Literary Fiction Speakers

Our thought-provoking literary fiction author speakers are masters of craft, innovation, and storytelling. They connect with audiences to provide an intimate glimpse into their writing process and inspiration.

Jennifer Egan

Critically acclaimed novelist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad

Lauren Groff

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

Celeste Ng

Author of the New York Times bestseller Everything I Never Told You

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

Brit Bennett

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

Geraldine Brooks

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestselling People of the Book

Peter Carey

Two-time Booker Prize winner, National Book Award finalist, and celebrated author of Amnesia

Dan Chaon

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of literary novels and short story collections

Ron Currie, Jr.

Author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, Everything Matters! and God is Dead

Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light

Junot Díaz

Author of New York Times bestsellers The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her; winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

James Ellroy

L.A. noir crime writer and social commentator. and author of L.A. Confidential

Nathan Englander

Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in fiction and author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Danielle Evans

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

Karen Joy Fowler

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

Lisa Gardner

#1 New York Times-bestselling crime thriller novelist

Amy Greene

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

Mohsin Hamid

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

Ha Jin

National Book Award-winning novelist, international bestseller, and two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Phil Klay

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

Jean Kwok

Award-winning author of Girl in Translation

Chang-rae Lee

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

Kelly Link

Celebrated short story writer of Get in Trouble

Aaron Mahnke

Creator, writer, and producer of the hit podcast Lore

Yann Martel

Author of the Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi and New York Times bestseller Beatrice and Virgil

Eimear McBride

Author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Colum McCann

Author of the National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin

Jay McInerney

Bestselling author of the Gen X classic Bright Lights, Big City and a passionate oenophile

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

Stewart O’Nan

Bestselling novelist of Last Night at the Lobster, The Odds, and Emily, Alone

Téa Obreht

National Book Award finalist, Orange Prize winner, and author of The Tiger's Wife

Delia Owens

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

Ruth Ozeki

Filmmaker, novelist, and Zen Buddhist priest

Richard Russo

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

Gary Shteyngart

New York Times-bestselling author of Little Failure, Super Sad True Love Story, and Absurdistan

Cheryl Strayed

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

Hannah Tinti

Bestselling author of The Good Thief, and founder and editor of One Story magazine

Hanya Yanagihara

National Book Award finalist, Man Booker Prize finalist, and author of A Little Life

Markus Zusak

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