We are thrilled to announce the Saratoga Book Festival’s 2022 Authors.  We’ll post more details about authors, sessions, schedules, and pre-registration links and ticket information for keynotes, in September.

Keynote Authors

Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of A Wild Winter Swan; Hiddensee; After Alice;Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and The Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked—the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name—Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz.

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Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Interestings, The Wife, and The Female Persuasion.

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Festival Authors

Emily Katz Anhalt

Emily Katz Anhalt is Professor of Classics at Sarah Lawrence College. Her most recent book is Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths, which was selected as one of the Times Literary Supplement's Best Books of 2017.

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Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian is the author of eight books of poems including Ozone Journal, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and Ziggurat, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Kalynn Bayron

Kalynn Bayron is the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead, This Poison Heart, and This Wicked Fate, and is a classically trained vocalist.

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Katheryn Bertine

Kathryn Bertine is an author, athlete, activist and documentary filmmaker. During her pro career in cycling, she was a three-time Caribbean Champion, six-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and raced five years on the pro circuit with four UCI domestic and World Tour teams Colavita, Wiggle-Honda, BMW and Cylance Pro Cycling. She retired from racing in 2017 but remains active in advancing equity for women’s pro cycling.

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Elizabeth Brundage

Elizabeth Brundage is the author of four previous novels, including All Things Cease to Appear, which was a Wall Street Journal best mystery of 2016, and was the basis for the Netflix film Things Heard and Seen.

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Lyn Liao Butler

Lyn Liao Butler was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. when she was seven. Before becoming an author, she was a professional ballet and modern dancer, and is still a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and yoga instructor.

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Joseph Cermatori

oseph Cermatori is a writer, editor, critic, translator, and historian. He teaches and publishes in the fields of comparative literature, modern and contemporary drama, performance studies, and critical theory.

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Allyson Dahlin

Allyson Dahlin grew up on a farm, raised by a Francophile father who influenced her fascination with the real Marie and Louis.

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Nicolas DiDomizio

Nicolas DiDomizio's debut novel, the mother-son buddy comedy Burn It All Down, was released in 2021 and praised by James Patterson as “highly entertaining” and “unforgettable.”

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Joe Donahue

Joe Donahue is a radio host and commentator on WAMC-Albany NPR.

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Jennifer Dugan

Jennifer Dugan is a geek and a romantic who writes the kinds of stories she wishes she'd had growing up. She is the author of the novels Melt With You, Some Girls Do, Verona Comics, and Hot Dog Girl, which was called "a great, fizzy rom-com” by Entertainment Weekly and "one of the best reads of the year, hands down” by Paste magazine.

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Elizabeth Everett

Elizabeth Everett lives in upstate New York with her family. She likes going for long walks or (very) short runs to nearby sites that figure prominently in the history of civil rights and women's suffrage.

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Gregory Galloway

Gregory Galloway is the author of the novels The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand and the Alex Award-winning As Simple As Snow.

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Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in the Middle East and the Balkans for fifteen years for The New York Times. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR.

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Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz observes dogs for a living. Her research began over two decades ago, studying dogs at play, and continues today at her Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College.

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Meredith Ireland

Meredith Ireland was born in Korea and adopted by a New York librarian. Her love of books started early and although she pursued both pre-med at Rollins College and law at the University of Miami, stories were her fate.

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Lisa Schlansker Kolosek

Lisa Schlansker Kolosek, an art historian, curator, writer, and editor with a particular interest in design, architecture, photography, and dance.

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Susan Kress

Susan Kress is retired from Skidmore College, NY, where she served for 38 years as professor of English, and later as vice president for academic affairs and acting president.

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Emma Kress

Emma Kress is a writer and educator living with her family in Saratoga Springs, NY. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University’s Teachers College, she also earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner is the author of several renowned fantasy novels for adults and children, including Swordspoint and The Golden Dreidel. A writer first, Ellen is also a former NPR radio host and teacher.

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Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women.

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Mark Mahoney

Mark Mahoney is the Editorial Page Editor for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, N.Y., where he writes daily editorials on state and local issues, as well as organizes and oversees meetings of the newspaper’s editorial board, writes the newspaper’s political endorsements, and authors a nationally recognized blog about open government issues called, “Your Right to Know.”

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Mia P. Manansala

Mia P. Manansala is a writer from Chicago who loves books, baking, and badass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

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Ira Marcks

Ira Marcks writes and draws graphic novels for young readers. His latest books Shark Summer and Spirit Week have been recommended by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and the American Library Association.

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Mandy McHugh

Mandy McHugh is a first-time novelist from Troy, NY. She holds an MA in English from the College of Saint Rose and a BA in English Education from Le Moyne College.

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Duane Michals

Duane Michals was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and after taking art classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, he attended the University of Denver, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1953.

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Ray O’Conor

Ray O’Conor has been a weekly newspaper columnist and author of articles and opinion pieces published in several newspapers and magazines. His work as an author of narrative non-fiction has been the subject of stories and articles across broadcast, print and digital media.

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Lynn Painter

Lynn Painter writes romantic comedies for both teens and adults. She is the author of Better Than the Movies, Mr. Wrong Number, and The Do-Over, as well as being a regular contributor to the Omaha World-Herald.

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Dottie Pepper

Dottie Pepper is a 17-time winner on the LPGA tour, including two major championships. She also won once on the JLPGA Tour and represented the U.S. 6 times in the Solheim Cup, compiling a 13-5-2 record, including 5-1 in singles play.

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Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Jack Rightmyer

Jack Rightmyer is a freelance arts writer who has published two books A Funny Thing About Teaching and It’s Not About Winning.

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James Romm

James Romm is an author, reviewer, and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College in Annandale, New York. He specializes in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization.

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Minita Sanghvi

Minita Sanghvi is a Business Professor at Skidmore College and currently serves as the Commissioner of Finance for Saratoga Springs City Council.

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Bryan Sansivero

Bryan Sansivero’s photography may be seen in various publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue, Elle Italia, People, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Yahoo News, MSN, CBS News, New York Magazine's The Cut, Business Insider, The Sun, Country Living, Architecture & Design, House Beautiful, Weather.com and more.

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Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller and his novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009.

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Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin is the acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories, including Fallout, Undefeated,Born to Fly, The Port Chicago 50, and Bomb.

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Peter Steiner

Peter Steiner is the author of the critically acclaimed Louis Morgon series of crime novels.

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Isabel Sterling

Isabel Sterling is a certified life coach, foster mom, and author of These Witches Don’t Burn, This Coven Won’t Break, and The Coldest Touch.

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Barry Strauss

Barry Strauss is a professor of history and classics at Cornell University, The Corliss Page Dean Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a leading expert on ancient military history.

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Lauren Tarshis

Lauren Tarshis is the author of the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. Each of these historical fiction books focuses on an iconic event from history and tells the story through the eyes of a child who was there.

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Dylan Thuras

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.

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Ken Tingley

Ken Tingley was the editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York from 1999 to 2020.

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Kim Van Alkemade

Saratoga Springs resident and New York Times bestselling author Kim van Alkemade has written three historical novels.

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Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin (she/her) is the author of eleven books for teens, including Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good, the National Book Award Finalist The Rules of Survival, the Edgar Award winner The Killer's Cousin,and the New York Times bestseller Impossible.

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Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the novel Break in Case of Emergency.

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Jung Yun

Jung Yun was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Her debut novel, Shelter was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and a semi-finalist for Good Reads’ Best Fiction Book of 2016.

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