A video conversation with Dani Shapiro, best-selling author

ArtSpeak, Caplin News’ sister publication, recently sat down with Dani Shapiro to discuss the arch of her career and her latest book, “Signal Fires.”

She has authored 11 books, including six novels and five memoirs. She is also the creator of the podcast “Family Secrets.”

Growing up in a small town in suburban New Jersey, Shapiro never thought a career in the arts was possible. However, her exposure to the literary arts at Sarah Lawrence College led her to write her first novel while still in graduate school.

Her most recent novel, “Signal Fires,” received critical acclaim from NPR, TIME magazine, the Washington Post, and Amazon and was considered a national bestseller. She is currently working on a television adaptation of the book.

In 2019, her memoir, “Inheritance,” became an instant New York Times Bestseller, and was named a Best Book of 2019 by Elle, Vanity Fair, Wired, and Real Simple. Both “Signal Fires” and “Inheritance” were winners of the National Jewish Book Award.

Shapiro’s work has been published in fourteen languages and her book on the craft of writing, “Still Writing,” has just been reissued in commemoration of its tenth anniversary.

She is also the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

To watch the entire video conversation with Dani Shapiro on ArtSpeak, click here.

Beverly R. Muzii is a student at the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media studying Broadcast Media. She has worked previously as the managing editor of the Seminole Scribe, the student newspaper of Seminole State College. In 2021, her independent audio/visual production on anti-racism won first place in the Seminole State College Social Science Video Contest. Along with her passion for journalism, Beverly brings an appreciation for arts and culture and a recognition of how they influence society.