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APB is pleased to offer you one of the most comprehensive rosters of renowned literature speakers that include best-selling authors, historians, poets, essayists, academic experts on literary criticism, and spoken word artists. These literature speakers offer illuminating commentary on a broad array of subjects and are perfect for any conference or commencement ceremony.

These high profile and award-winning literary icons of our time will share with you the finest, intellectually stimulating, thought-provoking, and entertaining presentations that always leave a lasting impression with audiences.

Literature

Best-Selling Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The...

World's Foremost Expert on 'Downton Abbey’

Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Fellowes is perhaps best known for her work as author of the #1 best-selling The World of Downton Abbey—which features new insights into the stories and characters, social...

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

Best-selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Host of Exactly

A gifted storyteller and talented interviewer, Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences
with the themes of her three New York Times best-selling memoirs about family.

Award-Winning Author

The best-selling author of Super Sad True Love Story, speaker Gary Shteyngart offers insights into the absurdity of life, balancing humor with tragedy.

Best-Selling Author

Author of the incendiary New York Times best-selling memoir All Souls and the companion bestseller Easter Rising, MacDonald shares his remarkable story of survival and redemption while examining the tangled relationship...

Best-Selling Author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times best-selling author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, which brings justice to the legacy of Zelda, F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife.

Best-Selling Author

Terry McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Terry published her debut novel, Mama, in 1987. During her...

Best-Selling Author & "Human Guinea Pig"

Renowned as "the human guinea pig," A.J. Jacobs has outsourced his life to India, read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world, lived modern life as the ultimate biblical man, and followed every...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

The author of such bestsellers as March, Year of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire, Geraldine Brooks crafts fascinating, meticulously researched fiction and non-fiction.

Best-Selling Author of the Rizzoli & Isles Series

Internationally best-selling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen went on to attend medical school and become a physician. While on maternity leave, she began to write...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Journalist

Sonia Nazario, a former projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her...

Award-Winning Author

Hailed as “one of the most insightful writers of our time,” Gish Jen balances analysis with storytelling. She brings brilliance, wit and warmth to pressing questions of culture, identity, and globalization.

Best-Selling Novelist / Educator

Known for his best-selling She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, and for having twice earned a spot in Oprah’s Book Club, Lamb has since been popular with readers nationwide. From his intense The Hour I First Believed...

Founder of McSweeney's / Author

Dave Eggers is the author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000); the novel You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002); the story collection How We Are Hungry (2004); and the novel What is the What (...

Co-CEO, Archie Comic Publications

Nancy Silberkleit is co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, one of the most successful, longest-running brands in the history of the comic industry. Her vision is that the comic book, as a graphic novel, is a valuable tool for developing literacy...

Author, Humorist & Public School Advocate

Award-winning writer, New York Times notable author, academic and host of the syndicated radio show "The Loh Down on Science," which reaches over 4 million people each week, Sandra Tsing Loh is the author of the best-selling new book ...

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

Foreign Correspondent & Author

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, he writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East. He is the...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

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