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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste


Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate

“What is profound about fiction is that it creates a place where we can imagine the possible futures of these kinds of movements. Those are the kinds of questions we have to ask as writers.” –Maaza Mengiste Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist whose work examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, […]

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Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Social Justice Advocate

Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison chronicles what the author calls her “crucible experience”—the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. A brief dalliance with drug trafficking while she was in her early twenties sent Kerman to prison ten years later on […]

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Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author

“A lot of the job of a person trying to write stories that are true is to make what’s true believable. It isn’t enough to say, well, it actually happened. You have to make it believable on the page; you have to bring people to life and scenes to life.”

—Tracy Kidder

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Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Ayana Mathis’ stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was hailed by critics as marking the arrival of an incandescent literary talent. The book was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, and an NPR Best Books of 2013. It was long-listed for the Impac Dublin International Literary Award, nominated for a 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels. It is estimated that she has 40 million books in print. Her last eight novels have debuted at number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Her books, five of which have been made into movies, are translated into thirty four languages. In addition to her novels, she also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics.

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Justin Cronin - Photo credit Julie Soefer

Justin Cronin


Bestselling Author • Novelist

The May 2016 release of Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors, the final installment in The Passage Trilogy, has once again launched him to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Cronin, dubbed “an unlikely heir to America’s genre-fiction throne” by The New York Times, has produced “an undeniable and compelling epic.”

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Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“As much as I love writing (the verb), I probably love writing (the noun) even more. I doubt anyone becomes a serious novelist who doesn’t love reading: savoring paragraphs that precisely capture longing or dread or desire. Being riveted by a plot twist that is utterly surprising but, you realize, perfect, because it was inevitable.”

—Chris Bohjalian

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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

With her complicated, finely-drawn characters and incisive prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout uses the quiet rhythms of the everyday and the natural beauty of northern New England to illuminate the depth of grief and the breadth of joy in even the most ordinary of lives.

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Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett


Public Radio Show Host • Journalist • Author

“It’s always been very important to me to enlarge imaginations about how this part of life we call religious and spiritual actually works in real, far-flung, 21st-century lives.”

—Krista Tippett

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New & Noteworthy

The Fire This Time

Praise for The Fire This Time

An absolutely indispensable anthology.

Booklist, starred review

The City of Mirrors

Praise for The City of Mirrors

“Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post-apocalyptic trilogy are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel. . . ”

Library Journal, starred review

The Philosophy of Childing

Praise for The Philosophy of Childing

A springboard for debate…[Phillips] mediates and gently guides while uncovering or recovering some of the most basic and fundamental joys of being a child, at any age.

Foreword Review

Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me

Praise for Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me

Reading Black Dove is like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your parents’ world and the other in your own.

Veronica I. Arreola, founder of Viva La Feminista