Featured Speakers

Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Travel Writer

Bestselling author, Iyer explores our inner and outer worlds in books, essays, and four recent TED Talks, which together have been viewed nearly eleven million times. His recent bestseller, The Art of Stillness, was one of the first TED Originals to be published. His latest books are twinned works about his longtime adopted home: Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastor • Bestselling Author • Memoirist

Noted for her inclusive and accepting message, the progressive Lutheran minister, bestselling author and inspirational speaker has a new book Shameless, which tackles our complicated relationship to sexuality and pleasure, and challenges us to reclaim it from guilt and shame.

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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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Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett

Public Radio & Podcast Host • Bestselling Author • Social Entrepreneur

Journalist, National Humanities Medalist and bestselling author Krista Tippett is the creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning ‘On Being’ radio show, heard on public radio stations across the US, Tippett’s work takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, how do we want to live, and who will we be to each other?

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Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad

Bestselling Author • Memoirist • Emmy Award-Winner

“When I found myself in my own aftermath of a life interruption, I was intent on moving on. I wanted to leave all that behind me. I wanted to seize this new opportunity of living that I’d been granted. But I very quickly realized that you don’t get to move on from your most difficult […]

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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

Preaching on Wax

Praise for Preaching on Wax

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

Journal of American History

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

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

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.


My Book of the Dead

Praise for My Book of the Dead

[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

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


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

Climate Chaos

Praise for Climate Chaos


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

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