We are honored to welcome the following distinguished, award-winning authors to Warwick and to the first-ever Warwick Literary Festival.  Please come meet them and hear them speak about their featured works and writing careers.

Author and Featured BookFeatured Book DescriptionAuthor Biography
Mia Alvar

In these nine globe-trotting tales, Mia Alvar gives voice to the women and men of the Philippines and its diaspora. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar's stories explore the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home -- and marks the arrival of a formidable new voice in literature.Mia Alvar was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Missouri Review, FiveChapters, The Cincinnati Review and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Ms. Alvar's works have been honored with multiple awards - including the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction - and been named to many "Best Book" lists. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University, she lives in New York City.
Laurence Bergreen
The remarkable story of Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), an impoverished, abandoned boy who became the notorious libertine, famous writer and correspondent with figures such as voltaire, Louis XV and Catherine the Great in decadent 18th-century EuropeLaurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer and historian. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Among his books are biographies of Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Louis Armstrong, Al Capone and Irving Berlin. He has written for many national publications including the New York Times, Esquire and Newsweek. A frequent lecturer at major universities and symposiums and, on occasion, aboard cruise ships, he has served as a Features Historian for the History Channel. Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard University in 1972. He is a member of the PEN American Center, the Explorers Club, the Authors Guild and the Board of Trustees of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York City.
Gail Buckland

From the creator/editor of Who Shot Rock & Roll a book that brings together the work of 165 extraordinary photographers, most of their images heralded, most of their names unknown; photographs that capture the essence of athletes’ mastery of mind/body/soul against the odds, doing the impossible, seeming to defy the laws of gravity, the laws of physics, and showing what human will, discipline, drive, and desire look like when suspended in time. The first book to show the range, cultural importance, and aesthetics of sports photography, much of it legendary, all of it powerful.Gail Buckland is the author or collaborator on fourteen books of photography and history. She is the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Professor at The Cooper Union. She is a guest curator at the Brooklyn Museum and other museums in the United States and abroad.
Jim DeFelice

After being blown of a roof in combat, a severely wounded and blinded Green Beret regained his will to live by setting an impossible goal -- training himself to run in the Marine Corps Marathon. The inspiring true story of U.S. Special Forces Major Ivan Castro.
Author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, Jim DeFelice has written more than fifty fiction and non-fiction books, including American Sniper. American Sniper was turned into a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper.
Nadia Hashimi

Zeba's quiet life as a mother and wife is shattered when she's found, hands bloodied, beside her husband's freshly-murdered corpse. A vengeful mob descends and she is jailed. Awaiting trial, she meets an eighteen-year-old who has been imprisoned to protect her from an "honor killing" and a young woman, pregnant and unmarried. The prison is both a haven and apunishment and within its confines, a lively and indelible sisterhood unfolds. Yusuf, Zeba's Afghan-American lawyer, discovers that like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be what he imagines. Zeba's mother, a black magic master, endeavors to help her mother by more colorful means.Nadia Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. She is the daughter of Afghan immigrants who fulfilled their American Dream and established roots in the United States. Nadia attended Brandeis University and went on to graduate from medical school and train in pediatrics at NYU/Bellevue Hospitals. She has published three internationally-bestselling novels and released her first middle-grade story in 2016. She advocates for gender equality and shares the joys of parenting four spunky children with her husband in Maryland.
Louise Miller

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is the story of Livvy Rawlings, an award-winning pastry chef whose life turns upside down when she starts an accidental fire with a flaming dessert and flees to rural Guthrie, VT, home of her best friend, Hannah. After she accepts a job at the Sugar Maple Inn, Livvy learns that the inn's cantankerous owner, Margaret Hurley, intends for Livvy to help her restore her status as Guthrie's top pie baker. In Guthrie, Livvy finds the home and love she never knew she wanted. But when the pressure cooker of small-town living threatens to explode, Livvy must decide whether to flee or commit to her new life.Louise Miller is a pastry chef and author who lives and works in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer and a champion of old dogs. The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is her first debut novel and was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most anticipated books of summer 2016. It was also an August 2016 Indie Next List pick and Library Reads pick.
Matthew Thomas

Eileen Tumulty is raised by Irish immigrant parents in Queens. When she meets scientist Ed Leary, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to the same ever-bigger stakes in the American Dream. As the years pass, it becomes clear that Ed's growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and the couple and their son try desperately to hold onto the reality they've known and the idea they have of the future.Matthew Thomas is the author of the New York Times- and internationally-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves, a New York Times Notable Book being translated into eighteen languages. Matthew has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. We Are Not Ourselves was named one of the best books of 2014 by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others and was shortlisted and longlisted for multiple prestigious literary awards. Mr. Thomas lives in New Jersey with his wife and twin children.
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Bittersweet comes June, a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever.Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times-bestselling author of Bittersweet; of Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, Ms. Beverly-Whittemore lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Lauren Willig

In 1927, a young Englishwoman discovers that her supposedly deceased father is alive -- and an Earl. Her quest for the truth takes her into the decadent circles of the Bright Young Things as she questions both her past and her very identity.Lauren Willig is the New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series and several stand-alone works of historical fiction including The Ashford Affair, That Summer, The Other Daughter and the collaborative novel The Forgotten Room. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked upon a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her Pink Carnation series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.