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Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Poet

Performance artist, poet, and novelist Paul Beatty is among the funniest and most fearless writers in contemporary fiction. He has been called “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation” (Interview).

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Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Hillary Jordan received her BA in English and political science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her first novel, Mudbound, was published in 2008 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House […]

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Julia Glass

Julia Glass


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Glass’s ability to illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters’ lives is extraordinary.” —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours In her five novels, Julia Glass turns her supple and delicate prose to the intricacies of love and family. The Boston Globe observes that among her chosen subjects are “parents and children, the ephemerality of beauty, the […]

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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.”

—Chris Bohjalian

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Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Before I became a writer, I was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was my ‘school’ for writing—taking care of patients taught me a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships—all things that I tend to focus on in my […]

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Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“The best analogy I can give to describe writing for me is daydreaming. A certain amount of craft is brought to bear, but the experience feels very dreamlike.” —Anita Shreve Best-selling author Anita Shreve uses humor and carefully researched detail to delicately and sympathetically address themes of violence and loss. In Shreve’s fictional worlds, many […]

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Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together.” —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins Since the publication in 2002 of his first story collection, The Shell Collector, Anthony […]

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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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Lily King

Lily King


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“A master psychological portraitist” (Publishers Weekly), novelist Lily King brings her deft and graceful characterization to stories that illuminate the inner workings of life’s most complicated relationships. Since the publication of her debut novel, The Pleasing Hour, which won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate […]

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The Sellout

Praise for The Sellout

[Beatty] outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.

Booklist (starred review)

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv

Forthcoming

July 2017

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World

Praise for The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Reshaping of the Civilized World

Forthcoming

Fall 2017

Mother Land

Praise for Mother Land

Forthcoming

Spring 2017