Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro, photo by Michael Maren
Dani Shapiro, photo by Michael Maren

Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir Inheritance, published in January 2019. Her other books include the memoirs HourglassStill WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels, including Black & White and Family History.

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

In February 2019 Shapiro launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who—like herself— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ pasts.

She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.


selected bibliography

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Inheritance (2019)
Hourglass by Dani Shapiro
Hourglass (2017)
Devotion by Dani Shapiro
Devotion: A Memoir (2010)
Black & White by Dani Shapiro
Black & White (2007)

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online resources

Dani Shapiro’s website
“Inheritance Author Answers Your Questions,” PBS News Hour, March 31, 2020
“Shapiro on Unraveling Her Family’s History,” Literary Hub, May 16, 2019
“Shapiro: By the Book,” the New York Times Book Review, January 10, 2019

Video: Shapiro at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco