Featured Speakers

Linda Villarosa

Linda Villarosa

Public Health Reporter • Journalist

Linda Villarosa, a contributing journalist for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America by revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and public health.

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Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Educator • Author • Physician

Over his decade-long career as a practicing physician, Dr. Ricardo Nuila’s first-hand experiences have fueled his writing on health disparities, healthcare policy, and the interface between art and medicine. His stunning debut, The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine, details the stories of five Houstonians unable to access healthcare in his hometown of Houston, […]

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Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell

Author • Energy & Environment Expert • Investigative Journalist

A contributing writer for Rolling Stone, Goodell has dedicated decades to reporting on climate change and humanity’s fraught relationship with our rapidly changing planet. His books include The Water Will Come, Big Coal, How to Cool the Planet, and his latest The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet.

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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land

Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Economic Justice Advocate

Both Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive and the hit Netflix series adaptation of the same name, recount her story as a single mom navigating the physical, economic, and social brutalities that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience. In her second memoir Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education, she picks up where Maid left off, facing the new challenges of being a poor college student and single parent.

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Poverty Abolitionist • Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author

MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and sociologist, Desmond has forever changed the way we look at housing and poverty in America with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and his Princeton University-based Eviction Lab. His latest Poverty, by America, is a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty.

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Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author

Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains, is a common read favorite, especially in global health, ethics, and public service programs. In his newest, Rough Sleepers, he introduces readers to Dr. Jim O’Connell who works with patients living on the streets of Boston.

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Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Journalist

Andrea Elliott is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who has documented the lives of poor Americans, Muslim immigrants and other people on the margins of power. She is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and the author of Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City, which won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

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New & Noteworthy

American Mother

Praise for American Mother

Artfully structured and delivered with propulsive intensity and heart.

Pico Iyer, author of The Art of Stillness

The Princess of Las Vegas

Praise for The Princess of Las Vegas

A wonderful book….I absolutely could not put it down.

Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Bird by Bird

Memory Piece: A Novel

Praise for Memory Piece: A Novel

Dazzlingly inventive and knowing, Memory Piece is a bold and affecting novel about resistance, solidarity, and friendship.

Dana Spiotta, National Book Award finalist and author of Eat the Document

The Morningside

Praise for The Morningside

A multifaceted gift of a novel that only Téa Obreht could conjure onto paper.

Karen Russell, author of Orange World and Other Stories

An American Dreamer

Praise for An American Dreamer

Brilliantly reported and staggeringly important, An American Dreamer delivers a gripping story that is as illuminating and poignant as it is a punch in the gut.

Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick

Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

Praise for Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

Captivating….Eye-opening and heartrending, [CLASS] will provide succor for readers who’ve faced similar hardships and essential education for anyone who hasn’t. It’s another stirring personal history from one of the foremost chroniclers of 21st-century economic anxiety.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Let Us Descend

Praise for Let Us Descend

Annis’s story, told in Ward’s musical prose, is nothing short of epic, magical, and intensely moving.


Remember Us

Praise for Remember Us

[Woodson’s] ability to evoke time and place is masterful; every word feels perfectly chosen… An exquisitely wrought story of self and community.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Brooklyn Crime Novel

Praise for Brooklyn Crime Novel

[T]he momentum in the book, a social mystery hurtling toward its personal, silent solutions, never flags…I’ve read it twice and I’ll read it again.

Greil Marcus, award-winning author and critic

The Unsettled

Praise for The Unsettled

Expansive and explosive, this beauty of a novel showcases Ayana Mathis’s grace on the page, as writer, as storyteller. A book to be read and re-read.

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award-winning author of Let Us Descend

An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children

Praise for An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children

Forthcoming 2024

Cue the Sun!

Praise for Cue the Sun!


 Fly The Big Book of Basketball Fashion

Praise for Fly The Big Book of Basketball Fashion

In Fly, Jackson does more than compile a basketball/fashion lookbook, and it’s more than a timeline and a history. To me, what he explores is the evergreen push to remind people that the talented are more than their talents. That there’s a burning creativity and a relentless desire to express onself, not as a highlight but as a human.

Jason Reynolds