She has a real gift for connecting with her audience—not an easy task...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

popular topics and workshops

  • The Last Castle: Gilded Age, Grit and Grace Inside  the Nation's Largest Home
  • The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project
  •     Modern-Day Lessons of the Manhattan Project
  •     How I Did It: Researching, writing and publishing narrative nonfiction in today’s market
  •     Book Proposal Boot Camp

Denise has spoken across the country at universities, high schools, bookstores, corporate events, book festivals and community forums.

In one of her most popular talks, Denise discusses how she came to write and shares insights from The Girls of Atomic City, the true story of young women living in a secret government city during World War II while unknowingly working on the first atomic bomb. Using a collection of vintage photographs, she 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.

  Denise speaking at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Denise speaking at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

To book Denise for your next event:

Contact:  Hadley Walker, Greater Talent/Simon and Schuster Speakers Bureau

Phone:    212-647-6330


Denise’s love of history really shines in her exceptional presentation on the Vanderbilts and Biltmore House. She knows how to tell engaging stories that emphasize the human connection without overwhelming the audience with her extensive expertise. Denise is knowledgeable, funny and wonderfully charming as she makes history come to life.
— David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
Denise was a wonderful speaker here today at Town Hall. She is a special lady with a gift of being able to tell a great story! We loved it!
— Jill Falk, Yakima Town Hall Board
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

Prior engagements include...

  • Carter Presidential Library
  • Truman Presidential Library
  • U. S. National Archives, Washington, DC
  • U. S. National Archives at Atlanta "Secret City Symposium"
  • Columbia University School of Journalism
  • University of Mississippi Convocation Speaker and Common Reading Experience
  • New York University "Speakers on the Square" series
  • University of Mary Washington "Great Lives" series
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
  • American Museum of Science and Energy
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Alvernia University
  • Harper College
  • Fort Worth Lecture Foundation
  • Los Altos Morning Forum
  • Plus more educational institutions, bookstores, community meetings and corporate events