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Author Chats

Has your reading group ever wished you could get an author’s take on some of your unanswered questions? Author Chat connects readers and writers and gives your book club the opportunity to talk to select Vintage and Anchor authors so you can pose those questions yourself.

Check out our list of authors below and select the author you’d like to speak with, then click on the button below to submit your request. We’ll contact you via email to schedule your chat.

• We are unable to fulfill requests for one-on-one writing advice; Author Chats are intended to be conversations between authors and book clubs.
• Phone calls will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the convenience of the author.
• Limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

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Janet Benton
author of Lilli de Jong

author chatJanet Benton is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has co-written and edited historical documentaries for television. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Author Photo © Steve Ladner)
Chris Bohjalian
author of The Flight Attendant

author chatChris Bohjalian is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. (Author Photo © Victoria Blewer)

Chris Cander
author of The Weight of a Piano

author chatChris Cander graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston, in the city where she was raised and still lives, with her husband, daughter, and son. For seven years she has been a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools there. She serves on the Inprint advisory board and stewards several Little Free Libraries in her community. (Author Photo © Lauren Volness 2018)
Jana Casale
author of The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

author chatJana Casale has a BFA in fiction from Emerson College and an MSt in creative writing from Oxford. Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, she currently resides in San Francisco with her husband. The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky is her first novel. (Author Photo © Elena Seibert)

Elisabeth Cohen
author of The Glitch

author chatElisabeth Cohen majored in comparative literature at Princeton University and her work has appeared in Conjunctions, The Mississippi Review, The Cincinnati Review, McSweeney’s Online and The Millions. She has an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She worked as a librarian before her current career as a technical writer. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. (Author Photo © James Browning)
Helen Ellis
author of American Housewife

author chatKate Helen Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)

Lauren Fox
author of Days of Awe

author chatLauren Fox is the author of the novels Days of Awe, Friends Like Us, and Still Life with Husband. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters. (Author Photo © Amanda Schlicher)
John Freeman Gill
author of The Gargoyle Hunters

author chatJohn Freeman Gill is a native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor whose work has been anthologized in The New York Times Book of New York and More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times. (Author Photo © Derek Shapton)

Rebecca Harrington
author of Sociable

author chatRebecca Harrington is the author of the novel Penelope and the comic essay collection I’ll Have What She’s Having. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Elle,, and other publications. She lives in New York City.. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
Katherine Heiny
author of Standard Deviation

author chatKatherine Heiny’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)

Cristina Henriquez
author of The Book of Unknown Americans

author chatCristina Henríquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)
Ariel Lawhon
author of I Was Anastasia

author chatAriel Lawhon is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and cofounder of the popular Web site She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab—who is, thankfully, a girl. (Author Photo © Kay Chance)

Lucas Mann
author of Captive Audience

author chatLucas Mann was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. His essays and stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from Wigleaf, Barrelhouse, New South, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The Kenyon Review. (Author Photo © Piquant Photo)
Kamin Mohammadi
author of Bella Figura

author chatKamin Mohammadi was born in Iran in 1969 and exiled to the UK in 1979. She is an experienced journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster who has written for the British and international press including The Times (London), Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and The Guardian. (Author Photo © Bernardo Conti)

Meg Mitchell Moore
author of The Captain’s Daughter

author chatMeg Mitchell Moore is the author of the novels The Admissions, The Arrivals and So Far Away. She worked for several years as a journalist for a variety of publications. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters. (Author Photo © Courtney Trembler)
Rhiannon Navin
author of Only Child

author chatRhiannon Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)

Joanna Rakoff
author of My Salinger Year

author chatJoanna Rakoff’s novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. (Author Photo © David Ignaszewski)
Will Schwalbe
author of Books for Living

author chatWill Schwalbe has worked in publishing; digital media, as the founder and CEO of; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. (Author Photo © Josef Astor)

Maggie Shipstead
author of Astonish Me

author chatMaggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. (Author Photo © Michelle Legro)
Kory Stamper
author of Word by Word

author chatKory Stamper is a lexicographer who spent almost two decades writing dictionaries at Merriam-Webster. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Washington Post. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)

Melanie Sumner
author of How to Write a Novel

author chatMelanie Sumner, a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is the author of The Ghost of Milagro Creek, The School of Beauty and Charm, and Polite Society. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Seventeen. (Author Photo © Michael Lionstar)