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JENNIFER ABADI is a graphic designer, illustrator, and the author of the highly acclaimed A FISTFUL OF LENTILS, a collection of recipes from her grandmother’s kitchen. She teaches classes at the JCC, among others, and has appeared on the Today show.

LAWRENCE ABBOTT teaches American literature and writing at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern American fiction. His latest is JANE DOLINGER: THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITER, a biography of the woman once known around the world as “Jungle Jane” and “the most glamorous travel writer in the world,” who authored seven nonfiction books of exotic adventure spanning the 1950s through 1990s.

SALAR ABDOH is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the Creative Writing program at City College of New York. Born in Iran, he now lives in New York where he is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at CCNY, CUNY. He is the author of THE POET GAME: A NOVEL, and OPIUM. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, La Règle du Jeu, The Drawbridge, and the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA prize and a National Endowment for the Arts award, as well as the editor of the forthcoming TEHRAN NOIR.

MICHAEL ABLEMAN is the founder and executive director of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, a non-profit organization located on one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in Southern California. He is an author and photographer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the world as well as at solo exhibitions. His most recent book is FIELDS OF PLENTY: A FARMER’S JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF REAL FOOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT.

CINDY ADAMS has written a daily column for the New York Post since 1981. She has appeared on numerous television shows and was a founding member of A Current Affair. She has written several books, including IRON ROSE: THE STORY OF ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AND HER DYNASTY, with Susan Crimp, and is a frequent lecturer. She is also the author of the bestselling THE GIFT OF JAZZY, about her best friend, a Yorkshire Terrier. Her most recent, LIVING A DOG’S LIFE: JAZZY, JUICY, AND ME, is about her grief over Jazzy’s untimely death and her newfound joy with Jazzy, Jr., and Juicy.

JOHN M. ADAMS, whose book THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE MUMMIES: HOW THEODORE DAVIS USED A STOLEN FORTUNE TO TRANSFORM ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE GILDED AGE will be published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press, is director emeritus of the Orange County, California Public Library, and prior to his tenure in California, served as director of libraries in Florida and in Illinois. He has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Research Center in Egypt (the professional organization for U.S. Egyptologists) and founded the Southern California Chapter of ARCE and served as its president. He is a regular contributor to Kmt: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt and a former editor of the Egyptological newsletter Sedjem.

KENNETH M. ADAMS, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director of Kenneth M. Adams Associates, a practice in Royal Oak, Michigan, devoted to treating trauma-induced addictive and intimacy disorders. An internationally recognized expert in these areas, Dr. Adams frequently gives lectures and leads workshops sponsored by national treatment programs such as the SierraTucsonTreatmentCenter, The Meadows, and The Life Healing Center. He is the author, with Alexander P. Morgan, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

SHAUNA JAMES AHERN is the face behind the award-winning blog, glutenfreegirl. She is considered one of the best food bloggers in the world, as well as one of the most authoritative sources on the internet about gluten-free living. Her first book, GLUTEN-FREE GIRL, shares her stories, recipes and tips for healthy eating and living. She is the author, with her husband, Daniel Ahern, of GLUTEN-FREE GIRL AND THE CHEF, which was picked by The New York Times as one of the top cookbooks of 2010, and GLUTEN-FREE GIRL EVERYDAY, which won the 2014 James Beard Award for Focus on Health. Their next book will be GLUTEN-FREE GIRL, AMERICAN CLASSICS REINVENTED.

JESSICA ALEXANDER lived in and worked in the past decade’s most prominent international disasters. She is currently getting her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on improving aid during humanitarian disasters. She is at work on her memoir, WELCOME BACK TO CIVILIZATION!, about an American girl who grew up in the sheltering cradle of an upper middle class Connecticut town and ended up managing a 24,000-person refugee camp in North Darfur.

JILL ALEXANDER taught high school English and Spanish before becoming a writer full-time. She is the author of THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY, and most recently PARADISE, a YA novel, in which a fifteen-year-old drummer’s world is turned upside down when an accordion-playing bad boy nails the audition to be frontman of her band and challenges all of her beliefs and her boundaries, while she also tries to keep her rockin’ life a secret from her overbearing and disapproving mother.

MAX ALEXANDER is a prolific journalist and former editor at People magazine and Variety. He currently writes for various publications, including Reader’s Digest, Bon Appétit, and Saveur and has edited books by authors such as George Plimpton. He lives on a farm in Maine and is the co-author, with Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, based on the beloved restaurant Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine. He is also the author of MAN BITES LOG: THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF A CITY GUY IN THE WOODS, a collection of essays about his city-to-country experience.

MATTHEW ALGEO is a reporter for Public Radio International’s Marketplace, heard by 7.4 million listeners weekly. Matthew’s first book, LAST TEAM STANDING, is about the temporary merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles football teams during WWII when there was a shortage of able-bodied players in the league. He is also the author of HARRY TRUMAN’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, in which he recreates the road trip that the former president and his wife Bess took in 1953. His latest is THE PRESIDENT IS A SICK MAN, about the secret surgery to remove a tumor from Grover Cleveland’s mouth during his presidency, and he is currently at work on PEDESTRIANISM.

BRUCE WARE ALLEN was born in the greater New York Metropolitan Area and grew up there, in the Netherlands, and in Italy.  His work has been published in Military History Quarterly, Military History, and Treasures of Malta. He is the author of INTO A TIDELESS SEA and THE GREAT SIEGE OF MALTA.

KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS is a parenting expert, breastfeeding advocate, journalist, author, and the founder of Her next book, THE BIG LETDOWN, will rival The Feminine Mystique in its reach to women, and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom in the controversial response it will elicit, as it opens up a candid conversation about the cultural, sociological and economic forces that shape the breastfeeding culture—and how big business, politics, the media, and feminism have undermined women and threatened their children in the process.

RACHELE ALPINE is a high school teacher by day, a MFAfiction writing student by night. Her debut YA novel is CANARY, a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of a teen girl dealing with newfound social acceptance when her father is hired as her school’s basketball coach

SARA FAITH ALTERMAN is the head writer at Boston Improv, who studied comedy writing with the Second City Training centers in Chicago and New York. The associate director of distribution of, Sara is a regular feature writer for, and has written for publications including the Independent, Great Chefs Magazine, and Carolina Woman magazine. She is the author of MY FIFTEEN MINUTES, and TEARS OF A CLASS CLOWN.

STEPHEN ALTSCHULER s a writer, teacher, mental health counselor, and author of THE MINDFUL GOLFER: HOW TO LOWER YOUR HANDICAP WHILE RAISING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. He lives in Santa Rose, California.

JOHN ALVERDY, MD, author of CHRONICLES OF A STOMACH STAPLER: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONTLINES OF AMERICA’S OBESITY EPIDEMIC is the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. As chief of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Surgical Obesity program, he oversees one of the most active weight-loss programs in the country, and has been a pioneer in the adoption of minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques in gastric bypass and other types of abdominal surgeries.

MATTHEW AMSTER-BURTON is a freelance food writer and stay-at-home dad. He co-hosts Spilled Milk, a podcast about food and comedy with Molly Wizenberg. His work appears regularly in the Sunday Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, and on He has been selected for the annual Best Food Writing anthology three times (2003, 2004, and 2006). He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter, who is the subject of his first book, HUNGRY MONKEY, a memoir about feeding an opinionated child from birth to age four, a process which has involved spicy enchiladas, duck legs, two lobsters, hundreds of potstickers, and not a single jar of baby food. His second memoir, PRETTY GOOD NUMBER ONE, which has been optioned for film, follows the story of his family as they eat their way through Tokyo.

KAREN AMSTER-YOUNG is a veteran of the marketing and public relations business, helping big brands and small companies get their moment in the spotlight. She founded her own firm, Amster-Young Public Relations in 1992 at age 26 and over the years has represented clients including FIJI Water, The American Cancer Society, The National Tabletop Association, and Federated Department Stores. She’s a successful freelance writer and her articles have appeared in:, Dan’s Papers,, Next Stop magazine,, and others. She is the co-author of 52 WEEKS, based on the popular blog of the same name.

JOHN ANDERSON is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Nation, Congressional Record, and Washington Journalism Review. He is also an Emmy-nominated director for Lifetime Television’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” campaign and has directed a number of television commercials focused on women’s issues, including self-esteem, sexual abuse, and child care. He is also president of The Farm, an advertising and production company based in New York and Virginia. His first book, STAND BY HER, is a breast cancer guide for men based on his experience caring for four women: his mother, her best friend, his wife, and his sister. A film based on his experiences, Four Extraordinary Women, aired on Lifetime.

JOHN ANDERSON has been a three-time president of the New York Film Critics Circle. He writes frequently for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Film Comment. His I WAKE UP SCREENING: WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU’VE MADE YOUR MOVIE, co-written with Laura Kim, was published by Billboard Books.

MICHELLE ANDREANI is a liker of pajamas, happily ever afters, and all milkshakes. She co-wrote the forthcoming FAR FROM US with Mindi Scott.

JOËLLE ANTHONY is a writer of young adult fiction and the author of RESTORING HARMONY and THE RIGHT AND THE REAL. Under the pseudonym, J.M. KELLY, she published the YA novel, SPEED OF LIFE, about twin sisters trying to find their own identity after one has a baby and the other is accepted to a college. She also teaches writing workshops for both young writers and adults.

KIM ANTIEAU received her M.L.S. degree from the University of Arizona in 1987, and she has both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Eastern University. She is the author of three novels and more than 20 stories, including the recent COYOTE COWGIRL. She is the author of two critically-acclaimed young adult novels, MERCY, UNBOUND and BROKEN MOON. She is currently at work on another book for teens, RUBY’S IMAGINE, about a young girl’s adventure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

CARLOS APONTE was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended Parsons School of Design and currently teaches drawing at Fashion Institute of Technology. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Elle, and Esquire. and

PAIGE APPEL of BASH EVENTS, along with Kelly Harris of YES, PLEASE DESIGNS is one of the two creative gals behind BASH, PLEASE, a full service event production and design house. Together they offer their clients everything from paper design, logistical management, event design, florals, prop building, vendor curation, decor sourcing; everything from soup to nuts! Taking cues from the  artful, the vintage, the modern, the crafty, the textured, the natural, they create seamless events that showcase their clients sensibility without the stress of fussy over-production. Vibrant and innovative are two words they like to keep in mind when approaching a new bash. They live in Los Angeles and travel nationwide to produce events for their clients. They are also the co-creators of THE CREAM (formerly known as Hitched). A modern, hip, experiential take on the bridal and, they are at work on their first book, which is forthcoming from Rizzoli.

REED ARVIN began his career as one of the most innovative producers, lecturers, and authors in the Christian media. His music productions include work with Amy Grant, Jars of Clay and many others. He is also an award-winning composer of television music and the author of four novels: THE WIND IN THE WHEAT; THE WILL; the gripping legal thriller BLOOD OF ANGELS; and the critically acclaimed THE LAST GOODBYE.

KATIE ASHLEY is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She has penned eighteen titles from Contemporary Romance to New and Young Adult. She loves writing strong, sassy women who love taming the bad boys. While initially an Indie author, she also has a traditionally published series, Vicious Cycle, with Penguin. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

BRODI ASHTON received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Utah and a M.A. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is the author of YA novel EVERNEATH, which follows Nikki as she is given six months to be with her family and boyfriend before she’s taken away to the immortal world of Everneath, and its sequels EVERBOUND, the novella NEVERFALL, and EVERTRUE. Her newest YA novels are DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY and MY LADY JANE, with MY BELOVED JANE and MY CALAMITY JANE to follow.

PHILIP AUERSWALD is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, and an Associate at the Belfer Centerfor Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His work focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial and technological solutions to global challenges. His latest is THE COMING PROSPERITY.

BELLE AURORA is the author of the romantic comedy Friend-Zoned series as well as the dark romantic suspense novels WILLING CAPTIVE and RAW, the latter described as “…not a love story…[but] a story of love gone wrong.” Belle Aurora lives in Australia, where she was raised.

ELENA AZZONI is a writer and actor, performing at venues throughout New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. She has appeared on the LOGO channel’s Big Gay Sketch Show and is the writer/performer for the comedic, one-woman show, This Is the Way I Pray: Confessions of a Yearning Heart on a Sugar High. Her work has been published in Make/Shift magazine. Elena received an MFA from New College in San Francisco and a BA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from UMASS, Amherst. She is the author of A YEAR STRAIGHT, in which she humorously chronicles her first year of dating men after identifying as a lesbian for over a decade, and is currently at work on a new memoir.



SEAN MICHAEL BAILEY is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author of non-fiction. His first novel, 1787, is a fast-paced thriller about a cyber-battle that takes place high in the skies.

HOUSTON A. BAKER, JR., is a Distinguished University Professor in the English Department at Vanderbilt University. He has served as the Editor of American Literature, the oldest and most prestigious journal in American Literary Studies. He has written and/or edited more than 20 books, including MODERNISM AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE and CRITICAL MEMORY AND TURNING SOUTH AGAIN: RETHINKING MODERNISM / REREADING BOOKER T. His latest books are I DON’T HATE THE SOUTH: REFLECTIONS ON FAULKNER, FAMILY, AND THE SOUTH and BETRAYAL: HOW BLACK INTELLECTUALS HAVE ABANDONED THE IDEALS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA.

KEN BAKER is the E! Chief News Correspondent, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a former hockey player for Colgate University. He is the author of MAN MADE, which chronicles his battle with a brain tumor that, over a period of 10 years, gradually sapped his masculinity; THEY DONT PLAY HOCKEY IN HEAVEN, which describes the season he spent playing hockey for a minor league team; FANGIRL, his first YA novel, about a girl who meets and falls for the pop star she idolizes; and HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE, a YA novel following a girl who loses weight and becomes famous at the price of losing herself. He is also the co-author with Olympic Gold medalist Scott Hamilton of THE GREAT EIGHT: HOW TO BE HAPPY (EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE MISERABLE). His lastest book is the YA novel FINDING FOREVER, about a teen celebrity blogger-turned-sleuth. He is currently at work on a new nonfiction project for adults, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH ME.

DEBORAH BALL is the Italy Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal. She has a distinguished track record covering Italian politics and finance, as well as European fashion, at the Wall Street Journal for over a decade. In 2009, she became theWall Street Journal’s Switzerland reporter, where she covered Roman Polanski, animal lawyers, rogue traders and tax evaders. Her first book is HOUSE OF VERSACE, a fascinating look at the rise and fall of the Versace fashion empire.

JEFFREY BANK is the CEO of the Alicart Restaurant Group, owner of the famous Carmine’s and Virgil’s BBQ. He is currently at work on two cookbooks, VIRGIL’S BARBECUE ROADTRIP and CARMINE’S CELEBRATIONS, featuring recipes from his renowned restaurant.

PATRICE BANKS, a favorite of CBS This Morning and Fox and Friends, is a female auto mechanic dedicated to empowering women by showing them how to keep up their own cars. The leader of numerous auto workshops for women and soon to be the owner of an all-female auto-repair shop, she will share her secrets on car maintenance in THE GIRLS’ AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE, to be published by Touchstone in 2017.

ADRIENNE BARBEAU is a star of film, television, theater, and the concert stage who made her Broadway debut as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. She was nominated for a Tony for the role of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease and played Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude. She also starred in HBO’s Carnivale as Ruthie the Snake Dancer. Her titles include THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO and the paranormal mystery VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD, which she co-authored with Michael Scott. Her latest is the sequel to VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD, entitled LOVE BITES.

CHARLES BARKER is a writer and a geologist who has worked in the environmental consulting field for over 20 years, involved in issues ranging from water supply contamination to air quality. He also teaches at Wayne State University. He is currently working on a book titled SOLVING THE MAPMAKER’S PUZZLE about the theory of continental drift and plate tectonics.

JACKIE BARRETT has been a psychic medium for 25 years. More recently, she has become a reality TV favorite. Her nonfiction narrative, THE DEVIL I KNOW, written with I. J. Schechter, explores the truth behind the infamous Amityville Horror house and Jackie’s work with the killer, Ronald DeFeo. She is currently at work on THE HAUNTING OF THE GEMINI, with Claire Booth, a first-person account of her connection to New York Zodiac killer Eddie Seda and one of his victims.

JUDITH BARRETT is a freelance reporter and food writer, the co-author of the bestselling RISOTTO, as well as the author of RISOTTO RISOTTI; SAVED BY SOUP; WELL DONE: A COOK’S EDUCATION; and FAGIOLI: THE BEAN CUISINE OF ITALY. Her most recent title is FROM AN ITALIAN GARDEN.

SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS is a true media star. She is the author of several best-selling books and has been the subject of both a television movie and an A&E Biography. She is at work on her debut novel, a roman à clef about a group of “working girls” who use their unique connections and expertise to break up an international crime ring.

JACK BARSKY will make his debut with his memoir DEEP UNDERCOVER, which will be published by Tyndale in 2017. Recently profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Barsky was sneaked into the U.S. from his native East Germany as a KGB-trained spy at the height of the Cold War. Eventually tracked down by the FBI after the Velvet Revolution, Barsky now tells his incredible story.

JOAN BARTHEL is an independent writer and author of four nonfiction books including Rosemary Clooney’s GIRL SINGER. She was a staff writer at the weekly Life, contributing editor at New Times, and instructor in feature writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, and Notre Dame Magazine. AMERICAN SAINT: THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH SETON, her biography of the pioneer of faith-centered feminism, who ultimately became the first American-born canonized saint, was recently published by Thomas Dunne.

REEM BASSIOUNEY is a professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University.  A native of Alexandria, Egypt, she obtained her BA from Alexandria University and her MA and PhD from Oxford University in the UK. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed novels in Arabic, all of which have been bestsellers in Egypt. Two, PROFESSOR HANAA and THE PISTACHIO SELLER, have been translated into English.

JOSEPH BASTIANICH opened Becco and Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. With Mario Batali he opened Babbo, Lupa, Otto, and Eataly in New York. His latest venture with Mario and chef Mark Ladner is Del Posto, which he describes as “the ultimate expression of what we think an Italian restaurant can be.” With David Lynch, Joe wrote James Beard nominee and IACP award-winner VINO ITALIANO: THE REGIONAL WINES OF ITALY, its follow-up, VINO ITALIANO BUYING GUIDE: THE ULTIMATE QUICK REFERENCE TO THE GREAT WINES OF ITALY, and his most recent wine book, GRANDI VINI. His bestselling memoir, RESTAURANT MAN, charts Joe’s culinary adventures from working with his parents to operating his own highly renowned restaurants.

LIDIA BASTIANICH is widely regarded as the “First Lady” of Italian cuisine in the U.S. Through her lectures, cookbooks, and restaurants—Felidia and Becco in New York and Lidia’s in both Kansas City and Pittsburgh—she has brought authentic Italian cooking to America. Her groundbreaking first book was LA CUCINA DI LIDIA, followed by LIDIA’S ITALIAN TABLE and LIDIA’S ITALIAN-AMERICAN KITCHEN, based on the 39-part television series. She is also the author of LIDIA’S FAMILY TABLE, featuring classic Italian recipes prepared in Lidia’s own Mediterranean-style kitchen, surrounded by her family and based on her television series of the same name. She is the author, with her daughter Tanya Bastianich Manuali, of the bestselling LIDIA’S ITALY: 140 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM THE TEN PLACES IN ITALY LIDIA LOVES MOST. Their latest together is LIDIA COOKS FROM THE HEART OF ITALY: A FEAST OF 175 REGIONAL RECIPES.

DALE BASYE is a children’s author and an award-winning film critic. He is the author of the Heck series, the first book of which, HECK: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO, was a finalist for the Borders Original Voices Award. Dale is currently working on the next books in the series.

BRYAN BATT appeared throughout the first two seasons of “Mad Men” as Sal, the closeted ad executive. Batt’s true story of his madcap relationship with his Southern-belle mom, SHE AIN’T HEAVY, SHE’S MY MOTHER, was published by Crown in 2011.  He is also the author of BIG EASY STYLE, a coffee-table guide to home decorating with a New Orleans flair.

JES BATTIS, Ph.D., is the author of academic books and a variety of scholarly articles in the areas of fantasy, television, and queer studies, including the books BLOOD RELATIONS: CHOSEN FAMILIES IN BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER AND ANGEL and INVESTIGATING FARSCAPE: UNCHARTED TERRITORIES OF SEX AND SCIENCE FICTION. He is also the author of the urban fantasy OSI Series, which includes NIGHT CHILD, A FLASH OF HEX, INHUMAN RESOURCES, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, and BLEEDING OUT. As Bailey Cunningham, he is the author of the Parallel Parks series, which began with PILE OF BONES.

JOY BAUER is a noted nutritionist and #1 New York Times bestseller for JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES with Carol Svec. She is also the author of THE 90/10 WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN, which details a revolutionary approach to dieting, COOKING WITH JOY, with Rosemary Black, and 3-2-1 WEIGHT LOSS PLAN with Prevention magazine. In addition to her successful book publishing career, Joy has been a columnist for Woman’s Day and Self magazines and a regular contributor to Parade magazine, is a frequent guest on the Today show, Live! with Regis and Kelly, The View, VH1, and Good Morning America, and she is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Joy started and maintains one of the biggest nutrition centers in the country, Joy Bauer Nutrition, located in New York City and Westchester, NY. She is the author of YOUR INNER SKINNY with Carol Svec, and the companion cookbook, SLIM & SCRUMPTIOUS. Her most recent are a revised edition of the highly popular JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES and a book based on her wildly popular “Joy Fit Club” segments on the Today show, THE JOY FIT CLUB.

KENNETH BAUM is one of the premier sports performance consultants in the U.S.  He conducts seminars throughout the country and addresses thousands of people every year in his lectures. He is the author of THE MENTAL EDGE and METABOLIZE: THE PERSONALIZED PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS. Both are co-authored with Richard Trubo. His latest book, MIND OVER BUSINESS, co-authored with Bob Andelman, is a guide for reaching peak performance in the workplace.

PETER BAYLIES is the creator of the At-Home Dad Newsletter, which he started for other at-home fathers after he was laid off from his job in 1992. His first book is THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Jessica Toonkel.

SUSAN BEAL is a jewelry designer, writer, and editor, as well as a contributor to a number of craft books. She writes about art, craft, and fashion for Cutting Edge, JoAnn Crafts, BUST, ReadyMade, Venus, Art Access,, and Her “West Coast Crafty” column runs monthly on She’s also taught jewelry making and craft classes in her studio, at bead shops, at the DIY Lounge, and for Church of Craft. She is the author of BEAD SIMPLE and BUTTON IT UP.

PHILIP BEARD is a partner in a law firm and an English teacher. He has studied fiction writing with Frederick Busch. His first novel is DEAR ZOE and his latest is titled LOST IN THE GARDEN, a family drama about a man who is losing his wife to golf.

DR. GLORIA BEIM is one of a very small group of female orthopedic surgeons. She is the physician to the U.S. Olympic Training Camp, as well as the U.S. National Track Cycling Team. With Ruth Winter, she is the author of THE FEMALE ATHLETE’S BODY BOOK.

JIM BELL is an astronomer and planetary scientist as well as a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. He is the leader of the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) color imaging team on the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover missions, an experience he wrote about in POSTCARDS FROM MARS, a breathtaking book filled with gorgeous photos of the Red Planet. He also authored MARS 3-D, MOON 3-D, and THE SPACE BOOK. Jim’s latest book is THE INTERSTELLAR AGE: INSIDE THE FORTY-YEAR VOYAGER MISSION.

JOAN BELOFF, ACC, ALA, a specialist in the field of gerontology, serves as the New Vitality and Community Outreach Director for Chilton Memorial Hospital, where she coordinates outreach programs for the hospital and surrounding community. She also supervises the Gerontology, Community Health, Parent Education and Corporate Wellness personnel at Chilton Memorial Hospital. She is the co-author with Cynthia Green of THROUGH THE SEASONS: AN ACTIVITY BOOK FOR MEMORY-CHALLENGED ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS.

ANDREW BELONSKY is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, Gawker, Interview, Jezebel, Rolling Stone, Salon among others. He is at work on HARD NOTCH LIFE: An Illustrated History of the Log Cabin forthcoming from Norton’s Countryman imprint. This image-driven, splinters-and-all biography of the log cabin draws on colonial diaries, journalistic accounts, and over 100 illustrations to show how the log cabin, once derided as a poor immigrant’s hovel, became a beloved American institution, offering up a lively, irreverent analysis of an icon as enduring as it is malleable.

GARY BELSKY is the former editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. An adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, Belsky lectures frequently on the psychology of decision-making to business and consumer groups around the world, and consults with various corporate clients on choice architecture and consumer-related messaging. From 1994 through 1998, Belsky was a regular commentator on CNN’s Your Money and a frequent contributor to Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Crossfire and Oprah; he continues to appear on local and national radio and TV, commenting on personal finance, economics, business, and sports. He is the author of ON SECOND THOUGHT; WHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM with Thomas Gilovich; and SHOULD YOU REALLY BE A LAWYER? THE GUIDE TO SMART CAREER CHOICES BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER LAW SCHOOL with Deborah Schneider.

PAULA STONE BENDER is a clinical psychologist who specializes in family practice, as well as the author of two parenting books: HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY and HOW TO KEEP YOUR TEENAGER FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY.

LEE BENSON is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience as a newspaper writer, columnist, and book author. He is the renowned sports columnist for the Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News, where he was named Sportswriter of the Year 15 consecutive years. His most recent book, co-authored with Elizabeth Smart’s uncle Tom Smart, is IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE STARTLING TRUTH BEHIND THE ELIZABETH SMART INVESTIGATION.

TADGH BENTLEY is a picture book author and illustrator originally from the UK, now living in the Hocking Hills of Ohio. His titles include LITTLE PENGUIN GETS THE HICCUPS and SAMSON, THE PIRANHA WHO WENT TO DINNER.

JONATHAN BERENT, A.C.S.W., is a pioneering psychotherapist who specializes in social anxieties including public speaking anxiety, performance anxiety, and selective mutism. Since 1978, Berent has worked directly with or supervised the treatment of about 10,000 patients of all ages. He also has served as a stress management consultant to numerous corporations and organizations including NBC, Bankers Trust, Bloomingdale’s, Technicon Science Center, and the United Federation of Teachers. Media appearances include Oprah, Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, and the National Enquirer. He is the author, with Amy Lemley, of BEYOND SHYNESS: HOW TO CONQUER SOCIAL ANXIETIES and WORK MAKES ME NERVOUS: OVERCOME ANXIETY AND BUILD THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED.

JOSEPH BERGER is a features writer at the New York Times and the author of THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS. His most recent book is DISPLACED PERSONS, a highly praised memoir of growing up in America after the Holocaust. Joe’s latest book is THE PIOUS ONES and he is currently at work on A PROPHET FOR HIS TIME, a biography about Elie Wiesel.

EMMA BERNAY has written a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children and young adults. She has worked on projects with American Girl Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Sterling Publishing, Capstone, Rosen, MTV Books, and Alloy Entertainment, among others. She is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO.

JOSEPH BERGER is a features writer at the New York Times and the author of THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS. His most recent book is DISPLACED PERSONS, a highly praised memoir of growing up in America after the Holocaust. Joe’s latest book is THE WORLD IN A CITY: TRAVELING THE GLOBE THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE NEW NEW YORK, and he is currently at work on THE PIOUS ONES.

ANAT BERKO, Ph.D., Lt. Col. (ret.), is an advisor to Israel’s Council for National Security, the governmental team dealing with Counter-Terrorism. She serves as an advisor to senior echelon decision makers in efforts to counter suicide bombers and their dispatchers and is a research fellow with the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Inter-Disciplinary Center, Herzliya. She is the author of THE PATH TO PARADISE: THE INNER WORLD OF SUICIDE BOMBERS AND THEIR DISPATCHERS.

EMMA BERNAY has written a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children and young adults. She has worked on projects with American Girl Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Sterling Publishing, Capstone, Rosen, MTV Books, and Alloy Entertainment, among others. She is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO.

ALAN BERNSTEIN, C.S.W, P.C., has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. He is a consultant with Outward Bound, the author of THE PRINCETON REVIEW’S GUIDE TO YOUR CAREER, and has been quoted extensively in the print media, including USA Today, Money, and Vogue. He and John Trauth are the authors of YOUR RETIREMENT, YOUR WAY, a guide to figuring out what’s best for an individual’s retirement needs.

JEN BERVIN comes from a long line of pie makers in the Midwest and learned to love pie the old-fashioned way—by eating it regularly. She has worked at Bubby’s Pie Co. in Tribeca since 2002, when she was hired to bring “beauty and grace” back to the bakery and to invent and test new recipes for seasonal specials, as well as improve upon old ones. She is the co-author, with Ron Silver, Jr., of BUBBY’S PIE COMPENDIUM.

R. DWAYNE BETTS has been appointed a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is also a graduate student at Warren Wilson College, where he has been awarded the Holden Fellowship. Shortly after his release from prison in 2005, the Washington Post published a feature article about him and a book club he founded for at-risk young men called Young Men Read. He teaches poetry at several public schools in the D.C. metro area, has a published book of poetry, has his poetry published in many national literary journals, and contributed an essay to the anthology IT’S ALL LOVE. His latest is a memoir entitled A QUESTION OF FREEDOM, and he is currently at work on THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A PRISON, in which Betts will unravel the complex relationships a prison sentence creates and how one crime affects a range of people’s lives.

AMY BIANCOLLI is an author and journalist with 31 years’ experience. From 2004 to late 2012, she served as film critic for the Houston Chronicle; her reviews, published around the country, won her the 2007 Comment and Criticism Award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association. She’s currently an arts writer and columnist for the Albany Times Union, and is writing her first book, FIGURING SHIT OUT, about her journey after her husband’s suicide.

JOHN BICKNELL, author of the forthcoming 1844: THE YEAR THE WORLD DIDN’T END, is the former editor at CQ Roll Call in Washington, where he worked from 1999 to 2013. He is the co-author of POLITICS IN AMERICA 2012 (CQ Press, 2011), a 1,200 page guide to Congress. He has also served as a book reviewer and political columnist. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in religious studies.

ROCHELLE BILOW is a food writer and classically trained cook with a Grand Diplome in Classic Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. As a staff writer at Bon Appétit, she interviews chefs and covers food trends and seasonal cooking. Her writing has also appeared in Edible Finger Lakes, USA Today, the Syracuse Post-Standard, Food Traveler, and others. She lives in Brooklyn and her memoir, THE CALL OF THE FARM, focuses on her time working on a small farm in upstate New York and the whirlwind romance with her farming mentor that she never meant to happen.

LIVIA BLACKBURNE is a neuroscientist conducting research on the neural correlates of reading. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of MIDNIGHT THIEF and its sequel DAUGHTER OF DUSK. Her next YA fantasy, ROSEMARKED will be released in January 2018.

JULIET BLACKWELL is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. As Hailey Lind she writes the Agatha-nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series.

NICOLE BLADES is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in MORE, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health,,, Cool Mom Tech, Huffington Post, PBS Parents, and She is currently at work on her first novel, THE THUNDER BENEATH US, about a successful, beautiful and “blessed” woman, but with a dark secret and a desire to do something more meaningful than continue being known as a fashion magazine’s resident sexpert.

LINDA BLADHOLM is an accomplished writer and artist with a deep appreciation and understanding of global food and culture through travel. She writes a weekly column called “Fork in the Road” in the Miami Herald, and is the author of four books on Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine.

DAWN JACKSON BLATNER, RD, CSSD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, and a nationally known and trusted food and nutrition expert. She is the author of THE FLEXITARIAN DIET named one of the top 10 diets of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. She was also the nutrition consultant for the New York Times bestseller THE CARB LOVER’S DIET. In addition to her role as consultant to the Chicago Cubs, Dawn writes a food and nutrition blog for Huffington Post; health and wellness articles for national magazines such as Fitness and  Health; and a weekly e-newsletter, Nutrition WOW. She appears regularly as a guest on national television programs such as Today, Good Morning America Health, Anderson Cooper, and EXTRA, as well as being quoted in major national media. Dawn received a Lifetime Television “Remarkable Woman Award” for her work in the field of nutrition. She is at work on THESUPERFOOD SWAP DIET, a high-concept new life program which will upgrade favorite cravings based on nutrition quality rather than calories.

