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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 A Nearly Perfect Copy
Trade Paperback

author chatAllison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novel Stations West, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Kim Barnes
author of In the Kingdom of Men
Trade Paperback

author chatKim Barnes is the author of two memoirs and two previous novels, including A Country Called Home, which received the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in fiction and was named a best book of 2008 by The Washington Post, the Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian. (Author Photo © Scott M. Barrie)
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Sarah Bird
author of Above the East China Sea
Hardcover

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 Black
author of The Drowning House
Trade Paperback

author chatElizabeth Black was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island and now lives in Houston, Texas. The Drowning House is her first novel. (Author Photo © Genevra Collier)
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Natalie Brown
author of The Lovebird
Trade Paperback

author chatNatalie Brown grew up in Orange County, California. She earned her BA in literature from the University of California at San Diego and master’s degrees in English and Native American Studies from Montana State University. She lives in Montana. The Lovebird is her first novel. (Author Photo © Margaret Stratton)
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Meghan Daum
author of Life Would Be Perfect
If I Lived in That House

Trade Paperback

author chatMeghan Daum is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report, a New York Times Notable Book. Her column on political, cultural, and social affairs appears weekly in the Los Angeles Times and is distributed nationally through the McClatchy news service. (Author Photo © Laura Kleinhenz)
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Karen Essex
author of Dracula in Love
Trade Paperback

author chatKaren Essex is the author of Kleopatra, Pharaoh, and the international bestseller Leonardo’s Swans, which won Italy’s prestigious 2007 Premio Roma for foreign fiction. An award-winning journalist and a screenwriter, she lives in Los Angeles, California. (Author Photo © Lisa Rutledge)
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Lauren Fox
author of Friends Like Us
Trade Paperback

author chatLauren Fox is the author of 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. (Author Photo © Amanda Schlicher)
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Laurie Frankel
author of Goodbye For Now
Trade Paperback

author chatLaurie Frankel is the author of one previous novel, The Atlas of Love. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, son, and border collie. (Author Photo © Charis Brice)
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Nell Freudenberger
author of The Newlyweds
Trade Paperback

author chatNell Freudenberger is the author of the novel The Dissident and the story collection Lucky Girls, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; both books were New York Times Book Review Notables. (Author Photo © David Jacobs)
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Myla Goldberg
author of The False Friend
Trade Paperback

author chatMyla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2000 and made into a film, and of Time’s Magpie, a book of essays about Prague. (Author Photo © Jason Little)
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Laurence Gonzales
author of Lucy
Trade Paperback

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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Jaimy Gordon
author of Lord of Misrule
Trade Paperback

author chatJaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award in 2010, and was also a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. Bogeywoman, her third novel, was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 2000. (Author Photo © Peter Blickle)
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Adam Haslett
author of Union Atlantic
Trade Paperback

author chatAdam Haslett is the author of You Are Not A Stranger Here, a short story collection, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and won the PEN/Winship Award. (Author Photo © Brigitte Lacombe)
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Peter Heller
author of The Dog Stars
Trade Paperback

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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Alex Kava
author of Fireproof
Paperback

author chatAlex Kava’s two stand-alone novels and seven novels featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell have been published in more than twenty countries, appearing on the bestseller lists in Britain, Australia, Poland, Germany, and Italy. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. (Author Photo © Deborah Groh Carlin)
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Jane Mendelsohn
author of American Music
Trade Paperback

author chatJane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of two previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller I Was Amelia Earhart. (Author Photo © Nick Davis)
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Maggie Shipstead
author of Seating Arrangements
Trade Paperback

author chatMaggie Shipstead was born in 1983 and grew up in Orange County, California. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Glimmer Train, The Best American Short Stories, and other publications. (Author Photo © Michelle Legro)
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Jane Smiley
author of Private Life
Trade Paperback

author chatJane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Author Photo © Mark Bennington)
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Julia Stuart
author of The Pigeon Pie Mystery
Trade Paperback

author chatJulia Stuart is an award-winning journalist and the author of one previous novel, The Matchmaker of Périgord. She lives in London.
(Author Photo © Sarah Gawler)
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J. Courtney Sullivan
author of Maine
Trade Paperback

author chatJ. Courtney Sullivan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Men’s Vogue, the New York Observer, Tango, and in the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
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Lisa Unger
author of Heartbroken
Trade Paperback

author chatLisa Unger is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies and Black Out. Her novels have been published in more than twenty-five countries. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter. (Author Photo © Tanya Sharkey)
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Penny Vincenzi
author of More Than You Know
Trade Paperback

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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Ayelet Waldman
author of Love and Treasure
Hardcover

author chatAyelet Waldman is the author of Daughter’s Keeper and of the Mommy-Track mystery series. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Child Magazine, and other publications, and she has a regular column on Salon.com. (Author Photo © Deborah Copaken Kogan)
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Joan Wickersham
author of The News From Spain
Soon in Trade Paperback 7/2

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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