Meet Our Speakers At AWP 2016


The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is proud to be a Literary Partner of the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles. We will be showcasing some of today’s brightest literary voices at our booth and hosting a very special event: Our speakers Kelly Link, Emily St. John Mandel, and Ruth Ozeki will be joining L.A. Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg to read and discuss their craft. Join us on Friday, April 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Concourse Hall of the L.A. Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One.

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Kelly Link

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, writer of celebrated short stories and The Book of Love

Kelly Link is an indie publisher and short story writer who has been hailed as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction.” Her recent collection Get in Trouble is her first for adult readers in a decade.

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Emily St. John Mandel

Author of 2014 National Book Award finalist Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Station Eleven and a National Book Award Finalist. She is a poised and thoughtful speaker who gracefully draws readers into her lectures on the craft of writing and her bestselling novel.

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Ruth Ozeki

Filmmaker, novelist, and Zen Buddhist priest

Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker, novelist, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her novels have been published internationally, and her most recent work, A Tale for the Time Being, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Whether discussing the meat industry, agribusiness, or Zen Buddhism, Ozeki’s lectures are always thoughtful, sometimes philosophical, but never without her trademark wit.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) works to foster literary achievement and advance the art of writing as essential to a good education. The association provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers.

We hope to see you at the conference and please contact us for further information on booking one of our literary speakers for your next event.