Featured Speakers

Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett


Public Radio Show Host • Journalist • Author

Tippett is the Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author behind public radio’s On Being and the books Becoming Wise and Einstein’s God. Her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen, a field guide for discovering creative possibilities and reclaiming conversation and civility, is out in 2021.

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Colum McCann

Colum McCann


National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

Irish-born author Colum McCann wrote the National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin and the bestselling Transatlantic. His next novel slated for release in February 2020 is Apeirogon, a boundary-pushing real-life story of two grieving fathers on either side of a seemingly intractable conflict in the Middle East. He speaks on storytelling, self-discovery, social justice, and travel.

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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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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder


Domestic Violence Advocate • Journalist • Author

An outspoken journalist on issues of domestic violence, Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and others. She is also the author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, and the novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing.

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John Irving

John Irving


National Book Award Winner • Bestselling Author • Screenwriter

Widely regarded as an American master, John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, is a consummate storyteller with over 12 million books in 35 languages in print and a streak of international bestsellers stretching back over four decades.

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Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber


Author • Essayist • Memoirist
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 • 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
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
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 Show Host • Journalist • Author
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