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Peter Heller

Peter Heller

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Thurs., Aug. 24, Peter Heller joins the National Writers Series

Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He wrote The Last Ranger, The Guide, The River, Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars, which was published in 22 languages. Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award. He holds an MFA in poetry and fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Erik Larson

Erik Larson

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Thurs., July 11, Erik Larson joins the National Writers Series

Erik Larson is the author of eight books, six of which became New York Times bestsellers. His latest books, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, both hit no. 1 on the list soon after launch. His saga of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, The Devil in the White City, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing. It lingered on various Times bestseller lists for the better part of a decade and is currently in development at Disney Studios. Erik’s In the Garden of Beasts, about how America’s first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter experienced the rising terror of Hitler’s rule, is currently in development with StudioCanal and Playtone.

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Tues., June 25, Jane Smiley joins the National Writers Series

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the Last Hundred Years TrilogySome LuckEarly Warning, and Golden Age. She is the author as well of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

(IN PERSON AT LARS HOCKSTAD & LIVESTREAMED) On Tues., Sept. 10, Jodi Picoult joins the National Writers Series

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 28 novels, including Mad HoneyWish You Were HereThe Book of Two WaysA Spark of LightSmall Great ThingsLeaving TimeThe StorytellerLone WolfSing You HomeHouse RulesHandle with CareChange of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult’s books have been translated into thirty-four languages in thirty-five countries. Four novels – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls – have been made into television movies. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children.

Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Tues., June 4, Kevin Kwan joins the National Writers Series

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestselling novel that has been translated into 40 languages. Its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, was released in 2015, and Rich People Problems, the final book in the trilogy, followed in 2017. For several weeks in 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy commanded the top three positions of the New York Times bestseller list—an almost unprecedented single-author trifecta, and the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood’s highest-grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. Sex and Vanity, his most recent novel, hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of release and is being adapted into a feature film by Sony Pictures. Kevin has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.