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2018-2019 Speakers

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Frank Bruni headshot, photo credit to Soo-Jeong KangFrank Bruni

September 25, 2018

Frank Bruni is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, and former restaurant critic, who writes about politics, popular culture, food and gay rights.

Author of: Where You'll Go is Not Who You'll Be
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Rainbow Rowell headshot, photo credit to Augusten BurroughsRainbow Rowell

October 29, 2018

Rainbow Rowell (yes, Rainbow is her real name) is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels.

Author of: Eleanor & Park
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Diana Abu-Jaber headshot, photo credit to Scott David EasonDiane Abu-Jaber

November 12, 2018

Diana Abu-Jaber is a Syracuse native born to an American mother and a Jordanian father and cross-cultural issues appear in much of her work.

Author of: Life Without A Recipe: A Memoir
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Louise Penny headshot, photo credit to Jean-Francois BerubeLouise Penny

March 4, 2019

Louise Penny, a former radio host and journalist, is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series.

Author of: Glass Houses
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David Grann headshotDavid Grann

April 2, 2019

David Grann is best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders, and he has also written for the New York Times Magazine.

Author of: Killers of the Flower Moon
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Colm Toibin headshot, photo credit to Brigitte LacombeColm Tóibín

May 7, 2019

Irish novelist, short story writer and poet Colm Tóibín has been three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 

Author of: Brooklyn
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