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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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz

Bestselling Author • Journalist • Documentary Filmmaker

Kotlowitz, bestselling author and Peabody Award-winning journalist, is recognized for his unflinching portrayals of race and poverty in America. His new book, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago profiles people and communities affected by gun violence. He is the author of There Are No Children Here and was a producer of the critically acclaimed documentary The Interrupters.

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Dr. Matthew Desmond

Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer

Princeton sociologist, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that has forever changed the way we look at poverty in America.

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Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

Sociologist • Social Justice Advocate

Drawn from 15 years of research Reuben Jonathan Miller’s Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration explores the criminal justice system’s lingering effects on formerly incarcerated people and their families.

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Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder

Journalist • Author • Domestic Violence Advocate

Steeped in over a decade of exhaustive reporting, Rachel Louise Snyder’s No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, reveals how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. She is at work on a memoir out in March 2023, Women We Buried, Women We Burned.

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Thomas W. Mitchell

Thomas W. Mitchell

Legislative Reformer • Property Law Scholar • Economic Justice Advocate

MacArthur “Genius Grant” Winner Mitchell is working to reform laws and develop policy solutions to address the mechanisms by which Black and other disadvantaged American families have been deprived of their land, homes, and real estate wealth. He helped author the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) of 2010, which has been enacted in 18 states and the US Virgin Islands.

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Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot

Bestselling Author • Journalist

Skloot’s extraordinary debut, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, spent more than seven years on the bestseller lists. More than 100 schools and communities have chosen The Immortal Life for their common read programs and the book has been translated into more than 25 languages and adapted for the screen by HBO and Oprah.

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Speakers by Subject

New & Noteworthy

Under the Skin

Praise for Under the Skin

This book is a gift, a map and a necessity, relevant for every reader who wants to understand their own time.

Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show

Mercury Pictures Presents

Praise for Mercury Pictures Presents

A genuinely moving and life-affirming novel that’s a true joy to read.

Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

Dickens and Prince

Praise for Dickens and Prince


The Lioness

Praise for The Lioness

[A] devastatingly cunning suspense novel.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Vigil Harbor

Praise for Vigil Harbor

Julia Glass gives us exactly what we need during these trans-apocalyptic times, a novel of heart and humanity set against the growing insanity. I ate it up.

Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends

A Long Way Gone

Praise for A Long Way Gone

Deeply moving, even uplifting…demands to be read.

People (Critic’s Choice, four stars)

By Hands Now Known

Praise for By Hands Now Known

A vital and restorative reckoning with the reprehensible devastation of lives, communities, justice, and memory.

Martha Minow, author of When Should Law Forgive?

Mad Honey

Praise for Mad Honey


Fencing with the King

Praise for Fencing with the King

Abu-Jaber spins a mesmerizing tale of displacement…this is a haunting look at the pull the past exerts on us.


On Animals

Praise for On Animals

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

Kirkus (starred review)

The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self

Praise for The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self

This radiant book will not only change your life, but perhaps even save it.

Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Big Magic

The New Legal Realism

Praise for The New Legal Realism

The internal logic of each volume is both sensible and exciting.

Preface to The New Legal Realism

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

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


Praise for Glory


Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, Look Both Ways