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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 mass shootings, Saslow’s work uncovers the manifold impacts of major national issues on […]

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Lisa Ko


Novelist • Essayist

Growing up in a largely white community, National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko listened eagerly to her parents’ family stories, but couldn’t find Asian or Asian-American protagonists in the books she devoured. “It’s that younger me,” she says, “hungry and breathless to see herself on the page, that I write for today.” As the first-generation […]

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer

“Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. He gave me a better sense of what it is like to be poor in this country than anything else I have read.” —Bill Gates MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of […]

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William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann


Novelist • Journalist • Short Story Writer

“William T. Vollmann is a monster, a monster of talent, ambition and accomplishment.” —The Los Angeles Times Distinctive for his boundless ambition and extraordinary output—over twenty books to date, including the seven-volume, 3,352-page, Rising Up and Rising Down series—Vollmann fully inhabits two often polarized literary worlds. “One of the most unnerving aspects [of Vollmann’s work]…is his combination […]

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Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter


Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author

Jeremy McCarter, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda, is the storyteller of record for the genre-defying cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton. His newest book, Young Radicals, is about idealists fighting for freedom and equality in the early twentieth century. A common thread in McCarter’s work is the power of […]

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New & Noteworthy

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Praise for The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

In this mélange of essay and memoir, author White reflects on the books and people that helped shape his remarkable literary life . . . In a conversational tone that blends affirmation and elegy, White escorts readers through an impressive range of interests and experiences . . . this collection is like a heartfelt conversation with friends over a bottle of wine.

Publishers Weekly

Survival Math

Praise for Survival Math

Mitchell S. Jackson writes brilliant sentences, so full of the energy and beauty and tragedy of life.

Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray

Days of Awe

Praise for Days of Awe

I started reading A.M. Homes twenty years ago. Wild and funny, questioning and true, she is a writer to go travelling with on the journey called life.

Jeanette Winterson

No Good Alternative

Praise for No Good Alternative

For all the sorrow Vollmann catalogs, his persistent and compassionate pursuit of the truth reminds us of all that we share as human beings and all that we can do for each other.

Booklist

The Flight Attendant

Praise for The Flight Attendant

Bohjalian is an unfaltering storyteller who crosses genres with fluidity, from historical fiction to literary thrillers…a read-in-one-sitting escapade that is as intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally entertaining.

Booklist

Night of Miracles

Praise for Night of Miracles

Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart.

Fannie Flagg on The Story of Arthur Truluv