Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine. As an educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing dropout students. In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript. Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather’s home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, he tracks down an address for Adana’s son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers. What results in The Lost Book of Adana Moreau (Hanover Square Press) is a brilliantly layered masterpiece–an ode to home, storytelling and the possibility of parallel worlds. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hypnotizing…Zapata reinterprets the extent and toll of exile on Earth, the gulf between universes of human experience.