Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, which was published in January 2019 by Knopf. 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, 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, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Upcoming Appearances

Monday, October 14, 2019

Rochester, NY

Neilly Series Lectures-University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries at 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 17, 2019

East Hills, NY

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center at 10:30 am

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Brattleboro, VT

Brattleboro Literary Festival at 3:30 pm

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Austin, TX

Texas Book Festival at 1:00 pm

In conversation with Adrienne Brodeur

Inheritance named a best book of 2019 by Vanity Fair!

 

Inheritance will be adapted for film by Killer Films!

The New Yorker includes Inheritance in their summer reading round up!

The Today Show features Inheritance in their “20 Beach Reads You Won’t Want to Put Down” segment.

Inheritance debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List at #11!

Daunt Books in the UK has won an auction to publish Inheritance!

Dani’s new podcast, “Family Secrets” launches on February 14th. Subscribe now!

Dani’s new memoir, Inheritance, is available.

Thanks to everyone who watched Dani on Super Soul Sunday

Family Secrets

Dani’s new podcast, “Family Secrets” launched into the top 10 of all podcasts on Apple!