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. Novelists, poets, and non-fiction writers, including a variety of professionals in fields such as philosophy, literature and culture, or leading figures in the art and film industries, there is a creative keynote speaker for every event.

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Kwame Alexander
(1 rating)

NY Times Bestselling and Newbery Award-Winning Author, Poet, Educator, Best Known for Novels "Booked" and "The Crossover"

Joyce Maynard

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

Rainbow Rowell

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

Faith Jegede Cole

Writer, Researcher & Blogger; Autism Sister/Advocate

Jon Bergmann

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

Kate White

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

Alice Walker

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

Samantha Irby

Essayist and New York Times Best Selling Author

Nicholas Sparks
(1 rating)

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

Stuart Dybek

Poet, Fiction Writer & Professor at Western Michigan University

Mark Victor Hansen

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

Annette Gordon-Reed
(1 rating)

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

Luvvie Ajayi
(6 ratings)

NYT Bestselling Author of "I'm Judging You"; Blogger; Digital & Branding Strategist

Susan David
(1 rating)

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

Lesley Hazleton

Author of "The First Muslim," a New Look at the Life of Muhammad

Diane Guerrero
(7 ratings)

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

Amanda Lindhout

Executive Director of The Global Enrichment Foundation; Captivity Survivor, Inspirational Speaker & Author of "A House in the Sky"

James Patterson

NY Times Best-Selling Author & Reading Champion

Bob Woodward
(3 ratings)

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post