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C Pam Zhang

C Pam Zhang's debut novel, ”How Much of These Hills is Gold,” is published by Riverhead Books in the US and Virago Press in the UK. It is an Indies Introduce pick. Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, Zhang has lived…
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Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-winning chef and educator, and the author of "Afro-Vegan." He is renowned for his activism and efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. He is currently in his fifth year as chef-in-residence…
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel, "Fruit of the Drunken Tree," was a silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her writing has…
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Nona Caspers

"The Fifth Woman," Nona Caspers' critically acclaimed 2018 novel, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year silver winner, an IPPY Awards for Fiction bronze medalist, and one of The Masters Review's "22 Books We're…
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Cherilyn Parsons

Cherilyn Parsons is executive director of the Bay Area Book Festival, which she founded out of a lifelong passion for literature. Previously she helped to build the field of nonprofit journalism; during her tenure at the Center for Investigative…
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Antti Tuomainen

Finnish writer Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, "The Healer," was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011, and…
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Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of "The Woman Warrior," "China Men," "Tripmaster Monkey," and "The Fifth Book of Peace," among other works. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics…
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Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine books of poetry, including "Ledger," "The Beauty," "Come, Thief," and "Given Sugar, Given Salt." She is also the author of two now-classic collections of essays, "Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry,"…
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Constance Hale

Constance Hale is a San Francisco–based journalist and the author of cheeky writing manuals, a book on hula for adults, and a picturebook for children set in Hawaii. She has also edited more than three dozen books. Her articles have appeared…
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Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for single adults who have experienced homelessness. His latest book is "Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America,"…