BETSY BLOCK is a regular contributor to NPR Online’s weekly food column, “Kitchen Window,” where she writes essays about food and family. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Boston Globe and on websites like Her first book is the smart and funny THE DINNER DIARIES: RAISING WHOLE WHEAT KIDS IN A WHITE BREAD WORLD.

KENNETH BOCK, M.D., is board certified in family medicine and, along with Dr. Steven Bock and Nancy Faass, the author of THE GERM SURVIVAL GUIDE, a practical plan for keeping you and your family germ-free.

JANE BOGART, M.A., CHES, is the Coordinator of Health Outreach and Promotion at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly the Director of Health Promotion at NYU, she also taught at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Known to her students across the country as “Sex Jane,” she has appeared on MTV as a “Sexpert.” She is the author of SEXPLORATION: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FEELING TRULY GREAT IN BED, a practical, human, humorous, and informative guide for any and every sexual encounter.

WALT BOGDANICH is one of only a few journalists to receive two Pulitzer Prizes for individual achievement—one at the Wall Street Journal and the other in 2005 at the New York Times for “Death on the Tracks,” his series on corporate cover-ups of train accidents. In 2008, he won a third Pulitzer for reporting on toxic substances that were discovered in products imported from China. He has also been honored with four George Polk Awards as well as many other accolades in print and broadcast journalism. A television producer, journalism professor, and guest on some of today’s top TV shows, including the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN, and PBS, he has also served as the on-air correspondent for investigative stories broadcast on PBS and Discovery Times Channel. He is the author of THE GREAT WHITE LIE, an examination of the inner workings of America’s medical system.

BRIAN BOITANO is more than just a champion on the ice; he also gives a winning performance in the kitchen. His series What Would Brian Boitano Make? premiered in August 2009 on the Food Network and has recently moved over to the Cooking Channel. Few athletes have enjoyed the artistic and popular success he has had since winning the gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. He has won more professional titles than any other skater in the history of the sport; among those titles are six World Professional Championships. He also won a primetime Emmy Award for his starring role in the 1990 HBO movie Carmen on Ice and is the author of BOITANO’S EDGE: INSIDE THE REAL WORLD OF FIGURE SKATING. His first cookbook, WHAT WOULD BRIAN BOITANO MAKE?, is forthcoming from Globe Pequot Press.

LOUISE BONNETT-RAMPERSAUD is the author of HOW DO YOU SLEEP? and POLLY HOPPER’S POUCH. She was born in England and now lives in Maryland with her family. Her most recent books are THE DYNO-MITE DOG SHOW and THE SPRING UN-FAIR, the first two books in her newest series, The Secret Knock Club.

ESTHER WACHS BOOK has written business articles for Forbes, Fortune, and Working Woman and has served as the career expert at Marie Claire magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and speaks fluent Chinese. Her most recent book is WHY THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB IS A WOMAN.

KATE BOORMAN has a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. She was born in Nepal and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of WINTERKILL, a YA novel about a town shrouded in dangerous woodlands and dark secrets and the one girl who has the courage to fight against it all. Its sequels are DARKTHAW and the upcoming HEARTFIRE.

CLAIRE BOOTH is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Philadelphia Inquirer. As a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, she began covering the Taylor Helzer murder case and wrote a nonfiction account of Helzer’s life and crimes, THE FALSE PROPHET: CONSPIRACY, EXTORTION AND MURDER IN THE NAME OF GOD. Her debut novel, THE BRANSON BEAUTY, the first in a series of mysteries about Sheriff HankWorth is forthcoming.

FRED BOST is an ex-Army and Pentagon investigator and has won two consecutive awards for investigative journalism from the North Carolina Press Association. With Jerry Allen Potter, he co-authored FATAL JUSTICE: REINVESTIGATING THE MACDONALD MURDERS.

NEAL BOWERS was a Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University until his retirement. He is the author of a novel, LOOSE ENDS; a collection of poems OUT OF THE SOUTH; and a volume of nonfiction, WORDS FOR THE TAKING: THE HUNT FOR A PLAGIARIST. He is currently at work on another novel.

WAYNE BRACHMAN has been named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design and Choclatier magazines. He is the author of CAKES AND COWPOKES; RETRO DESSERTS; and AMERICAN DESSERTS. His latest is SEE DAD COOK: THE ONLY BOOK A GUY NEEDS TO FEED FAMILY AND FRIENDS (AND HIMSELF).

RICHARD R. BRADLEY III, was the Director of the Occupational Health and Fitness Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for over twenty years. His first book, QUICK FIT: THE COMPLETE 15-MINUTE NO-SWEAT WORKOUT, lays out his unique and effective fitness program.

FLO BRAKER, a former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, is a food writer, and cooking teacher. She is the author of THE SIMPLE ART OF PERFECT BAKING and SWEET MINIATURES, which won the IACP Cookbook Award for best single subject cookbook. She has appeared on the public television series Baking with Julia and on the Food Network’s Baker’s Dozen. Her latest is BAKING FOR ALL OCCASIONS.

Z. BREWER is the author (writing under the name Heather Brewer) of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, about a half-boy, half-vampire, and its spin-off series, The Slayer Chronicles, as well as the YA fantasy, SOULBOUND. Zac’s most recent novels are CEMETERY BOYS, about the darkness that lurks under the quaint veneer of a small town, and THE BLOOD BETWEEN US, following two rivaling siblings trying to unveil the mystery of the accident that killed their parents. He is currently at work on his next novel for young adults, MADNESS. Zac is also a tireless anti-bullying advocate and lecturer.

STEVE BREZENOFF is the author of young adult novels THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1; BROOKLYN, BURNING; and GUY IN REAL LIFE, the modern love story of two teens, their obsession with role-playing games, and their desperate need for real interaction. Steve has also written many chapter books for young readers. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.

LARA BRICKER is a former private detective and an award-winning journalist with over a decade of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. In addition to news writing, Bricker is a parenting humor columnist for Seacoast Parents Connect, a website operated through Seacoast Media Group. She is the author of LIE AFTER LIE, which follows the rise and fall of radio talk show host James Keown, a master of deception so accomplished that no one suspected he could be responsible for killing his wife.

ANNA BROADWAY is the pseudonym of a West Coast editor and blogger. Her book, SEXLESS IN THE CITY, based on her popular blog, follows her exploits as a half-hearted virgin struggling to reconcile the deeply held faith of an evangelical upbringing and life as a Brooklyn denizen and chaste party girl.

ELIN BROCKMAN has written for dozens of publications, including: New York, the New York Times, Esquire, Life, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the Wall Street Journal.  She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her husband and son, and is currently at work on TANGIBLE BLESSINGS, about her lifelong obsession with having the right stuff, her love-hate relationship with that stuff, and her ongoing quest for material goodness.

COLIN BRODERICK is a carpenter/writer who left home in Northern Irelandat 18 to move first to London, then New York, and recently to Prague. He founded and published a small coffee shop literary magazine called Everyman, worked with The Irish Bronx Theatre Company, and had a play called Father Who produced by Dermot Kenny and The Macalla Theatre Company. His first book is ORANGUTAN, a memoir of nineteen years spent as an alcoholic working in construction and trying to forge a life as a writer. He is currently at work on a new memoir, THAT’S THAT, about his abusive childhood inNorthern Ireland during The Troubles.

JESSICA BRODY began her career working at MGM Studios before leaving to pursue life as a published author. She is the author of two novels for adults, THE FIDELITY FILES and LOVE UNDER COVER, and several novels for young adults—THE KARMA CLUB, MY LIFE UNDECIDED, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER, and the Unremembered trilogy. She is currently at work on A WEEK OF MONDAYS—a high stakes, hilarious, time-bending new novel for teens and her middle grade debut, ADDIE BELL’S SHORTCUT TO LIFE.

MICHELLE BRODY, Ph.D. is  both  an  executive  coach  and  a  clinical  psychologist  with  over  20  years of experience.  Her approach  to  coaching  couples  and  business  leaders  is  founded  on  the  principle  of  helping  clients  visualize  and  understand  the  unproductive  processes  they  get  stuck  in,  to  enable them  to see their way out and make  sustainable  change.  Michelle’s  background  also  includes  extensive  experience  in  teaching,  coaching  and  scientific  research  at  several  major  U.S.  universities, including  M.I.T,  Pace  University  and  Yale  University.   She  is  the  founder  of  Coaching  for  Couples (,  an  innovative  model  for  time efficient  relationship  change.  Her first book, STOP THE FIGHT, an illustrated guide to defusing our most common and intractable arguments, is forthcoming from The Experiment.

KATHERINE BROOKING is a registered dietitian who is a frequent nutrition contributor to top-tier national morning shows, including TODAY, Live! with Kelly, The Early Show on CBS, and Good Morning America Health, as well as on local affiliate stations across the country. She has contributed to Self, Cooking Light, and Woman’s Day magazines and other major publications including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and New York Daily News. She is a nutrition advisor to Prevention Magazine and national broadcast spokesperson for Cooking Light. Her most recent work, the book THE REAL SKINNY written with Julie Upton, describes 101 “slim habits” to help you make healthier food choices on a daily basis.

CARA BROOKINS  is a writer and a motivational speaker. Brookins is also a partner in MySocialFam, a social media consulting company owned and operated by her and her children. Her forthcoming memoir, RISE:  HOW A HOUSE BUILT A FAMILY is about leaving a domestic violence situation with her four children and building Inkwell Manor, their 3,500 square foot home, from the ground up with their own hands.

CHRISTOPHER BROWN is a political and financial consultant who has formulated campaign strategies for gubernatorial, state, and municipal candidates, and advised investment banks on strategies for gaining new clients in public finance. He is now working on A SIMPLE MAN: ROBERT MCNAMARA IN VIETNAM, based on his extensive interviews with the former Secretary of Defense.

TODD DAVID BROWN is the author of ENTRIES FROM A HOT PINK NOTEBOOK, a superb first novel about a gay high school kid coming of age in a blue-collar town in Maine.

WALTER BROWN, MD is a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and clinical professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University. He is the author of two books aimed at a professional audience, most recently THE PLACEBO EFFECT IN CLINICAL PRACTICE. He has spent forty years researching drugs to treat depression and bipolar disorder, and published hundreds of articles detailing his findings. His essays have appeared in Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today and the Providence Journal. He is at work on LITHIUM: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A DOCTOR, A DRUG AND A BREAKTHOUGH forthcoming from the Liveright imprint of Norton.

GARY BROZEK has been a senior editor with a major New York publishing house. He is the co-author of DIVORCED FROM THE MOB with Andrea Giovino; FINANCIAL BLISS with Bambi Holzer; and THE TEEN WHISPERER with Mike Linderman. His latest is A MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH: HOW TO RETIRE WITH THE MONEY YOU’LL NEED with Michael Farr.

KYM BRUNNER is the author of the paranormal YA Bonnie-and-Clyde thriller WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE and the forthcoming FLIP THE BIRD.

RHETT C. BRUNO is an architect and science fiction/fantasy writer. His work includes The Circuit series, as well as the forthcoming TITANBORN.

HELEN BRYAN is an American who has made her home in Britain for many years. She is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller WAR BRIDES, following the stories of five young women whose lives are about to collide as Britain prepares for war with Germany. Her latest title, also on the bestseller lists, is THE SISTERHOOD, which connects an unlikely present-day heroine to the events of the Spanish Inquisition.

LINDA BUCH and SETH ANNE SNIDER-COPELY, both fitness professionals, are the authors of THE COMMERCIAL BREAK WORKOUT, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

STEVE BUCKLEY has been a columnist with the Boston Herald since 1995. He has written extensively for Bostonmagazine, Yankee, The Sporting News and many others. Buckley is a co-host on “The Big Show” on Sportsradio 850 WEEI and also co-hosts a popular Sunday baseball show on the station. Buckley is a co-founder of The Oldtime Baseball Game, an annual charity game featuring top amateur players who wear old-style uniforms from virtually every era in baseball history. He is the author, with Jim Caple, of THE BEST BOSTON SPORTS ARGUMENTS. He is working on a book about Boston’s amazing sports year 2007-2008 starting with the Red Sox winning the World Series, through the Patriots perfect regular season, and ending with the Celtics winning the NBA finals.

DOROTHY BULLITT is the Pacific Coast based author of FILLING THE VOID. She is the co-author, with renowned mountaineer Jim Wickwire, of his memoir, ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT AFFIRMING LIFE IN THE FACE OF DEATH.

DARCY BURKE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. Her latest work was been the Ribbon Ridge series, tracing the adult lives of seven siblings who grew up on a reality TV show, as they each stumble their way towards love.

JAY BURRESON is the author, with Penny Le Couteur, of NAPOLEON’S BUTTONS: HOW 17 MOLECULES CHANGED HISTORY. Here, they explain how often small, seemingly insignificant molecules have changed the course of world events. Jay has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship for his work with marine life and chemical compounds.

CHARLES BUSCH received a Tony nomination for his long-running Broadway comedy hit THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE. His numerous off-Broadway plays, of which he is both author and star, include VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and THE DIVINE SISTER. He is also the author of the comic novel WHORES OF LOST ATLANTIS.

JENNIFER BUSHMAN is the founder of the successful Nothing to It! Cooking School and Culinary Center and has been nominated for IACP and James Beard awards. Her 90-second television segments can be seen throughout the western United States. She is the author, with Sallie Y. Williams, of a series of three KITCHEN COACH cookbooks: WEEKNIGHT COOKING, WEEKEND COOKING, and FAMILY MEALS.

CATHERINE BYBEE is a multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance. WIFE BY WEDNESDAY, book one in her Weekday Brides series, began as an independent release and appeared on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written the Not Quite series, which began with NOT QUITE DATING and has begun a new series, Most Likely To. Bybee is also the author of the MacCoinnich time travel romance series, the Ritter Werewolves series, and several novellas.



BARRY CADISH is a former copywriter, freelance writer, and television commercial producer, writer, and director. DAMN! REFLECTIONS ON LIFE’S BIGGEST REGRETS is based on a website he created to collect people’s regrets from around the world.

BIBA CAGGIANO is a world-renowned Italian chef and host of more than 100 episodes of her international cooking show, Biba’s Italian Kitchen. The author of seven bestselling cookbooks, she is a recipient of the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, and in 1999 was named Northern California Chef of the Year. Her restaurant, Biba, is an internationally known gourmet restaurant. Her latest cookbook is BIBA’S ITALY: FAVORITE RECIPES FROM SPLENDID CITIES.

JOHN CALDERAZZO is the author of the popular WRITING FROM SCRATCH: FREELANCING and has also written the children’s book 101 QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLCANOES. His most recent book is RISING FIRE: VOLCANOES AND OUR INNER LIVES. His work has appeared in Audubon, USA Today, Writer’s Digest, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.

DR. GERALD N. CALLAHAN is an Associate Professor of Immunology at Colorado State University. He has more than 30 years of experience in modern biomedical research. His science articles have appeared in Nature, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Journal of Immunology. Also a poet and essayist, his writings have been published by Creative Nonfiction, Southern Poetry Review, and Cream City Review. He is the author of FAITH, MADNESS, AND SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION: WHAT IMMUNOLOGY CAN TEACH US ABOUT SELF-PERCEPTION and INFECTION: THE UNINVITED UNIVERSE, the story of the influence germs have had on human history. His latest book is BETWEEN XX AND XY: INTERSEXUALITY AND THE MYTH OF TWO SEXES, in which he turns his probing eye to the baffling field of human sexuality, the relationship between sex and genitalia, and the inadequacy of the two sexes to cover the range of humanity.

MICHAEL CALLAHAN is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the novel SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY, which People magazine called “a delight.” A former deputy editor of Town & Country and Marie Claire, he has written for Departures, The Hollywood Reporter, Real Simple, Men’s Health, and the New York Times, among others. He has appeared on numerous television-news and features broadcasts, including CBSNews in New York and the syndicated Entertainment Tonight. His second novel, inspired by a true story and titled THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA, will be published in Spring 2017.

ROGER CALLAHAN is on the cutting edge of psychotherapy and the creator of Thought-Field Therapy. He is also the author of IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU: THE FIVE-MINUTE PHOBIA CURE and WHY DO I EAT WHEN I’M NOT HUNGRY? His latest title, co-authored with Richard Trubo, is TAPPING THE HEALER WITHIN: USING THOUGHT-FIELD THERAPY TO INSTANTLY CONQUER YOUR FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

DR. C. WAYNE CALLAWAY is one of the nation’s leading experts in nutrition and weight control. He is also the author of THE CALLAWAY DIET and SURVIVING WITH AIDS, which considers nutrition in conjunction with medical treatment to combat AIDS, both co-authored with Catherine Whitney.

ANN CAMPBELL has written a charming mystery series featuring the irascible German Shepherd/Husky Claudius and his unfortunate owner, Annie O’Hara. WOLF AT THE DOOR; WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING; and WOLF TRACKS are the three titles in the series.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN CAMPION is the frontman / raconteur / songwriter of the seminal downtown NYC indie rock band Knockout Drops. His memoir ESCAPE FROM BELLEVUE: A DIVE BAR ODYSSEY, which recounts his tumultuous past, is based on his one-man off-Broadway show of the same name.

PETER CANNING was working as an aide to Senator Lowell Weicker when he decided to become an Emergency Medical Technician. His book, PARAMEDIC: ON THE FRONT LINES OF MEDICINE, is a memoir of his experiences in knee-buckling emergencies. He is also the author of RESCUE 471, which recounts more memorable tales from the work of Emergency Medical Services, and his most recent title, MORTAL MEN.

JIM CAPLE is a senior writer at and a former writer and reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His first book, a funny look at all there is to hate about the Yankees, is THE DEVIL WEARS PINSTRIPES. He is also the author, with Steve Buckley, of THE BEST BOSTON SPORTS ARGUMENTS.

JACQUELINE CAREY’s amazing first novel, KUSHIEL’S DART, and its sequels, KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN and KUSHIEL’S AVATAR, compose the first part of a blockbuster fantasy epic, the Kushiel’s Legacy series. Comparable to Dune in scope and magnificence, the novels are set in a medieval world on the brink of extinction, whose fate lies in the hands of an unlikely courtesan spy. The second trilogy begins with KUSHIEL’S SCION, and is followed by KUSHIEL’S JUSTICE and KUSHIEL’S MERCY. The third trilogy begins with NAAMAH’S KISS, and continues with NAAMAH’S CURSE and NAAMAH’S BLESSING. She is also the author of a two-part series composed of BANEWREAKER and GODSLAYER, which explores the world of the Seven Shapers and their battles with good and evil. She has also written SANTA OLIVIA and its sequel, SAINTS ASTRAY. Her latest is DARK CURRENTS and AUTUMN BONES, the first two books in a new urban fantasy series. Carey’s currently at work on the third installment, POISON FRUIT.

LIZ CARLISLE is a doctoral fellow at Berkeley, where she works under the mentorship of NYT bestselling author Michael Pollan. She is a former staffer for Montana senator and organic farmer John Tester, and previously, a Harvard grad turned successful country western singer. Her work been featured in Smithsonian, Ecology and Society, Agriculture, and Human Values. Her book, THELENTILUNDERGROUND: HOW A BAND OF RENEGAGE MONTANA FARMERS IS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF FOOD, is forthcoming.

LINDA CARROLL is an award-winning health writer and former geophysicist who covers a broad range of health topics for the New York Times and is a regular contributor and columnist for Her articles have also appeared in Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, Health, and SmartMoney. She is a contributing author to MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS 2003, which described the year’s cutting-edge research and scientific discoveries. Her latest book is THE CONCUSSION CRISIS, written with David Rosner, which explores the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury. She is currently at work, also with Rosner, on BOTH THE KINGS HORSES about the incredibly compelling saga of Affirmed and Alydar, two thoroughbreds whose rivalry was unmatched in the Sport of Kings.

LORENE CARY is the celebrated author of BLACK ICE, a memoir of her experiences as a black student at the predominantly white St. Paul’s prep school; THE PRICE OF A CHILD, a stunning first novel about slavery in the pre-Civil War South; and PRIDE, an exuberant tale of lifelong friendships. She is also the founder of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, an African-American arts and letters organization devoted to presenting regional and national talent in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Her first children’s book, FREE!: GREAT ESCAPES FROM SLAVERY ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, is a collection of slave escape narratives. Her latest is IF SONS, THEN HEIRS, the story of a family striving to remain whole in the face of racial tensions, inequality, and violence in 1930s and 40s North Carolina and New York.

SHERI CASTLE is a food writer, cooking instructor, recipe tester, and recipe developer. She is the regular food columnist for Living in Style, and her recipes, food advice and articles have appeared in Southern Living, WNC Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, Cook’s Illustrated, and Edible Communities. She is currently concentrating on her first cookbook, THE NEW SOUTHERN GARDEN COOKBOOK.

GEORGIA CATES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of two paranormal romance series, Going Under and Vampire Agàpe. She has two daughters and previously worked as a labor and delivery nurse. Her bestselling Beauty series began with BEAUTY FROM PAIN.

PIA CATTON is a food and lifestyle writer at the New York Sun. She was the author and creator of the New York Post‘s weekly “Chef Tells” column, which featured an interview with a different chef every Sunday. Her work has appeared in People, the Wall Street Journal, and the Weekly Standard, among others. She is the co-author, with Ira Freehof, of THE COMFORT DINER COOKBOOK.


MORRIS CHAFETZ, M.D., is the President of the Health Education Foundation, founder of the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the author of 16 books and hundreds of articles in professional journals and the popular press. His latest book is BIG FAT LIARS: HOW POLITICIANS, CORPORATIONS AND THE MEDIA USE SCIENCE AND STATISTICS TO MANIPULATE THE PUBLIC.

TIM CHAMBERLAIN is the blogger behind the hilarious site Our Valued Customers, about the happenings of a comic book store and its customers. He’s at work on a book based on the website.

KURT CHANDLER began his writing career as a newspaper reporter. He has worked as a magazine editor, magazine writer and writing coach and has been published in numerous metropolitan newspapers and magazines, from The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, to Marie Claire and, and is the former editor of Milwaukee Magazine. As a long-form magazine writer, he specializes in profiles, narrative nonfiction and essays. Chandler has authored, coauthored or edited 10 books, many of them biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. He lectures, teaches journalism and memoir writing, and contributes frequently to NPR affiliate, WUWM. He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Cathy.

JOANNE CHANG is an honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics who is also the accomplished owner and pastry chef at the acclaimed Flour Bakeries in Boston. Her famous sticky buns beat Bobby Flay’s in an episode of Throwdown. She is the author, with Christie Matheson, of FLOUR, and FLOUR TOO. Her most recent book is BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR. Next up will be MYERS & CHANG AT HOME, showcasing recipes from her beloved Boston Asian restaurant, followed by another signature baking book.

MELANIE CHARLTON is the founder and face of the home organizing firm, Clos-ette, and a former stylist and PR director who has worked for, and Anne Klein, among others. She has written for or been profiled in magazines from Vogue to In Style, is developing a television show, and is the author of SHOP YOUR CLOSET!

RABIA CHAUDRY is an attorney, president of the Safe Nation Collaborative, National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace. She is a frequent public speaker and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time, the Observer, Mic, Slate, and the Guardian among others. She is the author of New York Times bestseller ADNAN’S STORY: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AFTER SERIAL. Rabia is also the cohost (with Susan Simpson, Colin Miller, and Jon Cryer) of Undisclosed, a podcast devoted to investigating wrongful convictions.

PHYLLIS CHESLER is a leading feminist icon, psychotherapist, lecturer, and activist. She has written extensively on critical women’s issues in countless publications and in sixteen book including the landmark bestsellers WOMEN AND MADNESS, WOMAN’S INHUMANITY TO WOMAN, and MOTHERS ON TRIAL, about the challenges women face in custody battles. In 2013, she published AN AMERICAN BRIDE IN KABUL about her marriage to an Afghan man.

CECILIA CHIANG was the longtime chef and owner of The Mandarin, the first restaurant in San Francisco to serve the authentic flavors of the Beijing-Shandong and Sichuan-Hunan regions. Her first book was THE MANDARIN WAY, and her latest is THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER: RECIPES AND REMINISCENSES, with Lisa Weiss.

ADAM CHRISTING founded The Clean Comedians, a comedy group that plays to over 1.3 million people annually, without the use of vulgar language or dirty jokes. He is also the author of two books of family-oriented comedy, COMEDY COMES CLEAN VOLUMES I & II.

WAI HON CHU is a seasoned chef who has worked in the kitchens of March and The Russian Tea Room. He also founded a successful truffle company, El Eden Chocolates. He currently works as a personal chef and is writing his first cookbook, with Connie Lovatt, THE GREAT BOOK OF GREAT DUMPLINGS.

ROSE CIOTTA is an award-winning reporter who is currently the Education Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her true crime, CRUEL GAMES, is about the murder of Ellen Robb, allegedly by Ellen’s husband, University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb.

JENNIFER CLARK is currently the Italian Bureau Chief for Dow Jones & Co. Prior to working at Dow Jones, she has held positions at the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Variety. Her first book, MONDO AGNELLI, is about Italy’s turbulent years following the death of industrialist and Fiat founder, Gianni Agnelli.

ROY PETER CLARK’s influence in the world of journalism reaches far and wide. The author of many books about the craft of writing and hundreds of newspaper and journal articles, he is one of the foremost authorities in his field. A long-time faculty member of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has penned WRITING TOOLS: 50 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR EVERY WRITER, a compendium of the most effective rules for good writing, as well as the successful title THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR. His latest works are HELP! FOR WRITERS and HOW TO WRITE SHORT. He is currently at work on his next book, THE ART OF X-RAY READING.

TRACY CLARK was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Her debut YA novel, SCINTILLATE, is a metaphysical romance and is followed by two sequels: DEVIATE and ILLUMINATE. Her latest YA novel is MIRAGE.

CAROLINE CLARKE is the host of Black Enterprise Business Report, a weekly, nationally syndicated TV show focusing on black business, careers, and lifestyles.  She is an award-winning journalist and has held several key positions, including senior editor and editor-at-large of Black Enterprise magazine, and was a staff writer at the American Lawyer and several other newspapers. She is currently at work on POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE, about her life changing journey after finding out that her biological mother was Carole Cole, daughter of the iconic crooner and pianist Nat King Cole.

JAIME CLARKE is a cofounder of Post Road literary magazine, host of’s writers roundtable Talk Show, and co-owner of Newtonville Books, an independent bookstore in Boston. His first book was WE’RE SO FAMOUS, a biting satire of our obsession with celebrity culture. He is the editor of the anthology DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME: CONTEMPORARY WRITERS ON THE FILMS OF JOHN HUGHES.

The late NANCY CLARKE worked in the White House for more than 30 years as a volunteer floral designer and for almost 25 years as Chief Floral Designer until her retirement in 2009. Her work spanned six different administrations, and articles about Nancy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Her book, MY FIRST LADIES, chronicles her time in the White House, with both stories and photos.

DEBORAH COATES is the author of CAT HAIKU, a hilarious book of Japanese poetry written from the perspective of a witty house cat.

ANASTASIA COLE-PLAKIAS is Vice President and Founding Partner of Brooklyn Grange, the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US, which operates the world’s largest rooftop soil farms. A native New Yorker, Cole-Plakias is currently working on BROOKLYN GRANGE, about the naissance and running of the farms with her partners Ben Flanner, Chase Emmons and Gwen Schantz.

JESSE COZEAN is an engineering consultant and a writer.  Over an eight-year career as a freelance engineer and technical writing consultant, Jesse has worked with more than ten different companies, managing research projects, designing experiments and clinical trials, analyzing experimental data, writing technical papers, and formulating submittals to regulatory agencies. His first book, MY GRANDFATHER’S WAR, is the intertwined narrative of his grandfather’s time in World War II and his battle to recover from heart surgery at an advanced age.

REBECCA P. COHEN, author of 15 MINUTES OUTSIDE, is a gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert, and the go-to mom for outdoor activities any time of the year. Rebecca is the spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign to inspire 22 million families to spend time outside. She appears frequently on television, and had been profiled in print and on-line. A former member of the corporate world for 15 years and a mom of two young boys, Rebecca started her company, Rebecca Plants LLC, in 2007 to pursue her passion for inspiring others to garden, be outside, and improve their wellbeing.

JANICE COLE is a well-regarded food writer and editor at Cooking Pleasures magazine who has worked in the food industry for over 25 years. She is working on a charming book entitled CHICKENANDEGGS FOR ALL SEASONS, which will offer funny, touching stories about raising three chickens in her backyard, combined with recipes for all the seasons.

JOSEPH COLEMAN has reported from some 20 countries in his two decade-long career, including 11 years working for Associated Press in Japan, most recently as Tokyo bureau chief from 2004-2008. Since 2009, he has been the Roy W. Howard Professional-in-Residence at IndianaUniversity’s Schoolof Journalism, where he specializes in teaching advanced newswriting and international reporting. His work has appeared in dozens of publications around the world, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. His book, THE OLD MANAND THE HAMMER, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

PETER COLEMAN, Ph.D., author of THE FIVE PERCENT SOLUTION: RESOLVING SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICTS AT HOME, AT WORK AND BEYOND, is the Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Chair of the International Project on Conflict and Complexity, Chair of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia, and an affiliate of the International Center for Complexity and Conflict at The Warsaw School for Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Coleman co-edits The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice and has authored over 50 journal articles and chapters. He is also a New York State certified mediator and experienced consultant.

MARSHA COLEMAN-ADEBAYO is the founder and president of the No Fear Institute. She served as the executive secretary of the EPA’s Environment Working Group, working with their delegation to the Gore/Mbeki Binational Commission during the Clinton administration. Her victory in the Title VII complaint of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Coleman-Adebayo vs. Carol Browner inspired the passage of the No Fear Act of 2002 and is detailed in her memoir, NO FEAR: A WHISTLEBLOWER’S TRIUMPH OVER CORRUPTION AND RETALIATION AT THE EPA.

B.D. COLEN is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous health and science related titles including O.R.: THE TRUE STORY OF 24 HOURS IN A HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOM; KAREN ANN QUINLAN: DYING IN THE AGE OF ETERNAL LIFE; and “MR. KING, YOU’RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK”: HOW A HEART ATTACK AND BYPASS SURGERY CHANGED MY LIFE, with famed television personality Larry King.

JAY COLES is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s forthcoming young adult novel TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement.

PAT LOWERY COLLINS is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, artist, and an instructor at Lesley University’s MFA program in creative writing. Her children’s books include I AM AN ARTIST; SIGNS AND WONDERS; and THE FATTENING HUT, a young adult novel in free verse. She is also the author of the YA novels HIDDEN VOICES, set at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, a convent orphanage at which Vivaldi taught violin, and DAUGHTER OF WINTER. Her most recent picture book is called THE DEER WATCH.

THERESA COLLINS has worked for the Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Organization in theater management for more than 25 years. She managed the Golden Gate, Orpheum, and the Curran Theater in San Francisco. She is also the author of THE LAW OF REVENGE, a fast-paced thriller set in the “Hollows” of Kentucky, and its sequel, THE LAW OF THE DEAD.

DR. EDWARD CONLEY is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, a Board Certified Family Physician, and the host of the PBS Special, “Ten Secrets to Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk.” He has worked with over 50,000 people to reduce cancer risk, improve immunity, and restore energy. His current title is THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PLAN, a guide to how women can cut their risk of Breast Cancer by 50-90%.

TOM CONNOR is the author, with his life-long friend Jim Downey, of several hilarious parodies including the bestselling Martha Stuart series of humor titles such as MARTHA, REALLY AND CRUELLY: A COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY. With Paulo Vincente, he is also the author of THE LANGUAGE OF DOORS, a look at the architecture of entrances.

