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Author Chats

Have you ever wished you could get an author’s take on some of your unanswered questions? Author Chat connects readers and writers and gives your group the opportunity to talk to select Vintage and Anchor authors so you can pose those questions yourself.

Check out our list of authors below and select the author you’d like to speak with, then click on the button below to submit your request. We’ll contact you via email to schedule your chat.

Phone calls will be scheduled on a case–by–case basis with each group at the convenience of the author.

Limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

author chat

Allison Amend
author of Enchanted Islands
Hardcover

author chatAllison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, is the author of the novels A Nearly Perfect Copy, Stations West, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award, and Enchanted Islands. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Sarah Bird
author of Above the East China Sea
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author chatSarah Bird is the author of The Yokota Officers Club and eight other novels. She grew up on air force bases around the world and now makes her home in Austin, Texas. She is a columnist for Texas Monthly and has contributed to other magazines. (Author Photo © Sarah Wilson)
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Elizabeth Brundage
author of All Things Cease To Appear
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author chatElizabeth Brundage graduated from Hampshire College, attended NYU film school, was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and received an MFA as well as a James Michener Award from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. (Author Photo © Elena Seibert)
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Stephanie Danler
author of Sweetbitter
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author chatStephanie Danler is a writer based in Los Angeles, California. (Author Photo © Nick Vorderman)
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Helen Ellis
author of American Housewife
Hardcover

author chatKate Helen Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Lauren Fox
author of Days of Awe
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author chatLauren Fox is the author of the novels Days of Awe, Friends Like Us, and Still Life with Husband. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters. (Author Photo © Amanda Schlicher)
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Laurence Gonzales
author of Lucy
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author chatLaurence Gonzales is the author of three novels and five books of nonfiction. His best-selling book Deep Survival has been published in six languages. (Author Photo © Jonas Dovydenas)
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Amy Greene
author of Long Man
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author chatMyla Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children. (Author Photo © Adam Greene)
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Peter Heller
author of The Dog Stars
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author chatPeter Heller holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. (Author Photo © Tory Read)
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Katherine Heiny
author of Single, Carefree, Mellow
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author chatKatherine Heiny’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Cristina Henriquez
author of The Book of Unknown Americans
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author chatCristina Henríquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Ariel Lawhon
author of Flight of Dreams
Hardcover

author chatAriel Lawhon is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and cofounder of the popular Web site SheReads.org. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab—who is, thankfully, a girl. (Author Photo © Kay Chance)
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Jonathan Lee
author of High Dive
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author chatJonathan Lee is a British writer living in Brooklyn. High Dive is his first novel to be published in the United States. (Author Photo © Tanja Kernweiss)
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Meg Mitchell Moore
author of The Admissions
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author chatMeg Mitchell Moore is the author of the novels The Admissions, The Arrivals and So Far Away. She worked for several years as a journalist for a variety of publications. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters. (Author Photo © Courtney Trembler)
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Joanna Rakoff
author of My Salinger Year
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author chatJoanna Rakoff’s novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. (Author Photo © David Ignaszewski)
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Maggie Shipstead
author of Astonish Me
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author chatMaggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. (Author Photo © Michelle Legro)
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Jane Smiley
author of Golden Age
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author chatJane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. (Author Photo © Mark Bennington)
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Jennifer Steil
author of The Ambassador’s Wife
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author chatJennifer Steil is the author of The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, a memoir about her experiences running a newspaper in Yemen. She lives in Bolivia, where her husband is the European Union ambassador.
(Author Photo © David Neff)
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J. Courtney Sullivan
author of The Engagements
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author chatJ. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine and The Engagements. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Melanie Sumner
author of How to Write a Novel
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author chatMelanie Sumner, a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is the author of The Ghost of Milagro Creek, The School of Beauty and Charm, and Polite Society. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Seventeen. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Rufi Thorpe
author of Dear Fang, With Love
Hardcover

author chatRufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long-listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She lives in California with her husband and sons. (Author Photo © Nina Subin)
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Penny Vincenzi
author of More Than You Know
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author chatPenny Vincenzi is the author of several major bestsellers, including Sheer Abandon. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a journalist for Vogue, Tattler, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in London. (Author Photo © Trevor Leighton)
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Joan Wickersham
author of The News From Spain
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author chatJoan Wickersham was born in New York City. She is the author of two previous books, most recently The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. (Author Photo © Nicholas Latimer)
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Shawna Yang Ryan
author of Green Island
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author chatShawna Yang Ryan is a former Fulbright scholar and the author of one previous novel, Water Ghosts; she teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. (Author Photo © Anna Wu Photography)
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