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Nic Stone

Storytelling is a vital tool for building empathy—when we hear others’ stories, we find our shared humanity.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Dear Justyce

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Nic Stone | #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Dear Justyce
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When we hear someone tell their story, we connect to them in a deep and more meaningful way. Beloved bestselling author Nic Stone says that stories link us together; when we listen to the lives and experiences of people who are different from us, we’ll discover our common ground. Nic’s #1 New York Times bestselling books, including the hit Dear Martin (the story of a modern teenager who writes letters to Martin Luther King Jr.) are real, emotional, and profound. She empowers us to see that our stories matter, and that we can use them to build bridges and leave a positive, vibrant legacy.

“Raw, mesmerizing, and unapologetically real.”

Huffington Post

Nic Stone has dedicated her life to writing the stories she needed when she was younger—the stories that make us feel seen, represented, and ready to connect with others. She didn’t read about characters who looked like her or who came from her world in her childhood books, and she wanted to bring her own story, and the stories of people like her, to life. She’ll teach you how the stories you read shape the way you see the world and the people in it, reminding us that we all have our own authentic story to share.


Nic says that sharing our stories is vital to doing the essential, necessary work of racial and social justice. If we want to rebuild and heal, making connections and embracing empathy through stories will go a long way: “the more we see Black people living—loving and doing and being and feeling...solving mysteries and being the heroes—the more we recognize our shared humanity.” She is also a fierce advocate for reading freedoms in public education. Having her own work banned in some parts of the country, she champions the rights of readers to pick up any book they choose and for authors to tell their authentic stories without fear of censorship. 


She has put her passionate convictions into practice in her award-winning novels, which have been lauded by NPR (her books have appeared twice on NPR’s Best Books of the Year list), The Atlantic, and Publishers Weekly.  Nic’s #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin was a William C. Morris Award Finalist and was called “an unforgettable tour de force of social justice” by BooklistThe Horn Book has lauded how Nic’s writing—which includes blockbusters Dear JustyceOdd One OutJackpot, and Clean Getaway—“carries the weight of history” as much as it is memorable, beautiful, and captivating. 

Speech Topics

Dear Martin Applying Dr. King's Teachings in Modern America
In Nic Stone’s debut novel Dear Martin, lead character Justyce McAllister is racially profiled by a white cop, prompting him to begin a journal to the late Dr. King. Like many Americans, Stone was deeply affected by the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown—young, unarmed African American men who were killed without provocation. In response, she wrote Dear Martin, a project considering current affairs through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings. The book—and its companion novel Dear Justyce—both became instant New York Times bestsellers for their poignant exploration on the effects of systemic racism on the lives of African American youths.
In this gripping talk, Stone draws from the themes in her work, while stressing the need for equity, accountability, and empowerment in reshaping our society toward antiracism. We must deconstruct the world as it is if we are to build a better one, says Stone. Her talk highlights the importance of human connection in carrying Dr. King’s dream forward into a more tangible reality. Audiences will come away enlightened and motivated to act as a force for social change. 
On Being Human The Power of Storytelling
In this poignant talk, Nic Stone draws on the full scope of her work to explain how marginalization is rooted in the subconscious dehumanizing of other people. She reveals how sharing our human stories, both past and present, builds the empathetic foundations necessary to dismantle all forms of oppression. Unpacking the key differences between equity, equality, and liberation, Stone demonstrates how the messaging in the books we read shape the way we see the world and the people in it, ourselves included.
This talk helps audiences tune into the stories of others and unlock their own—finding within themselves the listeners and storytellers our world needs to effectively address social injustice.