JOANNA CONNORS is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago TribuneLos Angeles TimesMinneapolis Star, and Plain Dealer. She has freelanced extensively for various women’s magazines, including GlamourRedbook, and Seventeen. She is the author of the forthcoming I WILL FIND YOU, a reported memoir following her journey to investigate the biggest story of her life—her own rape.

JESSAMYN CONRAD, who grew up in a family of politicians from both sides of the aisle, is the author of WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POLITICS…BUT DON’T: A NONPARTISAN GUIDE TO THE ISSUES. She is also a student at Columbia where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in art history to go with her undergraduate degree in social anthropology and Islamic art history from Harvard and her M.Phil. in historical studies from Cambridge.

EILEEN CONSIDINE-MEARA is the author of AT HOME WITH KATE: GROWING UP IN KATHARINE HEPBURN’S HOUSEHOLD, a collection of memories and recipes she’s culled over the years from Katharine Hepburn’s kitchen. Her mother, Norah, was Ms. Hepburn’s long time cook. The author is also an entrepreneur, creating her own line of freshly-prepared, elegant soups called Dishes and Tales.

PAMELA CONSTABLE is a Washington Post staff writer and the co-author, with Arturo Valenzuela, of the critically acclaimed A NATION OF ENEMIES: CHILE UNDER PINOCHET. She is also the author of FRAGMENTS OF GRACE, an account of her four years on assignment for the Post in South Asia. Her most recent book is PLAYING WITH FIRE: WHY PAKISTAN’S DEMOCRACY IS FALLING TO THE TALIBAN, a sweeping account of modern Pakistan, which examines the country’s social alienation, economic inequality, entrenched corruption and religious strife.

DR. DAVID COOK owns Cook Vision Therapy, in Marietta, Georgia. His first book, VISUAL FITNESS, is an exercise manual for the eyes.

JENN COOKSEY is the author of the bestselling Grab Your Pole series, a 6-book, contemporary, mature young adult series chronicling the high school years of a teenage girl, her friends, and her sister., The first book in the series is SHARK BAIT.

GERALYN COOPERSMITH is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer with six fitness and personal training certifications. She appears regularly as the fitness expert on Fine Living Channel’s Simplify Your Life. Her first book, FIT FEMALE, breaks down six distinct, unique body types and offers a fitness and nutritional program for each.

JOHN COSTON is a former News Editor at the Wall Street Journal and a veteran journalist. He is also the author of TO KILL AND KILL AGAIN and SLEEP, MY CHILD, FOREVER, the true-crime story of a mother’s unthinkable acts to collect life-insurance policies she’d taken out in her own children’s names.  He is currently at work on HOMESTRETCH, about the fundamental transformation that is taking place in long-term care models for America’s senior citizens.

ANNA-LISA COX, PH.D., is an historian and scholar in residence at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Her first book, A STRONGER KINSHIP: ONE TOWN’S EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF HOPE AND FAITH is the riveting, inspiring chronicle of a town Jim Crow forgot.

SHELLY CRANE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several young adult and paranormal romance series, including the Significance, Collide, Devoured, Stolen Hearts, and Wide Awake series. She is also the author of SMASH INTO YOU. She lives in Georgia with her husband and two sons.

PATRICK CREED is an amateur historian, a volunteer firefighter, and a U.S. Army officer. When not serving in the Army, he works as a manufacturer’s representative in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His first book is FIREFIGHT: INSIDE THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE PENTAGON ON 9/11, with Rick Newman.

KATHLEEN CREMONESI is the author of the romantic memoir LOVE IN THE ELEPHANT TENT in which she tells how she found love in Europe with a handsome Italian elephant keeper—and how she joined his circus, traveled the continent, and eventually married him.

THOMPSON CROCKETT is the author of THE ARTIST INSIDE, in which he teaches a fresh new approach to tapping into our own creativity, using the images and artifacts of our dreams. His new book is STONE AGE WISDOM: THE HEALING PRINCIPLES OF SHAMANISM, about finding a more balanced way to live based on the wisdom of Stone Age shamanic ancestors.

MICHAEL CROW is the pseudonym for a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist whose work has been translated and published in nine languages. Using this nom de plume, he has published RED RAIN and THE BITE, noir-thrillers about Luther Ewing, a street cop with a shadowy past. The most recent novel in the Ewing series is NO WAY BACK.

KIERAN CROWLEY was an award-winning reporter for the New York Post whose investigative skills led to his deciphering of the Zodiac Killer’s secret code. His first book was SLEEP MY LITTLE DEAD: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ZODIAC KILLER. He is also the author of the true crime books BURNED ALIVE, THE SURGEON’S WIFE, and ALMOST PARADISE, about the murder of Ted Ammon. His most recent thriller is HACK, a Shepherd Novel. He is currently working on the follow-up, SMASH.

LIBBY CUDMORE worked at video stores, bookstores, and temp agencies before settling down in upstate New York to write. Her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click, and The Collapsar. The Big Rewind is her first novel.

MARK CURRIDEN is Senior Communications Counsel at Vinson & Elkin LLP in Dallas, Texas and has served as a legal affairs writer for the Dallas Morning News. He co-authored two books, CAUSE OF DEATH and GRAVE SECRETS, with Dr. Cyril Wecht. His most recent title, written with Leroy Phillips, Jr., is CONTEMPT OF COURT: THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LYNCHING THAT LAUNCHED 100 YEARS OF FEDERALISM, about how the first case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was preempted by the brutal lynching of the black defendant.

AYESHA CURRY, mom to daughters Riley and Ryan and wife to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, is a bona fide food fanatic and star of her own Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade. She is the creator of the website and popular YouTube channel Little Lights of Mine, which has garnered a robust and loyal fan following with a social media reach of over 4 million followers and Ayesha is a regular contributor to The and Called Magazine, and has been featured in top tier online and print publications including Food and Wine, People, TIME, InStyle, USA Today, Brides, POPSUGAR, Hello Beautiful and Diablo Magazine. THE SEASONED LIFE is her first book which debuted on the New York Times Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous Bestseller list at #4.

EVA CWYNAR, MD author of FROM FATIGUED TO FABULOUS is the founder and director of The Cwynar Center; she is on the faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA. She has been featured in print from everywhere from Consumer Reports to Cosmopolitan, Health to Harper’s Bazaar, on television she has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Rachel Zoe Project, and Snoop Dog’s Father Hood, among others.



SHIRLEY DAMSGAARD has been her town postmaster for 20 years. She comes from a literary family, has had short stories published, and is the author of a charming mystery series involving a town librarian and her grandmother, both of whom have “magick” powers. The Ophelia Jensen books are WITCH WAY TO MURDER, CHARMED TO DEATH, THE TROUBLE WITH WITCHES, WITCH HUNT, and THEWITCH IS DEAD. She is working on two more books in the series.

ROBERT DANIELS is a clinical psychologist and former journalist whose forthcoming thriller, ONCE SHADOWS FALL about the manhunt for a serial killer in Atlanta is his first novel.

ERICKA BLOUNT DANOIS has worked as staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Heart and Soul, Uptown, The City Sun, The Press of Atlantic City, City Paper, Vibe, Wax Poetics, and The Source. Her first book is LOVE, PEACE, AND SOUL: BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE DANCE SHOW SOUL TRAIN: CLASSIC MOMENTS. 

JAMES DASHNER is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Indiebound bestselling YA series, The Maze Runner. The first book, THE MAZE RUNNER was released as a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox and was a #1 worldwide smash. THE FEVER CODE, a prequel to the series, published in 2016. He is also the author of the popular middle grade series, The 13th Reality and the first and seventh books in Scholastic’s multi-platform, multi-author, New York Times bestselling Infinity Ring series, titled A MUTINY IN TIME and THE IRON EMPIRE. His newest YA series is New York Times bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, which consists of THE EYE OF MINDS; THE RULE OF THOUGHTS; and the final installment in the series, THE GAME OF LIVES.

JOIE DAVIDOW is the founder of L.A. Style magazine and co-founder of L.A. Weekly, as well as Si magazine. She is the author of INFUSIONS OF HEALING, a guide to Mexican-American herbal medicine and a frequent lifestyle commentator on many talk shows. Her current book, MARKED FOR LIFE, is a memoir about living with a large port wine stain on her face.

CARIN DAVIS is a singles columnist and feature writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and Vice-President of Film Roman, the animation company behind The Simpsons and King of the Hill, where she is responsible for generating and producing new television and film productions for the Emmy Award winning company. Davis sits on the Jewish Federation’s Entertainment Steering Committee and is a member of the American Jewish Press Association. Her first book is LIFE, LOVE, LOX: REAL-WORLD ADVICE FOR THE MODERN JEWISH GIRL.

DAWN DAVIS is a graduate of Stanford University and a Techniques of Fine Cooking class at Peter Kump’s Cooking School. She has written IF YOU CAN STAND THE HEAT, a collection of wonderful behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about chefs and restaurant kitchens. She is currently an editor at Amistad Press, a division of HarperCollins.

EDITH KUNHARDT DAVIS is a bestselling writer of children’s books whose titles include PAT THE BUNNY, PAT THE CAT and a series about Danny the Alligator. Her most recent book is I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER, ANYWAY, a memoir about the tragic loss of her son.

IAN DAVIS is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for a Fortune 500 company and the author of MY BOYS CAN SWIM: THE OFFICIAL GUY’S GUIDE TO PREGNANCY, a wry, witty, entertaining book that addresses the concerns of every dad-to-be.

L.D. DAVIS is the author of the Accidentally on Purpose series, about a young woman who gets involved with her boss and makes a series of bad decisions that result in life altering consequences. Her standalone books are PIECES OF RHYS, about a young woman who lusts after her philandering coworker and thinks he must have a dark secret that keeps him from committing to her, and TETHERED.

MIRIAM DAVIS is currently researching and writing THE AXEMAN OF NEW ORLEANS, forthcoming from Chicago Review Press, which will be first-ever book on the notorious unsolved series of axe murders that rocked New Orleans during the early twentieth century.

PIPER DAVIS is co-owner of Grand Central Bakery, a family-run company with bakeries and cafes in Seattle and Portland. She is currently working on her first cookbook, THE GRAND CENTRAL BAKING BOOK, based on recipes from the bakery and from her family’s kitchen.

NYRAE DAWN is the author of the wildly successful New Adult series The Games, which began with CHARADE. She is also the author of numerous popular YA books including WHAT A BOY WANTS and, with Jolene Perry, DIZZY and OUT OF PLAY. Some of her more recent titles include SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL and RUSH.

KATE WINKLER DAWSON is a professor at University of Texas’ School of Journalism. She is a seasoned documentary producer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, WCBS News and ABC News Radio, Fox News Channel, United Press International, “PBS NewsHour” and “Nightline.” She is presently at work on her first book, DEATH IN THE AIR: The True Story of the Great Smog, a Serial Killer and the Strangling of a City, forthcoming from Hachette Books.

DORIS J. DAY, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice on New York’s Upper East Side, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the New York University Medical Center, the official dermatologist of the Radio City Rocketts, and a spokesperson for Good Skin products. She is the author of FORGET THE FACELIFT, a holistic four-week program for ageless skin, with Sondra Forsyth.

MICHAEL DAY is a London-born journalist with nearly twenty years of experience. He has held staff jobs at the Daily Express, Sunday Telegraph, and New Scientist magazine as News Analysis Editor. His work as appeared in Variety and the Wall Street Journal as well. Currently, Day resides in Italy where he is the Italy Correspondent for the Independent and is working on A BRIEF HISTORY OF GRIME, which will document the downfall of one of the western world’s most controversial leaders: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

JOHN DE GRAAF is an award-winning TV producer. With David Wann and Thomas Naylor, he is the author of AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain.

ALEX DEHGAN is presently a senior visiting fellow at Duke University. He is the founder of Conservation X Labs. Previously, he served as Chief Scientist at USAID, the founder and country director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in Afghanistan, and in the US State Department as Adviser to Ambassador Dennis Ross, on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and most notably as the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He was the director of the Ranomafana Forest Fragments project in Madagascar. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of California.  His scientific work has won numerous awards and been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Science Times, Fast Company, and NPR, among others. His first book SNOW LEOPARDS IN THE WAR ZONE is forthcoming.

CHAYA DEITSCH earned a BA at Barnard and an MA at Columbia, both in English. After a brief stint in book publishing, working for Penguin and Little, Brown, she found herself unexpectedly working in financial services as a marketing writer. She has been involved in a number of writing groups in New York City and has read her work at KGB Bar in the East Village. She is currently at work on her first book, VISIBLE MARKS AND PECULIARITES, a memoir that explores her loving but regimented Hasidic childhood and the courage it took to defy her family and turn her back on the only community she’d ever known in order to take a new path to a life of her own choosing.

MIKHAL DEKEL is a professor of English at CUNY and Director of the CUNY graduate program. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and a law degree from Tel Aviv University. In addition to her scholarly articles, her writing has appeared in Guernica Fiction, Calalloo and various anthologies, her book, TEHRAN CHILDREN: tracing the footsteps of Polish-Jewish children (including her own father) who found shelter in Muslim lands during the Holocaust, will be published by W.W. Norton.

DIANA DELL, M.D., is a nationally known physician at Duke University, specializing in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and other women’s mood disorders and health topics. With Carol Svec, she has written THE PMDD PHENOMENON, the first book to bridge the chasm between skepticism and enthusiasm, providing the latest information about PMDD.

JACQUELINE DE MONTRAVEL has been the editor of Hamptons and Country magazines. She held the position of style editor at Self and co-authored 21st CENTURY ETIQUETTE with Charlotte Ford. She is the author of the novel THE FABULOUS EMILY BRIGGS and its sequel ESCAPE FROM BRIDEZILLA.

CARA DE SILVA is a food writer for various publications and the driving force behind IN MEMORY’S KITCHEN. The book, which is both tribute and remembrance, is a collection of recipes and writings by the women interned at Terezin, the “showcase” of the infamous Nazi death camps. Cara is currently at work on an historical novel.

THOMAS NORMAN DEWOLF has served on the Oregon Arts Commission and was also an elected official with a focus on literacy, children’s issues, and restorative justice. He lives in Oregon, where he is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He is the author of INHERITING THE TRADE: A NORTHERN FAMILY CONFRONTS ITS LEGACY AS THE LARGEST SLAVE-TRADING DYNASTY IN U.S. HISTORY.

ANDREW DEYOUNG is a writer, editor, and dad living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He’s the author of the YA science fiction novel, THE GIRL FROM BEYOND.

A. DICKEY is a celebrated hair stylist for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Minnie Driver, and Alicia Keys. His first book, HAIR RULES!, is the ultimate hair-care guide for women with kinky, curly, or wavy hair.

RACHEL DICKINSON writes about science, nature, environmental issues, birds and birding, and travel from perpetually overcast central New York State. Past and present clients include The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Islands Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and Yankee. She is the author of FALCONER ON THE EDGE: A MAN, HIS BIRDS, AND THE VANISHING LANDSCAPE OF THE AMERICAN WEST and THE RISE AND FALL OF THE RENO GANG.

PESI DINNERSTEIN is a former faculty member of the City University of New York, where she taught language skills for close to thirty years. She has recently written selections for the bestselling series Small Miracles and for EVERYONE’S GOT A STORY. Her latest is MY CLUTTERED LIFE, an odyssey of self-discovery that leads her from the obvious display of clutter spilling out of her closets to the more subtle forms in her overbooked day planner and densely packed conversations.

TINA DIRMANN is a former reporter for Us Weekly and staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her first book is about a murder that mimicked an episode of TV’s The Sopranos titled SUCH GOOD BOYS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MOTHER, TWO SONS AND A HORRIFYING MURDER. Her latest true crime is VANISHED AT SEA, about a former child actor and his wife who plot to murder a retired couple in an effort to steal the 55-foot cabin cruiser the pair worked a lifetime to buy.

PAMELA DITCHOFF is the author of SEVEN DAYS & SEVEN SINS: A NOVEL IN SHORT STORIES, a lyrical, amusing, heartbreaking, and romantic work that links the biblical seven sins to the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about the days of the week. She is currently at work on THE BOOK OF LEAVES, in which a girl is guided by her eccentric aunts, her great grandmother’s spirit, and by The Book of Leaves, a family record begun in the 1700s.

ABIGAIL JOHNSON DODGE is a highly regarded pastry chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author. She is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking, where she served as founding director of the magazine’s test kitchen. She is the author of THE WEEKEND BAKER, an invaluable resource for busy bakers chosen by Food & Wine as one of the top 10 cookbooks of the year. Her most recent titles are THE AROUND THE WORLD COOKBOOK, a resource for parents and their children, DESSERTS 4 TODAY, a great resource for sophisticated 4-ingredient desserts, and MINI TREATS AND HAND-HELD SWEETS. Her most recent book, THE EVERYDAY BAKER, was nominated for a James Beard Award and won the 2016 IACP Award for Baking.

MICHAEL DOLAN works in both print and film, in addition to writing and producing documentaries for National Geographic TV and other clients. His first book is THE AMERICAN PORCH: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF AN INFORMAL PLACE, an architectural, cultural, and social history of that great institution.

JAM DONALDSON is a native of Washington, D.C., where she works as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society when she is not operating her successful, award-winning website, Her first book is CONVERSATE IS NOT A WORD, a wakeup call to young black Americans. She was also an executive producer for the TV series We Got To Do Better for BET.

DEBORAH DONNELLY is a former librarian, among other things, and the author of the charming mystery series starring wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid. The books in the series are MAY THE BEST MAN DIE; DEATH TAKES A HONEYMOON; YOU MAY NOW KILL THE BRIDE; and BRIDE AND DOOM.

MELISSA DONOHUE is a financial education specialist who has developed curricula and financial education program content for the classroom, online platforms, and textbooks for over 10t years. Drawing on her own background in international banking and as a financial reporter, her original scholarly research into women and financial literacy, and years spent in front of a classroom, innovating methods for teaching economic principles to teens, she brings a fresh and dynamic approach to her work. She has consulted for PBS and VISA, and taught students from elite private schools like The Spence School, The Brearley School, The Chapin School, and Mt. Holyoke, among others. She has an Ed.D. from UMASS Amherst and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Banking from Columbia University. She is the founder of the company Financial Nutrition and at work on her first book, FINANCIAL NUTRITION FOR YOUNG WOMEN: How and Why to Teach Girls About Money, forthcoming from Praeger.

KRISTINA DOUGLAS lives at home in Northern Vermont with her husband, three cats, and one Springer Spaniel. When she’s not working, she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese), and spending far too much time quilting. Her paranormal series, The Fallen, about fallen angels, includes RAZIEL, DEMON,WARRIOR, and the forthcoming REBEL. 

PENELOPE DOUGLAS is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult romance Fall Away series.  The first book in the series, BULLY, tells the story of Tate and Jared and the following books, RIVAL, UNTIL YOU, FALLING AWAY, and the novella AFLAME take their story and the stories of other beloved characters further. Penelope is currently at work on a new contemporary romance, MISCONDUCT, in which a young high school teacher falls hard for one of her student’s fathers.

JIM DOWNEY has been writing partners and friends with his co-author Tom Connor for many years. In that time they have penned several hilarious parodies including the bestselling Martha Stuart series of humor titles like MARTHA, REALLY AND CRUELLY: A COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Downey also works as a successful copywriter.

ERIN DOWNING SODERBERG writes novels for kids and teens. Under Erin Downing, she published her debut middle grade novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (OR UNTIL SOMEONE BETTER COMES ALONG), about a mean girl trying to change her reputation. Her other books include, FOR SOCCER-CRAZY GIRLS ONLY and NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES, and most recently MOON SHADOW, a middle grade novel in which a girl is split in two by an eclipse and has to live up to the life her shadow self creates, and the series, SpacePop, about a group of Space Princesses. Under Erin Soderberg, she has written several books for teens and children, including the young readers series The Quirks. Erin is now continuing her work on the adorable series, Puppy Pirates, starring her own dog, Wally.

LARRY DOYLE is the executive chef of the most successful Irish restaurant on the West Coast, Johnny Foley’s Irish House. In 1995, Larry opened the critically acclaimed O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. He has also worked in some of San Francisco’s most celebrated venues, such as Jeremiah Tower’s Stars and Stars Café, and Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, as well as serving as personal chef to actor Don Johnson. Larry’s first book is IRISH PUB COOKING: TRANSATLANTIC FLAVORS.

EDWARD DRAGAN, Ph.D. A sought-after expert for lawyers representing children bullied and injured in school, Dragan has a doctorate in education administration and supervision, a degree in education law and a masters in special education. In a distinguished career that has spanned more than 40 years, he has been a case worker in a reform school, a special education teacher, the founder of an alternative school, a public school superintendent, and served for eleven years with the New Jersey Department of Education, first as a supervisor of special education programs and ultimately as the developer and monitor of school regulations. In 1993, he founded Education Management Consulting to serve teachers, parents, administrators, attorneys and others on school-safety related issues, student rights, special education and harassment. THE BULLY ACTION GUIDE is his first book.

KEIRA DRAKE is a former copywriter turned full-time novelist whose YA debut, THE CONTINENT, will be published in 2017.

WAYNE DRASH is a staff writer and senior producer for, where he was recognized as the second-best online writer in Americaby the National Headliner Awards in 2012. His first book, which grew out of an article he wrote on former NBA star Penny Hardaway coaching his middle-school basketball team, is ON THESE COURTS: A MIRACLE SEASON THAT CHANGED A CITY, A ONCE-FUTURE STAR, AND A TEAM FOREVER. 

LISA DRAYER, M.A., R.D., is a highly regarded registered dietitian who appears regularly on CNN and CBS. She has a weight loss column in Women’s Health, and she has also appeared in or written for magazines and newspapers such as Elle, Marie Claire, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her first book, STRONG, SLIM AND THIRTY, offers nutrition and health suggestions for women in their thirties. Her most recent book, THE BEAUTY DIET, offers advice and menus for foods that allow you to look your best.

RICHARD DREYFUSS is an Academy Award-winner for his work on The Goodbye Girl, which is just one in a long line of popular and critically acclaimed films in which he has starred. He was also nominated for his role in Mr. Holland’s Opus. Having found success as a stage actor, director, and social activist, Richard has displayed his remarkable talents in JOURNEY WEST, a historical novel, written with Matthew Kalash.

ALLAN DUFFIN is a freelance writer, television producer and military veteran whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He has produced, written, and co-produced over 20 programs for The History Channel and Discovery Networks and is the author of THE “12 O’CLOCK HIGH” LOGBOOK: THE UNOFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE NOVEL, MOTION PICTURE, AND TV SERIES. His first book is HISTORY IN BLUE, which explores the history of female police officers in the United States.

WILLIAM DUGGAN Ph.D. is an economist, novelist, strategy advisor, and management consultant. He is the author of two novels and a historical study of economic development in Africa, as well as NAPOLEON’S GLANCE; THE ART OF WHAT WORKS: HOW SUCCESS REALLY HAPPENS; and STRATEGIC INTUITION, about the new science of business strategy. His most recent book is THE AID TRAP: HARD TRUTHS ABOUT ENDING POVERTY with Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School. William is currently working on his latest book, CREATIVE STRATEGY.

S.L. DUNCAN is an attorney by day, writer by night. He is the author of the YA trilogy THE REVELATION SAGA. He lives in Birmingham, AL.

LAURA SOOK DUNCOMBE is a lawyer and author whose work has appeared on The Toast and Jezebel. Her first book is PIRATE WOMEN: THE PRINCESSESS, PROSTITUTES, AND PRIVATEERS WHO RULED THE SEVEN SEAS.

The late BOB DURR, a literary scholar and award-winning author, one-time rising star in the East Coast academic world, former confidant to legendary writer H.L. Mencken, and youngest person to be named full professor at Syracuse University, gave it all up and went searching for paradise, finding it in Alaska. His books, DOWN IN BRISTOL BAY and THE COLDMAN COMETH, chronicle his time there.

The late BILL DWYER was a trial lawyer and a U.S. district court judge. He was also the author of IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE: THE TRIAL JURY’S ORIGINS, TRIUMPHS, TROUBLES, AND FUTURE IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY in which he argues that rather than being easily manipulated and unable to understand complicated cases, most juries have the ability to come to sound, well-reasoned decisions.



JOHN EARLY teaches writing and literature at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He has published numerous poems and short stories and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first novel, FLESH AND METAL, is a stylish whodunit.

MIKE EDISON is a talented author and collaborator that has worked for some of the world’s most notorious magazines, including Hustler, Penthouse, and as editor and publisher of High Times. He is now the editor-in-chief of Screw magazine. His first book is I HAVE FUN EVERYWHERE I GO: MY ADVENTURES AT HIGH TIMES, SCREW AND THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS MAGAZINES. His latest book is DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY, a detailed, irreverent look at the rise and fall of America’s favorite pornographic magazines. He has also self-published the book BYE BYE, MISS AMERICAN PIE.

SYDNEY EDDISON is the author of many titles on gardening. In addition, she teaches courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, writes for various gardening publications, lectures widely, and offers gardening tips on a local television station in Connecticut. She is the author of THE GARDENER’S PALETTE and GARDENING TO GO. Her most recent book is GARDENING FOR A LIFETIME: HOW TO GARDEN WISER AS YOU GROW OLDER.

JANET SASSON EDGETTE has been a practicing clinical psychologist for 25 years, and is the author of several books including THE LAST BOYS PICKED, a book about encouraging young boys who face discrimination because they are not interested or do not have a talent for sports, and STOP NEGOTIATING WITH YOUR TEEN, a parenting book that helps build bridges between parents and teens. HEADS UP! and THE RIDER’S EDGE are comprehensive guides for equestrians facing nerves and jitters, or recovering from falls. ADOLESCENT THERAPY THAT WORKS helps therapist and counselors who work with this often-challenging population.

JOHN EDWARD is the star of Crossing Over with John Edward. His abilities have made him an in-demand speaker and a comfort to millions. His book, ONE LAST TIME, is about his beginnings as a psychic medium.

KIM EISLER is an award-winning journalist who specializes in legal reporting. He has worked for Time magazine, the Tampa Tribune, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and American Lawyer Magazine. As the National and Legal Affairs Editor for the Washingtonian, he covers stories about lawyers, lobbyists and politicians. He is the author of several books on legal subjects: SHARK TANK: GREED, POLITICS AND THE COLLAPSE OF FINLEY KUMBLE; A JUSTICE FOR ALL: WILLIAM BRENNAN AND THE DECISIONS THAT TRANSFORMED AMERICA; and REVENGE OF THE PEQUOTS. His latest is MASTERS OF THE GAME, about D.C. law firm giant Williams & Connolly.

ANNE ELIOT is the author of the How I Fall two-book series and the bestselling, young adult romances, ALMOST and UNMAKING HUNTER KENNEDY. She’s devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.

KELLY ELLIOTT is the author of the popular New Adult romance series, Wanted, which begins with the love story of Ellie and Gunner, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and Ellie’s brother’s best friend. She has put out a second series, Broken, which begins with BROKEN DREAMS. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

KEITH ELLIS is a nationally known speaker, author, columnist, and business leader whose unique insights about goal-setting have made him a featured guest on talk shows nationwide. His latest book is THE MAGIC LAMP: GOAL SETTING FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE TO SET GOALS.

MERLE ELLIS, a syndicated columnist, television personality, and cookbook author, is a self-described “journeyman butcher.” His tour de force is the GREAT AMERICAN MEAT BOOK, which explains everything you need to know to buy meat knowledgeably and cook it well.

WILLIAM ELLIS is the author of GLASS: FROM THE FIRST MIRROR TO FIBER OPTICS, THE STORY OF THE SUBSTANCE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, a narrative history of glass and glassworks. He was also a former assistant editor and senior writer for National Geographic for over 27 years.

MONA ELTAHAWY is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in media across the world, including The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in dozens of media outlets. Her book, HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS, is forthcoming from the Faber imprint of FSG.

DEBRA LANDWEHR ENGLE, a contributing writer and editor for County Home and Country Gardens magazines, is the author of GRACE FROM THE GARDEN: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE GARDEN AT A TIME, a collection of 20 profiles of gardeners who have made a difference in their own lives, in the lives of those around them, and in their communities.

ED ENGORON is a food adventurer and creator of the online gourmet chocolate shop Choclatique. His first book, written with Mary Goodbody, is THE CHOCLATIQUE COOKBOOK, which features chocolate recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, and more.

EDWARD Z. EPSTEIN has written biographies of Lana Turner, Clara Bow, and other Hollywood stars. He is currently at work on AUDREY AND BILL: A ROMANTIC BIOGRAPHY which focuses on the love affair of screen icons Audrey Hepburn and William Holden that started during the filming of Sabrina and marked their lives forever.

MARY ANN ESPOSITO, the producer and host of the long-running PBS television series Ciao Italia, is the author of ten cookbooks, including her most recent CIAO ITALIA BIG FIVE: FIVEINGREDIENT RECIPES FROM AN ITALIAN KITCHEN. She has also appeared on many shows other than her own, including Today and Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as on QVC, Lifetime and the Food Network. Her latest book is CIAO ITALIA FAMILY CLASSICS.


SARA WILSON ETIENNE lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. Sara’s debut novel is THE HARBINGER, which follows a teenage girl who has visions of the future and is sent against her will to the prison-like Holbrook Academy to be cured. Sara recently published her second novel, a fantasy for young adults, LOTUS AND THORN, about a young woman navigating through a plague-torn world.

MARY ELLEN EVANS is the founder of The Write Cook and a former cooking school director. She has authored many cookbooks for companies such as Pillsbury and Land O’Lakes, and is the author of a charming collection of authentic Parisian poultry recipes titled BISTRO CHICKEN. Her most recent work is THE ONE-DISH CHICKEN COOKBOOK, with one-pot recipes from around the world.



FLORENCE FABRICANT is a well-known columnist and food writer for the New York Times. Her book, NEW HOME COOKING: FEEDING FAMILY, FEASTING FRIENDS, won both James Beard and IACP awards. She is also the author of THE GREAT POTATO BOOK, a book of essays about the endlessly versatile and always satisfying potato, and THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM THE DINING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

DAN FAGIN is a professor of journalism at New York University and one of the nation’s most prominent environmental reporters. He has worked for or contributed to publications including Newsday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Mademoiselle, Nieman Reports, and Family Circle. He is the co-author with Marianne Lavelle of TOXIC DECEPTION. His latest is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning TOMS RIVER, which intertwines the centuries-long scientific quest to link pollution and cancer, the compelling story of the Toms River, New Jersey, childhood cancer cluster, and exciting new research that is at last deciphering the intricate relationship between genetics, environmental pollution, and cancer. He is currently at work on THE LAST FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH, the story of the iconic monarch butterfly whose annual 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada has been a source of fascination to scientists and schoolchildren alike; intertwining history, science, culture and politics.

JAMES FALLON is a University of California, Irvine, neuroscientist with countless fellowships, grants, and awards to his name. He was the neuroanatomist on the team that discovered the postnatal development of new neurons in the human brain, noted in the New York Times as one of the most startling and important findings of the “decade of the brain.” He is currently at work on his memoir, THE SUCCESSFUL PSYCHOPATH, the story of a brain scientist with a passing interest in serial killers that takes a wild turn into a disturbing self-discovery.

JOE FAMULARO is the author of many Italian cookbooks, including two James Beard winners. Craig Claiborne referred to him as a “natural-born and inspired cook.” His most recent book is the A COOK’S TOUR OF ITALY, which offers wonderful menu combinations from the many regions of Italy.

DIANE FANNING is a former writer of television and radio commercials. Her titles include THROUGH THE WINDOW; INTO THE WATER; WRITTEN IN BLOOD; GONE FOREVER; BABY BE MINE; UNDER THE KNIFE; THE PASTOR’S WIFE;OUT THERE; MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL; A POISONED PASSION; HER DEADLY WEB; UNDER COVER OF THE NIGHT and the self-published BLACK WIDOW. As a novelist, Fanning is the author of the Lucinda Pierce mystery series and SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY, about one of the few female scientists of the Manhattan Project in America. She is currently working on its sequel, TREASON IN THE SECRET CITY.

KATHY FARRELL-KINGSLEY has held various positions in the food industry for over 15 years, most recently as the food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine. She has written a number of cookbooks, including THE VEGETARIAN HANDBOOK, THE BIG BOOK OF VEGETARIAN, and CHOCOLATE THERAPY. She is at work on a unique dairy-making reference called THE HOME CREAMERY.

EMILY FARRIS has had her work published in the New York Sun, Kansas City Star, Women’s Wear Daily,, and the Brooklyn Papers, as well as numerous publications and websites most Americans have never heard of, including her own blog at She has been featured in the New York Sun and the New York Post for her annual casserole parties, which are the subject of her first cookbook CASSEROLE CRAZY.

EDWARD FAYS is the author of A GRANDPARENT’S GIFT OF LOVE, a charming collection of short stories inspired by grandparents eager to share their greatest lessons with younger generations. He also created THE GRANDPARENT’S TREASURE CHEST, a journal for grandparents to capture in words and pictures the special moments they enjoy with their grandchildren.

RONNIE FEIN is a freelance food and lifestyle writer, as well as the author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO COOKING BASICS and THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN COOKING. Her latest book is QUICK, CONTEMPORARY AND KOSHER.

JOE FENTON has worked in the film industry as a concept designer and sculptor on films including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Brothers Grimm. His first picture book, WHAT’S UNDER THE BED?, was a finalist for the Borders Original Voices Award. He is now at work on his second picture book, BOO!

GAIL FERGUSON is an educational psychologist and psychic who has worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard, and the Israeli police, among others, in helping to crack previously unsolved crimes. She is the author of CRACKING THE INTUITION CODE: UNDERSTANDING AND MASTERING YOUR INTUITIVE POWER.

ROBERT FERGUSON, PhD is a practicing psychologist and executive coach for twenty years.  He helps executives, managers, and entrepreneurs resolve conflicts and effectively influence individuals and teams. He has presented hundreds of workshops to companies and universities, and has taught graduate levels courses. In conjunction with Peter Coleman, PhD, he is the coauthor of SMART POWER, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

NEIL FINE is a leading-edge media executive and integral member of the founding editorial teams for two hugely successful content brands: ESPN The Magazine and Maxim. He is the author of 23 WAYS TO GET TO FIRST BASE: THE ESPN ENCYCLOPEDIA and the co-author of ON THE ORIGINS OF SPORTS with Gary Belsky.

GABRIEL FISCHBARG is an attorney and the author of THE GUIDE TO PICKING UP GIRLS, the definitive guide to one of the world’s most mysterious art forms.

ALLISON FISHMAN is a talented and dynamic food personality and cooking instructor who has appeared on Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Home Made Simple. She is the founder of The Wooden Spoon cooking school and has worked for Martha Stewart, Food Network and Atkins, among others. She is also a life coach, who helps home cooks fall in love with food and cooking, and she is working on her first cookbook, YOU CAN TRUST A SKINNY COOK.

J.E. FISHMAN, a former Doubleday editor and literary agent, is the author of three nonfiction books and eight novels, including the thrillers PRIMACY, CADAVER BLUES, THE DARK POOL, and the Bomb Squad NYC series. Under the pen name Dana I. Wolff, he also writes horror novels, the first of which, THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE, adds a terrifying twist to the story of Typhoid Mary and North Brother Island.

VANNOY FITE is a certified aromatherapist and herbal healer with a degree in social work. She lives in Texas and devotes most of her time to her writing and study of alternative medicines, which led to the creation of EARTH’S HEALING ESSENTIAL OILS, an easy-to-use, thorough, and informative guide to the many medical and cosmetic uses for essential oils, written along with Michele McDaniel and Vannoy Reynolds.

BOBBY FLAY is the chef and owner of three of Manhattan’s hottest restaurants, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, and Bolo, as well as Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He also has four shows on the Food Network, Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, Food Nation, BBQ with Bobby Flay and Boy Meets Grill. He is the author, with Joan Schwartz, of BOBBY FLAY’S BOLD AMERICAN FOOD; FROM MY KITCHEN TO YOUR TABLE; and BOY MEETS GRILL: WITH MORE THAN 125 BOLD NEW RECIPES, and with Julia Moskin, BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY GETS GRILL: 125 REASONS TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE!. His most recent book is BOBBY FLAY’S GRILLING FOR LIFE: 75 HEALTHIER IDEAS FOR BIG FLAVOR FROM THE FIRE written with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson.

MICHAEL FLEEMAN is an editor for People magazine. He is the author of IF I DIE; THE STRANGER IN MY BED; OVER THE EDGE; LACI; DEADLY MISTRESS; THE OFFICER’S WIFE; KILLER BODIES; and SEDUCED BY EVIL, about Mechele Linehan, the stripper turned soccer mom who was sentenced to life in prison 13 years after the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink. His most recent book, LOVE YOU MADLY, is about the Rachelle Waterman murder. He is currently at work on CRAZY FOR YOU, a true crime book about the murder of Russell Sneiderman, who was gunned down by his own boss, the same man alleged to be his wife’s lover.

CHRISTOPHER FLETT, CEO and founder of Think Tank Communications Ltd. and a sought-after speaker, has worked one-on-one with over 1,600 business women around North America. He has lectured for professional women’s groups in international firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, RBC Dominion Securities, HSBC, CIBC, Intel, and Women in Communications/Global Television. His first book is WHAT MEN DON’T TELL WOMEN ABOUT BUSINESS.

MARY FLYNN, PhD, RD, LDN, is an assistant professor of medicine in research at Brown University and a research dietitian and outpatient oncology dietitian for The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also the founder of Raising the Bar on Nutrition, a program which provides food and demonstrations of healthy meals to food pantry clients. She is the co-author of LOW FAT LIES, HIGH FAT FRAUDS, and speaks widely on diet and nutrition. Her latest, with Nancy Verde Barr, is THE PINK RIBBON DIET, a plan designed for the overweight breast cancer patient those concerned about developing the disease.

CLAIRE FONTAINE is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter who writes in a variety of genres. She also coaches parents and kids in crisis. Her first book, COME BACK, is an emotionally powerful memoir written with her daughter, Mia Fontaine, of the time spent trying to save Mia from a path of self-destruction. Claire and Mia speak regularly about their experiences, and receive enormous response to their positive, inspiring message. Chosen as a Target book club pick, it is one of their top sellers and continues to sell well, having already netted over 150,000 copies.

MIA FONTAINE works in publicity at a New York publishing house. She has had an Op-Ed piece published in the Sunday New York Times, interned at National Geographic, volunteered with inner city kids, and worked with scientist Dr. Carol Baldwin at the Smithsonian. She is the co-author with her mother, Claire Fontaine, of COME BACK, which recollects her harrowing experiences in a lock-down boot camp school both here and in the Czech Republic. Mia and her mother speak regularly about their experiences, and receive enormous response to their positive, inspiring message. Chosen as a Target book club pick, it is one of their top sellers and continues to sell well, having already netted over 150,000 copies.

THOM FORBES is a journalist, editor, speaker, and consultant specializing in new media content and marketing. He is the author, with Robert McMath, of WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?: MARKETING LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM OVER 80,000 NEW-PRODUCT INNOVATIONS AND IDIOCIES and is working on ROI MARKETING: THE ARTFUL SCIENCE OF BUILDING AND SELLING BRANDS.

GAYLE FORMAN is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author of IF I STAY, a heartbreakingly beautiful story about a girl’s choice in the face of life and death, and its sequel WHERE SHE WENT. IF I STAY was released as a major motion picture in 2014. Her other works include JUST ONE DAY and its New York Times bestselling sequel, JUST ONE YEAR. Her latest YA novel, I WAS HERE, is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Indiebound bestseller. Her first adult novel, LEAVE ME, was published to much acclaim and was an IndieNext bestseller. While continuing to write for adults and young adults, Gayle resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughters.

JOHN FORSTER is a four-time Grammy nominee, award-winning humorist, songwriter, record producer, and performer. Many of his songs have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, and he has written songs for everyone from Dr. Ruth Westheimer to the Olsen twins. His Sing Me the Story of Your Day” was sung by Faith Hill on the 2006 Grammy-winning Thanks & Giving, and his work has been recorded by artists including Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash, Christine Lavin, and Tom Chapin. His latest, written with co-author Marc Segan, is THE BSAT OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE: 250 QUESTIONS YOU’LL NEVER SEE ON THE SAT.

SONDRA FORSYTH is an award-winning writer and co-author with 30 years experience in magazine and book publishing. A contributing editor to Ladies’ Home Journal, she has authored or co-authored nine nonfiction books, including FORGET THE FACELIFT with Dr. Doris J. Day. Her most recent book, with Dr. Marie Savard, is ASK DR. MARIE, an informative and entertaining guide to women’s health.

DEAN FOSTER is the author of several business-travel books, including BARGAINING ACROSS BORDERS and the GLOBAL ETIQUETTE GUIDE series, which includes books on Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America.

ERIC FRANCIS is a journalist from Vermont and the author of THE DARTMOUTH MURDERS; BROKEN VOWS; and A WIFE’S REVENGE: THE SUSAN WRIGHT CASE. His latest is TAKEN FROM HOME, about the trial of Michael Blagg.

RAE FRANCOEUR is a writer, journalist, photographer and editor, and most recently served as the Director of Creative Services for the Peabody Essex Museum. A creative and innovative thinker, Rae has started or restarted a number of publications including the N.H. Sunday Portsmouth Herald, Seacoast Business Digest, and New Hampshire Profiles. During her tenure as editor of North Shore Magazine, Rae wrote a weekly essay that led to the prestigious Boston Authors Society annual best writer award. Her first book is the memoir FREE FALL, an empowering story of late-life passion.

ZOË FRANÇOIS trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has been the pastry chef at several of the Twin Cities’ top restaurants, including The Local, D’amico & Sons, D’amico Catering, and Bravo. She teaches baking and pastry at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul and works as a restaurant consultant. Her four books, with Jeffrey Hertzberg, are ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; and PIZZA AND FLATBREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY, and the newly published THE NEW ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY. The pair are currently at work on their latest book, GLUTEN-FREE BREAD.

EMILY FRANKEL is the author of the novel THE SPLINTERED HEART and several plays. She is currently working on a number of projects, among them a series of novels aimed at the growing market of older women.

DEIRDRE FRANKLIN is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation. She is the author of LITTLE DARLING’S PINUPS FOR PITBULLS and is at work, with Linda Lombardi, on a book about the history of the loving breed.

MARK FRANZ is the head chef and a partner at Farallon in the heart of San Francisco. The restaurant has received numerous accolades and awards since its opening in June 1997. His first book, written with Lisa Weiss, is THE FARALLON COOKBOOK.

CLARK FRASIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Mark Gaier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

JACKIE FREDERICK-BERNER is cofounder of The Good Birth Company. She has been an award-winning writer and video producer for over 15 years. Her most recent, BabySafe, a child safety video for new parents, won first place in the American Medical Association’s International Health and Medical Film Competition, and received a Parent’s Choice Award, the nation’s highest honor given to children’s toys, media and parenting information. She is the co-author, with Dr. Amen Ness and Lisa Gould Rubin, of THE BIRTH THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.

LYNN FREDERICKS is a well-respected journalist whose book, COOKING TIME IS FAMILY TIME: COOKING TOGETHER, EATING TOGETHER, AND SPENDING TIME TOGETHER, teaches parents and children to work together in the kitchen. In addition to writing, she is a restaurant consultant and culinary instructor known for her highly creative approach to food preparation.

IRA FREEHOF is the owner and founder of The Comfort Diner restaurants in New York. He has appeared in print and on television promoting the simple comfort food he serves and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s largest milkshake. His first book is THE COMFORT DINER COOBOOK, written with Pia Catton.

KITTY FRENCH is the USA Today bestselling author of The Knight Series, a series of erotic romances beginning with KNIGHT AND PLAY, starring the super sexy “Viking love god” Lucien Knight for readers to swoon over.

THOMAS FRENCH is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism at Indiana University. He is the author of Unanswered Cries, South of Heaven, and the New York Times bestseller Zoo Story.

CARRIE FRIEDMAN is a freelance writer with a great sense of humor whose essay Stop Setting Alarms on My Biological Clock was published in Newsweek. It was the basis for her first book, PREGNANT PAUSE: MY JOURNEY THROUGH OBNOXIOUS QUESTIONS, BABY LUST, MEDDLING RELATIVES, AND PRE-PARTUM DEPRESSION, which looks at her personal experiences through her eponymous pre-partum depression.

RACHEL FRIEDMAN is a travel writer whose work has been published in the Arizona Republic, Clever Magazine, Get Lost Magazine, Travelmag, and Brave New Traveler, among others. She is the author of THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST, a memoir chronicling the year she spent traveling the world, searching for adventure and meaning in over 20 countries.

S. MORGAN FRIEDMAN is a freelance writer, and his first book, with Michael Malice, is OVERHEARD IN NEW YORK, based on the popular website of the same name which marvels at the funny and surprising things overheard on the streets, buses, and subways of New York City. He and Michael are currently at work on two new titles, OVERHEARD IN THE OFFICE and OVERHEARD AT THE GAME.

DAVE FROMM is an attorney and the author of the memoir EXPATRIATE GAMES: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball. He lives with his wife and children in western Massachusetts. His first novel THE DURATION is a love story about the bonds we form in childhood and the ways they both encumber and sustain us set in the haunted hills of Berkshire County.

DON FULSOM is a veteran White House reporter and former UPI Washington bureau chief who has covered the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He is currently an adjunct professor at American University in Washington D.C., and offers the only course on the Watergate scandal at a major U.S. university. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, Regardie’s, and Crime Magazine. He has been a commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Fox News Channel, and the BBC. He is the author of NIXON’S DARKEST SECRETS, a compendium of the ever-increasing details of Richard Nixon’s most notorious cons, capers, crimes, and cover-ups. His next book, also chronicling the Nixon presidency, is titled TREASON. 

NANCY FURSTINGER is the author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic: animals! She has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. Recent titles include MERCY: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF HENRY BERGH, FOUNDER OF THE ASPCA and FRIEND TO ANIMALS and INSPIRING: TRUE STORIES OF AMAZING BIONIC ANIMALS.



JULIE GABRIEL is a nutrition specialist and the author of CLEAR SKIN: ORGANIC ACTION PLAN FOR ACNE. Her latest is THE GREEN BEAUTY GUIDE which imparts the latest and most pertinent information on organic products and teaches readers how to differentiate the organic wannabes from the real thing.

MARK GAIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Clark Frasier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

CECILIA GALANTE is an acclaimed children’s book author who teaches 8th grade English and fiction at a graduate school level. Her first adult novel, THE INVISIBLES, is a compelling exploration of four friends with troubled pasts who created a club in high school called The Invisibles and reunite in their early thirties after one of them has attempted suicide. It will be followed by BIRD OF PARADISE. Her most recent middle grade novels are THE WORLD FROM UP HERE, and STEALING OUR WAY HOME.

JON & EILEEN GALLO are the authors of THE FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT PARENT, wherein they combine their respective areas of expertise; Jon is an Estate Planner and Eileen is a psychologist. Their first book was SILVER SPOON KIDS.

W. TIMOTHY GALLWEY is the author of several international bestsellers, including THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS and THE INNER GAME OF GOLF. In 1997, he joined with Drs. Edd Hanzelik and John Horton to apply the principles of the inner game to their specialty of managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes the book THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

GALE GAND is an owner of Chicago’s Tru, and the author, with Rick Tramonto and Mary Goodbody, of TRU: A COOKBOOK FROM THE LEGENDARY CHICAGO RESTAURANT. With Rick Tramonto and Julia Moskin, she has written AMERICAN BRASSERIE; BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS; and JUST A BITE; and with Julia Moskin, SHORT AND SWEET. She is the author, with Lisa Weiss, of CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA, and her latest, with Christie Matheson, is GALE GAND’S BRUNCH!: 100 FANTASTIC RECIPES FOR THE WEEKEND’S BEST MEAL. She is currently at work on GALE GAND’S LUNCH! with Christie Matheson.

BETH GARDINER is a London-based journalist covering environment, climate and energy. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and The Times (London), among others. For ten years, she covered politics, culture, breaking news and more as a reporter in the Associated Press’s New York and London bureaus, traveling to the Middle East, China and India on reporting assignments. In 2005, she spent a month in Aceh and Jakarta, Indonesia, reporting on the aftermath of the Asian tsunami as part of an AP team honored with a National Headliner Award for its coverage of that disaster. She is the recipient of a Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism grant and is currently focused on air pollution’s impact on public health in countries from Poland and India to the United States and Britain. She is a fellow of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her first book CHOKED: LIFE AND BREATH IN THE AGE OF AIR POLLUTION is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press and Portobello Books in the UK.

ARLEN GARGAGLIANO, acclaimed writer of English language textbooks, has co-authored chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino’s cookbooks, VIVA LA VIDA; NUEVA SALSA; and FIESTA LATINA. She is also the author of MAMBO MIXERS, and CALYPSO COOLERS, which takes the reader on a trip through the islands one cocktail and appetizer at a time. Her latest with Rafael Palomino is THE LATIN GRILL.

COLBY GARRELTS and MEGAN GARRELTS are the co-owners/chefs of the Kansas City-based Bluestem restaurant. They are the authors of THE BLUESTEM PERENNIAL CUISINE COOKBOOK, with Bonjwing Lee, featuring recipes which incorporate their style of flavorful, progressive American cuisine.

MARK GARVEY is an editor of Writer’s Market and a contributor to various other publications. He is the author of WAITING FOR MARY, a personal report on the apparitions of the Virgin Mary that he has attended throughout the U.S., and STYLIZED: A SLIGHTLY OBSESSIVE HISTORY OF STRUNK & WHITE’S THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE.

GLENN GARVIN’s first book, EVERYBODY HAD HIS OWN GRINGO: THE CIA AND THE CONTRAS, received universal praise. He is also the co-author of DIARY OF A SURVIVOR, with Cuban exile Ana Rodriguez, about her 19 years in a Cuban women’s prison.

DR. ADAM GAZZALEY is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and the founder of The Gazzaley Lab. Dr. Gazzaley has authored over 90 scientific articles, delivered over 300 invited presentations around the world, and his research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. He wrote and hosted the nationally televised, PBS-sponsored special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”. Awards and honors for his research include the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging, and the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science. He is now working, with Dr. Larry Rosen, on a book that will bridge the gap between the psychology and brain science of technology entitled THE DISTRACTED MIND.

TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES’ debut novel ON THE ISLAND, about an English teacher and a teenage boy stranded in the Maldives, has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her second novel, COVET, is about the devastating effects of the recession on a marriage. The film rights to ON THE ISLAND have been optioned by MGM.

G.D. GEARINO has been with the Raleigh News & Observer for over ten years and writes a biweekly column for the Life Etc. section. He is the author of WHAT THE DEAF-MUTE HEARD, which was turned into a hugely successful Hallmark Television movie. He is also the author of COUNTING COUP and BLUE HOLE. His latest novel is THE WRONG GUY, a darkly comic look at racism in the South.

BILL GEERHART co-founded the respected Cold War popular culture website where he continues to write the majority of the content, and he is also a producer for Bear Family Records. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, NPR’s Morning Edition, BoingBoing, and more. He wrote the 292-page book that accompanies the 2005 Bear Family Records box set release Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (which he also co-produced). He is the author of the hilarious LITTLE BILLY’S LETTERS: AN INCORRIGIBLE INNER CHILD’S CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE FAMOUS, INFAMOUS AND JUST PLAIN BEWILDERED, a collection of letters between fake 10-year-old “Billy” and famous and infamous personalities like Charles Manson and Justice Clarence Thomas.

CATHERINE GEIER began working at Café Flora in 1993 and became Executive Chef four years later. She is now heading the café’s special projects and publications and has taken on the role of Chef and Director of Food Services for Tierra Learning Center retreat, a Café Flora affiliate. Most recently, she worked on THE CAFÉ FLORA COOKBOOK with the late Scott Glascock.

JILL GEISLER is the inaugural Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity and the Loyola University Chicago. She was previously at the Poynter Institute. Starting as a reporter and anchor, she became a news director at age 27 and was the country’s first woman to lead the TV newsroom of a major market network affiliate.  She is the author of WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW, a book that provides practical tools to improve performance in the workplace.

AMY GENTRY is a writer and critic with a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago. She has been a regular book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune since 2012, and her work has also appeared in Salon, LA Review of Books, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. Her book on Tori Amos is forthcoming as part of the 33 1/3 music criticism series. Her debut novel GOOD AS GONE is a twisty upmarket thriller about what happens when a girl returns eight years after her kidnapping with a story that doesn’t add up.

RON GERACI was the writer of the popular “This Dating Life” column in Men’s Health magazine.  He has also served as features editor for Men’s Health and AARP: The Magazine. His book, THE BACHELOR CHRONICLES, is about his quest for love inNew York City, one date at a time.

SIMON GERVAIS is a former member of the Canadian Secret Service who specializes in international-terrorist thrillers rooted in authenticity. His THE THIN BLACK LINE was published in April 2015 by The Story Plant, inaugurating the Mike Walton series. It will be followed by a digital novella, THE LONG GRAY LINE, and a second novel, A RED DOTTED LINE.

JOSH GETLIN is the former New York bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times and has covered national news, Congress and the White House, presidential campaigns, publishing, arts and entertainment, and local politics during a 30-year career at the newspaper. He is the author of DON’T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT’S RAINING, with Judge Judy Sheindlin, and BEYOND THE KILLING FIELDS, a study of refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border. He is currently at work on OPEN YOUR GOLDEN GATE, about George Moscone and his role in making San Francisco the city it is today.

ANNA GETTY is the author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas and the forthcoming Easy Green Organic. She is a chef and holistic lifestyle expert as well as Kundalini Yoga teacher. She sits on the board of Healthy Child Healthy World, The Environmental Media Association and is the founder of Pregnancy Awareness month, which educates women about pregnancy and birth.

RABBI MATTHEW GEWIRTZ is the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey. He also serves on the Wellness Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Golden Rabbinic Recruitment Committee at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His first book is THE GIFT OF GRIEF.

ROBERT GILHOOLY is a seasoned journalist whose work has been published in the New York TimesTime magazines, the Times of London, the UK Telegraph and New Scientist magazine. In 2010, he won awards in the DAYS International Photojournalism Awards for a photo story on suicide in Japan. He has contributed to many TV documentaries and books on Japan and the Japanese language. He is currently at work on THE NAIL THAT STICKS UP, about the dramatic events that unfolded in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami leading to the devastating nuclear meltdown in Japan’s Fukushima region.

D.B. GILLES has taught in the undergraduate film and television department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for over 15 years and is the author of THE SCREENWRITER WITHIN: HOW TO TURN THE MOVIE IN YOUR HEAD INTO A SALEABLE SCREENPLAY. With Sheldon Woodbury, he is the co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander in chief. He is also the author of the popular book THE PORTABLEFILMSCHOOL: EVERYTHING YOU’D LEARN IN FILMSCHOOL (WITHOUT EVER GOING TO CLASS). He is currently at work on the forthcoming book, WRITER’S REHAB.

LYNN GINSBURG is a freelance writer with a longtime interest in nutrition and health. She has contributed to a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Walking. She is the author, with Mary Taylor, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg conduct Women, Food and Spirituality workshops nationwide.

AARON GLANTZ is a reporter for the Pacifica Radio Network and many other media outlets. His is the author of the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller HOW AMERICA LOST IRAQ and THE WAR COMES HOME, about the treatment of returning Iraq War veterans.

JOHN GLATT is an investigative journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. A native of London, England, Glatt worked a variety of jobs including freelancing for many UK newspapers, such as the Sunday People and the Daily Mail. He is the author of over a dozen true crime books, including FOR I HAVE SINNED: TRUE STORIES OF CLERGY WHO KILL, EVIL TWINS, LOST AND FOUND, and PRINCE OF PARADISE. His latest is THE LOST GIRLS about three young women kidnapped and abused for over a decade in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home, and LIVE AT THE FILLMORE, which tells the story of the Fillmore East and West through the interweaving lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Carlos Santana. He is currently at work on a new true crime about the Thomas Gilbert case.

PHYLLIS GLAZER is the only American-born food journalist living in Israel who writes in both Hebrew and English. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, Saveur and the AP, holds a regular column in Yediot Aharonot, and is the author of several books. Her most recent, written with her sister, Dr. Miriyam Glazer, is THE ESSENTIAL BOOK OF JEWISH FESTIVAL COOKING. She is at work on an exciting new cookbook.

ABBI GLINES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous YA and New Adult series, including THE VINCENT BOYS and THE VINCENT BROTHERS, the paranormal Existence series, and the contemporary romance series Sea Breeze (which starts with BREATHE) and Rosemary Beach (which begins with FALLEN TOO FAR). A brand new YA series, The Field Party is forthcoming from Simon Pulse.

TAEGAN GODDARD is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political blogs. He has served in government at the state and federal level, as policy advisor to Senator Donald Riegle and as a strategist in Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker’s budget office. His first book, co-authored with Chris Riback, is YOU WON, NOW WHAT? : HOW AMERICANS CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FROM CITY HALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE, which suggests the way to governmental reform is not through fixing the system but by fixing the politicians.

LINDA GODFREY is an author and illustrator who has previously authored the Michigan and Wisconsin editions of the Weird USA series. Her most recent books are REAL WOLFMEN: TRUE ENCOUNTERS IN MODERN AMERICA, AMERICAN MONSTERS, and the self-published GOD JOHNSON: THE UNFORGIVEN DIARY OF THE DISCIPLE OF A LESSER GOD. She is at work on a new compendium of nonfiction stories about PORTALS: TRANS-REALITY WARPS, STRANGE CREATURES, AND UFO’S.

PAM GODWIN began her career working in the non-profit sector. As a caseworker and migration specialist, she helped facilitate the resettlement of refugees entering the United Statesfrom the former Soviet Unionand other countries who were faced with religious persecution. After getting her Master’s in Education and earning a certificate in literacy, Pam taught in the NYC Public School System for 10 years both as a classroom teacher and a literacy specialist. She is the co-author of 52 WEEKS, based on the popular blog of the same name.

SUZANNE GOLDENSON is a freelance food writer and restaurant critic. She is the author of numerous books on food and wine, and her latest, written with Max Hansen, is SMOKED SALMON: DELICIOUS INNOVATIVE RECIPES.


ANDREW GOLDSTEIN, M.D., is a noted gynecologist who has lectured extensively on female sexuality. With Dr. Marianne Brandon, he is a co-founder of the Sexual Wellness Center in Annapolis, Maryland, and co-author of RECLAIMING DESIRE: FOUR KEYS TO FINDING YOUR LOST LIBIDO. He is also the author with his co-author Caroline Pukall of WHEN SEX HURTS: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO BANISHING SEXUAL PAIN.

SANDRA J. GORDON is a talented health writer whose work has been seen in numerous magazines, such as Self, Redbook, and Family Circle. She is also the author, with Dr. Steven Jonas, of 30 SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST CUISINES: GLOBAL EATING TIPS AND RECIPES FROM CHINA, FRANCE, JAPAN, THE MEDITERRANEAN, AFRICA, AND SCANDINAVIA; and her latest, THE SHY SINGLE: A BOLD GUIDE TO DATING FOR THE LESS-THAN-BOLD DATER, written with Dr. Bonnie Jacobson.

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the bestselling middle grade author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY and THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS. Grabenstein also regularly hits the bestseller lists with his middle grade collaborations with James Patterson. His second Lemoncello installment, MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, was just published by Random House, and his next Random House series, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND, kicks off this fall. His Haunted Mystery series remains a perennial, as do his Riley Mack books.

ANGELA GRAHAM is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Harmony romance series, which begins with INEVITABLE. Angela lives with her husband, three children and loyal cat.

KEVIN GRANGE is an award-winning freelance writer who has written for National Parks Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Orange County Register. He is the author of BENEATH BLOSSOM RAIN, a memoir detailing his 24-day trek through the infamous Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. His next book, LIGHTS AND SIRENS, a fast-paced memoir about his experiences attending paramedic school in Los Angeles, the street gang capital of the world, is forthcoming

RICHARD GRAUSMAN is the former exclusive U.S. representative to the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris. He is the author of AT HOME WITH THE FRENCH CLASSICS and the founder of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which brings the fundamentals of French cooking to high school students. FRENCH CLASSICS MADE EASY is a revised edition of his first book.

CYNTHIA GREEN, Ph.D., is the author of TOTAL MEMORY WORKOUT: 8 EASY STEPS TO MAXIMUM MEMORY FITNESS. She is also a nationally recognized expert in memory and memory fitness training as president of Memory Arts, LLC, and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is co-author with Joan Beloff of THROUGH THE SEASONS: AN ACTIVITY BOOK FOR MEMORY-CHALLENGED ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS.

TERISA GREEN, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at UCLA and the author of THE TATTOO ENCYCLOPEDIA and INK: THE NOT-JUST -SKIN-DEEP- GUIDE TO GETTING A TATTOO.

MURRAY GREENBERG is a former litigator and graduate of BrandeisUniversity, as well as ColumbiaUniversity’s Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Forward, among others. His latest is PASSING GAME, about Benny Friedman, a Jewish pro football player in the 1920s and 1930s who is known for perfecting the sport’s forward pass. Friedman was also Brandeis’ first athletic director and only football coach and was recently posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.


GAEL GREENE helped change the way New Yorkers (and many Americans) think about food through her role as the restaurant critic for New York magazine. She is an award-winning journalist who is credited with elevating the professional level of restaurant criticism and food writing. As co-founder with James Beard of Citymeals-on-Wheels, she has made a significant impact on the city of New York. She is the author of six books, and two of her novels, BLUE SKIES, NO CANDY and DOCTOR LOVE, were bestsellers in hardcover and paperback. Her latest work is INSATIABLE: TALES FROM A LIFE OF DELICIOUS EXCESS, a memoir of her life and loves.

RICK GREENSPAN teaches auto mechanics at the College of Alameda, and is an expert camper and backpacker. With Hal Kahn, he is the author of BACKPACKING: A HEDONIST’S GUIDE; FOGHORN OUTDOORS: CAMPER’S COMPANION; and their latest, THE LEAVE-NO-CRUMBS CAMPING COOKBOOK.

LELAND GREGORY, the “official chronicler of human stupidity,” is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and author of over 20 books, including several New York Times Bestsellers. His most recent books are 50 SHADES OF DUMB: TRUE STORIES OF STRANGE AND SCREWY SEX and 50 Things Not to Do after 50: From Naming Your Pets after Tolkien Characters to Signaling “Peace Out” to Your Friends.

R.S. GREY is the USA Today bestselling author of the New Adult romance SCORING WILDER about an Olympic hopeful and her irresistible soccer coach as well as WITH THIS HEART and BEHIND HIS LENS.

ALISA GRIFFIS is an award-winning educator and author of WRITE WELL, WRITE NOW, a guidebook that outlines a new way to teach creative and analytical writing to children.

BETHANY GRIFFIN is the author of the young adult duology, THE MASQUE OF RED DEATH and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, re-imaginings of the Poe story of the same name. She is also the author of the YA novel HANDCUFFS, and her most recent book is THE FALL. Bethany lives in Kentuncky, where she teaches high school English.

FRED GRIFFITH and LINDA GRIFFITH have written many cookbooks together, including GARLIC, GARLIC, GARLIC and ONIONS, ONIONS, ONIONS, winner of a James Beard Award. Their latest collaboration is NUTS! RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT FEATURE NATURE’S PERFECT INGREDIENT.

MARION GRODIN has, for the last 15 years, been one of the hottest stand-up comics in the country. She is a favorite at New York City’s top clubs, including Stand Up NY and Gotham Comedy Club, where she regularly headlines. Marionhas also been seen on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s The View, and CNN’s The Joy Behar Show.  In addition, she worked as The Charles Grodin Show’s comedy producer, making regular appearances on the CNBC show as well as conducting comedic celebrity interviews.  Her first book is STANDING UP: A MEMOIR OF A FUNNY (NOT ALWAYS) LIFE, a hilarious and heartbreaking account of her journey toward stepping out of her father’s shadow and into her own light.

