September's Recommended Authors & Books

Garth  Stein
Garth Stein
Nnedi  Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor
Tochi  Onyebuchi
Tochi Onyebuchi
A talented writer does not necessarily equate to a talented speaker. The authors you see featured on BooksInCommon.org are ones you can count on to be engaging and articulate speakers, as well as top-notch writers. Of course, we can help you secure ANY author you might be interested in hosting. We’ll let you know if an author is particularly funny, or charming, or hip, or passionate, or all of the above. We’ll help you find all the qualities you’re looking for in your next Community Reads pick. We combine first-hand experience with direct feedback from others who have engaged these authors in the past for their own events, to make sure you get just what you’re looking for.

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premier authors


Daniel Bergner

TC Boyle

Marina Budhos

Robert Olen Butler

Nidhi Chanani

Vinh Chung

Chris Cleave

Karen Dionne

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Dave Eggers

Patricia Engel

Diana Gabaldon

Robert Goolrick

Sara Gruen

Martha Hall Kelly

Thor Hanson

Deborah Harkness

Michael Hingson

Arlie Russell Hochschild

Nalo Hopkinson

Adam Johnson

Zeyn Joukhada

Steve Lopez

Gregory Maguire

Sy Montgomery

Ben Okri

Sister Helen Prejean

Forrest Pritchard

Kim Michele Richardson

Stacy Schiff

Shanthi Sekaran

Daniel Silva

Karin Slaughter

Jane Smiley

Claude Steele

Gregory Stone

John Temple

Kelsey Timmerman

Alice Waters

Andy Weir

Jonathan White

Hillary Whittington



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