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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 is a regular contributor to publications including The Nation, Newsweek, and The Los […]

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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 half a dozen critically acclaimed 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 […]

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Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward

Novelist • Essayist • Memoirist

Jesmyn Ward, whose novel Salvage the Bones won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction, has been called “fearless and toughly lyrical” by Library Journal. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” Ward’s unflinching portrayals of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a South ravaged by […]

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate

“There is no greater multiplier in the fight against poverty than an educated female.” —Gayle Tzemach Lemmon An intrepid chronicler of strong and resourceful women, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women […]

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Richard Ford

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Ford’s “sinewy and distinctively American voice contains the echoing tones of many [literary] ancestors” (The New York Times). Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway often come to mind when discussing Ford’s work. In person, Ford’s voice is similarly impressive; his Mississippi beginnings yield a generosity of spirit, a honed eccentricity, […]

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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)

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Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv


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Mother Land

Praise for Mother Land

Mother Land is an exercise in mean-spirited score-settling. It’s also fun.

Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review


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

A House Among The Trees

Praise for A House Among The Trees

A fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited . . . A compelling story with fully realized characters.

Booklist (starred review)