RICHARD GROPP is a sci-fi/fantasy writer based in Seattle. His debut, BAD GLASS, won Del Rey’s Suvudu Writing contest. He is at work on a follow-up.

BLYTHE GROSSBERG, PSY.D, is an organizational psychologist and professional career counselor. She is also the author of MAKING ADD WORK: ON THE JOB STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER.

ALISSA GROSSO is a former newspaper editor turned children’s librarian whose novels for teens include POPULAR, FEROCITY SUMMER, and SHALLOW POND.

RICHARD GROVES founded the Sacred Art of Living Center which offers spiritual programs and retreats focusing on action and contemplation. His first book, THE AMERICAN BOOK OF DYING combines his background in ministry, theology, and hospice care to guide those providing support for a dying loved one.

JAMES A. GRYMES is an Associate Professor of Musicology and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music at UNC Charlotte. The foremost authority on the composer Ernst von Dohnányi, his most recent book is VIOLINS OF HOPE. 

PAUL GUDE is the author/illustrator of WHEN GIRAFFE MET ELEPHANT, a picture book for young readers about a feisty elephant and a silent giraffe, as well as its sequel, A SURPRISE FOR GIRAFFE AND ELEPHANT. He was featured on the Bravo reality series LOLwork as a member of the Cheezburger humor website’s creative team.

ALLAN C. GUELZO is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller GETTYSBURGH: THE LAST INVASION and the forthcoming GENTEEL REBEL, a biography of Robert E. Lee.

TOMAS GUILLEN, a professor of journalism and former investigative reporter, is the co-author, with Carlton Smith, of the bestselling THE SEARCH FOR THE GREEN RIVER KILLER. He is also the author of TOXIC LOVE: THE CHILLING TRUE STORY OF TWISTED PASSION IN THE “MURDER BY CANCER” CASE.

BILL GURSTELLE is a professional engineer and the author of BACKYARD BALLISTICS, a guide to building ballistic devices such as potato cannons, paper match rockets, and tennis ball mortars; THE ART OF THE CATAPULT; ADVENTURES FROM THE TECHNOLOGY UNDERGROUND: CATAPULTS, PULSEJETS, RAIL GUNS, FLAMETHROWERS, TESLA COILS, AIR CANNONS, AND THE GARAGE WARRIORS WHO LOVE THEM, which explores Bill’s travels in the subculture of amateur inventors; WHOOSH BOOM SPLAT: THE GARAGE WARRIOR’S GUIDE TO BUILDING PROJECTILE SHOOTERS; and ABSINTHE AND FLAMETHROWERS: PROJECTS AND RUMINATIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. His latest is THE PRACTICAL PYROMANIAC, a collection of clever projects and stories that explores the total concept of fire, and a revised edition of BACKYARD BALLISTICS. He is currently at work on DEFENDING YOUR CASTLE, which will provide wild yet accurate plans for the modern homeowner worried about invasions by the Huns and other marauding armies.



KIM HAASARUD has worked in the food & beverage industry since graduating high school, bartending her way through college in New York City. Haasarud eventually formed her own company, Liquid Architecture, creating original beverage and bar concepts for a wide range of clients from beverage companies to marketing groups to weddings. Her books are 101 MARGARITAS, 101 MARTINIS101 SANGRIAS101 CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS, 101 BLENDER DRINKS, and 101 MOJITOS AND MUDDLED DRINKS. She is now working on 101 SHOTS and 101 TROPICAL DRINKS.

BETH HAHN studied art and writing at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She attended The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and her short stories have appeared in Necessary Fiction, The Hawai’i Review, The South Carolina Review, and The Emrys Journal. She has been granted an April 2015 residency at The Ragdale Foundation. THE SINGING BONE, forthcoming from ReganArts, is her first novel.

JOSEPH T. HALLINAN is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He has worked for a number of prominent publications and is currently a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. His first book, GOING UP THE RIVER: TRAVELS IN A PRISON NATION, offers an explosive and eye-opening account of the American prison system. His latest is WHY WE MAKE MISTAKES: HOW WE LOOK WITHOUT SEEING, FORGET THINGS IN SECONDS, AND ARE ALL PRETTY SURE WE ARE WAY ABOVE AVERAGE. He is currently at work on KIDDING OURSELVES, which takes a close look at our human penchant for self-deception.

SCOTT HAMILTON is a four-time U.S. national champion figure skater, four-time world champion and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist. He is also a network TV skating commentator, best-selling author, actor, performer, producer, Emmy nominee, co-creator of Stars on Ice,and a survivor of testicular cancer and a brain tumor. His first book was the New York Times bestselling memoir, LANDING IT. His latest, with Ken Baker, is THE GREAT EIGHT: HOW TO BE HAPPY (EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE MISERABLE).

JAMES HANKINS grew up in New Jersey, went to NYU Film School, then moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Later, he became a lawyer and practiced law in Boston, MA with one of the largest law firms in the United States. After the birth of his twin sons, he decided to stay at home and write full time. He now lives north of Boston and spends his time writing books and helping to raise his sons. He is the author of BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN. SHADY CROSS follows the harrowing decision of a small-time crook, Stokes, as he discovers a backpack filled with much needed cash—money that’s also needed to ransom an innocent child. His most recent novel, THE PRETTIEST ONE, is about a woman who wakes up with no memory of why she’s covered in blood, carrying a gun, and the main suspect in a murder case. His next thriller is THE INSIDE DARK.

J.P. HANSEN is an award-winning, bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker and life coach. His first two books, THE BLISS LIST: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING THE DREAM AT WORK AND BEYOND and THE BLISS LIST JOURNAL have garnered several awards. He has been interviewed as a career expert on countless television shows, print publications, and radio. His latest book is PINK SLIPS AND GLASS SLIPPERS.

MAX HANSEN is the owner of Max & Me, a catering company in Pennsylvania. He is nationally known for his signature smoked salmon, served by many of the country’s finest dining establishments, including Thomas Kellers’ French Laundry. SMOKED SALMON: DELICIOUS INNOVATIVE RECIPES, written with Suzanne Goldenson, is his first book.

DR. EDD HANZELIK is the co-founder with Dr. John Horton of a medical practice currently located in Westlake Village, California, which focuses on treating the whole person, encouraging the individual’s full participation in his or her own care, and trusting the innate healing capacity of the human body. In 1997, he, Horton, and bestselling author of The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey, joined together to apply the principles of the inner game to managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes the book THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

JUDE HARDIN holds a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville, and currently works as a Registered Nurse in a major urban medical center in north Florida. When he’s not pounding away at the computer keyboard, Jude can be found pounding away on his drums, playing tennis, reading, or down at the pond fishing with his son. His debut thriller, POCKET-47, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and raves from the New York Times. His most recent novels in the Nicholas Colt series are CROSSCUTand SNUFF TAG NINE. He is currently at work on the next book in the series, KEY DEATH.

CHEF MAXCEL HARDY is the personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, founder of One Chef Can 86 Hunger, and culinary entrepreneur who has been featured in Bon Appetit, has developed his own chef apparel line and appeared on an episode of Chopped. He is the co-author, with Amar’e, of COOKING WITH AMAR’E, which highlights his time in the kitchen teaching Amar’e Stoudemire to cook for family and friends. His next cookbook will be THE MARLEY COFFEE COOKBOOK, which he is writing with Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley, and founder of Marley Coffee.

AMY HARMON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult romances that are powerful and heart wrenching in their handling of very real issues, including MAKING FACES and A DIFFERENT BLUE. She has also authored the bestselling RUNNING BAREFOOT and Purgatory series. In addition to being an author, Amy has been a motivational speaker, a teacher, a home-school mom and a member of the Grammy Award-winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight.

JAMES HARMON is the author of TAKE MY ADVICE, a collection of letters from the smartest, most creative people on the planet, written for the discerning, critical, and savvy young people of today. Contributors include Katharine Hepburn, Joe Dallesandro, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and Bette Davis.

MARGARET HARMON’s newest is THE GENIE WHO HAD WISHES OF HIS OWN: 21ST-CENTURY FABLES, introducing 22 brand new heroes, villains, and earnest strivers seeking health, fulfillment, and love in our world that’s scorched by greed but trembling with opportunity.  Ray Bradbury called it “Fantastic!” She is the author-illustrator of THE MAN WHO LEARNED TO WALK IN SHOES THAT PINCH: CONTEMPORARY FABLES and A FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN BIRDERS: A PARODY.

BETH HARPAZ is an AP reporter and author of the critically-acclaimed THE GIRLS IN THE VAN, a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Clinton’s historic Senate run and FINDING ANNIE FARRELL, a memoir about growing up with an emotionally fragile mother. Her latest is 13 IS THE NEW 18, a humorous chronicle of a year in the author’s life as the mother of a 13-year-old boy.

VALERIE HARPER is best known us as the beloved sitcom character Rhoda Morgenstern on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Her first book, written with Catherine Whitney, is TODAY, I AM A MA’AM: AND OTHER MUSINGS ON LIFE, BEAUTY, AND GROWING OLDER.

KELLY HARRIS of YES, PLEASE DESIGNS, along with Paige Appel of BASH EVENTS, are the two creative gals behind BASH, PLEASE, a full service event production and design house. Together they offer their clients everything from paper design, logistical management, event design, florals, prop building, vendor curation, decor sourcing; everything from soup to nuts! Taking cues from the artful, the vintage, the modern, the crafty, the textured, the natural, they create seamless events that showcase their clients’ sensibility without the stress of fussy over-production. Vibrant and innovative are two words they like to keep in mind when approaching a new bash. They live in Los Angeles and travel nationwide to produce events for their clients. They are also the co-creators of THE CREAM (formerly known as Hitched). A modern, hip, experiential take on the bridal and, they are at work on their first book, which is forthcoming from Rizzoli.

JENNY HART is a talented and innovative craft artist and creator of the successful website, She specializes in embroidered portraits and designs. Her first published work is STITCH-IT KIT, a beautifully designed kit containing a book and all the makings for unique embroidered handmade designs. Her next kit will be STITCH ‘EM UP.

A.J. HARTLEY is the Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also a screenwriter, theatre director and dramaturg. Despite his background in academia, he is a prolific commercial fiction writer, and his first novel, an international thriller entitled THE MASK OF ATREUS, was sold in over 12 countries, and became a USA Today bestseller. He is also the author of ON THE FIFTH DAY, which hit the New York Times bestseller list, WHAT TIME DEVOURS, and the SEKRET MACHINES and CATHEDRALS OF GLASS trilogies with Tom DeLonge. He is also the author of two fantasy novels, ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER, were published as hardcover originals and ACT OF WILL received a starred PW review. He is the author of a 3-book middle grade series, DARWEN ARKWRIGHT. His first YA is STEEPLEJACK, a rich atmospheric novel about a young girl who climbs the tall towers in a land resembling Victorian Africa, which will be followed by two more novels in the series.

AARON HARTZLER is an actor, writer, essayist, and stand-up comic. Aaron is the author of the YA memoir RAPTURE PRACTICE, about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian home while questioning one’s faith and sexuality. His most recent novel, WHAT WE SAW, follows the chilling reaction of a small town after a group of teenagers commit a crime. Aaron is currently at work on a another YA novel, TWITCH.

JEAN HAUS is the author of the bestselling, originally self-published novel IN THE BAND, book one in the Luminescent Juliet series, about a girl who has only ever played in her high school marching band who becomes a rock goddess as the drummer for a local group.  She is also the author of a number of self-published young adult and paranormal novels and novellas.

FRAN HAWTHORNE has spent more than 20 years covering business, politics and social activism as an editor and writer at magazines including Fortune, Business Week, Crain’s New York Business, and Institutional Investor, where she is currently a senior contributing editor. She is the author of several books including PENSION DUMPING: THE REASONS, THE WRECKAGE, THE STAKES FOR WALL STREET,INSIDE THE FDA: THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS BEHIND THE DRUGS WE TAKE AND THE FOOD WE EAT, and THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL: SHOPPING, INVESTING, PARENTING, AND OTHER DAILY DILEMMAS IN AN AGE OF POLITICAL ACTIVISM. Her latest is ETHICAL CHIC: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE COMPANIES WE THINK WE LOVE.

CRAIG J. HEIMBUCH is an award-winning journalist and author, as well as a content strategist  at Barefoot Proximity/BBDO. His most recent book is his memoir of learning to hunt, AND NOW WE SHALL DO MANLY THINGS.

H.B. HEINZER is the author of the Blessed Tragedy and bestselling Back to Brooklyn series, which starts off with BENT, following a newly divorced woman to Brooklyn, Wisconsin, the hometown she swore she’d never see again, and into the arms of the high school sweetheart who drove her away.

JENNA HELLAND is a Creative Designer for Wizards of the Coast, a leader of game-based entertainment and a publisher of fantasy fiction based in Seattle. Before joining Wizards of the Coast, Jenna was a journalist in Missouri, Virginia, and California. Jenna has written stories for Magic: The Gathering and Forgotten Realms. She is currently at work on her first novel, THE WEIGHTLESS CALCULATIONS.

JOHN HEMINGWAY is a writer and translator who lives with his wife and two children just outside of Milan. He is the author of the memoir STRANGE TRIBE about his father Gregory’s relationship with his own father, Ernest Hemingway, and about growing up the son of a schizophrenic mother and a father who was the family “black sheep.”

TOM HENDERSON is an award-winning reporter whose book A DEADLY AFFAIR chronicles the Detroit “Love Triangle Murder” case. He is also the author of BLOOD JUSTICE, about convicted serial killer Jeffrey Gorton; DARKER THAN NIGHT; about the 1985 murder of two hunters in rural Michigan; and AFRAID OF THE DARK, about the murder of Florence Unger by her husband Mark in October, 2003. His most recent is BLOOD IN THE SNOW, about the murder of Tara Grant, allegedly by her husband, stay-at-home dad Stephen Grant. He is currently at work on a book about the 1979 murder of Janet Chandler.

MARK HENRY has survived earthquakes, typhoons, and two volcanic eruptions. Surprisingly still alive, he is also the author of the over-the-top and hysterical zombie comedy HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED and its sequels, ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD and BATTLE OF THE NETWORK ZOMBIES. His first book for young adults, set in Purgatory, is VELVETEEN.

GEOFF HERBACH is a co-founder of the Lit6 Project, a Midwestern literary group with a big following, and their project Electric Arc Radio, a literary tragicomedy, which is recorded live and airs on Minnesota Public Radio. His novel THE MIRACLE LETTERS OF T. RIMBERG is a darkly funny twist on the classic epistolary novel.  His young adult debut STUPID FAST led to two sequels, THE WHOLE WARM WORLD; and I’M WITH STUPID. He is also the author of FAT GIRL VS. THE CHEERLEADERS and the forthcoming ANYTHING YOU WANT.

NANCY HERKNESS was chosen as one of three “Best Up and Coming Authors” of 2003 in Affaire de Coeur’s Readers’ Poll for A BRIDGE TO LOVE. She is the winner of a Golden Leaf, the Aspen Gold, and the Write Touch Reader’s awards for excellence in published romance.  A member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc., she also writes book reviews, press releases, and newsletters. She is also the author of the forthcoming novel, TAKE ME HOME. She is currently at work on the next two books in the Whisper Horse romance series, COUNTRY ROADS and THE PLACE I BELONG.

JEFFREY HERTZBERG has been a physician, university professor, information technology consultant, and amateur cellist, but he is decidedly not a food professional. Nevertheless, he has developed and perfected a rapid method for recreating handmade European artisanal breads at home. That technique is the subject of his bestselling first four books, with pastry chef and baker Zoë François, ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; PIZZA AND FLATBREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; and the newly published THE NEW ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY. The pair are currently at work on their latest book, GLUTEN-FREE BREAD.

SHEILA HIMMEL and LISA HIMMEL are the authors of HUNGRY: A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FIGHT ANOREXIA, about Lisa’s struggles with an eating disorder. Sheila has won awards for news, feature, and food writing, including a James Beard award. As the restaurant critic of the San Jose Mercury News, she wrote an award-winning story with Lisa, upon which the book is based. Lisa is a student at the University of California.

LAXMI HIREMATH is a food writer and cooking teacher. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle’s food section. She is also the founder and creator of Laxmi’s Delights, a product line of spiced nuts available nationwide. She is the author of LAXMI’S VEGETARIAN KITCHEN and THE DANCE OF SPICES.

PHAEDRA HISE is a freelance journalist who currently writes most frequently for the Wall StreetJournal and Inc. She is a former staff writer for Inc and former contributor to Fortune Small Business.  Her award-winning work has been anthologized and published in national magazines including AARP, Glamour, Salon, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She is the author of several nonfiction books, including GROWING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE. Also an experienced pilot, she is the author of PILOT ERROR: THE ANATOMY OF A PLANE CRASH, about Ron Sinzheimer’s fatal light-craft crash and how even a well-trained pilot can easily slip into trouble. Her latest is THE SECRET LIVES OF HOARDERS with Matt Paxton about his experiences assisting those with obsessive-compulsive hoarding problems.


JOHN HLINKO is a consultant working to build movements and buzz at the grassroots and consumer levels using online technology and creative communications. He helped lead in its early days and has worked extensively with Fortune 500 clients such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft. His first book is SHARE, RETWEET, REPEAT: GET YOUR MESSAGE READ AND SPREAD.

BRIDGET HODDER will make her debut with THE RAT PRINCE , a revisionist look at the Cinderella story, which will be published by Margaret Ferguson Books (FSG) in 2016.

DR. STEVE J. HODGES is a fellowship-trained pediatric urologist and assistant professor of pediatric urology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He has authored numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed articles in top journals, and his areas of interest in research include the causes and treatments for dysfunctional elimination, scar prevention following surgery, and novel imaging studies in children.  He is the author of IT’S NO ACCIDENT, written with Suzanne Schlosberg.

BRYCE HOFFMAN is a veteran business journalist with the Detroit News and has covered the Ford Motor Company exclusively for the paper since 2005. His coverage of Ford has won numerous awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been a finalist numerous times for the Gerald Loeb Award and has been a frequent guest on local, national, and international television and radio shows. He is the author of AMERICAN ICON: THE FALL AND RISE OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY, which chronicles how the company stepped away from the brink of bankruptcy to stage the greatest turnaround in modern business history.

ROBERT HOFLER is a former writer and editor for such publications as Variety and Life Magazine. He has chronicled hidden Hollywood history in such books as THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK HUDSON and PARTY ANIMALS. His SEXPLOSION covered the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s as seen through the lens of that era’s popular culture (“The Last Tango in Paris,” “Hair,” “Midnight Cowboy,” etc.). His next book, NOT PURELY COINCIDENTAL: MANHATTAN MONEY, HOLLYWOOD MURDERS, AND THE LIFE OF DOMINICK DUNNE, will be published in 2017 by University of Wisconsin Press.

Author, columnist, and comedian STEVE HOFSTETTERis often called the hardest working man in show-business. With all due respect to the late James Brown. Hofstetter, who has a whopping 3+ million views on YouTube, is the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. This winter he’ll be in his second movie, and he starred in a national commercial for JDate. One of his albums reached number 1 on iTunes’ comedy charts and he’s parlayed his success into ownership of comedy clubs in Louisville, Dayton, and Indianapolis. He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.

KIM HOLDEN is the New Adult and YA author of ALL OF IT and BRIGHT SIDE. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and son.

DAVE HOLMES is a comedian, columnist, and former MTV VJ. His first book, PARTY OF ONE, is a painfully hilarious memoir of his life as a perpetual outsider trying to get in—from the artsy kid in a sporty family and the closeted gay guy at his Catholic college to the quirky MTV VJ in the age of bubblegum pop and the overweight guy in image-conscious LA.

The late MARJORIE HOLMES was the adored, bestselling author of I’VE GOT TO TALK TO SOMEBODY, GOD; TWO FROM GALILEE; STILL BY MY SIDE; and AT CHRISTMAS THE HEART GOES HOME, among many, many other inspirational titles. Four of her classic titles, including WHO AM I, GOD? and LORD, LET ME LOVE will be reprinted by Putnam.

EVANDER HOLYFIELD is the beloved, renowned boxer and four-time Heavyweight Champion of the World whose life lessons of faith, hard work, and determination are the basis for his longtime attorney, Jim Thomas’ memoir, THE HOLYFIELD WAY.

BAMBI HOLZER has been a financial consultant for over 20 years, championing a balanced, comprehensive approach to wealth management. Founder of Bambi Holzer Financial Group, she is the author of three books including GETTING YOURS: IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HAVE THE WEALTH YOU WANT. Her fourth project is FINANCIAL BLISS, a guide for couples on how to increase their assets.

TRACI HOHENSTEIN is the author of the Rachel Scott Adventure series, which includes BURN OUT and ASYLUM HARBOR. Both titles are available in paperback in volume 1 of THE RACHEL SCOTT ADVENTURES and as e-books. The Hollywood Hills series is her newest, consisting of SPECIAL DELIVERY and SPLIT DECISION. She is currently at work on the third book in the Rachel Scott Adventure series.

DAVE HOLMES is a comedian, columnist, and former MTV VJ. His first book, PARTY OF ONE, is a painfully hilarious memoir of his life as a perpetual outsider trying to get in—from the artsy kid in a sporty family and the closeted gay guy at his Catholic college to the quirky MTV VJ in the age of bubblegum pop and the overweight guy in image-conscious LA.

RAMSEY HOOTMAN is an author of quirky, character-driven fiction. Her critically celebrated debut novel is COURTING GRETA.

COLLEEN HOOVER is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of SLAMMED, which incorporates visceral slam poetry into a story about a high school student who falls in love with the one guy who is off-limits. Her most recent work includes CONFESS, which is currently in production with Awestruck and will be premiering as a series on go90, UGLY LOVE,  NOVEMBER 9, and IT ENDS WITH US. She is currently at work on two forthcoming novels. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and three boys and is always hard at work on more New Adult romances.

DOUG HORNIG’s previous novels include FOUL SHOT; THE DARK SIDE; DEEP DIVE; and STINGER. His short fiction, poetry, and articles have been published in numerous magazines, including Playboy and Business Week. His nonfiction includes THE BOYS OF OCTOBER, about the 1975 Boston Red Sox.

JEFFREY HOROWITZ is a lawyer practicing with the federal government, a certified personal trainer, a USA Track and Field Association Level I certified coach, and a marathoner. He has written for Running Times, MetroSports D.C., and Marathon & Beyond, and been quoted as a fitness expert in Men’s Health, Maxim, and Vogue. He is the author of a memoir, MY FIRST 100 MARATHONS: 2,620 MILES WITH AN OBSESSIVE RUNNER.

DR. JOHN HORTON is the co-founder with Dr. Edd Hanzelik of a medical practice currently located in Westlake Village, California, which focuses on treating the whole person, encouraging the individual’s full participation in his or her own care, and trusting the innate healing capacity of the human body. In 1997, he, Hanzelik, and bestselling author of The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey, joined together to apply the principles of the inner game to managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

LEE HOUCK is the author of YIELD, the winner of Project QueerLit 2008. His writing appears in anthologies published in the U.S. and Australia. He is currently at work on a new novel, and blogs at

KRISTEN HOUGHTON is a relationship expert and regular columnist for the nationally syndicated Examiner.  She appears regularly on radio and has been praised for her fresh, sophisticated voice about relationships. Her first book is AND THEN I’LL BE HAPPY, which looks at why women have a tendency to place their happiness “sometime in the future” when everything is “just right”; it shares true stories of women searching for happiness, and offers practical solutions and ideas to find happiness in the now part of life.

AMBER HUNT is a seasoned journalist who works as an investigative reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Her book THE KENNEDY WIVES: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY IN AMERICA’S MOST PUBLIC FAMIL, co-written with David Batcher, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Hunt has received numerous awards for her reporting from the Michigan Associated Press and won the 2005 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. She has appeared in several television shows highlighting true crimes, including Dateline NBC and A&E’s Crime Stories. She is the author of DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, about the murder of Barbara George, for which her husband, Michael George, was found guilty, as well as ALL-AMERICAN MURDER, about the case of Yeardley Love, the young University of Virginia lacrosse player who was allegedly murdered by her one-time boyfriend George Huguely. Her third true crime book, SEE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE ME, told the story of Tyler Hadley, a Florida teenager accused of killing his parents with a hammer and then hosting a house party afterward. She’s currently working on a fiction offering before tackling her fifth non-fiction.

ELIZABETH HUNTER is the author of the Irin Chronicles and the bestselling paranormal Elemental Mysteries series, which includes A HIDDEN FIRETHIS SAME EARTHTHE FORCE OF WIND, and A FALL OF WATER, and the Elemental World series, including BUILDING FROM ASHES, BLOOD AND SAND and WATERLOCKED. Her Cambio Springs series begins with SHIFTING DREAMS, which takes place in a town of shapeshifters.

WILLIAM G. HYLAND JR. is the author of the widely praised book, IN DEFENSE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, which was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award. He is currently Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law and a trial lawyer with nearly thirty years of high profile litigation experience. A former prosecutor, he is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, Alabama, Colorado, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society. His most recent book is LONG JOURNEY WITH MR. JEFFERSON: THE LIFE OF DUMAS MALONE.

ALLISON K. HYMAS has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University.  Her debut novel is UNDER LOCKER AND KEY, the first book in a middle grade series about a sixth grader who specializes in retrieving lost or stolen items who is conned into stealing the school skeleton key and has to team up with his nemesis to get it back. She’s currently at work on book two.



MANDY INGBER is one of the most popular yoga and fitness instructors in Los Angeles. For over 15 years, she has maintained a notable roster of clients, including Jennifer Aniston, Helen Hunt, Woody Harrelson and Brooke Shields. After being highlighted in a 2006 edition of Vogue, she and Aniston were featured together in a Self magazine yoga story and photo spread in which Aniston named her as the reason she began practicing yoga. Her first book is the New York Times bestselling YOGALOSOPHY, which provides an accessible program of proven workouts and eating guidelines, building off of her popular DVD of the same name. Ingber is currently working on a follow-up, YOGALOSOPHY FOR HEARTBREAK which combines inspirational personal and client stories with tried and true exercises and actions to enable healing after heartbreak.

RAGHAVAN IYER is the owner of The Essence of Thyme, an in-home food consulting business specializing in teaching Indian cooking and vegetarian cuisine of all cultures. He is the author of BETTY CROCKER’S INDIAN COOKING; THE TURMERIC TRAIL: RECIPES AND MEMORIES FROM AN INDIAN CHILDHOOD; and 660 CURRIES. His latest is the forthcoming INDIAN COOKING UNFOLDED.



ELLEN JACKSON is an accomplished food writer. Her most recent book is THE GRAND CENTRAL BAKING BOOK, with co-author Piper Davis, a book of recipes from the family-owned bakeries in Portland and Seattle.

KATHI JACKSON is a native Texan who has had articles and essays published in Navy Medicine, the Seattle Times, the Denver Post, and Everett’s the Herald. Her first book, THEY CALLED THEM ANGELS, tells the heroic stories of American military nurses during World War II.

BONNIE JACOBSON, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and author with over 30 years of experience. She is also an adjunct professor of psychology at NYU and the director of the New York Institute for Psychological Change. She is the author of several books, and her latest title is THE SHY SINGLE: A BOLD GUIDE TO DATING FOR THE LESS-THAN-BOLD DATER, written with Sandra J. Gordon.

STEVE JACOBSON started his career at Newsday in 1960 and wrote a sports column from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, he is the author of THE BEST TEAM MONEY COULD BUY and THE PITCHING STAFF. His latest project is CARRYING JACKIE’S TORCH, about Jackie Robinson’s effect on baseball and the plight of black baseball players from 1947 to the mid-1960s.

ANNE JAMISON is a professor of English at the University of Utah. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton. She is the author of POETICS EN PASSANT, FIC, and a variety of essays and articles. Her work on fanfiction has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly‘s Popwatch. She is currently at work on a memoir.

JOHN JANOVY, JR., is a Varner professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, director of the Cedar Point Biological Station, and the author of the naturalist classics KEITH COUNTY JOURNAL and YELLOWLEGS. His other titles include DUNWOODY POND; 10-MINUTE ECOLOGIST; TEACHING IN EDEN: LESSONS FROM CEDAR POINT; and ON BECOMING A BIOLOGIST, a revised edition of which was recently published.

RHODA JANZEN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS and teaches English at Hope College. Her first poetry book, BABELS STAIR, was nominated for the 2007 Devil’s Kitchen Award in Poetry, and she held the University of California Poet Laureate Award in both 1993 and 1997. Her second memoir, and most recent book, is MENNONITE MEETS MR. RIGHT.

DEBRA JAY is a nationally renowned interventionist. Debra has counseled alcoholics and addicts for the Hazelden Foundation, been a guest on Oprah several times, and has been a columnist for the Grosse Pointe News for the past eight years. She is the author of LOVE FIRST and her latest is NO MORE LETTING GO, about the proactive tactics families and loved ones of addicts can use to aid recovery. Her latest book is titled ALCOHOL: THE WHOLE STORY. She is currently at work on a new book titled MAKING IT TOGETHER.

JOHN A. JENKINS is the President and Publisher of CQ Press, the leading publisher of books on American politics and government. He is also the author of THE LITIGATORS and LADIES’ MAN: THE LIFE AND TRIALS OF MARVIN MITCHELSON. His most recent is THE PARTISAN: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM REHNQUIST, a biography of one of the most influential chief justices in American history.

STEVE JENKINS is the first American to be awarded France’s prestigious Chevalier du Taste-Fromage and has personally re-vamped the cheese counters at Dean & DeLuca, the Fairway Market, Balducci’s, and other specialty shops. His latest is FOOD LIFE: INSIDE THE WORLD OF FOOD WITH THE GROCER EXTRAORDINAIRE AT FAIRWAY, with recipes by Mitchel London.

NED JOHNSON is the founder and president of PrepMatters, Inc., a company of remarkably cool test-prep geeks based in Bethesda, Maryland. Since college, he has spent some 25,000 hours preparing others to grapple with various standardized tests and their own reactions to them. His first book is CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED, written with Emily Warner Eskelsen.

TAYARI JONES is the recipient of the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s annual award for an excerpt from her first novel, LEAVING ATLANTA, based on the 1979 Atlanta Child Murders. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in several anthologies and periodicals. Her second novel, THE UNTELLING, is about a family traumatized by a fatal accident that claims a father and his infant child. Her latest is SILVER SPARROW, about the young daughter of a bigamist who sets into motion a chain of events that will expose the dark and damaging secret that has defined her existence. She is currently at work on DEAR HISTORY, a multi-voiced novel set over three generations of women whose lives span several important historical benchmarks.

THOMAS HENRY JONES has written FEAR NO EVIL, a riveting account of a barbaric and inexplicable murder, committed by likable local kids in Huntington, Indiana, in 1989.

TIMOTHY JORGENSEN, Ph.D, MPH, is a molecular radiation biologist who is interested in risk assessment of environmentally induced human cancer, from both chemicals and radiation. He is particularly concerned with human subpopulations that are genetically predisposed to very high cancer risk. He works at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University and is a member of the Lombardi Cancer Genetics and Epidemiology Program. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences, and a Certificate in Risk Science from the Johns Hopkins Risk Science and Public Policy Institute.  He is at work on HALF-LIFE: MAN’S SHORT STRANGE HISTORY WITH RADIATION.



BORIS KACHKA is a contributing editor for New York magazine, where he covers books and theater. He is the book critic for Russia! Magazine and writes the popular series “Etiquette 101” for Condé Nast Traveler. His work has also appeared in Salon, Venus, and Lingua Franca. He is currently at work on HOTHOUSE, the story of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, one of the country’s last great independent publishing houses.

HAL KAHN is a retired Chinese history professor from Stanford and an expert camper and backpacker. With Rick Greenspan, he is the author of BACKPACKING: A HEDONIST’S GUIDE; FOGHORN OUTDOORS: CAMPER’S COMPANION; and their latest, THE LEAVE-NO-CRUMBS CAMPING COOKBOOK.

