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Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley

(IN PERSON AT OPERA HOUSE + LIVESTREAMED) Michigan author Angeline Boulley penned the instant #1 New York Times ...

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel.

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad

(VIRTUAL EVENT) The National Writers Series and the International Affairs Forum are teaming up for a week of ...

Omar El Akkad is an author and a journalist. He has reported from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and many other locations around the world. His work earned Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ, and many other newspapers and magazines.

El Akkad was recently awarded the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize for What Strange Paradise. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel, or short story collection published in English. Of the book, the jury wrote:

“Amid all the anger and confusion surrounding the global refugee crisis, Omar El Akkad’s What Strange Paradise paints a portrait of displacement and belonging that is at once unflinching and tender. In examining the confluence of war, migration and a sense of settlement, it raises questions of indifference and powerlessness and, ultimately, offers clues as to how we might reach out empathetically in a divided world.”

His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and has been nominated for more than ten other awards. It was listed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, NPR, and Esquire, and was selected by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World.

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, visits NWS to talk about ...

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He’s also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. 

His many books include All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, Stamped, As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor.

Joshua Prager

Joshua Prager

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Joshua Prager dedicated over a decade to researching and writing the story of Norma McCovey, aka ...

Joshua Prager has written for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he is the author of The Echoing Green (a Washington Post Best Book of the Year).

Alex Michaelides

Alex Michaelides

(WATCH PARTY AT CITY OPERA HOUSE + LIVESTREAMED) Alex Michaelides, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The ...

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Join Pulitzer prize winning writer Anthony Doerr (author of All the Light We Cannot See) to talk ...

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize.

Mary Roach

Mary Roach

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Mary Roach is returning to the National Writers Series! "America’s funniest science writer" takes ...

Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF, SPOOK, BONK, GULP, GRUNT, and PACKING FOR MARS. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. She has been a guest editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies’ journalism award, in a category for which, let’s be honest, she was the sole entrant.

Afghanistan Today International Panel

Afghanistan Today International Panel

(IN PERSON AT OPERA HOUSE + LIVESTREAMED) NWS founder and New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton leads an ...


Presented in partnership with the International Affairs Forum.

Doug Stanton is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and cofounder of the National Writers Series. Stanton is the author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, TIME, the Washington Post, and other national publications where he has been a contributing editor. Stanton attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Hampshire College, and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Anne, and their children.

Rahela Hashim Sidiqi is the Founding Director of Rahela Trust for Afghan Women’s Education. She is the former Senior Advisor of Afghanistan Civil Service Commission and Senior Social Development Advisor of UN-Habitat Afghanistan. Since 1993, she has worked as a women’s rights activist at the grassroots and policy levels in Afghanistan. She completed her BSc in Agriculture from Kabul University and her MA in Social Development Sustainable Livelihood from Reading University UK.

Jack Segal is a former senior U.S. diplomat who advised NATO generals and influenced NATO civilian policy makers during the Afghanistan conflict, established first US Consulate General in central Russia (Yekaterinburg), and served on the National Security Council and at the US Embassy in Tel-Aviv, specifically working on issues in Gaza. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern Michigan College and a former International Affairs Forum of Traverse City board co-chair.

Shannon Spann DeBruyn is a lawyer and former intelligence officer with extensive operational and analytical security and counter-terrorism experience both in the U.S. and overseas. She currently serves as Vice President of ADVANCE Resources and Consulting as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator.

Edris Fana came to Traverse City from Afghanistan in December 2012 to study at Northwestern Michigan College. A natural leader, Edris became the first non-American to serve as President of the NMC Student Government Association and had the honor of speaking at two NMC Commencements. He went on to get his undergraduate degree in business from Ferris State University. Edris continues to pursue his dream, begun while flying kites in Afghanistan, of becoming a pilot and now has his commercial pilots license.

Pam Houston

Pam Houston

(IN PERSON AT CIVIC CENTER AMPHITHEATER + LIVESTREAMED) Pam Houston will discuss her moving memoir, Deep Creek: ...

Pam Houston is the author of Deep Creek and Air Mail, Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place. She has written two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.

She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and a co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

John U. Bacon

John U. Bacon

(IN PERSON AT CIVIC CENTER AMPHITHEATER + LIVESTREAMED) From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon comes ...

John U. Bacon has written for Time, the New York Times, and ESPN Magazine, among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of several books on sports and business, including Bo’s Lasting Lessons (with Bo Schembechler), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller. Bacon teaches at the University of Michigan and is a popular public speaker. He returns for the third time to the National Writers Series stage with his latest book, Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team.

Susie Yang

Susie Yang

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by USA Today and longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First ...

Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by USA Today and longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Susie Yang’s New York Times bestselling novel, White Ivy, is filled with surprising twists and a nuanced exploration of class and race.

Susie Yang was born in China and came to the United States as a child. After receiving her doctorate of pharmacy from Rutgers, she launched a tech startup in San Francisco that has taught 20,000 people how to code. She has studied creative writing at Tin House and Sackett Street. She has lived across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Emily Henry

Emily Henry

(VIRTUAL EVENT) Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, offers a sparkling new novel perfect ...

Emily Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation. She writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.