CJ Box

CJ Box

Fiction

C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 21 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. Over ten million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone.

Conference Note: CJ Box will be a featured speaker. He will not be doing critiques.

Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford

Fiction

Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His bestselling follow-up, Songs of Willow Frost, was praised by Pat Conroy: “Ford is a first-rate novelist. With his new book, he takes a great leap forward and demonstrates the uncanny ability to move me to tears.” His work has been translated into 34 languages. He’s still holding out for Klingon (that’s when you know you’ve made it).

Conference note: Jamie Ford is available for seven short critiques.

Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg

YA | Middle Grade

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. His debut novel, Out of Pocket won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

Alyson Hagy

Alyson Hagy

Fiction

Alyson Hagy is the author of seven books including the story collection Ghosts of Wyoming (Graywolf Press, 2010) and the novel Boleto (Graywolf Press, 2012). Her newest novel, Scribe, will be published in 2018. Hagy’s work has been published in a number of journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Idaho Review, Drunken Boat, and the New York Times Magazine. Hagy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her short stories have been awarded a Nelson Algren Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and been included in Best American Short Stories. Hagy currently lives in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches at the University of Wyoming. Recent interests include collaborations with visual artists, advocacy for land grant universities, hiking, snowshoeing, and stealthy fly-fishing

Marni Jackson

Marni Jackson

Nonfiction | Fiction

Marni Jackson is a Toronto writer who has won numerous National Magazine Awards for her humour and social commentary. Her writing has appeared in publications that include Rolling Stone, Outside, the London Sunday Times, The Walrus, Utne Reader and Brick magazine. Pain: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt (Random House, 2002) was nominated for the Writers’ Trust Pearson Nonfiction prize. The Mother Zone (Random House, Vintage Editions) was a Canadian bestseller. This memoir had a sequel of sorts in her second book about family culture, Home Free: The Myth of The Empty Nest (Dundurn). In 2016 she made her fiction debut with a collection of interlocking stories called Don’t I Know You?, published by Flatiron Books in NY. “The result is magic,” said reviewer Marissa Stapley in the Globe & Mail.

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman

YA | Middle Grade

Peggy Eddleman is the author of Sky Jumpers (a Texas Bluebonnet Nominee, a Utah Beehive Nominee, a Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee, a South Carolina Children’s Book Nominee, a Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Nominee, a Mississippi Magnolia Book Nominee, an American Booksellers Association’s ABC Best Book of 2013, a NYPL’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing selection, and a Kids Indies Next selection) and its sequel, The Forbidden Flats, both with Random House Children’s Books. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. Peggy lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three kids, who are all busy creating their own adventure stories.

Peggy also will be offering a middle-grade kids workshop on June 21 at Teton County Library. Watch for details to come.

Matteo Pistono

Matteo Pistono

Creative Nonfiction

Matteo Pistono is the author of Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House 2014) and In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet (Dutton 2011). Pistono’s images and writings about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, The Global Post, BBC‘s In-Pictures, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. Pistono was born and raised in Wyoming where he completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and in 1997 he obtained his Masters of Arts degree in Indian Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Wyoming, Washington D.C., and Asia.

Carly Watters

Carly Watters

Agent

Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent at the P.S. Literary Agency. Carly began her publishing career in London at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. She has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Since joining PSLA in 2010 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents at PSLA. Representing debuts and bestsellers, Carly is drawn to: emotional, well-paced fiction, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in; and platform-driven non-fiction. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @carlywatters. Her website was named one of 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest from 2012-2015.

Kate Dublinski

Kate Dublinski

Editor

Katie Dublinski serves as associate publisher for Graywolf Press, an independent, nonprofit literary publisher based in Minneapolis. She considers manuscripts for Graywolf’s fiction and nonfiction lists, and has worked with authors and translators such as Nathacha Appanah, Anthea Bell, Belle Boggs, Robert Boswell, John D’Agata, Alyson Hagy, Andreï Makine, Ander Monson, and Eugen Ruge. In addition, she oversees the book production process and sells subsidiary rights.