MAYA KAIMAL wrote CURRIED FAVORS: FAMILY RECIPES FROM SOUTH INDIA, which won the 1996 IACP Julia Child Best First Cookbook Award. She continues to explore the fabulous cuisine of the tropical, coastal state from which her family hails with SAVORING THE SPICE COAST OF INDIA: FRESH FLAVORS FROM KERALA. She has recently founded her own line of foods called Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods and is at work on her next Indian cookbook.

ROBERT BLAIR KAISER is the author of 10 books, including CLERICAL ERROR, and the bestsellers POPE, COUNCIL AND WORLD; R.F.K. MUST DIE; and MELVIN BELLI: MY LIFE ON TRIAL. His most recent book is A CHURCH IN SEARCH OF ITSELF: BENEDICT XVI AND THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE, about the changes facing the Catholic Church after the death of Pope John Paul II.

MICHAEL KANE is a features writer at the New York Post, where he pens the weekly humor column “Male Room.” Thus far his greatest contribution to tabloid journalism is giving Arnold Schwarzenegger the title “Governator.” Previously, he wrote for the Denver Post and ESPN The Magazine. His first book is GAME BOYS, in which he follows several of the best teams of competitive video gamers through a dramatic year of tournaments.

LYDIA KANG made her debut with the speculative YA science-fiction book CONTROL, which she followed with a sequel, CATALYST, both published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Her next YA novel, THE NOVEMBER GIRL, will be published in 2017 by Entangled, and she is collaborating with Nate Pedersen on QUACKERY for Workman, also set for 2017 release. She is a practicing physician in addition to being a novelist.

DAVID KARP is widely known for his articles about fruits, exotic and otherwise. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Gourmet, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been written about in The New Yorker. He is working on his first book, FRUIT CONNOISSEURSHIP, which survey’s 35 different fruits, analyzing the factors that affect their quality in an effort to understand the difference between the finest full-flavored fruit and mediocre commercial offerings.

LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER is a well-known and widely admired author and American Public Media radio host. THE SPLENDID TABLE, her first cookbook, won Best Cookbook of the Year awards from both the James Beard Foundation and the IACP in 1992. She is also the author of THE ITALIAN COUNTRY TABLE and THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT SUPPER: RECIPES, STORIES, AND OPINIONS FROM PUBLIC RADIO’S AWARD-WINNING FOOD SHOW, with Sally Swift. Her latest, also with Swift, is the follow-up, entitled THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT…WEEKENDS.

DR. DAVID L. KATZ is President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and Internal Medicine, Dr. Katz earned his BA from Dartmouth College; his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and his MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. He has two honorary doctorates, and has been awarded the status of Fellow in recognition of career contributions by the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 peer-reviewed papers, and secured and managed over $40 million in research funding. He has provided patient care for 25 years. Occupying a unique niche at the interface of academic respect and pop-culture influence, Dr. Katz has also authored many hundreds of blogs and columns, and amassed an on-line following of well over 600,000. Founder of the global True Health Initiative, Dr. Katz has devoted his entire career to clarifying the fundamental, actionable, evidence-based truths about healthy living and eating, and developing innovative resources to help people translate that knowledge into power. Dr. Katz, and his wife Catherine, founder of and a PhD in neuroscience from Princeton University, have 5 children. His latest book, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD, is forthcoming from Harper One.

STEVE KATZ is the author, with Mike Edison, of IS STEVE KATZ A ROCK STAR?, the unlikely story of rock star as nerd and nerd as rock star. Katz is a guitarist and record producer; he started out as an original member of The Blues Project, and later a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz played Woodstock, partied with Elizabeth Taylor, and had a fling with Joni Mitchell. His tell-all memoir is forthcoming.

NICOLE C. KEAR is the author of the memoir NOW I SEE YOU, heralded as a Best New Book by People and Amazon, and chosen as a Must-Read by Family Circle, Redbook, Martha Stewart Living, Marie Claire UK and others. Her writing appears in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, New York, Psychology Today, Parents, American Baby, as well as Salon, The Huffington Post and xoJane. She is currently at work on a chapter book series, THE FIX-IT FRIENDS, about a group of kids learning to solve their own social issues—with hilarious and heartwarming results. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three children, and two feisty goldfish.

DORKA KEEHN is a journalist, Emmy-award winning documentary producer, political activist and former host of the influential San Francisco radio show Keehn on Art. Her first book, Eco-Amazons: Twenty Women Who Are Saving the Planet is a collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Colin Finlay, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, TIME, U.S. News and World Report.

DHARMA KELLEHER writes gritty tales about outlaws, renegades, and misfits, including IRON GODDESS and its sequel SNITCH, forthcoming from Random House’s Alibi imprint.

MARYANN KELLER is the author of COLLISION, a book about the three most powerful global car makers. An internationally renowned automotive industry analyst, she is also the author of RUDE AWAKENING: THE RISE, FALL AND STRUGGLE FOR RECOVERY OF GENERAL MOTORS.

BARBARA KELLEY and SHANNON KELLEY are a mother-daughter team and the authors of UNDECIDED. Barbara Kelley is the director of the Journalism program at Santa Clara University. Her work appears in: The Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco Chronicle; TheChristian Science Monitor; TheSan Jose Mercury News; Health;Parenting; Redbook; Utne Reader and Shannon Kelley is a freelance writer based in Santa Barbara. She writes a regular column for the Santa Barbara Independent, and her work has also appeared in Woman’s Day, Santa Barbara Magazine, The Arizona Republic and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as online publications including,

J.M. KELLY is the author of the forthcoming YA novel SPEED OF LIFE, about twin sisters trying to find their own identity after one has a baby and the other is accepted to a college. She is also an actor and arts publicist, born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

RACHEL KEMPSTER is the marketing and publicity director for a major publisher. She and her writing partner, Meg Leder, are the authors of THE HAPPY BOOK, THE SECRET ME BOOK, THE YOU AND ME BOOK, as well as the forthcoming BIG ME, LITTLE YOU.

DEREK TAYLOR KENT is the well-loved author of HarperCollins’s SCARY SCHOOL series. His first picture book is EL PERRO EN SOMBRERO.

STEVEN KESLOWITZ is a University Scholar in the CUNY Honors College at Brooklyn College. He is currently employed as a writing and classics tutor in the Brooklyn College Learning Center and writes for the Brooklyn College Newspaper, The Excelsior. His first book, which he originally self-published, is THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE SIMPSONS.

GURMUKH KHALSA, an internationally renowned teacher of Kundalini yoga, is a pioneer in the field of mind-body-spirit connection. She has been a popular speaker all over the world and has many prominent and devoted students, including Courtney Love, David Duchovny, Judith Light, and Madonna, among others. THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS, co-authored with Cathryn Michon, distills her nearly 40 years of practice into a single guide to living a more spiritually centered life. Her latest title is BOUNTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BLISSFUL, with Samantha Dunn, a book about pregnancy and yoga.

LOU KILZER, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist with the Rocky Mountain News, is the author of CHURCHILL’S DECEPTION: THE DARK SECRET THAT DESTROYED NAZI GERMANY and HITLER’S TRAITOR: MARTIN BORMANN AND THE DEFEAT OF THE REICH.

A.S. KING is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of young adult fiction.   Her first YA novel, THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next pick, and a Cybil award finalist. She is also the author of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book for Teens 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick; EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, which received six starred reviews, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten pick, and a Junior Library Guild Selection; ASK THE PASSENGERS, which received six starred reviews and won the LA Times Book Prize; and REALITY BOY, recipient of five starred reviews. GLORY OBRIENS HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is her widely acclaimed YA novel, which has also received six starred reviews, a rave in the New York Times Book Review, and was on the Best Book of 2014 lists from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Bookpage, Boston Globe, and the New York Public Library. Her latest novels I CRAWL THROUGH IT, another six-starred reviewed YA novel, and STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO, have achieved vast critical acclaim. Her most recent novel under her full name, Amy Sarig King, is also her first middle grade novel, ME AND MARVIN GARDENS.

The late JEANNE KING, a journalist for Reuters since 1980, won the Newswomen’s Club Deadline Award in 1994 for her breaking exclusive story on the defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing who testified for the government. She is the author of DEAD END, a true crime book on the murder trial of Sante and Kenny Kimes, which was adapted for the Lifetime TV movie A Little Thing Called Murder. She is also the author of NEVER SEEN AGAIN about Perry March’s murder of his wife Janet in 1996 and her latest, SIGNED IN BLOOD, on Olga Rutterschmidt, 73, and Helen Golay, 75, charged for murder and conspiracy for allegedly killing two homeless men.

PHOEBE KITANIDIS is a longtime contributor at Discovery Girls magazine and author of their 2007 book FAB GIRLS GUIDE TO FRIENDSHIP HARDSHIP.  She’s on the board of International Training Associates, a non-profit organization working to reduce poverty and create safe, healthy, and respectful communities that foster human dignity. Her young adult fiction includes the novels WHISPER and GLIMMER. She is currently at work on her follow-up.

MARVIN KITMAN, a well-known syndicated columnist, is the author of THE MAKING OF THE PREFIDENT 1789, a tongue-in-cheek look at the first president’s campaign strategy, and GEORGE WASHINGTON’S EXPENSE ACCOUNT, which uses a great deal of original source material and illuminates the creative accounting practices used during George Washington’s presidency.

S.H. KOLEE is the author of the New York Times bestselling LOVE LEFT BEHIND, about a young girl struggling to get over her ex, who just happens to be Hollywood’s next biggest heartthrob, and the thrilling Shadows series, which follows Caitlin Kile, a normal college girl who sees terrifying images of death while she’s wide awake. Her other books include OF LOVE & REGRET and FATED.

J. A. KONRATH, who regularly speaks at mystery and horror conventions, is the author of a series of thrillers starring Lt. Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels including WHISKEY SOURBLOODY MARYRUSTY NAIL; DIRTY MARTINI; FUZZY NAVEL; CHERRY BOMB; SHAKEN; and STIRRED. His horror books, AFRAIDENDURANCETRAPPEDORIGIN; and DRACULAS, are all written under the pseudonym Jack Kilborn. His science fiction novel, TIMECASTER, is written under the pseudonym Joe Kimball. He is also the editor of the anthology THESE GUNS FOR HIRE: 31 SHORT STORIES ABOUT HITMEN. With Ann Voss Peterson, he is the author of the Chandler trilogy, consisting of FLEE, SPREE, and THREE.

MONICA RICH KOSANN is the award-winning, critically acclaimed fine arts photographer and creator of a successful line of image keepsakes sold in high end retailers across the country. She’s even had her own card line at Hallmark. Her upcoming book, LIVING WITH MEMORIES, will illustrate with beautiful photography how to create, capture, cherish, and live with family memories via photographs, heirlooms and collectibles.

JOSHUA KOSOWSKY is a well-known figure in academic Emergency Medicine. He serves as the Clinical Director of the Brigham & Women’s Emergency Department and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. An internationally-recognized expert clinician, he is the author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and text-book chapters, and has given over a hundred invited presentations at hospitals and medical schools across the U.S. He serves on the Editorial Board of a half-dozen medical journals, ranging from Annals of Emergency Medicine to the American Journal of Cardiology.

PEGGY KOTSOPOULOS is a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator, and culinary consultant. She is the founder and principal of be Vibrant, a wellness consultancy in Toronto that develops wellness programs servicing large corporate clients, schools, and various food establishments. She regularly appears as the resident nutritionist on CBC’s Steven and Chris. She is currently at work on a revised edition of her debut holistic nutrition guide, now titled KITCHEN CURES.

CAROLE KOTKIN is currently the director of the Ocean Reef Culinary Center in Key Largo, Florida and compiled the first Zagat guide to south Florida restaurants. With Kathy Martin, the food editor of the Miami Herald, she has written MMMMIAMI, a zesty cookbook which brings tropical tastes to home cooks everywhere.

VERN KOUSKY is an Adjunct Professor at Touro College and the illustrator of the series Is It Contagious? His debut picture book as an author/illustrator is OTTO THE OWL.

TOM KRATTENMAKER writes for USA Today‘s “On Religion” commentary page and is a member of the newspaper’s editorial Board of Contributors. His work has also appeared in Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous other publications. He is currently at work on ONWARD CHRISTIAN ATHLETES, about the role of Christianity in professional sports.

ELLIE KRIEGER is a registered dietician and well-known nutritionist. She is the author of SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS, with co-writer Kelly James-Enger; the New York Times bestseller THE FOOD YOU CRAVE; SO EASY: LUSCIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK; and COMFORT FOOD FIX. She was also the health and nutritional advisor for the nationally syndicated wellness and fitness television series Living Better and is the owner of In Balance, a nutrition consulting company. Her latest cookbook is the updated version of SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS, again with co-writer Kelly James-Enger. She is currently at work on WEEKNIGHT WONDERS, a new cookbook focusing on weeknight cooking.

MICHAEL KRIEGER is the author of three books and numerous articles, all concerned with ships and the sea. His latest is ALL THE MEN IN THE SEA, the true story of one of the greatest sea rescues in modern history, which has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox Television.

MICHAEL KRONDL is a food writer, culinary historian, and artist. He teaches cooking at The New School and writes on food and travel for New York Newsday. He has translated Alain Senderen’s FIGUES SANS BARBARIE, authored AROUND THE AMERICAN TABLE and THE GREAT LITTLE PUMPKIN BOOK, and contributed to ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN FOOD AND DRINK. He is the author of THE TASTE OF CONQUEST, and his latest, SWEET INVENTION, a social, cultural, and culinary history of dessert. He is currently at work on DONUTS: A HISTORY OF HUMANITY’S GREATEST INVENTION.

STEPHANIE KUEHN is the author of the 2014 William C. Morris Award-winning CHARM & STRANGE, about a boy with a dark secret who has perfected shutting people out, until the truth of who he really is comes to light as he forms an unexpected friendship with a girl with secrets of her own. Her second novel is the critically-acclaimed COMPLICIT, a YA psychological thriller about a boy who’s forced to deal with his past when his troubled sister comes back to town. She has also authored two other critically acclaimed YA novels, DELICATE MONSTERS and THE SMALLER EVIL. She is at work on her next young adult novel, WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU.



FRED “CHICO” LAGER is a member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. He is the author of BEN & JERRY’S: THE INSIDE SCOOP, a first-hand account of the development of the multi-million dollar company.

LOUIS LAGRAND has been a teacher and counselor dealing with death and bereavement for over 25 years. He was active in the emergency response network and debriefing team for the Nassau County (NY) Medical Examiner’s office for the TWA Flight 800 disaster. He is the author of several books on the unusual experiences of the bereaved including AFTER-DEATH COMMUNICATION: FINAL FAREWELLS; MESSAGES & MIRACLES; and LOVE LIVES ON. His latest is HEALING GRIEF, FINDING PEACE, a book that offers its readers a unique way of dealing with grief by empowering them to take control of it.

SYDNEY LANDON is the author of the New York Times bestselling Danvers romance series, which began with WEEKENDS REQUIRED, about a high-powered executive realizing that his buttoned-up assistant might have more to her than meets the eye.

CHRISTINA LANE will make her debut with HITCHCOCK’S PHANTOM LADY: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JOAN HARRISON. This will be the biography of the original “Hitchcock Blonde,” who was the Master of Suspense’s first (and worst) secretary. She traveled with him from England to America and made her name as one of the few female screenwriter-producers in Hollywood during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

DOUG LANSKY is travel writer, blogger and author of the books LAST TROUT IN VENICE, THERES NO TOILET PAPER ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, FIRST-TIME AROUND THE WORLD, THE TITANIC AWARDS, FIRST-TIME EUROPE, and THE ROUGH GUIDE TO TRAVEL SURVIVAL. Doug is best known for his popular Signspotting series, a collection of funny signage from around the world based on the website of the same name. Doug most currently published his book about tacky souvenirs, CRAP SOUVENIRS.

French by birth, but educated in the United States, ALEXANDRA LAPIERRE is a graduate of the Sorbonne and the Universityof Southern California. Novelist and biographer, she is the author of many international bestsellers. She was elected “Donna per la Cultura,” by the City of Rome, Italy, and awarded the prestigious “Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE” for her biography Fanny Stevenson, wife of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Her novel Artemisia on the first Italian woman painter from the Renaissance, Artemisia Gentileschi, was voted “Book of the Week” by the British BBC and “Best Book on the Seventeenth Century” by the Sorbonne University. Tout l’Honneur des Hommes, on the adventures of a Chechyan prince in Imperial Russia, was been awarded the “Prix des Romancières”, and the English translation is forthcoming from Amazon Crossing. Alexandra Lapierre has been nominated Chevalier in the “Order of Arts and Letters” by the French government.

DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE is a world renowned humanitarian and the New York Times bestselling author of THE CITY OF JOY. He is the co-author of IS PARIS BURNING?; O JERUSALEM; and the FIFTH HORSEMAN, and has pioneered the work of narrative history. His books, each an international bestseller, have been read by more than ten million people around the world. His most recent work is the A RAINBOW IN THE NIGHT: THE TUMULTUOUS BIRTH OF SOUTH AFRICA.

FRANCES LARGEMAN-ROTH, RD, is a nationally recognized health expert and New York Times best-selling author. She was the former Food & Nutrition Director at Health magazine and is a frequent guest on Today, Dr. Oz, and Good Morning America. Frances is the author of FEED THE BELLY: THE PREGNANT MOM’S HEALTHY EATING GUIDE and the best-selling THECARBLOVERSDIET, as well as thecookbook, EATING IN COLOR: DELICIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Freelance journalist BILL LASCHER, author of the forthcoming ADANGERSHARED, is a graduate of Oberlin College. He studied creative nonfiction at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, earned a master’s degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, and  is a Knight Digital Media and Convergence Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on public radio.  You can read more about him and this project at

The late KRISTIN HUNTER LATTANY was an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, and children’s book author. Her titles include GOD BLESS THE CHILD; GUESTS IN THE PROMISED LAND; and THE LAKES TOWN REBELLION. More recent novels are KINFOLKS and DO UNTO OTHERS, and her last book was BREAKING AWAY.

VICTORIA LAURIE is a professional psychic intuitive who lives in Michigan. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, the Psychic Eye mysteries about professional intuitive Abby Cooper in which she has already published more than a dozen novels, and the Ghost Hunter series about M. J. Holliday which wrapped up in early 2016. She is also the author of a historical fantasy series for a middle grade audience, THE ORACLES OF DELPHI KEEP and the YA thriller WHEN. Her next book for teens, FOREVER, AGAIN is forthcoming.

SHANDY LAWSON has been a machinist, a stonemason, a philosophy tutor and a well-regarded singer-songwriter. His first YA novel is THE LOOP.


JACK LEBEWOHL and SHARON LEBEWOHL are the brother and daughter of slain restaurateur Abe Lebewohl who was killed outside the famed New York City eatery, The Second Avenue Deli. THE SECOND AVENUE DELI COOKBOOK is a tribute to Abe’s memory and to the wonderful Jewish food served at the restaurant.

PENNY LE COUTEUR and Jay Burreson are the authors of NAPOLEON’S BUTTONS, a book about the role of chemistry in human history. In it they explain how often small, seemingly insignificant molecules have changed the course of world events. Penny has been with Capilano College in British Columbia for over thirty years and is now the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

MEG LEDER is a book editor for a major New York publisher. She and her writing partner, Rachel Kempster, are the authors of THE HAPPY BOOKTHE SECRET ME BOOK, THE YOU AND ME BOOK, and BIG ME, LITTLE YOU. Her debut YA novel, MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, was published in Summer 2016, and she is working on her next YA novel, SAVING MAJOR TOM.

FONDA LEE writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Her debut, ZEROBOXER was an ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her sci-fi follow-up, EXO, is forthcoming.

GUS LEE is the author of CHINA BOY, the inaugural selection for San Francisco’s One City, One Book program, and its sequel, HONOR AND DUTY, as well as TIGER’S TAIL and NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. He is also the author of a memoir about his parents’ tumultuous relationship titled CHASING HEPBURN and COURAGE: THE BACKBONE OF LEADERSHIP, about fostering and sustaining courageous action in the business world. He is currently at work on his memoir WITH SCHWARZKOPF, which affectionately chronicles his relationship as a young cadet at West Point in the 1960s with mentor and lifelong friend, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

DOROTHY LEEDS is an internationally known business, sales, and communications consultant, media commentator and motivational speaker. Her 10 books include POWERSPEAK; MARKETING YOURSELF; the original SMART QUESTIONS; and seven titles in the SMART QUESTIONS series. Her most recent title is THE SEVEN POWERS OF QUESTIONS.

T.K. LEIGH is the USA Today bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series of contemporary romantic suspense and a new series which starts off with HEART OF LIGHT and HEART OF MARLEY. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny southern California with her husband, dog and three cats.

PRUE LEITH is a renowned food writer and editor in the U.K. She has also been a restaurateur, caterer, telly-cook, and broadcaster, and has written many cookbooks. In addition, she is an acclaimed novelist and the author of LEAVING PATRICKSISTERSA LOVESOME THINGCHORAL SOCIETY; A SERVING OF SCANDAL; andGARDENER. Her forthcoming memoir, RELISH, relates her incredible appetite for life.

AMY LEMLEY is on the research faculty at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and has been a journalist for 25 years, focusing largely on health, psychology, and scientific topics. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Physicians’ Practice, and Health Talk, among other publications. She is the co-author of four books, including ALL THE RICHES OF JOB, by Chuck Lewis as told to Amy Lemley; THE CAN-DO EATING PLAN FOR OVERWEIGHT KIDS AND TEENS, by Michelle Daum; and THE DREAM SOURCEBOOK, by Phyllis Koch-Sheras, Ph.D. She is also the co-author of BEYOND SHYNESS: HOW TO CONQUER SOCIAL ANXIETIES and WORK MAKES ME NERVOUS: OVERCOME ANXIETY AND BUILD THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED, by Jonathan Berent, A.C.S.W.

CASSIA LEO is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult Shattered Hearts series as well as New Adult romances ABANDON and BLACK BOX, intense, heartfelt books that showcase her belief in true love. Her other series include Unmasked, Chase, Knox, Luke, and the new adult paranormal romance series, Carrier Spirits.

MIKE LEONARD is a feature correspondent for NBC News, and his stories appear regularly on Today and NBC Nightly News. He has covered political conventions, inaugurations, the World Series, Super Bowls, and the Olympics, but most often he can be found contemplating everyday life, from “Why Dogs Bark” to “Who Invented Chewing Gum?” His first book is THE RIDE OF OUR LIVES: ROADSIDE LESSONS OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, about his cross-country RV trip with his eccentric and wonderful elderly parents.

BARRY LEVENSON is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Wisconsin and founder and curator of the Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. His first book was HABEAS CODFISH, a humorous account of the many strange, funny, scary, and frustrating intersections between food and the law. His latest is THE SEVENTH GAME: THE 35 WORLD SERIES THAT HAVE GONE THE DISTANCE, about great Game Sevens in baseball history.

JUDITH LEVENTHAL, MSW, has been a psychotherapist in private practice as well as a lecturer and public speaker. She is the co-author, with Yitta Halberstam, of the bestselling Small Miracles series. Their latest in the series is SMALL MIRACLES OF THE HOLOCAUST. Judith is married and the mother of three girls.

DEB LEVINE is the editorial director at, the website for the kids’ TV network, Nickelodeon. She also writes freelance magazine pieces for a variety of publications as well as short fiction. She is the author of PARKER PICKS, a wonderfully gross picture book about a kid whose finger gets stuck up his nose.

RABBI ROBERT N. LEVINE is the leader of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom, one of New York’s most dynamic Reform synagogues. He is also the author of WHERE ARE YOU WHEN I NEED YOU? BEFRIENDING GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS and THERE IS NO MESSIAH AND YOU’RE IT. His latest is WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR YOUR NOW: FOR SEEKERS WHO WANT TO BELIEVE.

DAVE LEVITAN is the author of the forthcoming NOT A SCIENTIST: HOW POLICITICANS MISTAKE, MISREPRESENT, AND UTTERLY MANGLE SCIENCE. He is a science writer, journalist and the former staff science writer for His work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications, including Scientific American, Discover, Guardian, Mother Jones, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Reuters Health, among many others.

FAYE LEVY is an award-winning author and a cooking columnist for the Jerusalem Post. She has written cookbooks in three languages and is the author of FAYE LEVY’S FEAST FROM THE MIDEAST. Her latest is HEALTHY COOKING FOR THE JEWISH HOME.

BILLLIEDERMAN is the founder of the New YorkRestaurantSchool, as well as Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant in New York City. He was the co-host of The Stadium Sports Show on WFAS radio with Maury Allen. Together, they wrote OUR MICKEY: CHERISHED MEMORIES OF AN AMERICAN ICON. His latest book is MICKEY MANTLE’S: BEHIND THE SCENES IN AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS SPORTS BAR.

DAVID LIFTON is the author of BEST EVIDENCE: DISGUISE AND DECEPTION IN THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. He is also the author of FINAL CHARADE, which presents a unique and controversial view of that assassination.

R.K. LILLEY is the author of the erotic romances LANA; the Up In The Air series, which began with IN FLIGHT; the Tristan & Danika series, which began with BAD THINGS; and The Wild Side series, which began with THE WILD SIDE. Her urban fantasy novel, BREATHING FIRE, as Rebecca K. Lilley, is the first in her Heretic Daughters series.

JENNIFER LIN is an award-wining reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a distinguished thirty year career, she has served as that paper’s New York bureau chief, Washington correspondent, and the Asia correspondent, based in China. She is the co-author of SOLE SISTERS (Running Press) and the author of the forthcoming SHANGHAI FAITHFUL:  A FAMILY STORY OF BETRAYAL, FORGIVENESS, AND SURVIVAL.

PAUL R. LINDE, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine and nonfiction author of DANGER TO SELF: ON THE FRONT LINE WITH AN ER PSYCHIATRIST and OF SPIRITS AND MADNESS: AN AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIST IN AFRICA. He has worked in the psych ER at San Francisco General Hospital for nearly 20 years. Linde is also Medical Director of The Stonewall Project, an outpatient clinic working with gay men who use crystal meth. He is currently at work on his next book, entitled WHEN QUEER WAS CRAZY, about the colorful history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

MARDI LINK is the author of two nonfiction books, WHEN EVIL CAME TO GOO HART and ISADORE’S SECRET, which was named a 2010 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan and a 2010 Great Lakes, Great Read by the Great Lakes Independent Bookseller’s Association. She is a former editor of two book review periodicals, Small Press and ForeWord. Her work has also appeared in The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Dunes Review, Rhode Island Monthly, Traverse Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, Michigan History, and the nonfiction anthology, KNOWING PAINS: WOMEN ON LOVE, SEX, AND WORK IN OUR 40’S. In 2005 she and her three young sons began tending to their six-acre farm in Northern Michigan in order to survive. Her emotional and humorous memoir about her experiences as a single mom and farmer, BOOTSTRAPPER is available from Knopf.

SCOTT LINQUIST was born in Los Angeles and raised on exceptional Mexican food. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and former instructor at the California School for the Culinary Arts, he has worked at Boulevard in San Francisco, Gotham Bar and Grill in New York, and as executive chef at California’s renowned Border Grill and New York’s Arizona 206. He is the author with Joanna Pruess of MOD MEX: VIBRANT FIESTA FLAVORS AT HOME.

LAURA LJUNGKVIST was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1993, after establishing a successful illustration and teaching career in Stockholm, Laura moved to New York City. She quickly found work with high-end department stores, magazines and design firms such as; Bergdorf Goodman, the New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar to mention a few. She is the author/illustrator of the acclaimed picture book series FOLLOW THE LINE, as well as the SEARCH AND SPOT books. Laura lives in Brooklyn with her husband, young daughter and their dog Lola.

THE LOBEL FAMILY owns M. Lobel & Sons, the renowned New York butcher shop. They have written five books together, as well as two syndicated columns. Their most recent books are LOBEL’S PRIME CUTS: THE BEST MEAT AND POULTRY RECIPES FROM AMERICA’S MASTER BUTCHERS; LOBELS’ MEAT AND WINE; and LOBEL’S MEAT BIBLE, all written with Mary Goodbody.

JOHN LOCKE attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, went into insurance sales, and broke every company sales record, becoming an Area Vice President of the company by age 21.  He moved to Louisville, KY where he built his own insurance company.  At age 35, he purchased Consolidated American Live, changed the name to Freedom Life Insurance Company, and appointed more than 6,700 insurance agents in 34 states.  He has written numerous marketing manuals, two nonfiction books, and nine novels. He is the author of the popular Donovan Creed thriller series about a former CIA assassin, including LETHAL PEOPLE, SAVING RACHEL, and VEGAS MOON. He is also the author of a series of westerns following Creed’s ancestors, most recently, EMMETT & GENTRY, as well as BOX about a vindictive, sex-crazed, but very talented pediatric surgeon.

MARIAMA J. LOCKINGTON is a writer, nonprofit educator, and transracial adoptee who calls many places home. She is the founder of the womanist project the Black Unicorn Book Club and is published in a number of journals and magazines including the Washington Square ReviewPrelude Magazine, Bodega Magazine, and The Comstock Review. Her essay “What A Black Woman Wishes her Adoptive White Parents Knew” trended on Buzzfeed News Reader in August 2016. Mariama lives in Michigan with her partner and their dapple-haired dachshund, Henry. When she is not writing or teaching, you’ll find Mariama singing karaoke, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or re-reading her favorite book, Sula by Toni Morrison. Her middle-grade novel in verse MAKEDA AND THE GEORGIA BELLES is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux for Young Readers in September 2018.

ELIZABETH LOFTUS is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the University of California, Irving, and an expert researcher on the intricacies of human memory. She is also the author of THE MYTH OF REPRESSED MEMORY: FALSE MEMORIES AND ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE which argues that in many cases, people are prompted by their psychotherapists to create false memories of nonexistent abuse.

SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS is a France-based, award-winning author with ten books to her credit, a professionally trained chef, and a cooking school proprietor. Included among her titles are THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK, FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, CLAMBAKES AND FISH FRIES, FRENCH FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, ITALIAN FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, (all Workman Publishing, Inc.), ON RUE TATIN (Broadway Books. 2001) a narrative about her life in France, with recipes which won the IACP best literary food book for 2002, and IN A FRENCH KITCHEN (Gotham, 2015). Her latest, FRENCH GRILLING, is forthcoming from Countryman Press.

LINDA LOMBARDI gave up a position as a tenured college professor to take a zookeeping job. Formerly the pets and animals columnist for the Associated Press, she has spent most of her life either slaving over animals or writing about how great they are. The book ANIMALS BEHAVING BADLY is her revenge. She is currently working with Deirdre Franklin on a book about pitbulls, the most misunderstood dog breed.

MITCHEL LONDON was the chef for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and is currently the owner of Mitchel London Foods. He has consulted with and created menus for, among others, The Café and The Steakhouse at Fairway Market, the Montauk Yacht Club in New York, and Jakarta’s B.A.T.S. Steakhouse in the Shangri La Hotel. His first book, with Joan Schwartz, was THE MITCHEL LONDON GRACIE MANSION COOKBOOK. He has recently worked with Steve Jenkins on his THE FOOD LIFE, the Fairway Market cookbook.

LORRAINE M. LÓPEZ is an associate professor and Interim Director of the Creative Writing department at Vanderbilt University. Her first book, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories was selected by Sandra Cisneros as the winner of the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for Fiction. López’s work has also appeared in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. She was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her short story collection THE HOMICIDE SURVIVORS’ PICNIC and is the author of the novels THE GIFTED GABALDÓN SISTERS, THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY SPIRITS, and THE DARLING, about Latina bibliophile Caridad who falls out of love again and again, with much help from Anton Chekhov, Gustave Flaubert, Theodore Dreiser, D. H. Lawrence, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy, and other deceased white men of letters.

ERIN LOWRY is the founder, editor, and chief writer of the popular blog Broke Millennial. The go-to source on matters relating to millennials and money, she is a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in Forbes, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first book, BROKE MILLENNIAL, based on her blog, will be published by Tarcher/Perigee in 2017.

