Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, HourglassStill WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf.

Dani’s essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New YorkerSalonn+1Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast titled “Family Secrets.” The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

Photo Credit: Michael Maren


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