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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Pulitzer Prize Winner

It is not “good” or “bad” that interests me as a writer, but the murkiness of human experience and the consistent imperfections of our lives. –Elizabeth Strout Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. From a young age she was […]

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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.” […]

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami


Author • Essayist • Short Story Writer

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco, a place whose past and present permeate her writing. A novelist, short story writer and essayist, Lalami is a unique and confident voice in the conversations about race and immigration that increasingly occupy our national attention. Originally building a strong following through her widely-read literary blog “MoorishGirl,” […]

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Dr. Matthew Desmond


Author • Social Justice Advocate • Urban Ethnographer

Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Science and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Novelist

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the bestseller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat, Pray, Love has sold over ten million copies worldwide. The book—which The New […]

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Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett


Author • Journalist • Radio Show Host

“It’s always been very important to me to enlarge imaginations about how this part of life we call religious and spiritual actually works in real, far-flung, 21st-century lives.” —Krista Tippett In 2014, broadcaster Krista Tippett received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” The Peabody […]

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Justin Cronin


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage, which debuted at #3 on The New York Times bestseller list and has since sold more than a million copies, has many of the hallmarks of a genre fiction blockbuster: a brooding, postapocalyptic setting; “a sweeping epic style” (Publisher’s Weekly); and supernatural antagonists with exceptional strength and a thirst for blood. But […]

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The City of Mirrors

Praise for The City of Mirrors

Forthcoming

Spring 2016

Becoming Wise

Praise for Becoming Wise

A thoughtful chronicle of spiritual discovery. A hopeful consideration of the human potential for enlightenment.

Kirkus

The Guest Room

Praise for The Guest Room

The Guest Room [has] an edge-of-the-seat momentum that propels the reader straight to the last page… For those who value the well-researched novel, the author’s 18th book will please… Promises to enlighten and entertain.

The Washington Post

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton

There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy’—simple joy.

The New York Times Book Review

Evicted

Praise for Evicted

This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family