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Lavin’s literary speakers—legends and next-wave authors alike—can conjure entire worlds with just language and imagination. But for all their skill on the page, each, importantly, is also an enlivening public speaker.

 

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Sir Salman Rushdie

One of the Most Celebrated Writers of Our Time

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Q...

Margaret Atwood

Booker Prize-Winning Author of over fifty books, including the “The Handmaid's Tale,” recently adapted into an acclaimed new TV series

Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan, but “current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation,” says The New Yorker. With her 1985 dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on t...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most rece...

Isabel Allende

Author of The House of the Spirits and The Sum of Our Days

A literary legend, a social activist, and a feminist icon, Isabel Allende—now in the fourth decade of a career like no other—has sold over 50 million books in over 30 languages. The massive audiences ...

Teju Cole

Award-Winning Author of Open City, Photography Critic for NYT Magazine

Teju Cole was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two works of fiction: Every Day Is for the Thief, which was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times; and Open Cit...

Chuck Klosterman

Author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

One of the most exciting cultural critics of our generation, Chuck Klosterman captures what it feels like to navigate our pop-obsessed, media-saturated culture right now. He shows us why “pop” is a co...

Angie Thomas

Author of the Black Lives Matter-Inspired YA Novel The Hate U Give, an Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Angie Thomas is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give: widely known as the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel. Called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel tha...

Patti Smith

Punk Rock Legend and Author of Just Kids, winner of The National Book Award

Named one of the most influential people in the world in TIME Magazine’s TIME 100, Patti Smith is a poet, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine artist. A seminal American artist, Smith has produc...

Sloane Crosley

Bestselling Author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and The Clasp

Sloane Crosley is a witty, urbane, and madcap voice in American letters. A glittering amalgam of Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris, Crosley writes in a sharp and elegant style that is entirely her own....

Sheila Heti

Author of How Should a Person Be?

Sheila Heti is an acclaimed author of five books. Her latest work, How Should a Person Be?—a “novel from life” about friendship, art, and much else—has struck a chord with a young generation of women ...

James Patterson

One of the Best-selling Authors in the World Today

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can't Miss,” and he is ...

Alan Lightman

Theoretical Physicist and Novelist

Both a theoretical physicist and a novelist, Alan Lightman bridges the gap between the worlds of art, the humanities, and science, and is an internationally recognized thinker on the meaning of scienc...

Lev Grossman

#1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Magicians Trilogy and Former Time Book Critic

Lev Grossman is “one of this country’s smartest and most reliable critics,” says The New York Times, but—and this is rare—he’s also a popular novelist. His #1 bestselling Magicians trilogy has transfo...

Colum McCann

Author of Let The Great World Spin

When Colum McCann released Let the Great World Spin in 2009, it entered the pantheon of Great American Novels almost instantly. By the end of the year, it won the National Book Award and was named Ama...

David Eagleman

One of the world's foremost neuroscientists, and host of The Brain on PBS this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author is energizing, edifying, and ab...

Kate Bolick

Author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

Kate Bolick’s blockbuster Atlantic cover story, “All the Single Ladies,” drew over a million readers and inspired a heated debate on modern notions of romance, family, career, and success. Now, she pr...

Brad Meltzer

New York Times Bestselling Author and Host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded

What will inspire and dazzle audiences is Brad Meltzer’s personal story: from the loss of his father’s job to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list, it’s filled with perseverance, focus, a...