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Politics & Society
Encourage healthy debate and informed decision making with quality author-speakers.
 
This November, we'll bear witness to the end of what is possibly the most contentious presidential election in US history. The American public is polarized and vocal, and important world issues, including immigration, race relations, and national security, have (appropriately) become regular conversation topics at the office, on social media, and at our dinner tables.

Public speaker events are a perfect tool to help guide these conversations and encourage thoughtful and informed voting decisions. To that end, here are our Top 5 Authors on Politics & Governance for your upcoming Fall events.


Marianne Schnall  
Marianne Schnall, author of What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?
 
Inspired by a question from her eight-year-old daughter following the election of Barack Obama, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? looks at the topic from numerous perspectives and highlights anecdotal insights from a variety of influential women, including Nancy Pelosi, Maya Angelou, and Melissa Ethridge. More generally, the author speaks to a generation of young women about empowering themselves to become agents of change, to tear down social and cultural paradigms, and to believe that a woman can be President. Superstar Beyonce recently revealed it's the one book she wished all her young fans would read!
 
 
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Mitchell Zuckoff  
Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours: the Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
 
13 Hours recounts the efforts of six CIA security operators to defend a US compound in Benghazi, Libya from a terrorist attack. Benghazi has been the subject of much speculation and condemnation -- due in large part to the political discourse that followed the attack. 13 Hours is lauded as the factual account of the attack and specifically celebrates the courage and heroism of these men and their selfless efforts to aid their countrymen.
 


Marina Budhos  
Marina Budhos, author of Watched

Set fifteen years after 9/11 amidst a heightened awareness of government surveillance, Watched is a thrilling story of a Bangladeshi teen, Naeem, navigating life in a Muslim neighborhood in Queens, NY amidst the pressures of constantly being surveilled. The story touches on the details of living in an immigrant community in post-9/11 America, cultural and societal stigmas as a result of the attack, and the smothering prejudice that many immigrant American families endure in the interest of national security. Watched is a follow-up to Marina's 2007 novel Ask Me No Questions, which is on core reading lists in schools across the country.
 
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad  
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

The Black Lives Matter movement has pointed the national spotlight at not only the racist treatment of black Americans by many of today's police organizations, but to a long history of systemic prejudice against the black "criminal." In The Condemnation of Blackness, author Khalil Gibran Muhammad attributes the notion that "whites commit crimes, but black males are criminals" to a decades-long collusion beginning in the 1890s between police, politicians, and social scientists to spin census data in an effort to prove the inferiority of African Americans to whites.



Reyna Grande  
Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us
 
A memoir of life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the US, The Distance Between Us recounts eight tumultuous years of Reyna's childhood in a family divided by the border. Within her narrative, Reyna speaks to the social circumstances -- including severe poverty, discrimination, and desperation -- that so many immigrant families continue to face in the pursuit of happiness. Originally published in 2012, a young reader adaption of The Distance Between Us is planned for release this Fall. 

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