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2013 Book Festival Author
Jess Riley

Wisconsin author Jess Riley is noted for her writing that portrays realistic yet quirky characters in painful yet humorous situations. All the Lonely People, her latest novel, is the story of what happens when Jaime Collins decides to "divorce" her siblings and advertise for a new family on Craigslist after her beloved mother dies of cancer.

Riley's e-book novella, Closer than They Appear, is a comedy of missed connections between a guy and a girl who routinely share a smile at a stop light. Driving Sideways, her first novel, was selected as a Target Breakout Book and was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

Riley graduated from UW-Oshkosh with degrees in English and history. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with her husband and neurotic dog. She has worked in a toy store, at a medium-security men's prison, and as a grant proposal writer.

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