Featured Speakers

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Human Rights Advocate

Bohjalian’s hugely popular and New York Times bestselling novels explore compelling social issues as varied as human trafficking, domestic violence, and the Armenian genocide. His more than 20 books include The Flight Attendant, Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls and the forthcoming The Red Lotus, out in 2020.

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Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

Doerr is the author of the runaway bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set during WW II, which spent more than three and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Dr. Ellen Wu

Dr. Ellen Wu


Historian • Author • Cultural Commentator

“The work of historians in general, shows us that it’s up to us and that we have the power to lay the foundation for a different kind of future, a brighter future, a more just future. Learning history helps us understand these decisions and what we do and what we would need to build in […]

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Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

With 1.6 million books in print, Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of beloved novels Prep, Eligible, American Wife, and her latest Rodham, which imagines what might have been if Hillary Rodham had never married Bill Clinton.

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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

Alice Hoffman is the beloved bestselling author of Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers, The Marriage of Opposites, and many others. Her latest novel, The World That We Knew, follows three young women during humanity’s darkest hour in 1941 Berlin, and in her forthcoming Magic Lessons she continues the story of the Owens family first introduced in Practical Magic.

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Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Mathis’s stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR. Mathis is the first Black woman to be a permanent faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A new novel is forthcoming.

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Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

The bestselling author of the rapturously-received Washington Black, Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race, history, and belonging.

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Lisa See

Lisa See


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

In her many beloved New York Times bestsellers, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Shanghai Girls, and China Dolls, Lisa See brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the indissoluble bonds between women. Her newest, The Island of Sea Women, is a “…mesmerizing new historical novel that celebrates women’s strengths.”(Oprahmag.com).

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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste


Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate

Mengiste’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Contemporary African Books. Her latest novel, The Shadow King, set during Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, examines what it means to be a woman at war.

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New & Noteworthy

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

Long Division

Praise for Long Division

Smart, exciting and energetic…. [R]omps and roars along through some truly wonderful comic scenes and yet the book doesn’t hesitate to comment seriously on questions that matter to human beings everywhere.

Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and Slapboxing with Jesus

In the Heights: Finding Home

Praise for In the Heights: Finding Home

forthcoming

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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

A devastating, revelatory book.

Washington Post

Between Two Kingdoms

Praise for Between Two Kingdoms

This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude—and an intimate portrait of one woman’s sojourn in the wilderness between life and death.

Tara Westover, bestselling author of Educated

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

Under the Wave at Waimea

Praise for Under the Wave at Waimea

Incantatory, ecstatic, hypnotic…. One of Theroux’s best novels.

The Seattle Times

The Color of Success

Praise for The Color of Success

Historian Wu sets the record straight, offering the manner in which Asians worked to overcome prejudice from the 1890s through more recent events, including WWII, the communist revolution in China, and the Korean and Vietnamese wars.

Choice

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

Rodham

Praise for Rodham

In this entertaining political fantasy… Sittenfeld movingly captures Hillary’s awareness of her transformation into a complicated public figure.

Publisher’s Weekly