This week, we're reading Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (a graphic Novel, so you know it was Alex's week to pick. ;))
Maroh is actually French, and the book has been translated into English (and a few other languages). The original title is Le bleu est une couleur chaude. Blue seems to be her first book, one that she stated writing when she was 19 years old. It has been adapted into a movie and won an award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011.
Maroh is currently living in Angoulême, France. This is her website, but it's in French, so unless you know French, it's unlikely you'll glean much from it.