Lauren Francis-Sharma is the author of both Book of the Little Axe, the 2020 American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform Book Pick” and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction, as well as her 2014 debut novel, 'Til the Well Runs Dry, which was chosen as an “O, The Oprah Magazine” Summer Reading Pick and awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan Law School, and The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. Lauren serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, she is a MacDowell Fellow, and is the Assistant Director of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.