Featured Speakers

Jeremy McCarter

Jeremy McCarter


Storyteller • Cultural Historian • Bestselling Author

Jeremy McCarter is the coauthor (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution and In the Heights: Finding Home, which take us behind the scenes of the groundbreaking musicals. McCarter speaks on how dreamers and storytellers drive social change.

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Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Author • Cultural Commentator

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jackson is the author of Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, an essential addition to the national conversation about race and class, and the novel The Residue Years, a powerful reflection on poverty, addiction, and the redemptive power of reading and writing.

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Kiese Laymon


Bestselling Author • Social Critic • Essayist

Laymon is a Black southern writer and the author of Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Long Division. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. 

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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 her latest Rodham, which imagines what might have been if Hillary Rodham had never married Bill Clinton.

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Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean


Bestselling Author • Journalist • Essayist

One of America’s most distinctive voices, Orlean is the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin. Her newest, The Library Book, explores the history, power and future of these vital yet endangered institutions.

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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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Lily King

Lily King


Bestselling Author • Novelist

“Master psychological portraitist” (Publishers Weekly) Lily King is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Euphoria as well as novelsThe Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, and Father of the Rain. Her latest, the bestselling Writers & Lovers, captures a transitional moment in a young woman’s struggle to live a creative life.

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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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Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr


Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Novelist

Doerr is the author of the runaway bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set during WW II, which spent more than three and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list. His latest, the forthcoming Cloud Cuckoo Land, is “a marvel” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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New & Noteworthy

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Praise for Cloud Cuckoo Land

Doerr demonstrates a singular gift for bringing these complex, fully realized characters to empathetic life in this brilliantly imagined story.

Booklist, starred review

In the Heights: Finding Home

Praise for In the Heights: Finding Home

Stop us from breaking into song when we hear that Lin-Manuel Miranda has a new book. Everyone has downloaded the music. We are ready to read the story behind the story.

Blue Willow Books

Long Division

Praise for Long Division

Smart and funny and sharp… I loved it.

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner for Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Praise for Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

A devastating, revelatory book.

Washington Post

The Color of Success

Praise for The Color of Success

Historian Wu sets the record straight, offering the manner in which Asians worked to overcome prejudice from the 1890s through more recent events, including WWII, the communist revolution in China, and the Korean and Vietnamese wars.

Choice

Between Two Kingdoms

Praise for Between Two Kingdoms

This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude—and an intimate portrait of one woman’s sojourn in the wilderness between life and death.

Tara Westover, bestselling author of Educated

My Book of the Dead

Praise for My Book of the Dead

Ana Castillo’s latest work, My Book of the Dead, is a powerful testament to strength and resilience. Its historical references to the struggles our communities have endured and its addressing of political perils and climate crises are lessons needed for this time.

Nancy Mercado, author of It Concerns the Madness

Hour of the Witch

Praise for Hour of the Witch

Another surprise read from the fabulously protean, New York Times best-selling Bohjalian.

Library Journal

Rodham

Praise for Rodham

In this entertaining political fantasy… Sittenfeld movingly captures Hillary’s awareness of her transformation into a complicated public figure.

Publisher’s Weekly

The Book of Magic

Praise for The Book of Magic

Filled with secrets and splendor and light and dark, the novel works as well as a stand-alone as it does as a conclusion to a mesmerizing series. It casts a spell.

Matt Haig, New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library

Voices from the Pandemic

Praise for Voices from the Pandemic

Forthcoming

Climate Chaos

Praise for Climate Chaos

forthcoming