Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels, including “The Edible Woman,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin,” which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her novel “The Heart Goes Last” was published in 2015.

Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written numerous novels and works of non-fiction. His 2012 novel, “Watergate,” was a finalist for the PEN /​ Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The Atlantic. His novel, “Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years,” was published in 2015.

Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony and Emmy award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose credits include “Lincoln,” “Munich” and “Angels in America.”

Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes hosts MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” He is the author of “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.”

Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed was the 59th Mayor of Atlanta and served as a key surrogate for President Obama during the 2012 presidential election. He’s seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Lawrence Wright (2014)

Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker. His book, “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David,” is a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David Accords and was published in 2014. Wright won the Pulitzer in 2007 for his book, “Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.”

David Maraniss

David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and best-selling author whose biographies of Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente are both definitive and compelling. His biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” was published in 2012.

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