New Speaker Catalog: Book(Talk)

How often have you read a great book and simply wanted to pick its author’s brain? Now you can. APB is proud to present its newly updated Book(Talk) catalog featuring the most outstanding literary talent of the day to help you bring your favorite writers to your next literary convention, on-campus presentation, or public lecture series.

Featuring novelists, historians, poets, and commentators, Book(Talk) speakers offer illuminating discussions of their written materials, ranging from the immigrant experience to family dynamics to violence and addiction.

The following are a few of these renowned literary speakers:

In his acclaimed memoir, The Other Wes Moore, speaker Wes Moore shares the true stories of two men with the same name and similar upbringings but starkly different fates. Imparting the importance of personal and social responsibility in shaping one’s future, he probes the questions and consequences of choices in life. In addition to being a literary speaker, Moore is an Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, youth advocate, and business leader who draws on his various experiences to help people and organizations become better leaders. Learn more about speaker Wes Moore.

Although a rich literary legacy dotted his family tree, speaker Andre Dubus III long chose to ignore writing, instead turning to competitive boxing as an outlet for his rough and sometimes violent upbringing. That all changed one day when he felt the strong, inexplicable urge to write. From there, he abandoned his path of violence and chose to dedicate himself to the arts. A celebrated literary speaker ever since the publication of The House of Sand and Fog, which was adapted into a feature film, Dubus is also the author of Townie: A Memoir. Learn more about speaker Andre Dubus III.

Speaker Jessica Fellowes is the #1 best-selling author of The World of Downton Abbey – which features new insights into the story and characters, social historical context, sketches, on-set photos, and research from the production team – and its follow-up, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey – an evocative combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama. As a literary speaker, Fellowes draws on the social history of the time and focuses on the characters, sets, and production of the beloved series itself. Learn more about speaker Jessica Fellowes.

Speaker Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist who has risked his life chronicling issues facing the developing world. Along with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, he wrote Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which addresses worldwide mistreatment, marginalization, and brutality toward women. As a literary speaker, he delivers powerful keynotes to offer his audiences actionable takeaways so that they may feel empowered to help. Learn more about speaker Nicholas Kristof.

Speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of All Souls, a memoir about growing up poor in South Boston, and Easter Rising, the account of how he escaped it all. In his books, he explores the tangled relationship of race, class, and poverty, as well as the horrors that accompany it – including drug abuse, suicide, and violence. A literary speaker and community activist, MacDonald works with disadvantaged youth, service providers, and therapists to help young people find their voice and overcome violence. Learn more about speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald.

An internationally best-selling author, speaker Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to her writing career: while on maternity leave as a doctor, she began to write fiction. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective “Jane Rizzoli” and medical examiner “Maura Isles” inspired the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Her books – which include Presumed Guilty, Last to Die, John Doe, and the upcoming The Keeper of the Bride – have been top-three bestsellers in the US and abroad. Learn more about speaker Tess Gerritsen.

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