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Lily King

Lily King


Bestselling Author • Novelist

A novelist Publishers Weekly calls “a master psychological portraitist,” Lily King brings her deft and graceful characterization to stories that illuminate the inner workings of life’s most complicated relationships. Since the publication of her debut novel, The Pleasing Hour, which won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book […]

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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

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 to illuminate the depth of grief and the breadth of joy in even the most ordinary of lives.

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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 inevitable.”

—Chris Bohjalian

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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste


Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate

“What is profound about fiction is that it creates a place where we can imagine the possible futures of these kinds of movements. Those are the kinds of questions we have to ask as writers.” –Maaza Mengiste Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist whose work examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, […]

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Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Ayana Mathis’ stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was hailed by critics as marking the arrival of an incandescent literary talent. The book was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, and an NPR Best Books of 2013. It was long-listed for the Impac Dublin International Literary Award, nominated for a 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

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Julia Glass

Julia Glass


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Glass’s ability to illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters’ lives is extraordinary.” —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours In her five novels, Julia Glass turns her supple and delicate prose to the intricacies of love and family. The Boston Globe observes that among her chosen subjects are “parents and children, the ephemerality of beauty, the […]

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

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 Times bestseller list. Her books, five of which have been made into movies, are translated into thirty four languages. In addition to her novels, she also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics.

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Make Someone Happy

Praise for Make Someone Happy

Berg’s gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.

The Boston Globe

The Fire This Time

Praise for The Fire This Time

An absolutely indispensable anthology.

Booklist, starred review

Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me

Praise for Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me

Reading Black Dove is like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your parents’ world and the other in your own.

Veronica I. Arreola, founder of Viva La Feminista

The City of Mirrors

Praise for The City of Mirrors

“Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post-apocalyptic trilogy are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel. . . ”

Library Journal, starred review