Book in Common

Russell Banks

Acclaimed Author of Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter and Lost Memory of Skin

Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist, Author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union  

Billy Collins

United States Poet Laureate (2001–2003)

Firoozeh Dumas

New York Times Bestselling Author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America & Laughing Without an Accent

Timothy Egan

National Book Award-winning Author of The Worst Hard Time and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Anne Fadiman

Award-winning Writer, Essayist, Editor, and Author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Alexandra Fuller

Award-winning Author Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Elizabeth Kolbert

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe & The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Jaron Lanier

Scientist, Musician, Artist & Author of Who Owns the Future?

Erik Larson

Award-winning Author of The Devil in the White City &  In The Garden of Beasts

Barry Lopez

National Book Award Winner, Author of Arctic Dreams and Resistance

Anchee Min

Bestselling Memoirist and Novelist, Author of Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao and The Cooked Seed: A Memoir

Azar Nafisi

Iranian-American Bestselling Author Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About

Naomi Shihab Nye

Award-winning Palestinian-American Poet, Writer, Anthologist, and Educator

Michael Pollan

Bestselling Author & Journalist In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto & Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Luis J. Rodriguez

Award-winning Poet, Activist, and Bestselling Author Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back

Mark Salzman

Acclaimed Author of Iron & Silk, Lying Awake, and True Notebooks

Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky

Science and Nature Writer, Biologist,Neuroscientist, and Stress Expert

Marjane Satrapi

Bestselling Artist/Illustrator and Filmmaker, Author of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Eric Schlosser

Bestselling Author of Command and Control and Fast Food Nation

Zadie Smith

Prize-winning Author of White Teeth and On Beauty

Art Spiegelman

Pulitzer Prize-winning Artist/Illustrator, Author of MAUS, In the Shadow of No Towers, & Breakdowns

Amy Tan

Bestselling Author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

Sarah Vowell

Bestselling Author of The Wordy Shipmates & Assassination Vacation

Chris Ware

Award-winning Cartoonist and Author, Author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth & Building Stories

Terry Tempest Williams

Conservationist, Advocate for Free Speech, Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family & Place and Finding Beauty in a Broken World