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2019 Bookish in the 'Burgh Authors

Anna-Marie McLemore


Anna-Marie McLemore (she/her) was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. She is the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; and WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus Best Book of 2017. Her latest is BLANCA & ROJA, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Jay Coles


Jay Coles is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s forthcoming young adult novel Tyler Johnson Was Here is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement.

K. Ancrum


K. Ancrum grew up in Chicago Illinois, under the illusory rigor of the Chicago Public School system. She attended Dominican University to study Fashion Merchandising, but was lured into getting an English degree after spending too many nights experimenting with hard literary criticism and hanging out with unsavory types, like poetry students. Currently, she lives in River North, Chicago, and writes books at work when no one is looking. She is the author of The Wicker King, The Weight of the Stars, and The Legend of the Golden Raven.

Kathyn Ormsbee


Kathryn Ormsbee writes middle-grade and young adult novels including Lucky Few and Tash Hearts Tolstoy. The Great Unknowable End, a 1977 Twilight Zone-inspired romp, comes out Spring 2019. She was born and raised in the Bluegrass State and has lived places across the pond, like England and Spain. She now resides in her favorite US city, Austin, TX.

Kheryn Callendar


Kheryn Callender was born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kheryn Callender is the author of Hurricane Child and This is Kind of an Epic Love Story. Kheryn loves playing RPG video games and watching soul-sucking reality TV shows in their free time. They really wish they had a dog.

Morgan Matson


Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books including Since You’ve Been Gone, Save The Date, and The Unexpected Everything.

Rachael Lipponcott


Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner. Her debut novel, FIVE FEET APART, was a New York Times Bestseller.

Rachel Lynn Solomon


Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, and red lipstick. In high school, she sang and played keyboard in an all-girl band, and she was once part of a group of people who broke a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. These days, she writes young adult novels about ambitious, complicated, sometimes unlikable girls who are trying their best including You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, One Year of Maybe, and Today Tonight Tomorrow.