Featured Speakers

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate

Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, and her latest The Daughters of Kobani, “an unforgettable and nearly mythic tale of women’s power and courage” (Elizabeth Gilbert) the Kurdish women leading the battle against ISIS.

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Jessica Bruder


Journalist • Author

Praised by the New Yorker as “an acute and compassionate observer,” Jessica Bruder reports on subcultures, economic justice and social issues in her books Nomadland, The Burning Book and her forthcoming Snowden’s Box, about how she become intertwined with the Edward Snowden saga.

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Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller


Sociologist • Social Justice Advocate

Drawn from 15 years of research Reuben Jonathan Miller’s Halfway Home explores the criminal justice system’s lingering effects on formerly incarcerated people and their families.

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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Eli Saslow is the author of Rising Out of Hatred, which charts the rise of white nationalism in America and recounts how the movement’s one-time heir came to reject the ideology he helped spread.

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Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist noted for her reporting on poverty and inequality, Boo is the author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a gripping narrative of life in a Mumbai slum. The book won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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New & Noteworthy

How Beautiful We Were

Praise for How Beautiful We Were

Unforgettable…It is a masterful novel by a spellbinding writer engaged with the most urgent questions of our day.

David Ebershoff, bestselling author of The Danish Girl

Halfway Home:  Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration,

Praise for Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration,

Reminiscent of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, Miller’s well-argued book delivers a scarifying account of law gone awry.

Kirkus, starred review

The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self

Praise for The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self

This radiant book will not only change your life, but perhaps even save it.

Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Big Magic

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Praise for Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

A devastating, revelatory book.

Washington Post

The Daughters of Kobani

Praise for The Daughters of Kobani

Lemmon has shown us unequivocally what female leadership can do for a society. It is breathtaking to behold.

Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe and War

Among Flowers

Praise for Among Flowers

Travel writing at its best.

Sunday Times (London)

The Flight Attendant

Praise for The Flight Attendant

Bohjalian is an unfaltering storyteller who crosses genres with fluidity, from historical fiction to literary thrillers… a read-in-one-sitting escapade that is as intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally entertaining.

Booklist

Apeirogon

Praise for Apeirogon

All I can really tell you is, read McCann’s book.  It’s an important book.  It’s quite possibly a great book.

Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

The Resisters

Praise for The Resisters

At its heart, the novel is about the act of resistance and its attendant forces of courage and hope.

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of The Language of Baklava

Writers & Lovers

Praise for Writers & Lovers

King captures the agita of an early-life crisis and the eccentricities of a writer’s life, spiking the narrative with wit, sumptuous imagery and hilarious skewerings of literary elitism.

People

Under the Wave at Waimea

Praise for Under the Wave at Waimea

Forthcoming

Sorry for You Trouble

Praise for Sorry for You Trouble

Once again, virtuoso Ford deftly sails the seas and storms of consciousness.

Booklist (starred review)

The Beautiful No

Praise for The Beautiful No

[C]hock-full of honesty, wisdom, and insights that tap into some of the most challenging aspects of living a full and complete life.

Forbes

The Lucky Star

Praise for The Lucky Star

This big, underwater-lit novel returns Vollmann’s work to the dive bars and gender-fluid clubs of San Francisco . . . Vollmann admirably captures the pull of vulnerability and invention, how sex can be, in the right space, a powerful way to know one’s self, and ultimately, how much each of his characters here needs a space to be themselves.

Lit Hub, Most Anticipated 2020