Bookfest Keynote Speakers

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of four titles and currently is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Her book, An American Marriage, is an Oprah's Book Club Selection and appeared in Barack Obama's summer reading list and year-end round up. The novel was awarded the Women's Prize for Fiction, NAACP Image Award, and more.

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is the author of the forthcoming Cloud Cuckoo Land and 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. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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