CONNIE LOVATT is a writer, editor, vegan chef, and literary consultant for projects that include AT&T: OnStage and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She is writing her first book, with Wai Hon Chu, currently titled THE GREAT BOOK OF GREAT DUMPLINGS.

EMILY LUCHETTI is the executive pastry chef at two busy and high-profile restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Farallon and Waterbar, and Nick’s Cove on California’s coastal Tomales Bay. She is the author of numerous cookbooks including STARS DESSERTS; FOUR STAR DESSERTS; A PASSION FOR DESSERTS; A PASSION FOR ICE CREAM, for which she took home an IACP Cookbook Award for best single subject cookbook; and CLASSIC STARS DESSERTS. Her most recent book is THE FEARLESS BAKER, written with Lisa Weiss, which is a guide for the baking beginner.

WENDY LUSTBADER is a well-known keynote speaker and expert media commentator on aging. She is the author of WHAT’S WORTH KNOWING, in which 70-, 80-, and 90-year-olds share the single most important piece of knowledge each has gained in their lifetimes. Her latest is LIFE GETS BETTER, an ode to getting older and the ways we grow as we age.

MICHAEL LYNBERG is the author of several highly acclaimed books that convey the strength, resilience, and creativity of the human spirit, including MEOW TE CHING; THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN; and MAKE EACH DAY YOUR MASTERPIECE.

DEBORAH LYTTON is a writer, singer, an attorney and an actress who had a recurring role as Melissa Anderson on Days of Our Lives. She has appeared in many television shows and films, and has written articles for magazines including Fit Pregnancy. She is the author of the middle grade novel, JANE IN BLOOM, the young adult romantic drama SILENCE, and an upcoming middle grade series THE FICTIONAL AND SOMETIMES FABULOUS WORLD OF RUBY STARR.



The late JAY MacLARTY was a successful entrepreneur who appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows. He also spent nearly a year working inside the administration of a presidential campaign. His novels include THE COURIER; BAGMAN;LIVE WIRE; and CHOKE POINT, a series of fast paced thrillers starring Simon Leonidovich, an international courier of dangerous packages.

SHAWNTELLE MADISON is a web developer who loves to weave words as much as code. She is the author of COVETED and KEPT, urban fantasy novels featuring a New Jersey werewolf with hilarious hoarding tendencies. Her two erotic romance novels, AT YOUR SERVICE and BOUND TO SERVE are forthcoming.

CASSIE MAE is the author of several YA and New Adult series and novels including REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, HOW TO DATE A NERD and SWITCHED. A self-declared nerd, she likes to write about the offbeat, quirky characters that live within all of us. Cassie Mae’s forthcoming projects include the ALL ABOUT LOVE series, the MONEY BAGS series, and the SINGLED OUT series, about single dads who find love at the most unexpected time.

SASA MAHR-BATUZ, a native of Argentina and longtime resident of Spain and Portugal, has been in the food industry since 1989 when he started a wholesale fresh pasta company called Nuovo Pasta Productions. He opened Baang and Splash restaurants in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, respectively, with the Signature Entertainment Group, and managed at both before starting work on Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar with Andrew Pforzheimer. Together with Mary Goodbody they have written THE BARCELONA COOKBOOK: A CELEBRATION OF FOOD, WINE, AND LIFE, which rejoices in the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona.


H.P. MALLORY is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several paranormal romance and urban fantasy series, including the Jolie Wilkins series, the Dulcie O’Neill series, and the Lily Harper series.  She is also the author of the Bryn and Sinjin series, which is a spin-off from the Jolie Wilkins books, and the Peyton Clark series, which begins with GHOULS RUSH IN.

ALAN MANNING is an independent historian and teacher. He is the author of the forthcoming FATHER LINCOLN, a book about the challenges Abraham Lincoln faced raising four sons while pursuing a political career, thus completing the portrait of one of the most popular, complex, and significant figures in American history. Manning received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in History from the University of West Florida, and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He practiced law for over 25 years at international and regional law firms before taking an early retirement in order to teach American history and to write. Manning currently teaches as an adjunct in the History Department at the University of West Florida and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on presidential history, a subject for which he has a particular passion. He resides in Pensacola, Florida with his wife and children.

CATHY MANTUANO is the author, with Tony Mantuano, of THE SPIAGGIA COOKBOOK: ELEGANZA ITALIANA IN CUCINA, which was chosen as one of the best cookbooks of 2004 by Food & Wine. Cathy served on the Editorial Advisory board at Santé magazine for several years and retains honorary Editorial Advisory membership. Working again with her husband Tony, Cathy is writing an untitled book about wine bar food, based on the couple’s extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean.

TONY MANTUANO is the executive chef at Chicago’s renowned Spiaggia restaurant and is the author, with Cathy Mantuano, of THE SPIAGGIA COOKBOOK: ELEGANZA ITALIANA IN CUCINA, which was chosen as one of the best cookbooks of 2004 by Food & Wine. His national acclaim is heralded by his nominations for Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Working again with his wife Cathy, Tony is writing an untitled book about wine bar food, based on the couple’s extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean.

DANIEL MARKS writes young adult horror and fantasy, spends way too much time glued to the internet, and collects books obsessively. His debut novel for teens, VELVETEEN, is forthcoming.

SCOTT MARTELLE, a veteran journalist, is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he covered everything from postwar Kosovo to portions of three presidential campaigns. He is the author of BLOOD PASSION: THE LUDLOW MASSACRE AND CLASS WAR IN THE AMERICAN WEST, a critically acclaimed look at one of the most violent showdowns between capital and labor in American history. He is also the author of THE FEAR WITHIN, and his latest, DETROIT: A BIOGRAPHY, a sweeping look at the disintegration of a once great city. He is currently at work on JONES’S BONES, a remarkable story that brings together two important eras in history—the American Revolutionary War and the dawn of the 21st Century—through the search for the final resting place for war hero John Paul Jones.

KATHY MARTIN is the food editor of the Miami Herald and is the co-author, with Carole Kotkin, of MMMMIAMI, a cookbook that offers the exciting flavors of that multicultural city in easy-to-prepare recipes.

SARAH BETH MARTIN began her writing career with a story that appeared in Mostly Maine: A Writer’s Journal. Since then, she has been published in Pearl, West Wind Review, and Animus, among others, and ran the literary journal Foliage. Her first novel is THE ONE TRUE OCEAN.

ANDRES MARTINEZ is the former Editorial Page Editor of the Los Angeles Times and is the author of 24/7: LIVING IT UP AND DOUBLING DOWN IN THE NEW LAS VEGAS, an impressionistic account of a 21-day gambling spree.

ZARELA MARTINEZ is the owner of the very popular Manhattan restaurant Zarela and the author of the acclaimed FOOD FROM MY HEART and, with Anne Mendelson, THE FOOD AND LIFE OF OAXACA. Their most recent collaboration is ZARELA’S VERACRUZ, which focuses on the cuisine of the Mexican Gulf Coast region.

ROBIN MATHER is an award-winning journalist whose passion for food and its sources has taken her around the country and the world. She has held positions at Detroit News, the Chicago Tribune and Cooking Light. She is a two-time James Beard finalist for feature writing on food, and her work has been syndicated in newspapers and magazines across North America and abroad. She is the author of A GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS: BIOENGINEERING AND THE FUTURE OF FOOD. Her latest is THE FEAST NEARBY, about being a locavore and chronicling a year in which she spent eating locally and on a tight budget.

CHRISTIE MATHESON is a talented writer and collaborator who has written for such magazines as Cooking Light, Glamour, Fitness, Elegant Wedding, Yoga Journal, and Home & Garden. She is the co-author of VINEYARD HARVEST, with Tina Miller and Alison Shaw; THE CONFETTI CAKES COOKBOOK and CONFETTI CAKES FOR KIDS with Elisa Strauss; and TEA PARTY with Tracy Stern. She has collaborated with Gale Gand on a brunch cookbook; Debra Ponzek on an entertaining book; and Frank McClelland of L’Espalier on WINE MONDAYS. Her solo efforts include GREEN CHIC, SALTY SWEETS, and CAKE SIMPLE. She is the author and illustrator of the beautiful children’s picture books TAP THE MAGIC TREE, TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR and PLANT THE TINY SEED, and she is hard at work on her next two picture books for children.

R.L. MATHEWSON is the New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the paranormal romance series Pyte/Sentinel and Cursed Hearts, as well as the contemporary romance series Neighbor From Hell, Hollywood Heart, and EMS.

VICTORINO MATUS is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. His writing about food, wine and culture has been widely published in places like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Washingtonian magazine. He is the author of VODKA: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, describing how risk-taking entrepreneurs defied the odds and turned a colorless, odorless, flavorless spirit that began as rotgut medicine in medieval Russia into a multibillion-dollar industry and America’s favorite liquor.

HUGO MICHAEL MAUCHER is a professional chef and former restaurant owner with twenty years of experience in culinary arts and restaurant management. A graduate of the prestigious Johnson and Wales University, Hugo has extensive experience creating, editing and preparing innovative recipes, and is a talented food photographer. He has appeared as a guest chef on local Philadelphia cooking shows and worked with the Food Network during his service as Chairman of the Soup and Wine Festival in Kennett Square’s Annual Mushroom Festival. He is the co-author, with his wife, Aileen McCabe-Maucher, of THE INNER PEACE DIET.

JONATHAN MAYO is a senior writer at For several years, he has hosted a variety of shows on MLB Radio,’s internet radio network, and has done extensive video work, most notably in covering the baseball draft. His first book is the upcoming FACING CLEMENS: HITTERS ON CONFRONTING BASEBALL’S MOST INTIMIDATING PITCHER, with a foreword by the Rocket himself, Roger Clemens.

TILAR J. MAZZEO is a well-published historian and biographer. She teaches English at Colby College, is President of the International Society for Travel Writing, and is a devoted student of wine and culture. She is the author of the acclaimed bestelling biography about the fascinating life of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin entitled THE WIDOW CLICQUOT: THE STORY OF A CHAMPAGNE EMPIRE AND THE WOMAN WHO RULED IT. She is also the author of two celebrated wine guides: BACK LANE WINERIES OF NAPA and SONOMA, as well as THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 and THE HOTEL ON PLACE VENDOME about the Ritz hotel in Paris during WWII. Her most recent biography is IRENA’S CHILDREN, about the life of Irena Sendler, who heroically saved 2,500 children in Poland during the Holocaust and her next will be the first historical biography of Eliza Hamilton, the remarkable wife of Alexander Hamilton and one of the key characters in the hit play “Hamilton”.

AILEEN McCABE-MAUCHER is a licensed psychotherapist and registered nurse. She is on the faculty at Delaware Technical and Community College and maintains a private counseling and consulting practice. She is skilled at developing and conducting workshops that help people attain inner peace and fulfillment. Aileen studied yoga and the chakra system for eight months at The Yoga Lifestyle Center in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and is a widely quoted mental health expert who has been cited in the New York Times and dozens of other media sources. She is the co-author, with her husband, Hugo Maucher, of THE INNER PEACE DIET.

AARON McCARGO, JR., was the 2008 winner of The Next Food Network Star, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for his own Food Network show. On his popular show Big Daddy’s House, Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary experience while bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. His first cookbook, with Mary Goodbody, is SIMPLY DONE TO WELL DONE. 

CHRISTINE ELISE MCCARTHY has been acting professionally for 25 years and is recognized primarily for her roles as U4EA-popping bad girl, Emily Valentine, on Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Kyle, the gal who killed Chucky in Child’s Play 2.  She maintains an irreverent food porn blog ( for which she provides recipes, photographs and sometimes shares details of the triumphs and, more frequently, the humiliations of her own life. Her directorial debut, Bathing & the Single Girl, was accepted into over 100 film festivals and won 20 awards.  Inspired by the short film, BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is her debut novel.

FRANK McCLELLAND is the chef and owner of the highly acclaimed L’Espalier in Boston. He was chosen a Best New Chef by Food & Wine. His other restaurant, Sel de la Terre, opened to rave reviews and was instantly named one of the top 20 new restaurants in America by Esquire magazine. His first cookbook, written with Christie Matheson, is WINE MONDAYS, stemming from the popular weekly food and wine pairing at L’Espalier.

DEAN MCDERMOTT is an actor, father of five children, and husband to actress Tori Spelling. He and his family can be seen on Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. He is currently at work on THE GOURMET DAD, a family-friendly cookbook based on his popular blog of the same name.

STEVE McDONAGH is the “front of house” face for The Hearty Boys; arguably Chicago’s best known caterer and co-owner of Hearty Restaurant, along with partner Dan Smith. The Hearty Boys are trend setting caterers, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and nationally known television hosts. They have spread their vision of accessible entertaining through multiple seasons of Food Network’s Party Line with the Hearty Boys and have appeared numerous times on The CBS Early Show. Equal parts mixologist and archaeologist, his expertise on vintage craft cocktails and modern takes on the classics can be found featured in numerous blogs, online articles, and print publications. His first book is THE NEW OLD BAR, a guide to classic cocktails for the modern boozer.

DIMITY McDOWELL is a writer, athlete, and contributing editor at Women’s Health and Runner’s World. She has covered sports for Women’s Sports + Fitness, SELF, ESPN: The Magazine, and Sports Illustrated Women and has been a contributing editor at Health, Shape, Muscle & Fitness: Hers. She has also written for Play and the New York TimesSports Magazine, among others. She is the author of RUN LIKE A MOTHER, a running book for moms, with Sarah Bowen Shea, and the pair’s most recent book, TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER. McDowell and Bowen Shea are now at work on a third book on the subject, TALES FROM ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER.

ROBERT S. McELVAINE is the Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and Chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. McElvaine’s articles and opinion pieces appear frequently in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal, and he has been a guest on many television and radio programs. Bob is the author of six books and is currently at work on two others: OH! FREEDOM, the definitive book about America in the 60s, and GRAND THEFT JESUS, a stinging indictment of what the author terms “ChristianityLite.”

GAIL MCHUGH is the New York Times bestselling author of COLLIDE and PULSE, about an unexpected encounter that compels a young girl to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life. Her next book will be AMBER TO ASHES.

NICOLE McINNES is the author of the contemporary young adult novel BRIANNA ON THE BRINK. Called “an author to watch” by Kirkus Reviews, Nicole is also a speaker and teacher living in northern Arizona.

JOHN J. MCKAY author of the forthcoming DISCOVERING THE MAMMOTH: A TALE OF GIANTS, UNICORNS, IVORY, AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW SCIENCE (Pegasus Books) has a Master’s in History from the University of Washington. A technical writer by trade, he is The Mammoth Guy by vocation, and his archival research, lively wit and passion for extinct proboscideans is well known to science bloggers and writers. His research has been published in The Open Laboratory: The Best of Science Writing on the Blogs and on the Scientific American blog. He currently makes his home in Alaska, where people appreciate a good mammoth.

WILLIAM McKEEN teaches at Boston University, where he chairs the department of journalism. His latest book is MILE MARKER ZERO, about the writers, artists, actors and musicians who found their artistic identities — and lots of bad stuff, too — in Key West. His earlier books include OUTLAW JOURNALIST, a biography of Hunter S. Thompson; HIGHWAY 61, a memoir of fatherhood; and ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY, a massive history of popular music. His most recent is an anthology about childhood, HOMEGROWN, published by the University Press of Florida.

AUGUST McLAUGHLIN is a Los Angeles based writer and journalist with articles featured regularly by, DAME magazine, The Nest Woman and more. Before completing her first novel, IN HER SHADOW, she worked in the fashion, film and wellness industries, wearing hats ranging from Parisian runway model to culinary coach. Considering her longstanding passion for thrillers, she wasn’t surprised when her attempt at a memoir turned quickly into a fictional tale of suspense.

LISA McMANN is the author of the New York Times bestselling Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series, as well as stand-alone YA novels CRYERS CROSS and DEAD TO YOU. Lisa’s other works include the Visions series, which follows a girl experiencing terrifying premonitions of an accident, and THE TRAP DOOR, the third book in the bestselling multi-author, multi-platform time-travel adventure Infinity Ring series. She is currently working on the Unwanteds spin-off series, and well as her newest middle grade series, Going Wild, about an advance technology that allows kids to harness the powers of animals.

KELLY McWILLIAMS is a student and the author of the young adult novel, DOORMAT, about a teen struggling with the issues of identity, friendship, and trust which she wrote at age 13. Her stories also appear in a number of online publications, and she is now at work on a new novel.

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series, the film of which was released on February 14, 2014. That series includes VAMPIRE ACADEMY; FROSTBITE; SHADOW KISS; BLOOD PROMISE; SPIRIT BOUND; and LAST SACRIFICE. BLOODLINES  launched the bestselling spin-off of the Vampire Academy series. It was followed by THE GOLDEN LILY; THE INDIGO SPELL; THE FIERY HEART; and THE INDIGO SPELL; and THE RUBY CIRCLE. Her first novel, SUCCUBUS BLUES, featured a modern-day succubus living in Seattle who prefers her normal life to the alluring, shape-shifting life of legend and myth. The series continued with SUCCUBUS ON TOP; SUCCUBUS HEAT; SUCCUBUS DREAMS; SUCCUBUS HEAT; SUCCUBUS SHADOWS; and SUCCUBUS REVEALED. She is also the author of STORM BORN about a contemporary shaman who travels between worlds to save a kidnapped child. That series continued with THORN QUEEN; IRON CROWNED; and SHADOW HEIR.  Her newest adult series, The Age of X, includes GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS and THE IMMORTAL CROWN. Her first ever standalone novel was the YA fantasy SOUNDLESS. And her newest series launches in 2016 with THE GLITTERING COURT.

ALICE MEDRICH is the author of several award-winning cookbooks including COCOLAT, which won James Beard Foundation and IACP Best Cookbook awards; CHOCOLATE AND THE ART OF LOW-FAT DESSERTS, also named Best Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation; and BITTERSWEET, which won the prestigious IACP Cookbook of the Year award in 2004. She is also the author of COOKIES AND BROWNIES; A YEAR IN CHOCOLATE; CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS: UNFORGETTABLE DESSERTS FOR EVERY SEASON; CHEWY, GOOEY, CRISPY, CRUNCHY, MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH COOKIES; and her latest, SINFULLY EASY DELICIOUS DESSERTS, featuring doable desserts for the home cook. She is currently teaching popular online cooking classes and working on her next book, FLAVOR FLOURS.

DR. JUDY MELINEK is a San Francisco-based forensic pathologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSFMedicalCenter. She earned her college degree from Harvard and received her medical degree and pathology residency training at UCLA. Her memoir, WORKING STIFF: THE MAKING OF A MEDICAL EXAMINER, written with her husband T.J. Mitchell, will be published in 2013.

ANNE MENDELSON is a freelance writer, editor, and literary consultant specializing in cookbooks and culinary history, and the author of an acclaimed biography of the creators of THE JOY OF COOKING entitled STAND FACING THE STOVE. She won the 2007 Sophie Coe Prize in Food History for a piece on pre-European food ways in the Greater NY region. She has also collaborated with Zarela Martinez on three cookbooks. Her latest is MILK: THE SURPRISING STORY OF MILK THROUGH THE AGES, a narrative history with over 100 recipes. She is currently at work on NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN TABLE, for which she won the Guggenheim Fellowship.

The late CONSTANTINE MENGES, Ph.D. was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and the author of INSIDE THE NSC. His final book is CHINA: THE GATHERING THREAT, in which he explores the newly established strategic alliance between China and Russia, warning that unless something is done, war between the U.S. and China could be a very real possibility in the near future.

SARAH MENKEDICK is a writer, editor, mother, and traveler, whose work has been featured in Harper’s, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, The New Inquiry, Amazon’s Kindle Singles, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She holds a B.A. in History and History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.F.A in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing. Menkedick is also the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women. Her first book, HOMING INSTINCTS, is forthcoming from Pantheon and Vintage in 2017.

JESSICA MERCHANT is the talented force behind the hugely successful blog She has amassed an enormous following of fans through her sassy, funny, and chatty dialogue with her audience combined with deliciously inspired accessible recipes for every day cooking and eating. Her first cookbook is SERIOUSLY DELISH, a collection of savory and sweet recipes that use her unique flavor combinations and showcase her gorgeous, mouthwatering photography. Her next book will be more signature recipes and fun, COOKING WITH YOUR BFF.

GREG MERRITT is the author of ROOM 1219 a biography of silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, and an in-depth look at the scandal that ruined his career.

CARRIE MESROBIAN is a writing teacher at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her debut novel, SEX & VIOLENCE, was a 2014 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist and Cybils Best Young Adult Fiction finalist. She is alos the author of YA novels PRETTY GOOD WHITE BOY and CUT BOTH WAYS, both of which received multiple starred reviews. Her forthcoming novel, JUST A GIRL, is seeing similar critical acclaim.

TIM METZ is the founder of and partner in Hullin Metz & Co., a company that specializes in a full range of corporate and financial communications services. He spent 23 years at the Wall Street Journal beginning as a staff reporter and eventually becoming the markets group news editor and stock market columnist. He is the author of BLACK MONDAY: THE CATASTROPHE OF OCTOBER 19, 1987…AND BEYOND, a critically acclaimed report and analysis of the events that produced the stock market crash and its immediate aftermath. He is currently at work on a memoir.

PERLA MEYERS is an award-winning cookbook author and cooking instructor. Her previous titles include PERLA MEYERS’ PEASANT KITCHEN and THE SEASONAL KITCHEN: A RETURN TO FRESH FOODS. Her most recent book is HOW TO PEEL A PEACH AND 1,001 OTHER THINGS EVERY GOOD COOK SHOULD KNOW. She is currently at work on a Barcelona cookbook.

STEPHANIE MEYER is a home cook, photographer, recipe developer, and educator. She writes for a number of online publications and blogs that focus on local, seasonal ingredients and recipes that are grain-free and gluten-free. She is currently writing and photographing a new cookbook in the Chef’s Table series, TWIN CITIES CHEF’S TABLE. It will be a snapshot of the food culture in the Twin Cities, incorporating recipes and photographs from the chefs, growers, and purveyors of the area.

JAMIE MICHAELS is the debut author of the forthcoming KISS MY BOOK, a young adult novel about a teen writing sensation who gets caught plagiarizing her first book but finds redemption and romance when she escapes to a small town. Jamie is currently at work on BITE YOUR TONGUE, a follow-up that tackles first amendment issues.

CATHRYN MICHON has written for some of television’s most prestigious programs. With Pamela Norris, she created JANE AUSTEN’S LITTLE ADVICE BOOK, a charming collection of the English writer’s bon mots. She also co-authored, with Gurmukh Khalsa, THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS. Her most recent books are THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO LIFE, based on her popular stand-up comedy show, and its follow-up, THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO SEX (WITH OTHER PEOPLE).

JANELLE MILANES is a writer of YA and a teenager at heart living in Brooklyn, NY. Her debut novel is KNOWING VICTORIA, is forthcoming in September 2017.

LESLIE MILK is the lifestyle editor of the Washingtonian, and a former columnist for the Washington Post. Her articles have appeared in Glamour and Shape, among others. Her first book is IT’S HER PARTY BUT I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.

DARCY MILLER is the Senior Vice President and Weddings Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a leading authority in the wedding industry. She is the creator of OUR WEDDING SCRAPBOOK, a beautiful, lasting keepsake for brides.

KLANCY MILLER is a writer, pastry chef and Francophile. After attending Le Cordon Bleu, Klancy stayed in Paris to apprentice at the legendary Michelin starred Taillevent restaurant and was later hired by Le Cordon Bleu to join their recipe development team. She interviewed Chef Marcus Samuelsson for Vis a Vis magazine, which led to her contributing to his award winning cookbook, SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE. Klancy is also co-founder of the supper club Global Feast and has worked with top hospitality groups in the U.S. such as B.R. Guest Restaurants, where she helped develop a wine book concept.  Most recently, Klancy appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets show as a commentator. She was invited by the editorial staff of Glamour magazine to review and give feedback about the magazine’s cookbook, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life, for which she provided recipe testing. She is also a contributor to Marcus Samuelsson’s online magazine, Food Republic. She is currently at work on SUPPER FOR ONE, a cookbook for solo home chefs.

RAINE MILLER is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling Blackstone Affair romance series which began with NAKED.  CHERRY GIRL is a spin-off of that series.

KATHLEEN MILMORE, writing as Kaitlin O’Riley, is an author of historical romances. Her first was entitled SECRETS OF A DUCHESS, which was followed by ONE SINFUL NIGHT. She is also the author of WHEN HIS KISS IS WICKED; DESIRE IN HIS EYES; YOURS FOR ETERNITY; and IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS. Her latest is TO TEMPT AN IRISH ROGUE. She is currently at work on a new historical romance novel.

PAULETTE MITCHELL, who serves as a restaurant consultant, lecturer, and cooking instructor, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. She is the author of 13 cookbooks, including The 15-Minute Gourmet series; THE COMPLETE SOY COOKBOOK; A BEAUTIFUL BOWL OF SOUP; THE BEST VEGETARIAN RECIPES; and THE SPIRITED VEGETARIAN: OVER 100 RECIPES MADE LIVELY WITH WINE AND SPIRITS. Her latest is THE COMPLETE 15-MINUTE GOURMET: CREATIVE CUISINE MADE FAST AND FRESH.

SAUNDRA MITCHELL is a long-time screenwriter and author whose young adult debut was the gothic SHADOWED SUMMER.  She is the author of THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, and THE ELEMENTALS and is currently at work on MISTWALKER. As Jessa Holbrooke, she is the author of the serialized novel WHILE YOU’RE AWAY. Her first two nonfiction titles launched the They Did What?! Series—50 UNBELIEVABLE WOMEN AND THEIR FASCINATING AND TRUE STORIES and 50 IMPRESSIVE KIDS AND THEIR AMAZING AND TRUE STORIES.

T.J. MITCHELL, co-author of WORKING STIFF: THE MAKING OF A MEDICAL EXAMINER, graduated with an English degree from Harvard and has worked as a screenwriter’s assistant and script editor in Hollywood since 1991. He is a writer and stay-at-home dad raising their three children in San Francisco. His consult practice T. J. Mitchell Consulting offers advice to aspiring screenwriters. He maintains a blog about parenting at

THE MONKS are Michael Lane and Jim Crotty, the irrepressible founders of the mobile magazine, Monk. Their first book, MAD MONKS ON THE ROAD, was followed by quirky travel guides to California and New York. Separately, Michael is the author of PINK HIGHWAYS: TALES OF QUEER MADNESS ON THE OPEN ROAD, and Jim of HOW TO TALK AMERICAN: A GUIDE TO OUR NATIVE TONGUES.

SSOPHIE MONROE is the author of the popular contemporary romance novels, I WON’T GIVE UPSECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, and BATTLESCARS. In SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, childhood friends and teenage lovers, the now grown up Jules and Noah, may get another shot at love after a chance meeting. BATTLESCARS throws together Aubry, a jaded pilot, and Jake, lead member of a famous band, as they travel around the world for Jake’s tour.

BEN MONTGOMERY is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times, and founder of the popular He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and has taught narrative journalism at the Poynter Institute. Montgomery is at work on his first book, GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK, about the formidable Emma Gateway, a 67-year-old grandmother who became the first woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail, doing so with nothing but a small sack and a journal.

DAVID W. MOORE is a senior fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. A former senior editor of the Gallup Poll, where he worked for thirteen years, Moore also served as professor of political science at UNH and is the founder and former director of the UNH Survey Center. Moore’s latest book THE OPINION MAKERS is an inside look at the polling industry. He is also the author of HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION and THE SUPERPOLLSTERS.

E.S. MOORE is a stay-at-home dad and full-time writer whose debut, TO WALK THE NIGHT, launched a series of dark urban fantasy books that chronicle the adventures of supernatural assassin Kat Redding. His most recent book is the self-published LITTLE DAVID LOST.

H.B. MOORE is the award-winning author of the bestselling FINDING SHEBA and its accompanying short story BENEATH, historical thrillers swirling around the seductive legend—and perhaps reality—of the tomb of the infamous queen.

PATRICK MOORE has worked extensively on gay issues both as an activist and author. He is the author of two novels, IOWA and THIS EVERY NIGHT, and he was the founding director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS in New York City. Patrick’s first nonfiction book is BEYOND SHAME: RECLAIMING THE ABANDONED HISTORY OF RADICAL GAY SEXUALITY, and his latest is the Book Sense pick TWEAKED, a memoir about his crystal meth addiction.

The late THOMAS MORAN was the former managing editor of W magazine and a founding editor of M magazine. A gifted writer with a captivating prose style, he is the author of THE MAN IN THE BOX, which won the Book-of-the-Month Club’s coveted first fiction award and has been optioned for film by Dan and Nuria Wicksman. Other critically acclaimed novels include THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER; WATER, CARRY ME; and WHAT HARRY SAW. His most recent is ANJA THE LIAR, about survivors of WWII who became executioners in order to live.

ALEXANDER P. MORGAN is a scientist and writer specializing in technical subjects. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. He is the author, with Kenneth M. Adams, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

LAEL MORGAN is a former journalist and photojournalist who has worked for numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, and the Washington Post. She has taught writing, photography and multimedia at University of Alaska Fairbanks and is the former publisher of Casco Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Portland, Maine. She is the author of over a dozen books including GOOD TIME GIRLS OF THE ALASKA YUKON GOLD RUSH; ART AND ESKIMO POWER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALASKAN HOWARD ROCK; and AND THE LAND PROVIDES. Her latest is THE WANTON WEST, a narrative account of one of America’s largest and longest-standing red light districts which thrived in Butte,Montana during the 19th century.

AMY MORIN, LCSW, is’s Parenting Teens Expert and the author of the article “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” that became a viral sensation and went on to become Forbes’s most read piece in their history, seen by almost 10 million people worldwide. The companion book will delve further into her pop psychology ideas pertaining to mastering your mental strength and becoming your best self. The book has generated enormous international attention and rights have been sold in multiple countries around the world. Her next book will be 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PARENTS DON’T DO.

DAVID MORRELL is the bestselling, award-winning author of such action classics as FIRST BLOOD (the basis for the blockbuster Rambo movies); THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE; THE FIFTH PROFESSION; EXTREME DENIAL; THE PROTECTOR; and dozens of other titles that have won him passionate fans around the world. Stoker Award-winning CREEPERS is a gripping, suspenseful thriller about urban explorers. CREEPERS protagonist Frank Balenger returns in SCAVENGER, an old-fashioned cat and mouse game with a modern technological twist. Morrell has penned nonfiction titles including FIREFLIES: A FATHER’S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS and THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST. David has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Penn State and was formerly a professor in the English department of the University of Iowa. He has also self-published several essays, including John Wayne; “Marilyn Monroe; “Rambo and Me”; “Nelson Riddle”; and “Frank Sinatra.” He is the author of MURDER AS A FINE ART, a new historical suspense novel, featuring Thomas DeQuincey and its sequel INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. He is currently at work on the third book in the series, RULER OF THE NIGHT.

COLIN MORTENSEN was attending UC Berkeley when he was cast in MTV’s The Real World Hawaii. He is an active public speaker on the college lecture circuit and has contributed to Kim Kirberger’s Teen Love series, including TEEN LOVE: A JOURNAL and TEEN LOVE: ON FRIENDSHIP. He is also the author of A NEW LADIES’ MAN: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GETTING, KEEPING, AND PLEASING THE GIRL.

JULIA MOSKIN is a staff writer at the New York Times. She is also the co-author of AMERICAN BRASSERIE and BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS with chefs Gale Gand and Rick Tramonto, as well as JUST A BITE and SHORT AND SWEET, with Gale Gand. In addition, she has collaborated with chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino on BISTRO LATINO; with Patricia Yeo on PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z; and with Bobby Flay on BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY MEETS GRILL.

JACQUELINE MROZ is a journalist and frequent contributor to The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and Parents Magazine. Her forthcoming SCATTERED SEEDS will take a close look at the sperm donation industry and its consequences for the families involved and the donors themselves.

