Featured Speakers

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen


Political Theorist • Public Intellectual • Cultural Commentator

Political theorist, classicist, Danielle Allen is a widely known for her work in democracy, justice, and citizenship. Her books include Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A..

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Dr. Matthew Desmond


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer

Princeton sociologist, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that has forever changed the way we look at poverty in America.

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Women’s Advocate

Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban. She is at work on a forthcoming book about Kurdish women leading the battle against ISIS.

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Stephanie Land


Economic Justice Advocate • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her story as a single mom navigating the physical, economic, and social stigmas that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder


Domestic Violence Advocate • Journalist • Author

Steeped in over a decade of exhaustive reporting, Rachel Louise Snyder’s No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, reveals how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.

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Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Fink, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina—and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. Fink reports on human responses to global crises, from the devastating effects of natural disasters and mass shootings, to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Eli Saslow is the author of Rising Out of Hatred, which charts the rise of white nationalism in America and recounts how the movement’s one-time heir came to reject the ideology he helped spread.

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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

John Berendt


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist

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


Urban Planning Advocate • Novelist • Social Critic • Journalist

The Lacks Family


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

Laila Lalami


Novelist • Author • Essayist

Stephanie Land


Economic Justice Advocate • Bestselling Author • Journalist
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
Jennifer Pastiloff

Jennifer Pastiloff


Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Mental Health Advocate
Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult


Bestselling Author • Novelist

Sheri Salata


entrepreneur • Former media executive • 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


Domestic Violence Advocate • Journalist • Author

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