Denise Kiernan: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Denise Kiernan

New York Times Bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City and The Last Castle

“She has a real gift for connecting with her audience—not an easy task in this case, as the group (approximately 800) ranged from students to seniors and knowledge levels from specialists to laypersons. She reached them all, both in the formal lecture and in the Q&A session that followed. The consensus of the people I’ve talked to who are series “regulars” is that she is at the very top of all the many speakers in the entire eleven-year history of the program—a sentiment with which I fully concur.” - William B. Crawley, Director Great Lives Lecture Series

“My only regret about Denise Kiernan's appearance as part of the Science Track at this year's Decatur Book Festival is that we didn't book a larger space. The 300-seat ballroom was packed to the gills with science lovers and history lovers, enraptured by Denise's riveting and humane account of the 'girls' who worked behind the scenes at Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of the top-secret wartime effort to build the first atomic bomb."-Marc Merlin, Director
Atlanta Science Tavern

"Denise has not only written a fascinating book, she is a wonderful speaker. She drew a large audience for her talk at the Carter Presidential Library and the audience loved her presentation."-Tony Clark, Carter Presidential Library Author Program

“She is a shining star: professional, engaging, approachable. In this day and age of the superficial and synthetic personality, Denise Kiernan is the real thing.” -Joel Walker, Education Specialist, National Archives at Atlanta

"The warmth, energy and intelligence you brought to the evening will be long remembered by all of us who were privileged to be there."-Phyllis Barasch, President, NYU Alumni Association

“Denise is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard, and people were entranced. This was the event of the year.”-Flossie McNabb, event coordinator at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, TN

Denise Kiernan is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), the true story of young women living in a secret government city during World War II while unknowingly working on the first atomic bomb.

In one of her most popular talks, Kiernan takes audiences back in time and into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhattan Project raced to harness nuclear power. A lively and engaging speaker, Kiernan enthralls audiences with this story of adventure, intrigue, sacrifice and controversy.

Kiernan has been working as a writer for more than 20 years covering a variety of topics. She has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Saveur and many more national publications. She has also worked in television serving as head writer for ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and has produced for places such as ESPN and MSNBC as well as independent productions. She has authored several popular history titles including Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away and Stuff Every American Should Know (Quirk Books).

Based on her years as a freelancer, she devised a money-management system for independent workers, outlined in The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed (Crown/Random House). She has also co-authored books for athletes, entrepreneurs and actresses. As an author, Kiernan has been a featured guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, PBS NewsHour, NPR Weekend Edition, Morning Joe on MSNBC, The Takeaway on WNYC, The Cycle on MSNBC and many other print and radio outlets.

THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPR Bestseller and was named to Amazon's Top 100 Best Books of the Year for 2013! Denise is the recipient of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award from the American Political Science Association and the 2014 Book Award Citation from the Colonial Dames of America. She serves on the board of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit group that seeks to preserve nuclear history.

Denise’s latest book, The Last Castle, debuted in Fall 2017 and tells the true story of Biltmore House, an epic story of love, loss and American royalty in the nation’s largest home.

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  • The Last Castle
  • How I Did It: Researching, writing and publishing narrative nonfiction in today’s market
  • The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project
  • Lessons of the Manhattan Project

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