Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw is one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. In The Greatest Generation, his 1968 landmark bestseller, Brokaw eloquently evoked for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the…

James A. Baker, III

James A. Baker, III  served in senior government positions under three United States Presidents. Mr. Baker’s memoir—Work Hard, Study . . . and Keep Out of Politics! Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life (Putnam)—was published in  2006. He…

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy (Times Books/Henry Holt) offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future: ” I believe that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.” Bill McKibben on…

Lawrence Wright

  Larry Wright’s The Looming Tower (Knopf) is not just a detailed, heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11, written with style and verve and carried along by villains and heroes that only a crime novelist could dream…

George Soros

In The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror , George Soros addresses current threats of nuclear proliferation, global warming, terrorism and the breakdown of international cooperation. As a “stateless statesman,” Soros is uninhibited by the need to…

Sue Monk Kidd

   Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the bestseller and book club favorite, The Secret Life of Bees; her second novel is The Mermaid Chair  (Viking) . Her first novel, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies, is a powerful…

Gene Sperling

Gene Sperling, author of The Pro-Growth Progressive: A Strategy  for Shared Prosperity (Simon & Schuster), served as President Clinton’s National Economic Advisor and as head of the National Economic Council from 1997-2001. Since then, he has worked on a variety of economic…

Senator John Mc Cain

John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona and author of Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember (Random House), is renowned as one of the most popular and outspoken members of the United States Senate,…

R. W. "Johnny" Apple, Jr.

R.W. “Johnny” Apple, author of Apple’s America,  was associated with The New York Times for over four decades, until his death in October, 2006. He wrote extensively on a variety of topics, including politics, foreign policy, economic issues, food, wine,…

Azar Nafisi

A veil of oppression covered Iran after the 1979 revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power. Azar Nafisi describes the degrading repression and suffocating loss of freedoms during this time in her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran (Vintage). Educated in…

Ari Fleischer

Ari Fleischer served as the primary spokesperson for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, and is the author of Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House (William Morrow). Taking Heat is an…

Dennis Ross

Ambassador Dennis Ross, author of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), was Chief Middle East Peace Negotiator, serving under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He has a…

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, author of Buddha (Penguin Classics), is considered to be one of the leading religious thinkers of our era. Her appearance at Kentucky Author Forum also served as a kickoff event for the Center for Interfaith Relations’ annual Festival of…

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s highly acclaimed body of work includes poetry, short fiction, novels, children’s books, nonfiction, and radio and television scripts. Her writing is widely recognized for addressing the human condition, feminist concerns, the dark side of human behavior, and political…

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is a leading scholar of American foreign policy. An expert on transatlantic relationships and diplomacy, he focuses on changes over the past 50 years and their ramifications for the…