Jay Caspian Kang’s tart, funny, and eye-openingly over-the-edge first novel, The Dead Do Not Improve. Jean Zimmerman’s The Orphanmaster, an invigorating historical set in Dutch New York. Tessa Dare’s daring heroine in A Week To Be Wicked, who risks all for science and instead finds love. Bioethicist Jonathan D. Moreno’s Mind Wars: Science and the Military in the 21st Century, which raises issues that won’t go away. And Katie McGarry, whose YA crossover title, Pushing the Limits, delivers intense feeling and believable characters anyone could love Just some of the books I’m discovering as I prepare to introduce authors at ALTAFF’s wonderful author events at ALA. If you’re going to ALA, be sure to come listen. Here’s the full list of programs.