Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist and author, who writes about culture, science, and human behavior. As a freelance journalist, she writes for such media outlets as The Atlantic, Slate, New York, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The New Republic, Esquire.com, and The Wall Street Journal. Her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, was published by Abrams Press in 2020. The Lost Family explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. The Wall Street Journal says it’s “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” The New York Times writes, “Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book.” The Washington Post says The Lost Family “reads like an Agatha Christie mystery” and “wrestles with some of the biggest questions in life: Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture or both?”
Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her 26 books (13 authored, 13 edited or co-edited) apply linguistic analysis to everyday conversation. Outside the Academy, she is best known as the author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, and has been translated into 31 languages. Her books You’re Wearing That?, about mothers and grown daughters, and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, about sisters, were also New York Times best sellers. She has published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her play “An Act of Devotion” is included in The Best American Short Plays 1993-1994. Her most recent book, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, was published last year.