Heidi Durrow

Heidi Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and is already a book club favorite.The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist.

ca_10271221355271(1)Ebony Magazine named Heidi as one of its Power 100 Leaders of 2010 along with writers Edwidge Danticat and Malcolm Gladwell. Heidi was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.

Heidi is a graduate of StanfordColumbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School.  Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Heidi has worked as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and as a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes of the National Football League and National Basketball Association. Most recently she has served as the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat; and as a founder and producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festivalwhich was featured in the New York TimesEbony Magazine and National Public Radio.  She is also a highly acclaimed and sought-after public speaker who has spoken at SundanceBrownExeterYale Law School and many other universities nationwide.  She has also spoken at popular festivals, conferences and high schools on creativity, women’s empowerment, and multicultural and multiracial issues. She has been featured as a leading expert on multiracial and multicultural issues and identity by the NBC Nightly News, the New York TimesCNNNational Public Radio, the BBCEbony Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio.