Meet Our 2017 Authors
Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels, including her latest, All the Stars in the Heavens, the instant bestseller of The New York Times, Barnes & Noble, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Indie Booksellers nationwide. She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker’s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia. Trigiani’s themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans who call themselves Adri-addicts (a term coined by book maven Robin Kall). Their devotion has made Adriana one of “the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today). The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold”, her books “tiramisu for the soul.” Her books have been translated in 36 countries around the world.
Adriana wrote and directed the film adaptation of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, produced by the Academy Award winning producer Donna Gigliotti, shot entirely on location in her hometown, with an all-star cast and music performed by Rosanne Cash. Big Stone Gap hit theaters nationwide on October 9th, 2015 and spent 11 weeks in theaters. The film was the #2 Romantic Comedy of 2015, and listed as a top-grossing women-directed film of that year.
Adriana has made regular appearances on NBC’s Today Show for 15 years, loving her moments with Hoda and Kathie Lee. In 2015, she appeared in The Italian Americans for PBS, which features scenes from her award-winning documentary Queens of the Big Time. Adriana has been profiled by publications around the world, including The New York Times, Virginia Living, Publisher’s Weekly, and Writer’s Digest.
Her novels have been honored at home and around the world: In the UK, Richard and Judy selected Lucia, Lucia as one of their first picks in 2005. Adriana was thrilled when Richard and Judy chose The Shoemaker’s Wife for their 2012 list.
Adriana’s non-fiction includes the instant New York Times bestseller Don’t Sing at the Table about the lives of her grandmothers, which was nominated for an Audi Award in the read by the author/memoir category. For fun in the kitchen, she co-authored Cooking with My Sisters with Mary Trigiani, with contributions from their sisters and mom. The book was featured at a New York Times culinary evening featuring Tyler Florence, Laurent Tourondel, and Rocco DiSpirito. Adriana relished her time as an ‘agony aunt’ when she wrote Ask Adri, a weekly advice column in The Irish Independent from 2007 – 2008.
Adriana grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in a big Italian family (with roots in northern Italy, the Veneto and Bari). Her mother was a librarian, her father a garment manufacturer. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, the Emmy award-winning lighting designer for Late Show With David Letterman; their beloved daughter; their rescue cat, Smokey Renee; and rescue dog, Lola Ruby Falls.
Born in 1964, Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. From 1991-2012, he worked as an investment professional in New York. He continues to live in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20 th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.
His novel, Rules of Civility, was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2011 and reached the bestseller lists of The New York Times, the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. The book was rated by The Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2011 and the French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. It has been published in 15 languages and was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film.
With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing,
sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command
of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, “Towles writes with grace and verve about
the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.”
A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander
Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced
to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man
of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the
most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his
reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this
singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
Grosse Pointe’s own Cynthia Tennent is an author of Contemporary Romance for smart readers who want books with great writing and strong characters. Her heroines navigate emotional journeys of self-discovery that always lead to love. Woven into each story is humor that will make you laugh through your tears.
Cynthia Tennent was the original book thief, stealing romance novels from underneath her mother’s bed when she was just twelve. As an adult, she grew serious and studied international relations, education, and other weighty matters while living all over the world. In search of happy endings, she rediscovered love stories and wrote her own when her daughters were napping. She lives in Michigan with her husband, three daughters, and her collie dog, Jack.