Featured Speakers

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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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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Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Memoirist

Jeanne Marie Laskas is one of the most incisive, wide-ranging, and appealing voices in contemporary journalism. An “intrepid reporter and great storyteller” (Kirkus), she has been writing longform narratives for GQ, Esquire, and other magazines for more than 20 years. She has profiled everyone from Mr. Rogers to Vice President Joe Biden, and has done […]

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Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist

New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by The Washington Post. Her deeply moving explorations of American stories both familiar and obscure have earned her a reputation as one of America’s most distinctive journalistic voices. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she has been praised as […]

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Kiese Laymon


Novelist • Social Critic • Essayist

In his observant, often hilarious work, Kiese Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. His savage humor and clear-eyed perceptiveness have earned him comparisons to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alice Walker, and Mark Twain. He is the author of a groundbreaking essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself […]

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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Documentary Filmmaker

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz has been exploring issues of race, poverty, and immigration in America for more than three decades. His 1991 book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, garnered national recognition for its compassionate, unflinching portrait of Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers and their […]

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Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells

Praise for Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells

Forthcoming

April 2019

The Other Americans

Praise for The Other Americans

This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans of Muslim background have labored since the events of 9/11.

J. M. Coetzee

City of Girls

Praise for City of Girls

Forthcoming

June 2019

The Island of Sea Women

Praise for The Island of Sea Women

Forthcoming

Spring 2019

Heavy: An American Memoir

Praise for Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon is an amazing, courageous and brave novelist and essayist.

The Michigan Quarterly Review