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 Renee Muzii is a journalist at Florida International University who explores the intersection of journalistic storytelling with arts, culture and the humanities. Muzii is the chief student correspondent for ArtSpeak, an e-magazine and publication platform sponsored by FIU’s College of Communication Architecture and the Arts and the Lee Caplin School of Journalism and Media. Muzii also works as a student academic advising ambassador and is a studio support assistant for Island TV. Muzii will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the FIU Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media in 2025.