Author Profile

Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton

Book club favorite and New York Times and USA Today bestseller Meg Waite Clayton is the author of five novels, including The Race for Paris, and The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (now the PEN/Bellwether). She’s written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Runner's World and public radio, often on the subject of the particular challenges women face. 

In Meg's new novel, The Race for Paris, two American correspondents, denied access to press camps and the front, join forces with a British military photographer and race toward Paris, hoping to report its liberation and make history. The novel, which was 15 years in the making, was inspired by real women journalists who defied military regulations and gender barriers to report WWII.

"Meg is a fabulous platform speaker! She has spoken for both my library and at a fundraiser for a charity who serves women and children in our county. She spoke about the history of women's rights to give us the context for her NYT's bestseller, The Wednesday Sister. She held around 200 participants spellbound for her talk for over 20 minutes, and then again as she answered the audience's questions for another 20. Trust me, this is a hard group to hold in the palm of your hand--but Meg did it with pep, poise, and personality."
-- Marsha Toy Engstrom, Vice President, Friends of Woodland Public Library

"Meg is an engaging and captivating speaker, who delighted the crowd at an authors@google event. She shares insight into her research and writing process that adds to her already great books."
-- Alan Moss, Vice President, Americas Online Sales, Google

"Meg was the featured speaker for a women's business development gathering for my law firm's Los Angeles office. It was such a success that we set up similar gatherings in New York, Chicago, and Silicon Valley, too. She was a witty and urbane public speaker. her humor and warmth, combined with her fascinating stories about her own creative path from lawyer to novelist, resulted in highly successful evenings with our clients. Meg also spoke at two smaller gatherings of women who thoroughly enjoyed her last few books and have asked if she can be a featured guest in the future."
-- Ursula Hyman, Latham & Watkins

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Reviews of The Race for Paris

Ambitous, riveting...Deftly weaving fact and fiction, Clayton captures the texture and cadence of daily life in a world that is anything but ordinary.
-- Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

I devoured The Race for Paris...Those who enjoyed The Nightingale will want to give this one a look for another perspective on women during the war!
-- Carol Fitzgerald, Bookreporter

Videos featuring Meg Waite Clayton

First Person Interview: Meg Waite Clayton