Featured Speakers

Lisa Ko

Novelist • Author • Essayist

Ko’s debut novel, The Leavers, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. As the daughter of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines, Ko offers “a fresh and moving look at the immigrant experience in America” (Publishers Weekly). Her latest is the novel Memory Piece.

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Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht

Bestselling Author • Novelist

Téa Oberht’s acclaimed debut, The Tiger’s Wife, was a National Book Award finalist; and her second novel, Inland, was listed on President Obama’s 2019 summer reading list.

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Lisa See

Lisa See

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Memoirist

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Dreams of Joy, and The Island of Sea Women, See brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the indissoluble bonds between women. Her latest novel, Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, is inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China.

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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. She will have a new novel out in April 2023, Romantic Comedy.

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Nancy Horan

Nancy Horan

Bestselling Author • Novelist

With impeccable research and rich detail, Nancy Horan’s novels—Loving Frank, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, and her latest The House of Lincoln—use fact and fiction to illuminate the complicated relationships between great artists and the women who inspired them.

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Ayana Mathis

Bestselling Author • Novelist • Essayist

Mathis’s stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR. Mathis is the first Black woman to be a permanent faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is also the author of The Unsettled, a searing multi-generational novel set in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia about a mother fighting for her sanity and survival.

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New & Noteworthy

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

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

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

Fire Weather: On the Frontlines of a Burning World

Praise for Fire Weather: On the Frontlines of a Burning World

All-too-timely…. This book is both a real-life thriller and a moment-by-moment account of what happened—and why, as the climate changes and humans don’t, it will continue to happen again and again.

The New York Times

Cue the Sun!

Praise for Cue the Sun!


By Any Other Name

Praise for By Any Other Name


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Praise for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to call a travel agent and book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.

Glenna Whitley, The New York Times

 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

The King Years

Praise for The King Years

Compelling portraits placed in the excitement of a period when oppressed and powerless people moving together changed themselves and their country profoundly and permanently.

The New York Times