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Headlining Authors Series

Celebrate your favorite authors with us at the DSM Book Festival! From our famous locals to internationally-acclaimed writers, join us to hear about their inspirations for their well-loved and well-read books.

More authors will be added to the 2022 lineup in the coming months! 

2022 Headlining Authors

Stephanie Land, Author of "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Way to Survive" – Sponsored by United Way's Women United


At 28 years old, Stephanie Land's dream of attending college and becoming a writer was deferred when she and her seven-month-old had to move into a homeless shelter after fleeing a violent home without any form of a reliable safety net. She then began the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for food stamps and subsidized housing and started cleaning houses for $9 an hour. After years of barely scraping by, Land graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Montana in 2014 and started a career as a freelance writer. Her essay for Vox, "I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich" when viral and was later expanded to become her New York Times bestselling memoir "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive." Land's story also serves as the inspiration for Netflix's Critic's Choice nominated original series "Maid," starring Margaret Qualley, alongside Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson and Anika Noni Rose.

Land has written several essays about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness and motherhood. She has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic and The New York Review of Books, among many other outlets. A writing fellow at the Center for Community Change, Land has also worked with Barbara Ehrenreich at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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