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Fourth Annual Morristown Festival of Books Announces Award-Winning Author Lineup 

More than 40 authors will participate in the fourth annual Morristown Festival of Books Oct. 13 and 14 on South Street. Credits: Morristown Festival of Books

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown Festival of Books is thrilled to announce its much-anticipated, award-winning author lineup for 2017! Keynote speaker and Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow, whose best-selling book inspired the musical hit “Hamilton,” kicks off the festival weekend on Friday, Oct. 13 with a discussion of his newest biography, “Grant.”

The all-day, free Oct. 14 festival features more than 40 award-winning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s and young adult authors.

Bring your families and friends and join the Morristown community in celebrating the power of the written word! The featured award-winning and best-selling authors will speak and answer questions at five different locations—all within walking distance—along South Street in historic Morristown,

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Here is a look at this year’s award-winning, best-selling author lineup:

Michael Ausiello (Featured title: “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words”)
In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of—remembers his late husband and the lessons, love and laughter they shared throughout their 14 years together.

Bianca Bosker (Featured title: “Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste”)
With boundless curiosity, humor and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups as she attempts to answer the question: What’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine—and, perhaps, the way you live—forever.

Kevin Davis (Featured title: “The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms”)
Called “the best kind of nonfiction” by Michael Connelly, this riveting, deeply researched new book combines true crime, brain science and courtroom drama. 

Sally Mott Freeman (Featured title: “The Jersey Brothers”) 
Debut author Sally Mott Freeman recounts the extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers—all Navy men—at the center of the most dramatic turning point of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own. 

Matthew Futterman (Featured title: “Players: How Sports Became a Business”)
“Provocative…terrific stories” (The New Yorker) of the people who transformed sports—in the span of a single generation—from a job that required even top athletes to work in the off-season to make ends meet into a massive global business.
David Grann (Featured title: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”)
In his compelling and deeply disturbing narrative, Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes from the 1920s in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for years.

Laurie Hernandez (Featured title: “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond”) 
New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller!
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages—with never-before-seen photos!

Paul Muldoon (Featured title: “Selected Poems 1968 – 2014”)
“Selected Poems 1968–2014” offers 46 years of work drawn from 12 individual collections by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who is considered one of the most significant English language poets born since the World War II. 

Carolyn Murnick (Featured title: “The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder”)
A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist. Part coming-of-age story, part true-crime mystery, Murnick’s “The Hot One” is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama of a murder trial and the poignancy of searching for the truth about a friend’s truly horrifying death.

Patrick Phillips (Featured title: “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America”) 
A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.

Rossella Rago (Featured title: “Cooking With Nonna”)
Now you can cook classic Italian meals with the long-awaited debut cookbook from the popular web TV series Cooking With Nonna!

Will Schwalbe (Featured title: “Books for Living”)
From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling “The End of Your Life Book Club,” “Books for Living: is an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

Sam Walker (Featured title: The Captain Class)
The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s sports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed.

Chris Whipple (Featured title: “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency”) 
The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of the United States. 


Angelica Baker (Featured title: “Our Little Racket”)
A captivating debut novel about wealth, envy and secrets, “Our Little Racket” is the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.

Ronald H. Balson (Featured title: “The Trust”)
The newest novel from Ronald H. Balson, the international best-selling author of “Once We Were Brothers,” finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle’s funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural.

Lincoln Child (Featured title: “Full Wolf Moon: A Novel”)
The New York Times best-selling author of “The Forgotten Room” and “Deep Storm” is back with a new thriller that follows the trail of a killer who cannot exist…featuring Jeremy Logan, the renowned investigator of the supernatural and fantastic.

Laura Dave (Featured title: “Hello, Sunshine”)
From Laura Dave—the author of the critically acclaimed best-seller “Eight Hundred Grapes”—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.

Tess Gerritsen (Featured title: “I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel”)
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles—the inspiration for the smash hit TNT series—continue their best-selling crime-solving streak, as they pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives.

Kaitlyn Greenidge (Featured title: “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”)
What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.

Alice Hoffman (Featured title: “The Rules of Magic”)
This spellbinding prequel to Hoffman’s best-seller, “Practical Magic,” recalls the curse of love that fell upon the Owens family in 1620, and hundreds of years later, follows the Owens children as they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. 

Georgia Hunter (Featured title: “We Were the Lucky Ones”)
Inspired by the incredible, true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—“We Were the Lucky Ones” is a sweeping novel spanning six years and five continents and a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.

Pam Jenoff (Featured title: “The Orphan’s Tale”)
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, “The Orphan's Tale” introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.
Katie Kitamura (Featured title: “A Separation”)
This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened...

Jean Hanff Korelitz (Featured title: “The Devil and Webster”)
From the New York Times best-selling author of “You Should Have Known” and “Admission,” “The Devil and Webster” is a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest and some of the most hot-button issues on today’s college campuses.

Min Jin Lee (Featured title: “Pachinko”) 
In this best-selling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

Megan Miranda (Featured title: “The Perfect Stranger”)
In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times best-seller “All the Missing Girls,”—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Chinelo Okparanta (Featured title: “Under the Udala Trees”) 
Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, “Under the Udala Trees” is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Riley Sager (Featured title: “Final Girls”)
“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: “Final Girls,” by Riley Sager,” said Stephen King. “If you liked 'Gone Girl,' you’ll like this.”

Lucy Sykes (Featured title: “Fitness Junkie”) 
From the best-selling authors of “The Knockoff,” an outrageously funny novel about one woman’s attempt—through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice and cultish workout classes—to win back her career, save her best friend and lose thirty pounds.


Libba Bray (Featured title: “Before the Devil Breaks You”)
The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by #1 New York Times best-selling author Libba Bray.

Emmy Laybourne (Featured title: “Berserker”)
“If you like high-adrenaline action, gritty love stories and characters who go through hell and come back changed, you will love Emmy Laybourne’s vision of an American West studded with Viking glory,” said

Daniel José Older (Featured title: “Shadowhouse Fall”)
The stunning sequel to the New York Times best-seller “Shadowshaper” is daring, dazzling and defiant.
Scott Westerfeld (Featured title: “Spill Zone”)
“Westerfeld...establishes several compelling mysteries in this series opener, and [illustrator] Puvilland captures the haunting surreality of the Spill Zone through an unearthly pastel/neon palette that oozes a sense of wrongness every moment Addison spends there,” said a starred review from Publishers Weekly.


Tracey Baptiste (Featured title: “Rise of the Jumbies,” published Sept. 19) Ages 8-12
With its action-packed storytelling, diverse characters and inventive twists on Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales, “Rise of the Jumbies” will appeal to readers of “A Snicker of Magic,” “A Tale Dark and Grimm” and “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.”

Laurie Berkner (Featured title: “We Are the Dinosaurs”) Ages 3-6
Laurie Berkner’s chart-topping, beloved hit, “We Are the Dinosaurs,” is now a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art, “We Are the Dinosaurs” transports readers back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Cressida Cowell (Featured title: “The Wizards of Once,” published Oct. 3) Ages 8-12
In the first book of a new series by the internationally best-selling author of “How to Train Your Dragon,” the warring worlds of wizards and warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure.

Jacky Davis and David Soman (Featured title: “Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa”) Ages 3-6
Ladybug Girl and Grandpa visit the museum in the New York Times best-selling series’ latest picture book! Lulu wants to learn everything, but she discovers that sometimes you have to slow down to appreciate the wonder of what’s around you.

Kate DiCamillo (Featured title: “La La La: A Story of Hope,” published Oct. 3) All ages
With the simplest of narratives, Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. 

Ame Dyckman (Featured title: “You Don’t Want a Unicorn!”) Ages 3-6
Be careful what pet you wish for in the newest picture book from fan-favorite author Ame Dyckman and rising-star illustrator Liz Climo.

Laurie Hernandez (Featured title: “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond”) All ages 
New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages—with never-before-seen photos!

Tad Hills (Featured title: “Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!,” published Aug. 22) Ages 3-6
It’s Halloween in the meadow, and New York Times best-selling feathered friends Duck and Goose are ready for trick-or-treating! 
Susie Jaramillo (Featured title: “Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight”) 
Ages 0-5
Book five in the Canticos series of bilingual nursery rhymes—perfect for Halloween and Day of the Dead—with art inspired by the famous Mexican Calavera woodcut prints.
Wendy Mass (Featured title: “The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase”) Ages 8-12
This action-packed sequel to the best-selling novel The Candymakers is a journey full of hidden treasures, secret worlds and candy. LOTS and LOTS of candy.

Donna Jo Napoli (Featured title: “Fish Girl”)
Sparkling with humor and jaw-dropping art, Fish Girl’s story is a modern-day fairy tale filled with self-discovery, friendship and mermaids.

James Preller (Featured title: “Jigsaw Jones: The Case from Outer Space,” published Aug. 8) Ages 6-10
Jigsaw Jones is back! In this brand-new, original mystery, Jigsaw and his crew―Mila, Joey and Danika―find a clue that implies an alien may be about to visit their school! Can it be true? And what does the Little Free Library have that aliens from outer space might want? 
Lauren Tarshis (Featured title: “I Survived the American Revolution,” published Aug. 29) 
Ages 7-10
Each book in this best-selling series tells a terrifying and thrilling story from history, through the eyes of a boy who lived to tell the tale.
Scott Westerfeld (Featured title: “Horizon”) Ages 9-12
This harrowing tale of supernatural suspense kicks off a new series from the visionary mind of #1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Westerfeld.

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