Special Guests at HNS2025

We are delighted to welcome two Special Guests, three Spotlight Authors, and two Las Vegas historians to the Historical Novel Society North America Conference in Las Vegas, NV: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Fiona Davis, Sarah Penner, Jeffrey Blount, Yangsze Choo, Claytee D. White, and Michael Green.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW (Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, Ignyte Award), MEXICAN GOTHIC (Locus Award, British Fantasy Award, Pacific Northwest Book Award, Aurora Award, Goodreads Award), and VELVET WAS THE NIGHT (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Macavity Award).

She has edited several anthologies, including SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as CTHULHU’S DAUGHTERS). Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press. Her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has an MA in Science and Technology Studies from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Velvet was the Night
Mexican Gothic
Gods of Jade and Shadow
Fiona Davis - credit Deborah Feingold

Fiona Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of several historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including THE STOLEN QUEEN, THE MAGNOLIA PALACE, THE ADDRESS, and THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE, which was a Good Morning America book club pick. Her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and the Oprah magazine. She first came to New York as an actress, but fell in love with writing after getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages and she's based in New York City.

Lions of Fifth Avenue
Stolen Queen
The Address

Spotlight Authors at HNS2025

Sarah Penner

Sarah Penner is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three historical novels, all featuring mystery, magic, and misbehaved women. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages and her debut, THE LOST APOTHECARY, has sold over one million copies worldwide. Sarah spent thirteen years in corporate finance and now writes full-time. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, yoga, and cooking. She also sits on the Board of Directors at her local animal shelter. Sarah and her husband, Marc, live in Florida.

lost apothecary
Jeffrey Blount 1

Jeffrey Blount is the award-winning author of four novels. THE EMANCIPATION OF EVAN WALLS was the winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction. His latest novel is MR. JIMMY FROM AROUND THE WAY (Beaufort Books). He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet the Press, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. A Virginia native, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism.

mr jimmy from around the way
emancipation of evan walls
Yangsze Choo2

Yangsze Choo is the New York Times bestselling author of THE GHOST BRIDE (now a Netflix Original series) and THE NIGHT TIGER, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and a Big Jubilee Read selection for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Her third novel, THE FOX WIFE, is a Book of the Month Club pick, and a semifinalist for Jimmy Fallon’s Book Club. She lives in California with her family and loves to eat and read (often at the same time). THE FOX WIFE and all previous novels would not have been possible without large quantities of dark chocolate.

ghost bride
night tiger
fox wife

Local Historians at HNS2025

Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center on May 17, 2012.    
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Claytee D. White is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. She collects the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from longtime residents. Her projects include early health care in the city, the history of the John S. Park Neighborhood, the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project, and a study of musicians who played with some of the greats in the entertainment field. As one of five founders of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society Inc., she chronicles the history of the Las Vegas Black community that was established in 1905.

White received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles, master's degree in history from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has completed work toward a doctorate at the College of William & Mary. White currently serves on the Board of Women of Diversity, the UNLV Presidential Debate Planning Committee, and the Historic Preservation Commission. White has also served on the Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities executive board, and is the past president of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Michael Green, UNLV associate professor of History on August 14, 2014. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)

Michael Green is a professor of history at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and teaches classes for both the history department and the Honors College. His courses range throughout US history, but his teaching and research particularly focus on Las Vegas and Nevada history, the Civil War era and Abraham Lincoln, and the US Supreme Court.

He is the author of NEVADA: A HISTORY OF THE SILVER STATE and co-author of LAS VEGAS:  A CENTENNIAL HISTORY, among other books and articles about Nevada. He has published three books on the Civil War era, including LINCOLN AND THE ELECTION OF 1860 and POLITICS AND AMERICA IN CRISIS: THE COMING OF THE CIVIL WAR. He writes "Nevada Yesterdays," read by former US Senator Richard Bryan, for KNPR and Nevada Humanities. A former journalist, he has served as a columnist for Nevada's Washington Watch and Vegas Seven. He is a member of the board of directors for the Mob Museum, for which he was one of the researchers.

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