Featured Speakers

Joshua Prager

Joshua Prager

Author • Investigative Journalist

For more than twenty years, journalist Joshua Prager has unraveled historical secrets, shedding new light on our cultural touchstones. His newest book, The Family Roe, tells the story—for the first time in public—of the lives behind Roe v. Wade and the most divisive political issue of our time.

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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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Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Journalist • Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Eli Saslow reveals the human stories behind the most divisive issues of our time. His books include Rising Out of Hatred, which charts the rise of white nationalism in America through the experiences of one person who abandoned everything he was taught to believe.; and Voices from the Pandemic.

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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

Journalist • Author • Tech Industry Expert

For over three decades, WIRED columnist and New York Times contributor Thompson has covered the way technology shapes and is shaped by the world about us. His latest, Coders, details how shines a light on the world of computer programmers, arguably the most influential profession on the planet

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New & Noteworthy

On Animals

Praise for On Animals

Delightful…. Another winner featuring the author’s trademark blend of meticulous research and scintillating writing.

Kirkus (starred review)

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Praise for Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Family Roe

Praise for The Family Roe

[A] prodigiously researched, richly detailed, sensitively told account of McCorvey’s strange, and very American, odyssey.

The New Yorker

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Praise for Cloud Cuckoo Land

Ambitious and complex… [Doerr] weaves it all together beautifully.

The Washington Post

Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Praise for Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Stunning.… Hilarious [and] heartbreaking.… A fresh take on the experience of immigration and exile .

Kirus Reviews (starred review)

Voices from the Pandemic

Praise for Voices from the Pandemic

The breadth of Saslow’s reporting astonishes, as does the directness and vulnerability of his interview subjects. This powerful, unputdownable account should be required reading.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

South to America

Praise for South to America

It is given to few people to scale the peaks of the academy and of the public square, but Dr. Perry is one of those precious few. She’s the best of best right now.

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels


Praise for Evicted

An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.

The New York Times

A Previous Life

Praise for A Previous Life

Elegant, erudite, raunchy and fun, America’s great Man of Letters is working at the top of his form.

Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Praise for Sing, Unburied, Sing

Lyric and devastating, Ward’s unforgettable characters straddle past and present in this spellbinding return to the rural Mississippi of her first book. You’ll never read anything like it.

Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Wish You Were Here

Praise for Wish You Were Here

Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light.

Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising

Five Tuesdays in Winter

Praise for Five Tuesdays in Winter

Five Tuesdays in Winter moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up ever chamber of my heart.

Ann Patchett, bestselling author of The Dutch House

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

Preaching on Wax

Praise for Preaching on Wax

Martin has crafted a tight, well-conceived narrative… a pleasure to read.

Journal of American History