Session 1: March 11th-15th 2020

 
Jasmine Guillory and books

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party, and the forthcoming Royal Holiday. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine.com, and Shondaland.com. She lives in Oakland, California. Visit her online at JasmineGuillory.com and follow her on Instagram @jasminepics and on Twitter @thebestjasmine, and on Facebook @jasmineguillorywriter.



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Holly Root is a literary agent and founder of Root Literary. She represents authors of fiction and select nonfiction for kids, teens, and adults, and her list includes New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post and Publishers Weekly bestselling authors. She views publishing and the work of building an author’s career as an intriguing set of interconnected puzzles, and loves working with authors who are as thoughtful about their careers as their plots. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. Follow her on Twitter @hroot.

 

Session 2: March 18th-22nd 2020

 
 
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Photo by Nathan Jandl

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Immortalists, a #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 Library Reads pick, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an iBooks Favorite. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was long listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison, WI. Visit her online at chloebenjamin.com and follow her on Instragram @chloekbenjamin.

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Jennifer Chen Tran joined Bradford Literary in 2017, where she represents fiction and nonfiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press before becoming an Agent at Bradford. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law and her B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer is interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In nonfiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on “big ideas.” Follow her on Twitter @jenchentran.

 

Session 3: March 25th-29th, 2020

 
 
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Photo by Andria Lo

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah MagazineVogueSan Francisco Chronicle, EsquireHuffington PostNylonEntertainment WeeklyBuzzfeedBooklist, and The Independent. Her novel was also the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for First Fiction. Rachel grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco where she founded The Ruby, a creative work and event space for women and nonbinary people. You can find her on Twitter @rachelkhong, on Instagram @rrrrrrrachelkhong or on her website, rachelkhong.com.

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Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management in 2017. Before becoming an agent, she spent a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company. She has edited many acclaimed and prize-winning writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Ramona Ausubel, Rachel Khong, and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she represents Vanessa Veselka, Aysegul Savas, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Halimah Marcus, Lynn Steger Strong, Shane Jones, Elisa Albert and Kevin Nguyen, among others. She is interested in bold voices—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. Originally from the South, she now lives in Los Angeles. Follower her on Twitter @svbowlin.