Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro • Inheritance

Paperback & Podcast Tour

Monday, 1/27 – Portsmouth, NH

With author of The Body Keeps Score, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Tuesday, 1/28 – New York City, NY

With country music star & author of Blood, Allison Moorer

Wednesday, 1/29 – Philadelphia, PA

With author of The Happiness Projects, Gretchen Rubin

Thursday, 1/30 – San Francisco, CA

With author of Cutting For Stone, Abraham Verghese

Friday, 1/31 – Los Angeles, CA

with rock star & author of Horror Stories, Liz Phair

The publication of Inheritance continues to be an amazing, wild ride! To every single one of my readers and listeners of “Family Secrets,” thank you!! It’s so meaningful to me that the stories I share have connected with so many of you. The paperback of Inheritance comes out at the end of this month, and though I won’t be traveling at the same pace as I did for all of 2019, I will be embarking on a five-day, five-city tour. I’m so excited to share the details and would be thrilled to meet you at one of these events! You’ve told me so many of your moving, powerful, heart-rending stories. This is a chance to gather together.  In honor of the paperback launch, this will be a live podcast tour for my podcast “Family Secrets.” With my extraordinary hand-picked guests, we will be talking intimately about big subjects: secrets, discoveries, DNA testing, genealogy, identity, trauma, and the liberation that comes from knowing the truth of oneself. I hope you’ll join me at one of the events listed above and be part of a conversation with some of the greatest thinkers, writers, and artists of our time. Tickets are now available.

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

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Virtual Event

National Jewish Book Award Ceremony at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Virtual Event

Hadassah Magazine: Genealogy Discussion at 8:00 PM

Hadassah Magazine Discussion Group presents: How Genealogy Became the Great Jewish Pastime, with Executive Editor Lisa Hostein, featuring Dani Shapiro, Jennifer Mendelsohn and Libby Copeland.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Event

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival at 10:00 AEST

Note: this event will be held on 12/1/2020 at 10:00am AUS-EST which correlates with 11/30/2020 at 6:00pm US-EST

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Virtual Event

Literary Legends Homecoming Festival, Fundraiser for KGB Bar at 7:00 PM

KGB Bar Lit Series former readers read their acclaimed & current work to raise funds to keep landmark KGB Bar alive post pandemic and beyond. Other readers include Billy Collins and George Green.

Dani’s second podcast in collaboration with iHeart Media has launched; The Way We Live Now examines the way people from all walks of life are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The paperback edition of Inheritance is an LA TimesWashington Post, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle, and National Indie bestseller!


Inheritance has won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award!

Wired Magazine names Inheritance as one of 2019’s top Science books!

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!