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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage for The Washington Post, Eli Saslow, who has been called “one of the great young journalists in America,” reveals the human stories behind the most divisive issues of our time. From racism and poverty to addiction and school shootings, Saslow’s work uncovers the manifold impacts of major national issues on […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo

Novelist • Essayist • Short Story Writer

NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, identified her as one of the great storytellers of displacement and arrival, along with Zadie Smith and J.M. Coetzee. Channeling the potent rhythms of the storytellers who raised her in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo has created a story at once disarmingly playful and devastatingly real, a novel that “though deeply […]

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Colum McCann

Colum McCann

National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

“I believe in the democracy of storytelling. I love the fact that our stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries. I feel humbled by the notion that I’m even a small part of the literary experience. I grew up in a house, in a city, in a country shaped by books. I don’t […]

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Lisa Ko

Novelist • Essayist

Growing up in a largely white community, National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko listened eagerly to her parents’ family stories, but couldn’t find Asian or Asian-American protagonists in the books she devoured. “It’s that younger me,” she says, “hungry and breathless to see herself on the page, that I write for today.” As the first-generation […]

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William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann

Novelist • Journalist • Short Story Writer

“William T. Vollmann is a monster, a monster of talent, ambition and accomplishment.” —The Los Angeles Times Distinctive for his boundless ambition and extraordinary output—over twenty books to date, including the seven-volume, 3,352-page, Rising Up and Rising Down series—Vollmann fully inhabits two often polarized literary worlds. “One of the most unnerving aspects [of Vollmann’s work]…is his combination […]

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Paul Theroux

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Travel Writer

Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us. —The Boston Globe Paul Theroux is described by writer and friend Jonathan Raban as “utterly American, possessing all of those democratic, Yankee, can-do qualities.” These traits have served him well on worldwide explorations for over […]

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New & Noteworthy

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Praise for The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

In this mélange of essay and memoir, author White reflects on the books and people that helped shape his remarkable literary life . . . In a conversational tone that blends affirmation and elegy, White escorts readers through an impressive range of interests and experiences . . . this collection is like a heartfelt conversation with friends over a bottle of wine.

Publishers Weekly

Survival Math

Praise for Survival Math

Mitchell S. Jackson writes brilliant sentences, so full of the energy and beauty and tragedy of life.

Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray

Days of Awe

Praise for Days of Awe

With her signature humor and compassion, A.M. Homes exposes the heart of an uneasy America in her new collection—exploring our attachments to each other through characters who aren’t quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be.

The Chicago Review of Books

No Good Alternative

Praise for No Good Alternative

For all the sorrow Vollmann catalogs, his persistent and compassionate pursuit of the truth reminds us of all that we share as human beings and all that we can do for each other.


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.


Night of Miracles

Praise for Night of Miracles

Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart.

Fannie Flagg on The Story of Arthur Truluv