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We are exceptionally proud of the lineup of Featured Guests that we've put together for you. Between author talks, book signings, writing workshops, and so much more, the Reader Riot schedule is jam-packed with riotous goodness for you to experience. Check out each guest's page to see when and where they'll be and what they'll be doing.


R.L. Stine

Spine-chilling author R.L Stine has joined the line-up for the Reader Riot book festival in April 2017. Stine is the bestselling author of multiple series of books, including Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and most notably Goosebumps and its skin-crawling spinoffs. ...

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Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols grew up in Western Pennsylvania marveling at everything from acorns to frogs to big sisters and now makes books about them all. She is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, Maple and its sequels. ...

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Tim Crothers

Author of The Queen of Katwe, now a major motion picture by Disney, Tim Crothers is an accomplished sportswriter and journalism professor. ...

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Watt Key

Watt Key is an Alabama author whose novel ALABAMA MOON was ranked in the "100 Best Young Adult Books of all Time" by Time Magazine. ...

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Tobias Buckell

Called “Violent, poetic and compulsively readable” by Maclean’s, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling writer born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, and the islands he lived on influence much of his work. ...

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Melanie Benjamin

NYT bestselling author Melanie Benjamin's passion for history and biography animates the lives of the iconic women she depicts in fictional portraits that explore their inner lives and unknown stories. ...

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Donika Kelly

Donika is a poet and academic. Her debut collection, Bestiary, is highly regarded, and she is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing. ...

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Michael Knight

Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod, and his newest book, Eveningland, will be out just in time for the Reader Riot! ...

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Barnabas Piper

A Christian author from Nashville, TN, Piper works at Lifeway Christian Resources and has published 3 novels. He blogs regularly for his own site, as well as writing for The Blazing Center and He Reads Truth. ...

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Dr. Ralph Voss

Dr. Ralph Voss is the author of "Truman Capote and the Legacy of IN COLD BLOOD, and has been a professor at the University of Alabama for 31 years. ...

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Randall Horton

Randall is a nationally renowned Affrilachian poet. The Affrilachian poetry movement seeks to encourage a multi-cultural understanding of Appalachian culture. ...

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Frank X Walker

Walker is a former Kentucky Poet Laureate and currently a professor in the department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. ...

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Irene Latham

Irene Latham is the award winning author of two novels for children Leaving Gees Bend and Don't Feed the Boy, as well as multiple books of poetry. ...

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Dr. Ed Bridges

Dr. Ed Bridges served as the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History for thirty years, and his most recent book is out just in time for Alabama's 200th birthday. ...

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Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman is an artist, living in Nashville, TN. Sarah's absolutely beautiful art is showcased in galleries and at festivals across the South. ...

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Norbert Putnam

Norbert Putnam is a Shoals music legend, playing with Elvis Presley, Jimmy Buffet, and so many others it's impossible to name them all. ...

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