’s radio show Fresh Air since the Philadelphia-based show went national in 1987, and regularly fills in for the show’s host. His book, The Platinum Age of Television, From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, traces the evolution of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series, the medical drama, and the variety show.
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Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, How Did You Get This Number and the novel The Clasp. She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series and is featured in The Library of America's 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion as well as The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her next book of essays, Look Alive Out There, will be published in April.
Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist. She replaced Ann Landers in 2003 and now pens the “Ask Amy” column, which appears in more than 100 newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles TimesThe Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. Amy peels back the curtain of her advice column and reveals her inspiration for why she chose her career in her memoir Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things.
A.J. Finn (also known as Dan Mallory) has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window, has been sold in thirty-eight territories worldwide and is in development as a major motion picture with 20th Century Fox. His book has received a large amount of publicity and is being praised as this year's Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.
Meryl Gordon is the author of The New York Times bestseller Mrs. Astor Regrets and Wall Street Journal bestseller Phantom of Fifth Avenue. She is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. She is on the graduate journalism faculty at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her newest book Bunny Mellon is a biography of the life of the American style legend and was published in Fall 2017.
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Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, The Gray Man, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after Hollywood property. Five subsequent Gray Man novels have been released to date. Agent in Place is book seven in the series and will be published in February. Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013.
Rachel Herz is a world-renowned expert on the psychology of smell, and is a published author of both books and numerous research publications. Her newest book Why You Eat What You Eat is an exploration into the psychology of eating in today’s unprecedented North American pantry of abundance, access, and excess.
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Elin Hilderbrand is a best-selling American writer of summer romance novels. Hilderbrand's novels have all been set on and around Nantucket Island where she lives. Dubbed the "queen of the summer beach novel," the author has transported readers to the beaches of Nantucket 19 times with hits like SummerlandThe Matchmaker and The Island. She will be promoting her Winter Solstice series at Feast.
Carl Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed books Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art and The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World Via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains and Planes. A contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and a former contributing editor for Wired, Hoffman has traveled to more than 75 countries on assignment. His newest book The Last Wild Men of Borneo will be published in March.
Uzodinma (Uzo) Iweala is an award winning writer and medical doctor who is currently the CEO of Ventures Africa, an online and print magazine focused on business in Africa. He is the author of Beasts of No Nation, a story about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country and was also his debut novel. His newest novel Speak No Evil comes out in March and is a novel that explores what it means to be different in a conformist society.
Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow, a debut novel. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, where he taught in the graduate creative writing program at University College Cork. His fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. His newest book is The Escape Artist and will be published in March. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction, Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books and even Comic Books, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.
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Liza Mundy is a journalist and author of four books, most recently Code Girls. She is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where she specialized in long-form narrative writing, and her work won a number of awards. Her 2012 book, The Richer Sex, was named one of the top non-fiction books of 2012 by the Washington Post, and a noteworthy book by the New York Times Book Review. Her 2008 book, Michelle, a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 16 languages.
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Tom Peters is a leading business management guru and founder of the Tom Peters Company. He is in constant demand for lectures and seminars and in 2017 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Thinkers50. Peters is the bestselling author of sixteen books, including In Search of Excellence, which is often cited as among the best business books ever written. His newest book, The Excellence Dividend, comes out in April and focuses on commitment to quality in business.
Leah Stewart is a professor at the University of Cincinnati. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and in 2014 the recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize. Her fourth novel, The History of Us is set in Cincinnati and is on Choose to Read Ohio list for 2015–16. What You Don't Know about Charlie Outlaw will be her sixth book coming out in March. The plot is both suspenseful and comedic literary fiction.
After receiving his law degree, Christopher Yates realized that what he really wanted to do was write. His debut novel, Black Chalk, was named best book of the year by NPR and received high praise from the Boston Globe, BBC and New York Post. His next title, Grist Mill Road just came out this month and is a highly anticipated dark thriller.