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Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe


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Richard White

2022 Author

Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

Lan Samantha Chang

2023 PFWA

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Karen Joy Fowler

2023 PFWA

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe


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Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe


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Richard White

2022 Author

Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

Lan Samantha Chang

2023 PFWA

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Karen Joy Fowler

2023 PFWA

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe

Tess Gunty

2023 PFWA

Winner of the 2022 National Book Award

Tess Gunty’s debut novel, The Rabbit Hutch, was named the winner of the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction. Gunty earned an MFA in creative writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Joyland, Los Angeles Review of Books, No Tokens, Flash, and elsewhere. Published to widespread critical acclaim, the novel follows an odd assortment of residents who live in a crumbling apartment building in a dying town in the post-industrial Midwest. Set across one week and culminating in a shocking act of violence, The Rabbit Hutch chronicles a town on the brink, desperate for rebirth. Gunty was raised in South Bend, Indiana, and lives in Los Angeles.

Jean Hanff Korelitz

2023 PFWA

Author of The Plot and You Should Have Known (Adapted by HBO as The Undoing)

The Latecomer is a compulsively readable and thought-provoking novel about triplets, who are desperate to escape each other and the upending of their family by an unexpected and life-changing event. In dazzling, dialogue-rich scenes that touch on politics, religion, race, privilege, and sexuality, Korelitz illuminates each character with jewel-like intensity. The author was born in New York City, and educated at Dartmouth and Clare College, Cambridge. She has published eight novels, including The Plot and You Should Have Known (adapted by HBO as The Undoing).

“…an immensely enjoyable sojourn with a truly memorable family.” – Washington Post. The author of The Plot returns with a novel that skewers privilege and offers delights on every page.”―Oprah Daily

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

2023 PFWA

Bestselling Author, Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Inspired by true events that shocked a nation, Take My Hand is the story of a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on the terrible injustice of government-forced sterilization inflicted on her patients who are young girls and women of color. Perkins-Valdez earned her BA from Harvard and her PhD from UCLA. She is the Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and Associate Professor at American University. She lives in Washington, DC.

“Take My Hand reminds us that truly extraordinary fiction is rarely written merely to entertain.” – The Washington Post.  “This is an exceptional read.” – Library Journal.This is the kind of story you want to build extra time into reading so you can explore the wealth of history it draws upon.” –Associated Press


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Richard White

2022 Author

Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

Lan Samantha Chang

2023 PFWA

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Karen Joy Fowler

2023 PFWA

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe


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Richard White

2022 Author

Richard White is an historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has occasionally spilled over into Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Professor Award. White has won numerous academic prizes, and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Who Killed Jane Stanford? penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford’s murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city’s machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White’s search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford’s imperious household and the academic enmities of the university.

Lan Samantha Chang

2023 PFWA

First Woman Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

In The Family Chao, three Chinese-American brothers in a small town, two immigrant Chinese parents, one Chinese restaurant, one murder, and a missing dog all add up to a kaleidoscopic, entertaining tale of family loyalty, the American dream, and cultural dislocation. The author of two other novels, Chang is the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first woman and only Asian American to hold that position. She earned her BA from Yale, her MPA from Harvard, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Family Chao was an Obama Summer Reading Pick. Chang lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“An engrossing and darkly comedic take on The Brothers Karamazov.” – The New York Times Book Review.Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.”NPR

 

Karen Joy Fowler

2023 PFWA

Man Booker Prize Finalist and Bestselling Author

Booth, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a new look at John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, by the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a Booker Prize finalist. Booth is a deep dive into the historical events and family dynamics surrounding Booth. It holds many surprises, including the fact that the Booth family was anti-slavery. Fowler’s 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 13 weeks. Fowler earned her BA at UC Berkeley and her MFA at UC Davis. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Masterful . . . A dazzling blend of fact and fiction with piercing echoes to today . .´- San Francisco Chronicle.  “Exquisite …” – The Washington Post . “A massive achievement.” – Boston Globe