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Literary Speakers

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"

Jon Bergmann

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

Alice Walker

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

Nicholas Sparks
(1 rating)

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

Joyce Maynard

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

Mark Victor Hansen

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

Bob Woodward
(3 ratings)

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

Susan David
(1 rating)

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

Annette Gordon-Reed
(2 ratings)

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

Lois Lowry
(2 ratings)

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

James Patterson

NY Times Best-Selling Author & Reading Champion

Samantha Irby

Essayist and New York Times Best Selling Author

Stuart Dybek

Poet, Fiction Writer & Professor at Western Michigan University

Diane Guerrero
(8 ratings)

Immigration Reform Activist & Actress Known for "Orange is the New Black" & "Jane The Virgin"

Daniel Burrus
(10 ratings)

Technology Futurist, Business Strategist & Hall of Fame Speaker

Debbie Millman
(1 rating)

Writer, Educator, Artist, Brand Consultant & Host of the Podcast "Design Matters"

Dan Buettner

National Geographic Writer, Renowned Explorer & Author of "Blue Zones"