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Jo  Piazza

Jo Piazza

Internationally Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist & Podcast Creator


Jo Piazza is a bestselling author, podcast creator and award-winning journalist. Jo is the national and international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels and nonfiction books, including Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, The Knockoff and How to Be Married. Her work has been published in 10 languages in 12 countries and four of her books have been optioned for film and television. Read More >

In 2021, she partnered with Editor Christine Pride to write the bestselling We Are Not Like Them, which was selected as Good Morning America’s October Book Club Pick. Their novel tells the story of an interracial friendship upended by a police shooting that hits close to home for two women. Christine and Jo chose to write this novel together, as a Black woman and women, in order to draw from their unique perspectives and experiences. In the writing process, they had to confront their own fears, biases and misunderstandings about race, which then informed the story and ensured it was authentic and relatable to thousands of readers. People magazine called We Are Not Like Them a “powerful and timely tale.” The Washington Post described it as an “emotional literary roller coaster.” And Real Simple deemed it a “book club winner.”

Their most recent novel, You Were Always Mine (Atria, June 2023), also explores race through the lens of an intimate relationship—a mother/daughter story. It’s a moving and provocative novel about a Black woman who finds an abandoned White baby, sending her on a collision course with her past, her family and a birth mother who doesn’t want to be found.

Once again, the pair bring their “empathetic, riveting, and authentic” (Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to an unforgettable novel that revolves around provocative and timely questions about race, class and motherhood.

A former editor, columnist and travel writer with Yahoo, Current TV and the New York Daily News, Jo’s work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and communication, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a master’s in religious studies from New York University. She lives in Philly with her husband, Nick Aster and three young children.

With warmth, humility and humor, Jo helps audiences think critically about the intersection of ethnicity, experience and perspective and how it affects our communities and relationships; how we can lean into hard discussions about potentially divisive issues with the goal of moving toward fostering understanding and a sense of collective humanity; and how to hone craft and harness the power of story-telling to connect with our deepest humanity. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

We Are Not Like Them for the Workplace: An Evening with Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

Drawing off of their best-selling novel, We Are Not Like Them, authors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza share a tale of race and friendship like no other. In this inspiring keynote, they will tell you the story of Jen and Riley, a Black woman and a White woman, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event. We Are Not Like Them takes us to uncomfortable places while capturing so much of what we are all thinking and feeling about race and gender. In this presentation and Q&A session, Christine and Jo share the importance of vulnerability, how to have hard conversations and navigate friction that comes up with coworkers, leaders, friends and family and the importance of connections at work and home. These are truly applicable lessons for the workplace and powerful conversation starters that anyone can use.

You Were Always Mine: An Evening With Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

In this inspiring keynote, bestselling authors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza share a tale of motherhood based on their newest novel You Were Always Mine. The book revolves around provocative and timely questions about race, class and motherhood and what we are willing to sacrifice for the sake of marriage, friendship and our dreams. Just like their book, this presentation is a powerful way to look at motherhood and family through a new lens and how race plays out in these spaces.