Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 5:00pm

Join us for the Spring 2024 AuthorFest, hosted by Simon & Schuster, "Not Your Mother's Love Story"! Bestselling authors TJ Alexander, Kaliane Bradley, and Jackie Lau will be in conversation. Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the duo behind the romance power-house Christina Lauren, lead these authors in discussion of their work that expands the genre of romance. From fake relationships to star-crossed time travelers to queer throuples, these are not your mother’s romance novels! 

Although the authors will be in conversation virtually, we're inviting you to join us in-person to build community around romance books and non-traditional love stories! 

TJ Alexander, the critically acclaimed author of Second Chances in New Port Stephen, Chef’s Kiss, and Chef’s Choice, writes about queer love. Originally from Florida, they received their MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston. They live in New York City with their wife and various houseplants. Their upcoming novel is Triple Sec, arriving June 4, 2024.

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short fiction has appeared in Somesuch Stories, The Willowherb Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, and Extra Teeth, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. Her upcoming novel is The Ministry of Time, arriving May 7, 2024.

Jackie Lau studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to her first love of writing. She is now the author of over twenty romantic comedies including Donut Fall in Love and The Stand-Up Groomsman. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gelato, gourmet donuts, cooking, hiking, and reading. She lives in Toronto with her husband. Find out more at Her upcoming novel is Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie, arriving May 7, 2024.

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, The Unhoneymooners, The Soulmate Equation, Something Wilder, and The True Love Experiment. You can find them online at or @ChristinaLauren on Instagram. Their upcoming novel is The Paradise Problem, arriving May 14, 2024

Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie: A Novel By Jackie Lau Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668030769
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - May 7th, 2024

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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668045145
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

Triple Sec: A Novel By TJ Alexander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668021989
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 4th, 2024

The Paradise Problem By Christina Lauren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668017722
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2024