Featured Speakers

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate

Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban. She is at work on a forthcoming book about Kurdish women leading the battle against ISIS.

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Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist noted for her reporting on poverty and inequality, Boo is the author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a gripping narrative of life in a Mumbai slum. The book won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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David Finkel

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Finkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor, explores what we ask of the men and women we send to war—and how we fail them when they come home in his two bestselling books, The Good Soldiers and Thank You For Your Service.

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New & Noteworthy

The Shadow King

Praise for The Shadow King

A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It’s also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days.

Salman Rushdie

The World That We Knew

Praise for The World That We Knew

One of [Hoffman’s] finest…a standout.

Booklist, starred review

The Feral Detective

Praise for The Feral Detective

Brilliant noir…A plucky voyage into the traumatized soul of the Trump era.

The Washington Post

A Spark of Light

Praise for A Spark of Light

Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate… Picoult at her fearless best.

The Washington Post

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Praise for On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

“[A] dark-edged but ultimately hopeful travelogue… Theroux’s usual excellent mix of vivid reportage and empathetic rumination is energized by a new spark of political commitment.

Publishers Weekly

The Confession Club

Praise for The Confession Club


Nov 2019

The Other Americans

Praise for The Other Americans

I believe The Great American Novel doesn’t exist, at least in the 21st century, because the American experience is too vast and multifaceted to be confined to one book’s pages. However, if someone asked me to name one book I think at least grapples with the problem of trying to be The Great American Novel, I’d name The Other Americans.


Ashley's War

Praise for Ashley's War

Lemmon tells the powerful story of an extraordinary group of women, and after knowing them, I was left cheering.

The Daily Beast