College & University

Our talented speakers are skilled at connecting with young audiences, and schools often select them for freshmen-year experience programs, convocations, and distinguished speaker series. They are inspiring lecturers who strive to relate to today’s youth and student groups.

MK Asante

Bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor

Amy Bloom

National Book Award finalist and critically acclaimed bestselling author of Away, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, and Lucky Us

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Author of the bestselling memoir She's Not There and celebrated LGBT activist

Sam Bracken

Inspirational speaker and guide to initiating positive life changes

Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist and author of All Over But the Shoutin',Ava's Man, and The Price of Frogtown

Pierce Brown

Author of New York Times bestseller Red Rising

Peter Buffett

Emmy Award-winning musician, author, and philanthropist

Peter Carey

Two-time Booker Prize winner, National Book Award finalist, and celebrated novelist. Author of The Chemistry of Tears

Dan Chaon

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

Edwidge Danticat

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

Charles Duhigg

Award-winning journalist and media commentator

Lori Duron

Author of Raising My Rainbow, devoted LGBTQ advocate

Jennifer Egan

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

Joseph J. Ellis

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and presidential historian. Author of Founding Brothers and Revolutionary Summer, among others.

Nathan Englander

Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in fiction and author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and The Ministry of Special Cases

Dr. Sheri Fink

Pulitzer Prize-winning medical journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial, M.D. and PhD from Stanford

Jamie Ford

New York Times bestselling author and book club favorite

Michael Greenberg

Bestselling author and FYE favorite

Amy Greene

Spellbinding storyteller and breakout novelist. Author of Bloodroot and Long Man.

Peter Heller

Award-winning adventure writer and best-selling author of The Dog Stars

Edward Hirsch

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet

Nancy Horan

New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky, current TODAY Book Club pick

Kristen Iversen

Award-winning author and MFA program director at University of Memphis

George Johnson

Award-winning science journalist, author of The Cancer Chronicles

Carlotta Walls LaNier

Youngest of the Little Rock Nine, civil rights advocate

William Landay

Bestselling author of Defending Jacob, former district attorney

Fredrik Logevall

Pulitzer Prize winning author of Embers of War and Vietnam War historian

Jayson Lusk

Food and agricultural economist, author of The Food Police

Yann Martel

Winner of the Man Booker Prize-Winning Life of Pi and New York Times bestseller Beatrice and Virgil

Ayana Mathis

Bestselling author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, an Oprah book club selection

Carine McCandless

Sister of Into the Wild icon Chris McCandless. Consultant and contributor for Jon Krakauer's internationally bestselling book and Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film

Colum McCann

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

Christopher McDougall

Author of Born to Run, journalist and innovator of the Barefoot-Running Movement

Paula McLain

Novelist, poet and book club favorite

Claire Messud

Journalist, teacher and author of The Woman Upstairs

Sue Miller

Bestselling novelist, library favorite, author of The Arsonist

Erin Morgenstern

Author of The Night Circus, community-read and book-club favorite.

Thomas Mullen

Winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize and celebrated historical novelist

Josh Neufeld

Award-winning comics journalist and author of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Joseph O’Neill

Author of the PEN/Faulkner award-winning novel Netherland

Téa Obreht

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

Julie Otsuka

Author of National Book Award finalist, The Buddha in the Attic

John Prendergast

Human rights activist and co-founder of the anti-genocide group, The Enough Project

Karen Russell

Author of the acclaimed bestseller Swamplandia!

Richard Russo

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Empire Falls and his memoir Elsewhere

Domenica Ruta

Author of the New York Times bestselling coming-of-age memoir, With or Without You

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Award-winning author and memoirist

Jeff Shaara

New York Times bestselling author of historical and military fiction

Gary Shteyngart

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

Neil Shubin

Evolutionary biologist and discoverer of the "Missing Link." Author of Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within.

Curtis Sittenfeld

New York Times bestselling author

Jim Sterba

Award-winning journalist for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, author of Nature Wars

Darin Strauss

Bestselling novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller, Wild and "Dear Sugar" columnist

Elizabeth Strout

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteridge

J. Courtney Sullivan

Journalist and author of Commencement,Maine, and The Engagements.

Gay Talese

Ground-breaking journalist and renowned writer

Shankar Vedantam

Prize-winning writer on the link between science and human behavior

Dr. James D. Watson

Nobel Prize-Winning scientist who Discovered, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, the structure of DNA

Isabel Wilkerson

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

Lawrence Wright

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, and Going Clear, screenwriter and New Yorker journalist

Carl Zimmer

New York Times columnist and science author

Markus Zusak

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Book Thief, a book club favorite and beloved novel embraced by readers of all ages