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Works of fiction have the ability to impart truth while offering readers much-needed escape from the often humdrum routine of our lives. APB's fiction speakers have produced award-winning works and offer you a glimpse into their imaginative worlds through their one-of-a-kind keynotes. Whether you are looking for an exposé on the nature of fiction and writing or for a discussion on a particular book, APB has the perfect speaker on fiction for you.

Fiction

Best-Selling Author

Terry McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Terry published her debut novel, Mama, in 1987. During her...

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

Award-Winning Author

The best-selling author of Super Sad True Love Story, speaker Gary Shteyngart offers insights into the absurdity of life, balancing humor with tragedy.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

The author of such bestsellers as March, Year of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire, Geraldine Brooks crafts fascinating, meticulously researched fiction and non-fiction.

Best-Selling Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Rick Bragg is the author of two best-selling books, All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man. He joined The New York Times in 1994 and has covered events like the Oklahoma City bombing.

Best-Selling Novelist / Educator

Known for his best-selling She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, and for having twice earned a spot in Oprah’s Book Club, Lamb has since been popular with readers nationwide. From his intense The Hour I First Believed...

Best-Selling Author of Forrest Gump

Groom took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump flew to the top of The New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone on the...

Best-Selling Author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times best-selling author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, which brings justice to the legacy of Zelda, F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife.

Best-Selling Author of the Rizzoli & Isles Series

Internationally best-selling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen went on to attend medical school and become a physician. While on maternity leave, she began to write...

Attorney & Author of Legal Thrillers

Known for their alluring plotlines and twists, Attorney Scott Turow's law-inspired thrillers include Presumed Innocent, its sequel, Innocent and his newest novel,Identical.

Criminal Lawyer & Best-Selling Crime Novelist

An accomplished public speaker and best-selling crime novelist, Fairstein’s writing is influenced by her experiences as a former prosecutor. An expert on crimes of violence against women and children, her work draws on today’s most pressing...

Founder of McSweeney's / Author

Dave Eggers is the author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000); the novel You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002); the story collection How We Are Hungry (2004); and the novel What is the What (...

Best-Selling Author & Reading Champion

One of the most prolific and best-selling writers of all time, speaker James Patterson has authored such titles as Kiss the Girls. He is also a vocal reading advocate.

Creator of "The Boondocks"

Creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, McGruder is a young, fresh, and outspoken political satirist who dispenses social commentary with subversive humor. In his insightful presentation, "Negrology, the State of Black...

Award-Winning Author

Hailed as “one of the most insightful writers of our time,” Gish Jen balances analysis with storytelling. She brings brilliance, wit and warmth to pressing questions of culture, identity, and globalization.

Author & Documentary Filmmaker

Speaker Esmeralda Santiago is an award-winning author and founder of Cantomedia, a production company known for its documentaries. She supports community-based programs.

Author, The Color Purple

A gifted and prolific novelist as well as a leading voice among African American women writers, speaker Alice Walker authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple.

Boston Globe Columnist & Author

James Carroll began his writing career as a priest but left the Order to pursue his craft full time. He has published nine books and writes for The Boston Globe.

Best-Selling Suspense Writer

The daughter of America's # 1 best-selling suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark produces mysteries of her own, including the "Regan Reilly" series.

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