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Literary Speakers

Inspiring Literary Speakers, Authors & Poets

These bestselling authors, famous screenwriters, and popular bloggers are paving the way for creative thinking, innovation, and think-outside-the-box business savvy. In a fast-paced world, these literary speakers and business authors are popular thought leaders who make their audiences stop to admire, to think, or simply to be entertained. This category includes novelists, poets, and writers with wide varieties of expertise, including philosophy, literature, culture, diversity and gender studies, and activism. Whether they're bestselling authors or leading figures in the art and film industries, there is a creative keynote speaker or performer for every event.

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Kwame Alexander
(1 rating)

Poet, Educator, Publisher & New York Times Bestselling Author Known for "The Crossover"

Kate White

Former Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine; New York Times Best-Selling Author

Rainbow Rowell

Author Known for "Landline," "Attachments," "Fangirl," "Eleanor & Park" & "Carry On"

Lois Lowry
(3 ratings)

Newbery Medal-Winning Author of "Number the Stars" and "The Giver"

Joyce Maynard

Former New York Times Reporter & Columnist; Best-Selling Author of "At Home in the World" & "Labor Day"

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award-Winning Author; Best Known for "The Color Purple"

Susan David
(1 rating)

CEO of Evidence Based Psychology & Author of "Emotional Agility"

Jon Bergmann

Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement & Bestselling Author of "Flip Your Classroom"; Member of the TED-Education Advisory Board

Nicholas Sparks
(1 rating)

International Bestselling Novelist & Screenwriter, Known for "The Notebook"

Mark Victor Hansen

Founder & Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series, Mega-Entrepreneur, Business Speaker & Devoted Philanthropist

Bob Woodward
(4 ratings)

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Associate Editor at The Washington Post

Annette Gordon-Reed
(2 ratings)

Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Iyanla Vanzant
(1 rating)

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Spiritual Life Coach & Host of "Iyanla Fix My Life"

Marshall Goldsmith
(1 rating)

Executive Educator & Coach; Best-Selling Author of "What Got You Here Won’t Get You There"

Peter Diamandis
(2 ratings)

Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation; Author; Named One of The World's 50 Greatest Leaders

Samantha Irby

Essayist and New York Times Best Selling Author

Patricia Polacco

Award-Winning Children's Author & Illustrator; Dyslexia & Learning Disabilities Advocate

Janine di Giovanni

Author, Award-Winning Foreign & War Correspondent; President of the Jury of the Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War; Current Middle East Editor at Newsweek

Stuart Dybek

Poet, Fiction Writer & Professor at Western Michigan University

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