Simon & Schuster Author-fest


Announcing our Spring 2024 AuthorFest Panel!

Authors Jackie Lau, TJ Alexander and Kaliane Bradley in conversation, moderated by bestselling authors Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings).



This event is FREE! To register, simply email!      

From fake relationships to star-crossed time travelers to queer throuples, these authors are not your mother’s romance writers.

Ahead of their upcoming releases, Alexander, Bradley, and Lau will discuss what makes a great romance, and how the genre can go beyond a simple love story.

About the Authors:

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.

About the Moderators:

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, AutoboyographyLove 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.

About Simon & Schuster AuthorFest

AuthorFest is a seasonal, public-facing virtual author event, presented in partnership with regional book festivals, lecture series and bookstores. AuthorFest provides unique live author programming to communities and readers not traditionally part of an-in person author tour.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 4:00pm
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