Reese Witherspoon to Lead CAA Author Panel In Step with Brooklyn Book Festival

Jenny Han, Jessica Knoll and “Pod Save the People” host DeRay Mckesson also booked for chats

Reese Witherspoon
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Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon is leading an author program from talent agency CAA at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.

Titled “Let’s Discuss LIVE,” the afternoon of conversation will be curated by the Hollywood and sports agency to “bring readers together with some of today’s most relevant storytellers, thought leaders, entertainers, and innovators for a series of dynamic conversations.”

DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of “Pod Save the People,” as well as authors Jenny Han and Jessica Knoll will be featured in additional chats when the event takes place on September 16 in New York.

The afternoon includes:

Witherspoon in conversation with bestselling author and comedian Mamrie Hart to discuss their Southern roots and the inspiration behind Reese’s first book, “Whiskey in a Teacup.”

Jenny Han, the New York Times bestselling-author of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, which has been adapted for film by Netflix and debuts August 17, in conversation with Jessica Knoll, author of “The Favorite Sister” and “Luckiest Girl Alive,” to discuss adapting bestselling books into films. 

DeRay Mckesson, internationally recognized civil rights leader, host of “Pod Save the People” and author of the forthcoming book “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope,” will discuss the intersection of culture, social justice, and politics.

·Mark Manson, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” to discuss the counterintuitive advice that has helped millions, and preview what he’s working on next.

“Let’s Discuss LIVE creates an opportunity for our dynamic authors to gather and explore the themes of their books, alongside readers who want to hear conversations as diverse as their own reading lists,” said Kate Childs, head of the CAA Books department.