Featured Speakers

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

With 1.6 million books in print, Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of beloved novels Prep, Eligible, American Wife, and the forthcoming novel Rodham.

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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

The author of 25 blockbuster novels, including Small Great Things and My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult has an estimated 40 million books in print. Her last nine novels, including her newest book, A Spark of Light, have debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste


Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate

Mengiste’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Contemporary African Books. Her latest novel, The Shadow King, set during Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, examines what it means to be a woman at war.

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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer

Alice Hoffman is the beloved bestselling author of Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers, The Marriage of Opposites, and many others. Her latest novel, The World That We Knew, follows three young women during humanity’s darkest hour in 1941 Berlin, and in her forthcoming Magic Lessons she continues the story of the Owens family first introduced in Practical Magic.

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Sue Monk Kidd


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

Sue Monk Kidd’s debut novel, The Secret Life of Bees, was a blockbuster bestseller with more than six million copies in print and has proven a modern classic. Her most recent bestseller, The Invention of Wings, was an Oprah’s Book Club Selection. She will have a new novel out in 2020, The Book of Longings.

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Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber


Author • Essayist • Memoirist
Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen


Political Theorist • Public Intellectual • Cultural Commentator
Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Poet
Dr. Martha Beck

Dr. Martha Beck


Bestselling Author • Life Coach • Inspirational Leader

John Berendt


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist
Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg


Bestselling Author • Novelist
Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Human Rights Advocate
Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber


Pastor • Bestselling Author • Memoirist
Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist
Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Historian

Jessica Bruder


Journalist • Author

NoViolet Bulawayo


Novelist • Essayist • Short Story Writer
Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo


Author • Essayist • Poet
Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

Justin Cronin


Bestselling Author • Novelist
Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer
Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist
Heidi Durrow

Heidi Durrow


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist
Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Dr. Brian Fagan


Archaeologist • Author • Climate Change Historian
Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

David Finkel


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Richard Ford


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist
Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist
Julia Glass

Julia Glass


National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist
Dr. Alice Goffman

Dr. Alice Goffman


Author • Social Justice Advocate • Urban Ethnographer
Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell


Author • Energy & Environment Expert • Investigative Journalist
Dr. Allyson Hobbs

Dr. Allyson Hobbs


Author • Essayist • Historian
Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon


Author • Energy & Security Expert • Political Scientist
A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes


Novelist • Essayist • Memoirist
Nancy Horan

Nancy Horan


Bestselling Author • Novelist
John Irving

John Irving


National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Screenwriter
Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer


Bestselling Author • Essayist • Travel Writer
Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson


Author • Filmmaker
Gish Jen

Gish Jen


Cultural Commentator • Novelist • Essayist
Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones


Bestselling Author • Novelist
Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Piper Kerman


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Social Justice Advocate

Sue Monk Kidd


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist
Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author
Lily King

Lily King


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Laura Kipnis


Social Critic • Author • Essayist

Lisa Ko


Novelist • Author • Essayist
Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Documentary Filmmaker

James Howard Kunstler


Social Critic • Journalist • Urban Planning Advocate

The Lacks Family


The Lacks Family of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami


Novelist • Author • Essayist

Stephanie Land


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Economic Justice Advocate
Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Memoirist

Kiese Laymon


Bestselling Author • Social Critic • Essayist
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate
Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist
Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer
Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist
Colum McCann

Colum McCann


National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist
Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter


Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author
Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste


Novelist • Essayist • Social Justice Advocate
Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum


TV Critic • Pulitzer Prize Winner • Essayist
Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht


Bestselling Author • Novelist
Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist

Christa Parravani


Essayist • Memoirist • Women's Rights Advocate
Jennifer Pastiloff

Jennifer Pastiloff


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Mental Health Advocate
Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Sheri Salata


Former media executive • entrepreneur • Memoirist
Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author
Lisa See

Lisa See


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist
Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk


Bestselling Author • Essayist • Curator
Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Short Story Writer
Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot


Bestselling Author • Journalist
Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder


Journalist • Author • Domestic Violence Advocate

Paul Theroux


Bestselling Author • Novelist • Travel Writer
Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson


Journalist • Author • Tech Industry Expert
Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett


Public Radio & Podcast Host • Bestselling Author • Social Entrepreneur
William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann


Novelist • Journalist • Short Story Writer

Jesmyn Ward


National Book Award Winner • Essayist • Memoirist
Edmund White

Edmund White


Novelist • Social Critic • Memoirist