Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the New York Times bestselling author of Take My Hand (Berkley/Penguin Random House 2022). Her previous novels include Wench (2010) and Balm (2015). Dolen has written introductions to a special edition of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave (2013), published by Simon & Schuster, as well as Elizabeth Keckly’s Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (2016).  Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC.