Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

"The Valley of Amazement" coverAmy Tan

October 17th

Recipient of the Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, the Commonwealth Gold Award; and a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize.

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This event features an RSVP-only catered reception that is exclusive to Piper Friends! 

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"Spillover" book coverDavid Quammen

November 7th

Former Rhodes Scholar, Lannan Foundation Fellow, and Guggenheim Fellow; three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award; and recipient of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Natural World Book Prize, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize.

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This event is presented with our co-sponsors:

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University
Center for Science and Imagination
Institute for Humanities Research
School of Letters and Sciences

"From Norvelt to Nowhere" coverJack Gantos (Piper Friends-only event)

December 7th

Recipient of the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the Quarterly West Novella Award, the California Young Reader medal, the Newbery Honor, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor; finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

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This event is an RSVP-only event with a catered brunch and is exclusive to Piper Friends!

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Past Distinguished Visiting Writers have included Michael Ondaatje, Zadie Smith, E.L. Doctorow, Lee Gutkind, and Michael Chabon, among many others.

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