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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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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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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer

“Desmond is an academic who teaches at Harvard—a sociologist or, you could say, an ethnographer. But I would like to claim him as a journalist too, and one who…has set a new standard for reporting on poverty.” —Barbara Ehrenreich MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws […]

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Lisa See

Lisa See


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy and China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women, romantic love, and love of country. In See’s next novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, she returns to those timeless themes.

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Lacks Family with Skloot

The Lacks Family


The Lacks Family of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

The Lacks family has enthralled university and library audiences across the country talking about their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her transcendentally important contributions to science. The international success of Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and Henrietta’s legacy. In their appearances, the family shares […]

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami


Novelist • Author • Essayist

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. Lalami originally built a strong following through her widely-read literary blog MoorishGirl. […]

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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

Evicted

Praise for Evicted

An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.

New York Times