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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Picoult has become a master — almost a clairvoyant — at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them.” —The Washington Post Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels. It is estimated that she has 40 million books in print. Her last eight novels have debuted at number one on The New York […]

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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

“It is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ that interests me as a writer, but the murkiness of human experience and the consistent imperfections of our lives.” –Elizabeth Strout With her complicated, finely-drawn characters and incisive prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout uses the quiet rhythms of the everyday and the natural beauty of northern New England […]

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Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian


Bestselling Author • Novelist

  “As much as I love writing (the verb), I probably love writing (the noun) even more. I doubt anyone becomes a serious novelist who doesn’t love reading: savoring paragraphs that precisely capture longing or dread or desire. Being riveted by a plot twist that is utterly surprising but, you realize, perfect, because it was […]

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami


Novelist • Author • Essayist

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco, a place whose past and present permeate her writing. A novelist, short story writer and essayist, Lalami is a unique and confident voice in the conversations about race and immigration that increasingly occupy our national attention. Originally building a strong following through her widely-read literary blog “MoorishGirl,” […]

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond


Bestselling Author • Social Justice Advocate • Urban Ethnographer

Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Science and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant. His New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit […]

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Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett


Public Radio Show Host • Journalist • Author

“It’s always been very important to me to enlarge imaginations about how this part of life we call religious and spiritual actually works in real, far-flung, 21st-century lives.” —Krista Tippett In 2014, broadcaster Krista Tippett received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” The Peabody […]

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Justin Cronin - Photo credit Julie Soefer

Justin Cronin


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage, which debuted at #3 on The New York Times bestseller list and has since sold more than a million copies, has many of the hallmarks of a genre fiction blockbuster: a brooding, postapocalyptic setting; what Publishers Weekly calls “a sweeping epic style”; and supernatural antagonists with exceptional strength and a thirst for […]

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Evicted

Praise for Evicted

An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.

New York Times

Becoming Wise

Praise for Becoming Wise

A thoughtful chronicle of spiritual discovery. A hopeful consideration of the human potential for enlightenment.

Kirkus

Small Great Things

Praise for Small Great Things

Forthcoming

Fall 2016

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton

There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy’—simple joy.

The New York Times Book Review

The City of Mirrors

Praise for The City of Mirrors

Forthcoming

Spring 2016

The Guest Room

Praise for The Guest Room

The Guest Room [has] an edge-of-the-seat momentum that propels the reader straight to the last page… For those who value the well-researched novel, the author’s 18th book will please… Promises to enlighten and entertain.

The Washington Post