Writer and book marketer Kera Yonker lives and works in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications.

Sarah Russo has been a publicist in the book industry for over 15 years. She specializes in social issues, politics, science and the environment, education, economics, and literary fiction. Over the years she has worked for Alfred A. Knopf, Doubleday, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Scribner, and Oxford University Press.

Charles Orr is a book cover designer who has designed covers for Soft Skull Press, Bloof Books, No Tell Books, IG Publishing, Lit Magazine, Alternative Comics, Bitter Cherry Books, Chamberlain Bros/Jonathan Cape, RAW Junior/Toon Books, First Second, and Pantheon. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Grateful acknowledgment to all of the readers, publicists, publishers, and authors who nominated books this year.