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Jesmyn Ward


Novelist • Essayist • Memoirist

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” In November 2017, she became the first woman and the […]

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Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Historian

“Truth requires a maximum effort to see through the eyes of strangers, foreigners and enemies.” —Taylor Branch Over the course of his storied career, author and historian Taylor Branch has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Humanities Medal.  His landmark […]

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Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter


Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author

Jeremy McCarter is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, with Lin-Manuel Miranda. 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 storytelling to drive social change—from our country’s rebellious founders to […]

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Edmund White

Edmund White


Novelist • Social Critic • Memoirist

Edmund White is America’s preeminent gay writer. In biography, social history, travel writing, journalism, the short story, and the novel, this prolific and versatile author has chronicled the gay experience in the United States from the closeted 1950s through the AIDS crisis and beyond. But as William Goldstein wrote in Publishers Weekly, “To call Edmund White […]

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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

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv

Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.

Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking