Meet Our Speakers at AWP 2018


The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is proud to be a Literary Partner of the 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa, Florida. 

In addition to showcasing some of today’s brightest literary voices at our booth, we’ll be hosting a very special event: our speakers Nathan Englander and Lauren Groff will be joining Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft to read and discuss their craft. Join us on Friday, March 9th, from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor for this exciting and engaging event.

During the conference, stop by booth #1008  in the bookfair to find out more about the Speakers Bureau and how you can book one of our literary speakers for your next event. We hope to see you there!

In addition to those on our panel, we encourage you to see some of our other luminous speakers at readings and events throughout the conference.

Our Featured Panel

 Nathan Englander and Lauren Groff: A Reading and Conversation
3:00pm – 4:15pm, Friday, March 9th
Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Learn more on the AWP website.

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Nathan Englander

Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in fiction and author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth and kaddish.com

Set in the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Nathan Englander’s Dinner at the Center of the Earth was dubbed “a work of psychological precision and moral force” by Colson Whitehead. In addition to his novels, Englander has published two story collections: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, a PEN/Malamud Award winner, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Lauren Groff

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of Fates and Furies and Matrix

Lauren Groff is the award-winning author of the celebrated story collection Delicate Edible Birds and three novels: The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Groff is a captivating and thoughtful speaker who loves connecting with audiences when discussing her bestselling works. Her anticipated short story collection, Florida, will be published in June 2018.

Our Speakers at AWP 2018

Half a Life

Half a Life - Darin Strauss

Thu 3/8, 3:00pm – 4:15pm: Unnatural Deaths

Get in Trouble

Get in Trouble - Kelly Link

Thu 3/8, 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Stranger and Truthier Than Truth: Fiction in the Age of Trump

Fri 3/9, 11:00am – 11:30am: Book signing

Sat 3/10, 1:30pm – 2:45pm: Monster Cultures

Crazy Like a Fox

Crazy Like a Fox - Rita Mae Brown

Thu 3/8, 4:30pm – 5:45pm:  A Reading and Conversation with Rita Mae Brown, Cherríe Moraga, and Chloe Schwenke, Sponsored by Red Hen Press

Fri 3/9, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Book signing