Library + Community Reads Speakers

Our award-winning author speakers are favorites for libraries and community reads. Their compelling stories entertain audiences and ignite conversations that continue long after their events end.

Paula McLain

New York Times-bestselling author of The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun, and Love and Ruin.

Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award-nominated author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad

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Omar El Akkad

Award-winning journalist and author of the debut novel American War

Will Allen

Founder of Growing Power, MacArthur 'Genius' Award winner, and author of The Good Food Revolution

Brit Bennett

Debut novelist of New York Times-bestselling The Mothers, National Book Foundation 2016 5 Under 35 Honoree

Francisco Cantú

Former US Border Patrol Agent and author of The Line Becomes a River

Casey Cep

Author of Furious Hours and New Yorker Contributor

Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton

Lee Child

New York Times-bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

Jennifer Egan

Author of Manhattan Beach and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad

Nathan Englander

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

Danielle Evans

Author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

Gillian Flynn

Award-winning author of the #1 bestselling novel Gone Girl

Jamie Ford

New York Times-bestselling author and book club favorite

Karen Joy Fowler

Award-winning and bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Diana Gabaldon

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Outlander series

Lisa Gardner

#1 New York Times-bestselling crime thriller novelist

Adam Gidwitz

New York Times-bestselling author of the Grimm books and The Inquisitor's Tale

Paul Greenberg

James Beard Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood

Amy Greene

Spellbinding storyteller and breakout novelist, author of Bloodroot and Long Man

Lauren Groff

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

Yaa Gyasi

Debut novelist of Homegoing and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

Mohsin Hamid

Bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West

Charlaine Harris

New York Times-bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood

Doc Hendley

Founder and president of Wine to Water, CNN Hero, and author of Wine to Water

Craig Johnson

New York Times-bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series

Julie Klam

New York Times-bestselling author of Friendkeeping and You Had Me at Woof

Phil Klay

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author of Redeployment, winner of 2014 National Book Award for Fiction

Mark Kurlansky

New York Times bestselling-author of Cod, Salt, and The Food of a Younger Land

Jean Kwok

Award-winning author of Girl in Translation

Chang-rae Lee

New York Times-bestselling author of The Surrendered and Native Speaker

Ariel Levy

Author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir The Rules Do Not Apply

Kelly Link

Celebrated short story writer of Get in Trouble

Steve Lopez

Author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

Dinaw Mengestu

Named one of The New Yorker '20 Under 40' writers to watch and author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air

Delia Owens

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing and wildlife scientist

Chris Pavone

New York Times-bestselling and award-winning thriller author

Matt de la Peña

New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults

Richard Russo

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls and Everybody's Fool

Will Schwalbe

New York Times-bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club

Dani Shapiro

Bestselling author of Hourglass and Inheritance, host of the Family Secrets podcast.

Helen Simonson

International bestseller and community reads programs favorite

Nic Stone

New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

J. Ryan Stradal

New York Times-bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and "Dear Sugar" columnist

Mark Sundeen

Award-winning author of The Man Who Quit Money and The Unsettlers

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns

John Wood

Founder and board co-chairman of Room to Read and author of Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

Markus Zusak

#1 New York Times- bestselling author of The Book Thief