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Outstanding Summer Fiction

August 11, 2024 at 7pm ET

Yasmin Angoe • Peter Heller • Mark Pryor • Peng Shepherd


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Yasmin Angoe

Yasmin Angoe is a former educator, freelance developmental editor, and author of the critically acclaimed and Anthony-nominated Her Name is Knight of the Nena Knight trilogy.


Not What She Seems

She left home as the local pariah at twenty-two, but when a family tragedy brings her back, she must confront her tortured past--and a new danger in town that no one seems to understand but her.

Peter Heller

Peter Heller is the national best-selling author of The Last Ranger, The Guide, The River, Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars

The Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, and The Dog Stars has been published in twenty-six languages to date.

Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and fiction, and he lives in Denver, Colorado.



From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, a novel about two men—friends since boyhood—who emerge from the woods of rural Maine to a dystopian country racked by bewildering violence

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor  is a former newspaper reporter and felony prosecutor, originally from England but now living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona.

Mark is also the author of the psychological thrillers, Hollow Man, and its sequel, Dominic. As a prosecutor, he appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.


Die Around Sundown

Mark Pryor's Die Around Sundown is the first entry in an exciting mystery series set in Paris during World War II, where a detective is forced to solve a murder while protecting his own secrets.

Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd is the nationally bestselling author of The Cartographers, The Book of M, and the forthcoming All This and More.

The Cartographers, was a USA TodayLA Times, and a national Independent Bookstores bestseller, as well as a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. It was also named a Best Book of 2022 by The Washington Post, and has been optioned for film.

The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Elle, Refinery29, and The Verge, as well as a Best Book of the Summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point.

A graduate of New York University’s MFA program, Peng is the recipient of a 2020 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mexico City, and New York. 


All This and More

From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Cartographers and The Book of M comes an inventive new novel about a woman who wins the chance to rewrite every mistake she's ever made... and how far she'll go to find her elusive "happily ever after."

But there's a twist: the reader gets to decide what she does next to change her fate. One woman. Endless options. Every choice has consequences.

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