This year we present a host of amazing authors new and old, famous and emerging, some hailing from beyond the world of books—one’s a scientists, another a musician—while others are well-known to book fans. Scientist Jennifer L. Rohn spins fiction from some of her real-life research in a thrilling novel about a disease that spreads from cats to their owners. Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer collaborates with Andrew Donkin on a graphic novel that deeply considers the lives and tragedies of migrants. Susanna Kearsley takes off from her ancestral history in a historical novel about life on Long Island during the French and Indian War. Ketch Secor, founder of the Old Crow Medicine Show string band, crafts a musical world in his first picture book, with the help of illustrator Higgins Bond. Stuart Turton makes his debut with what he calls “the most complicated murder mystery imaginable.” Grief and healing are at the core of Lisa Romeo’s memoir about the surprising reconciliation she had with her father—after he died. Anne Leigh Parrish offers a powerful road novel that explores life after the sudden death of a spouse. All of these authors are remarkable people with remarkable stories to share. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.

No One Is Illegal: Eoin Colfer
A graphic novel by Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl books, and Andrew Donkin puts a human face to the European migrant crisis.

Spotlight on Susanna Kearsley
Kearsley's 13th novel, a work of historical fiction inspired by family history, takes readers back to colonial Long Island and the French and Indian War.

The Redemption of the Road: Anne Leigh Parrish
The Amendment, a powerful road novel, explores the pain of a spouse's sudden death and the unexpected freedom that follows.

Spotlight on Jennifer L. Rohn
Rohn, who coined the term "lab lit," turns the scientific laboratory into a mystery-rich, fictional setting.

Spotlight on Lisa Romeo
Romeo delves into grief and finds a surprising path to healing in this memoir that will leave readers pondering new ideas about how to live with loss.

Spotlight on Ketch Secor and Higgins Bond
Words and pictures harmonize perfectly in this debut picture book from Secor, founder of the Old Crow Medicine Show string band, illustrated by Bond.

Spotlight on Stuart Turton
Journalist Turton's fiction debut melds time travel and body swapping into an Agatha Christie–style whodunit.