RAY MUNGO is a ’60s counterculture icon whose first book, FAMOUS LONG AGO, has become a cult classic and is currently being made into a feature film. His other titles include PALM SPRINGS BABYLON; QUESTIONS THAT DEFINE YOU; and SAN FRANCISCO CONFIDENTIAL. His latest is an update of his financial classic, NO CREDIT REQUIRED.

ANDREA MYERS has shared her unique stories around the world. After receiving her BA in neuroscience from Brandeis University, she studied for two years in Jerusalem, and was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR), an interdenominational seminary in New York City, where she later joined the faculty and administration and served as the co-president of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors. Rabbi Myers is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis. She currently lives in New York City, and has led congregations from the Rocky Mountains to the Borscht Belt. Her latest is THE CHOOSING: A RABBI’S JOURNEY FROM SILENT NIGHTS TO HIGH HOLY DAYS.



NATHAN NAPARSTEK Ph.D., is a child psychologist and the author of two previous books. His first book, with Marilyn Wallace, is IS YOUR CHILD DEPRESSED? ANSWERS TO YOUR TOUGHEST QUESTIONS, which describes the warning signs of childhood depression and provides parents and other caregivers with the skills needed to treat its symptoms.

KATE PALACES NARITA is the author of IT’S A 100 BUG COUNT DAY (FSG Spring 2018). When she’s not out and about driving, teaching or cheering on her two teenage sons, Kate Palaces Narita lives, writes, and hikes on a small mountain in central Massachusetts. There’s a magical part of Mt. Wachusett in every one of her stories. Be it small wonders like darting dragonflies or gorgeous garden phlox, or large wonders like munching moose or beautiful balsam firs, she celebrates nature’s bounty each and every day.

HERBERT E. NASS founded and owns a law firm with offices in New York City, Harrison, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut, which focus on wills, estates and trusts, and probate related matters. An authority on the subject of celebrity wills and estate planning, Nass has spoken at a variety of venues across the country and on television. He is the author of WILLS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS and the forthcoming 101 BIGGEST ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES.

THOMAS NAYLOR, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, along with John De Graaf and David Wann, is the author of ENCOUNTERS WITH AFFLUENZA: ONE MAN’S SEARCH FOR THE REAL WEALTH, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain.

AMY NEBENS is a former magazine editor and lifestyle expert who has worked at Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and YM, among others. She is also the author of several books, including BAR MITZVAH, BAT MITZVAH, PLANNING THE PERFECT DAY. She is currently working on a hip new guide for moms with Jara Negrin, entitled LIVING THE POSH MOM LIFE.

JARA NEGRIN has a diverse background in publishing, home design, entrepreneurial endeavors, and marketing. She is also a former child actress who appeared in numerous commercials. She is working with Amy Nebens on the hip, fun LIVING THE POSH MOM LIFE.

DR. AMEN NESS has been delivering babies for more than 20 years and has a specialty in High-Risk Obstetrics. He is the co-author, with Lisa Gould Rubin and Jackie Frederick-Berner, of THE BIRTH THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.

JACKIE NEWGENT, RD, is an eco-cuisine expert, culinary nutritionist, and writer who frequently appears as a culinary nutrition expert on television and radio, and whose work is routinely seen in national publications. She is the author of the award-winning THE ALL-NATURAL DIABETES COOKBOOK and most recently of THE BIG GREEN COOKBOOK. She is currently working on 1,000 LOW-CALORIE RECIPES.

DAVID NEILSEN will make his debut with DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM, a middle-grade supernatural thriller written with a Lovecraftian bent.

PETER N. NÉVRAUMONT has worked at jobs as varied as a copyboy for New York’s Daily News and an assistant producer at Universal Pictures. In between and beyond he was a reporter for Women’s Wear Daily (now W), an editor at Macmillan when it still published such luminaries as William Yeats and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, managing editor of the Columbia University Forum, national director of advertising and publicity at Films Incorporated, vice president of Ruby Street stationary, and publisher at Névraumont Publishing Company which over the last two decades has packaged forty illustrated natural history books written by world-class scientists and produced to art book standards. He is an accomplished writer, skilled editor, dogged researcher, and multi-award winning art director.

RACHEL NUWER is a freelance science journalist. She contributes to outlets such as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Scientific American, New Scientist, Popular Science, Audubon, and more. She regularly blogs about wildlife for Smithsonian and publishes a column, Last Place on Earth, with BBC Future. And sometimes she gets to take a break from science and indulge her secret love of food writing for Edible Magazine Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2011, she earned a second master’s degree at New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Writing Program (SHERP). She has lived in Brooklyn since then, along with a computer programmer and a large orange cat.

ERIC NUZUM is currently serving as Acting Vice President for Programming for National Public Radio and is a pop-culture critic and contributor to Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and several VH1 documentaries. He won the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for News writing. He is the author of PARENTAL ADVISORY: MUSIC CENSORSHIP IN AMERICA and THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST: STALKING THE VAMPIRE FROM NOSFERATU TO COUNT CHOCULA, a look at vampire lore throughout time, and his latest is a memoir entitled GIVING UP THE GHOST.

PETER JOFFRE NYE is a prize-winning author of eight nonfiction books as well as articles published in more than 100 magazines and newspapers, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and The Washington Post.  His most recent book is: THE FAST TIMES OF ALBERT CHAMPION, FROM RECORD-SETTING RACER TO DASHING TYCOON, THE UNTOLD STORY OF SPEED, SUCCESS, AND BETRAYAL.



BRIAN O’CONNELL is a former Wall Street bond trader and current freelance business writer. He is the author of many books, including THE 401(k) MILLIONAIRE and CNBC’S CREATING WEALTH; BUILD YOUR OWN MUTUAL FUND; and FREE YOURSELF FROM STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

BRIAN PATRICK O’DONOGHUE is a broadcast journalist and sledding enthusiast. MY LEAD DOG WAS A LESBIAN recounts his adventures and mishaps during the 1991 Iditarod. His follow-up is HONEST DOGS, the story of his return to dog sled racing.

HUGH O’NEILL is a family-life writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications including GQ,Reader’s Digest, Parents and Prevention. He has written three popular family-life columns for Parenting, Men’s Health and Best Life magazine and was a commentator for Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He is the author of DADDY COOL; HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KIDS; and A MAN CALLED DADDY. He is also the author of the golf book GOLFFIRMATIONS. He is currently at work on BE HAPPY, WEAR A HELMET: THE PORTABLE MOM AND DAD.

Lauren E. Oakes is an ecologist and human-natural systems scientist. She is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. She earned her PhD from Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and her bachelor’s degree from Brown. She has written about her research for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has been profiled by the Atlantic, Outside Magazine, National Geographic online, The Christian Science Monitor, Adventure Kayak Magazine, and ClimateWire, among other outlets. With years of experience in professional outdoor guiding, she has also lead multi-day expeditions for National Geographic Expeditions and co-designed and co-taught Stanford field courses in Alaska and the Grand Canyon. You can read more about her at / Her book, THE CANARY TREE: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World, will be published by Basic Books.

BARACK OBAMA is the 44th President of the United States. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE.

MICHAEL OESCHLE is a teacher and the author of the middle-grade novel THE LOST CIPHER. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

BEATRICE OJAKANGAS is a well-known food writer, cookbook author, and consultant who has worn various hats in the food industry since 1960. Beatrice won the 2005 Kitchenaid Cookbook Hall of Fame award from the James Beard Foundation for THE GREAT SCANDINAVIAN BAKING BOOK. She is the author of COOKING WITH CONVECTION; THE BEST CASSEROLE BOOK EVER, which includes updated casserole classics that make them easy to use for entertaining, family meals, and celebrations; and a book on scrumptious mini desserts titled PETITE SWEETS. Her latest is WEEKNIGHT DESSERTS, and she is currently at work on THE SOUP AND BREAD COOKBOOK.

RENA OLSEN is the author of the debut novel THE GIRL BEFORE, the gripping story of a young woman who begins to see through the lies about the family that raised her and realizes she must decide whether to protect the man she loves or to face the secrets he’s been keeping.

EUGÉNIE OLSON is a former toy developer whose first novel, BABE IN TOYLAND, was about a young woman who works for a toy company and is looking for love in all the wrong places. She is also the author of THE PAJAMA GAME, about a young woman who works in a lingerie store, and LOVE IN THE TIME OF TAFFETA about an aspiring photographer who lands a job working for a cute (taken) photographer doing the prom circuit. Her first nonfiction is a funny collection of poems entitled PREGNANCY HAIKU, which will be followed by BRIDE HAIKU.

IJEOMA OLUO is a Writer, Speaker, and Internet Yeller. Her work on race, gender, and social justice has been featured in the Guardian, New York magazine, The Stranger, Scenarios USA, TIME magazine, Huffington Post, and more. She has appeared on CBS Evening News, HLN, The Moth Radio Hour, and This American Life. She’s the Editor-at-Large at The Establishment and a columnist at The Seattle Globalist. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle magazine. Her book, The Badass Feminist Coloring Book, has been featured in Huffington Post, Glamour magazine, Bitch magazine, Bustle, SheKnows, the Guardian and more. She lives in Seattle with her two sons and often collaborates with her brother, musician and storyteller Ahamefule J. Oluo, and her sister-in-law, writer Lindy West. She is currently at work on the forthcoming book SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE.

QAIS AKBAR OMAR (whose first name is pronounced “Kice”) is the author of A FORT OF NINE TOWERS, which has been published in over twenty languages. Omar was born in 1982 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds a BA in journalism from Kabul University. He studied business at Brandeis University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado, and he was 2014-2015 Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University. For the 2012 anthology, THE MAD GAME: GROWING UP IN A WAR ZOME Omar contributed the lead essay,”A Talib In Love”. He has also written articles for The Atlantic, op-eds for The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Times of  London, and The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He is the co-author, with Stephen Landrigan, of SHAKESPEARE IN KABUL, and A NIGHT IN THE EMPEROR’S GARDEN.  Omar serves as a goodwill ambassador for Aschiana Foundation in Kabul and for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. Connect with Omar on Facebook or via his website ( to learn more.

THERESE ONEILL’s UNMENTIONABLE: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners (Little, Brown) expands the success of her laugh-out-loud history pieces written for The Atlantic, Mental Floss, The Week, and Jezebel to a full-length adventure through the underbelly of Victorian femininity. Learn the mystery of the two-seater outhouse. Explore the different methods to ensure male offspring. Understand precisely why it’s your own fault if your husband brings home syphilis. And most importantly, come away with an astonishing new appreciation of the fortitude of our great-grandmothers. Therese Oneill is an Oregon-based journalist with a remarkable voice and a flair for exposing history’s less glorious chapters—read more of her work at

DORI OSTERMILLER received her MFAin fiction from the Universityof Massachusetts, and has taught writing and literature at U Mass, Westfield State College and HolyokeCommunity College. She is the founder and director of Writers in Progress, a prominent local literary arts center that offers workshops, retreats, editing services and a reading series. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, BellowingArk, the Massachusetts Review, Aura, The Roanoke Review, Flint Hills Review, Calliope and Chautauqua Literary Journal, among others. OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD is her first novel.

JOE OESTREICH is an Associate Professor of English at Costal Carolina University, where he directs the M.A. Writing Program. He is the singer, bassist, and a songwriter for the long-running band Watershed, whose exploits he related in his memoir HITLESS WONDER: A LIFE IN MINOR LEAGUE ROCK AND ROLL. His most recent book, co-authored with Scott Pleasant, is LINES OF SCRIMMAGE: A STORY OF FOOTBALL, RACE, AND REDEMPTION.

CARTER OOSTERHOUSE is a well-known television personality best recognized for his work as a carpenter on the TLC series Trading Spaces and his own home improvement and how-to television shows on HGTV: Carter Can, Red Hot & Green, and Million Dollar Rooms.  He has been a contributor for the Today Show, as well as a recurring design guest on Rachael Ray. His first book, written with Chris Peterson, is CARTER’S WAY, a how-to guide for homeowners looking to design their own homes.

SPENCER OVERTON is a tenured professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he currently teaches civil rights law, and his commentaries on democracy have appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, and several other publications. He has also provided insights on various radio talk shows and news programs, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and The Tavis Smiley Show. His first book is STEALING DEMOCRACY: THE NEW POLITICS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION.



ANTONIO PAGLIARULO is the author of the gritty young adult novel A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEAT, as well as The Celebutantes series, which includes ON THE AVENUE, IN THE CLUB and TO THE PENTHOUSE. He is at work on several new young adult novels. Under the pseudonym Anthony Paige he wrote ROCKING THE GODDESS, which explores the widespread practice of Wicca on college campuses, and AMERICAN WITCH, about the history of witchcraft in America.

JIYEON PAK is the author/illustrator of GRANDFATHER’S CHAIR. Born in South Korea, she lives in Abingdon, Maryland.

SOYUNG PAK won the 1999 Ezra Jack Keats award for children’s literature. She is the author of DEAR JUNO, hailed as “a new classic” by the Boston Globe, and A PLACE TO GROW, about a family that chooses to move to another country.

JANE PALEY is the author of the middle grade novel HOOPER FINDS A FAMILY: A KATRINA DOG’S SURVIVAL STORY. She is also a television producer of educational programs. Her work has won her an Emmy Award and a National Education Association award.

DIANA PETERFREUND has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series, the Killer Unicorn series: RAMPANT,

ASCENDENT, and ERRANT. Her other series, Stars, includes FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and ACROSS A STAR SWEPT SEA, a romantic science-fiction retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her lastest work is a series of middle grade adventure novels, the first of which is OMEGA CITY; the second book in the series is in the works.

LISA PALMER is a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. As an independent journalist for the last 15 years, Palmer has reported almost exclusively on climate change, the environment, and business sustainability since 2008. Her work has appeared in publications such as Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Yale E360, The Yale Forum, Scientific American, and The New York Times, among many others. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She has received grants and fellowships to support her work from the National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and the Solutions Journalism Network, among many others. She received her B.S. from Boston University and her M.S. from Simmons College in Boston.  HOT, HUNGRY, PLANET: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE FOOD GAP is forthcoming.

RAFAEL PALOMINO is the acclaimed chef at Pacifico and Sonora in Port Chester, NY. His first cookbook, co-authored with Julia Moskin, was BISTRO LATINO: HOME COOKING FIRED UP WITH THE FLAVORS OF LATIN AMERICA. His most recent titles are VIVA LA VIDA, NUEVA SALSA, and FIESTA LATINA all co-authored with Arlen Gargagliano. The latest Palomino/Gargagliano collaborative effort is THE LATIN GRILL.

EMILY X.R. PAN is editor-in-chief for Bodega Magazine and teaches yoga. She received her MFA in fiction from New York University, where she had the honor of being a Goldwater Writing Fellow and the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She is currently working on THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, a YA novel about a girl who enters a fantastical world to unlock the secrets of her family’s history.

JULIET PAPA is an award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS radio in New York and a regular weekly freelance reporter at WCBS-TV in New York. She is the author of LADYKILLER, about the Argentinian serial killer Ricardo Caputo, and the co-author of THE MAFIA HANDBOOK, with Douglas Le Vien.

LANCE PARKIN is a British author now living in the United States. He is best-known for his Doctor Who novels and other writing on that series. He was a storyline writer for the top-rated soap opera Emmerdale, and has written half a dozen books about that series. He has also written or co-written books on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Alias and Star Trek. He wrote a guidebook to the work of comics author Alan Moore and is the author of a forthcoming definitive biography on the same subject.

JOEL PATRAKER is the former Senior Manager and Special Project Coordinator of the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, where he worked for over 20 years. His book, with co-author Joan Schwartz, is THE GREEN MARKET COOKBOOK, which advises readers on how to shop seasonally and how to prepare the most tantalizing fare year-round.

SUSAN PATTON is a Princetonalumna of one of the first classes of women to graduate from the Ivy League school. In April 2013, Patton triggered an international media firestorm when she wrote a letter to the editor of The Daily Princetonian advising Princeton women to look for suitable husbands from among their classmates because finding a man is inextricably linked to their future happiness. Her book on the subject, MARRY SMART: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PRINCETON MOM, is forthcoming.

MARCY BELLER PAUL is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Her debut YA novel, UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING, about an intoxicating and toxic relationship between friends.

MATT PAXTON is the founder of Clutter Cleaner, and has been a featured cleaner/organizer on A&E’s most watch series, Hoarders. He will also star in his own A&E spinoff series, Extreme Clean. His first book is THE SECRET LIVES OF HOARDERS, with Phaedra Hise, about his experiences assisting those with obsessive-compulsive hoarding problems.

NATE PEDERSEN is a freelance journalist with over 400 publications in print and online sources including The Guardian, The Believer, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Art of Manliness. He is a Contributing Writer with the magazine Fine Books & Collections, where he investigates the strange and unusual side of the rare-book market. QUACKERY, his upcoming collaboration with Lydia Kang, will be published by Workman in 2017.

CHRIS PEGULA is the creator of Diaper Dude, America’s most high-profile line of hip gear for cool dads. He is the author, with Frank Meyer, of FROM DUDE TO DAD, and the forthcoming follow-up: DIAPER DUDE: THE ULTIMATE DAD’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE FIRST TWO YEARS.

LINDA PERMANN is a talented crafter and founding Craft and Decorating editor for Adorn Magazine. Her projects have been featured in many books and magazines, including Bust and Crochet Today! She is currently working on CROCHET ADORNED, a book of crochet embellishments.

JOLENE PERRY is the author of numerous books in the Young Adult and New Adult categories, as well as the Next Door Boys LDS trilogy. Her YA books include DIZZY and OUT OF PLAY, written with Nyrae Dawn; MY HEART FOR YOURS, written with Steph Campbell; and NIGHT SKY. Her NA titles include 10 WEEKS, written with Janna Watts, and several titles written as Mia Josephs. Her latest books include THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU and STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW.

The late PAUL PEARSALL, Ph.D., was an internationally recognized, board-certified neuropsychologist, an award-winning researcher, a New York Times bestselling author, and a sought-after speaker. His titles include THE BEETHOVEN FACTOR; TOXIC SUCCESS; and THE LAST SELF-HELP BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED. His most recent is AWE, a startling look at the delights and dangers of our eleventh emotion.

DIANA PETERFREUND has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series, the Killer Unicorn series: RAMPANTASCENDENT, and ERRANT. Her other series, Stars, includes FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and ACROSS A STAR SWEPT SEA, a romantic science-fiction retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her latest work is the Omega City series of middle grade adventure novels.

COLETTE PETERS is the creator of Colette’s Cakes, a specialty cake company she has owned for over 20 years. She is the author of four books on cake decorating, and her most recent is CAKES TO DREAM ON: A MASTER CLASS IN DECORATING. In 2004, Colette won first place in the Beaver Creek Wedding Cake Extravaganza, sponsored by the TV Food Network.

DR. RUTH PETERS has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and is a frequent contributor to the Today show, Oprah, and Good Morning America. She writes a weekly parenting column for MSNBC’s Today show web site and is the author of numerous books on the subject. Her latest, LAYING DOWN THE LAW, gives parents the 25 most important rules for raising kids of all ages.

CHRIS PETERSON is a single father, editor, writer, and “cook by necessity.” As a former book packager, he created full-color coffee table books for publishers such as Hearst Books, Dorling Kindersley, and Reader’s Digest. He is the author of A MAN’S WHIRLED: EVERY GUY’S GUIDE TO COOKING WITH THE BLENDER, a cookbook that describes how to make an entire meal with one handy appliance. His latest titles are HOME DESIGN with Sabrina Soto, and CARTER’S WAY with Carter Oosterhouse.

MAI PHAM is the chef/owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant and Lemon Grass Cafes in Sacramento, California. Her award-winning cuisine is featured in THE BEST OF VIETNAMESE AND THAI COOKING. Mai is the author PLEASURES OF THE VIETNAMESE TABLE.

ANDREW PFORZHEIMER has worked as a chef, consultant, and restaurateur in France, California, and New York City. After his stint as food editor for Martha Stewart Living, he and Sasa Mahr-Batuz opened their own restaurant. Today, the two own six Barcelona restaurants in the state of Connecticut and one in Atlanta, with plans to open more on the East Coast in the next several years. Together with Mary Goodbody, he and Mahr-Batuz have written THE BARCELONA COOKBOOK: A CELEBRATION OF FOOD, WINE, AND LIFE, which rejoices in the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona.

LARRY PHILLIPS is a journalist and writer whose first book was ZEN AND THE ART OF POKER, which dealt with the psychology of poker players. His follow-up, THE TAO OF POKER, dealt with “the truth” of the game itself.

DR. CHARLOTTE PIERCE-BAKER holds a Ph.D. in Speech and Sociolinguistics and is a professor of Women’s Studies and English at Duke University. Her first book, SURVIVING THE SILENCE, is an important document about black women and rape. Her latest is a memoir entitled THIS FRAGILE LIFE that recounts her own family’s struggle with bipolar disorder.

SCOTT PLEASANT is the Coordinator of the Coastal Carolina University Writing Center and co-author, with Joe Oestreich, of LINES OF SCRIMMAGE: A STORY OF FOOTBALL, RACE, AND REDEMPTION.

AMY PLUM is an art historian by training and multiple hat-wearer in actuality (translator, university English teacher, writer). Amy spends her time in Paris, France, trying to figure out the motherhood thing while raising two children. She is the author of the DIE FOR ME series, a wonderfully inventive paranormal romantic thriller that centers around an American teenage girl who moves to France and falls in love with a dark and mysterious revenant named Vincent. She is also the author of the duology AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING, the first of which received a starred Publisher’s Weekly review. Her next duology is the YA horror DREAMFALL.

GAE POLISNER is the author of the award winning YA debut THE PULL OF GRAVITY and the lyrical and lovely FRANKIE SKY. Her next book, THE MEMORY OF THINGS, is forthcoming.

JESSE P. POLLACK is the co-author of the True Crime book DEATH ON THE DEVIL’S TEETH. He is a contributing writer for the popular magazine and website Weird NJ. His new book, THE ACID KING, will be published by Simon Pulse in 2017.

DEBRA PONZEK is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, an award-winning chef and, with her husband, owner of Aux Délices, a café and catering company in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the author of FRENCH FOOD, AMERICAN ACCENT, which she co-authored with Joan Schwartz, THE SUMMER HOUSE COOKBOOK with Geralyn Delaney Graham, and THE FAMILY KITCHEN. Her latest book is THE DINNERTIME SURVIVAL COOKBOOK with Mary Goodbody, a cookbook that highlights the go-to favorites of the American palate.

JOACHIM DE POSADA is a bilingual international motivational speaker, radio and TV personality, author, and newspaper columnist who has spoken in more than 30 countries about leadership, team-building, sales, and management. He is the author of HOW TO SURVIVE AMONG PIRANHAS: MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED. His popular Marshmallow series includes DON’T EAT THE MARSHMALLOW…YET!: THE SECRET TO SWEET SUCCESS IN WORK AND LIFE, and the sequel DON’T GOBBLE THE MARSHMALLOW…EVER!, co-authored by Ellen Singer. The next book in the series, with Bob Andelman, is the forthcoming KEEP YOUR EYEON THE MARSHMALLOW.

JUDITH POST received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher and taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She is the author of numerous fantasy and paranormal titles, including FALLEN ANGELS.  Writing as JUDI LYNN, she is also the author of the Mill Pond contemporary romance series which begins with COOKING UP TROUBLE and OPPOSITES DISTRACT.

PATRICIA S. POTTER-EFRON is a clinical psychotherapist and co-owner with her husband, Ron Potter-Efron, of First Things First Counseling Center. She is the author and editor of a number of books with her husband, and their latest is RECLAIM YOUR RELATIONSHIP, a practical and accessible workbook designed to help individuals improve connections in their relationships with those they love.

RON POTTER-EFRON is a clinical psychotherapist and co-owner with his wife of 37 years, Pat Potter-Efron, of First Things First Counseling Center. He is a presenter of seminars for professional counselors and the author of several books about anger management. He and his wife are the authors of a workbook for couples entitled RECLAIM YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

NORA POUILLON ranks with Alice Waters as an outstanding chef and advocate of using organic, seasonal, and locally produced products. Her restaurants Asia Nora and Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., are consistently rated among the finest places to eat in the United States. She is the author of COOKING WITH NORA, which was nominated for the Julia Child Cookbook Award and received an Award of Excellence from the IACP.

DENNIS POWELL is an award-winning investigative reporter who has worked for Knight Ridder, Gannett, and Gore newspapers, as well as WOR Radio, CBS Radio, and FOX Television. He is working on THE UNSAVORY JUDGE CRATER.

ALICE LECCESE POWERS is a freelance writer and editor who also teaches writing. She is a co-editor, with Andrea Wyatt Sexton, of THE BROOKLYN READER. She also edited the anthologies ITALY IN MIND; IRELAND IN MIND; FRANCE IN MIND; TUSCANY IN MIND; and SPAIN IN MIND.

WILLIAM POWERS has worked in development aid and conservation for more than a decade, and his essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio. He is the author of BLUE CLAY PEOPLE and WHISPERING IN THE GIANT’S EAR, and he is currently at work on THE SOFT WORLD, based on his experience of living in a 12’x12’, off-the-grid, permaculture cabin in North Carolina.

BALASA PRASAD, M.D., opened his behavior management clinic in Mount Vernon, NY in 1980 and became the chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at Mount Vernon Hospital in 1983. Since opening his private practice, he has helped people break free of destructive habits, like smoking, gambling, and compulsive shopping. His first books are STOP SMOKING FOR GOOD;STOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD; and STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD, which teach readers how to overcome addiction using his techniques.

MICHAEL PRESCOTT has worked a screenwriter, magazine freelancer, and archival researcher. He has authored six novels under the pseudonym Brian Harper. His first novels under the pseudonym Michael Prescott are COMES THE DARK, STEALING FACES, and THE SHADOW HUNTER. He followed those up with LAST BREATH, NEXT VICTIM, and IN DARK PLACES. DANGEROUS GAMES, is the first in a trilogy featuring FBI agent Tess McCallum and freelance security consultant Abby Sinclair, who appeared separately in two of his earlier books. MORTAL FAULTS and FINAL SINS complete the series. His latest book is the reissued edition of THE SHADOW HUNTER. He is currently working on a new thriller.

ANNA PRIEMAZA is a contemporary young adult author and a practicing family and immigration lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. Her debut novel, KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD is about two teens who meet working on a science fair project and form the first real friendship either has ever had by bonding over panic attacks, ADHD, and their mutual obsession with a YouTube star whose channel is dedicated to their favorite video game.

CAROLINE PUKALL, PhD, is a leading researcher in the subject of female sexual function and dysfunction and an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She and her co-author Andrew Goldstein are the authors of WHEN SEX HURTS: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO BANISHING SEXUAL PAIN.



SARA QUESSENBERRY is the chief recipe developer and food stylist for Real Simple, where she creates easy-to-follow, time-saving recipes using a down-to-earth approach. She honed her craft at her popular Lake Tahoe, Nevada, restaurant, Jack Rabbit Moon, known for its hearty, rustic, and inventive cuisine. Her latest is THE GOOD NEIGHBOR COOKBOOK, written with Suzanne Schlosberg, which offers easy, delicious, modern recipes uniquely designed to transport to friends and acquaintances.




STEPHANIE RAFFELOCK graduated from Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics and acted as President and co-Founder of Sound Formulas, taught a weekly creative writing class for incarcerated women at the Jefferson County Detention Center in Golden, and blogs at She enjoys writing and hiking in the Oregon WOODS. Her debut novel, THE SISTER BETWEEN is a story about twins who share a bond that is stronger than death.

MITRA RAHBAR is a teacher, healer, minister, master intuitive, and singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, where she has built her life on the pillars of spiritual devotion, service, and artistry. She is working on her forthcoming book, MIRACULOUS SILENCE, which already has testimonials from Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, and Sheryl Crow, among others. It is a journey into the sacred space of prayer and healing; both practical meditation and prayer guide.

STEVEN RAICHLEN is a multi-award-winning author, journalist and cooking teacher, and currently hosts the popular PBS show Primal Grill. He has won five James Beard awards for his cookbooks, has written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit, and has appeared on numerous television programs including Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and The View. His first novel, set in Chappaquiddick, is ISLAND APART, a wonderful story of love and the healing power of food.

J.R. RAIN is the author of the popular Samantha Moon series, Jim Knighthorse series, and Vampire for Hire series.

RICHARD RAPPORT, M.D., is a practicing neurosurgeon, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington, and an award-winning essayist. He is the author of a biography of physician Paul Beeson, as well as NERVE ENDINGS: THE DISCOVERY OF THE SYNAPSE, which details the discovery of neurons and how understanding the ways a synapse transmits information leads to diagnosing illness.

A.J. RATHBUN is a kitchen, housewares and entertainment editor at and the author of DARK SPIRITS; PARTY DRINKS!; PARTY SNACKS!; WINE COCKTAILS; and LUSCIOUS LIQUEURS, and the definitive cocktail book, GOOD SPIRITS. His forthcoming books include DOUBLE TAKE; BEHIND THE BAR; and an untitled poetry collection about imbibing.

LIZ RAZIN is currently a partner at international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy New York. Previously she was VP at Saatchi & Saatchi and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in psychology. Her first book is SHE’S GONE BRIDAL!: A 9-STEP PROGRAM FOR DEALING WITH YOUR BRIDE FROM HELL, a guide for single women coping with a best friend/roommate/little sister who has entered the “Bridal Dimension.”

TINA REBER is the author of the bestselling Love series that began with LOVE UNSCRIPTED and LOVE UNREHEARSED following the rollercoaster romance of Taryn, a level-headed bartender trying to get by in small town Rhode Island and the mega-handsome, mega superstar Ryan Christensen.  Other projects include two new series: TheTrent Brothers and The Nevari Warriors.

ROSS RECK, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned consultant whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling book THE WIN-WIN NEGOTIATOR has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into four languages. His most recent title is THE X-FACTOR: GETTING EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FROM ORDINARY PEOPLE.

J.A. REDMERSKI is the author of the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling New Adult romance novels, THE EDGE OF NEVER and THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, THE SONG OF THE FIREFLIES, and THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO.  Her fantasy books include DIRTY EDEN and the Darkwoods trilogy.  She’s also the author of the romantic suspense series In the Company of Killers, which began with KILLING SARAI.

An Air Force veteran and oral historian, J. RACHEL REED is the author of the forthcoming K9 KOREA: THE SILENT SENTRIES OF THE FORGOTTEN WAR, about the 8125th Sentry Dog Detachment, a group of courageous soldiers and devoted dogs who served bravely in the Korean War and were cruelly separated at its end.

NICOLE REES is a pastry chef who has worked at Chocolatier and Pastry Arts & Design magazines. She is the former test kitchen director at Woman’s World. Well-grounded in both basic nutrition and cooking science, publishing articles on food science, nutrition and health-related issues, Nicole is the author of the reference book, THE BAKER’S MANUAL, and the accessible baker’s resource, BAKING, UNPLUGGED.

DR. LEE REICHMAN is the author, with Janice Hopkins Tanne, of TIMEBOMB, which chronicles the frightening emergence of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. He is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Medical School’s National Tuberculosis Center, widely considered the world’s leading TB research facility.

KIMBERLY REINER is the owner of the popular candy company Momma Reiner’s Fudge and has a weekly blog and recipe column with Jenna Sanz-Agero on Together they are known as the Sugar Mommas, and their first book is SUGAR, SUGAR, which features old-fashioned sugar recipes paired with lively histories of the treats and creators who brought them to life.

DON RENEAU is a Chicago-based writer and editor, now working on his second project with a doctor at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He freelances for the Communications Office at the Medical Center, writing pieces meant for a popular readership. He also works with academics in the social sciences, both as a writer and developmental editor. He is the translator of a number of works from the German, concentrating mainly in history and various types of theory. He has worked in film and writes fiction.

GLEN RETIEF is an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. The winner of numerous awards, including the AWP Intro Journals Award for Creative Nonfiction, Glen has been published extensively, including in Virginia Quarterly ReviewMassachusetts Review, and New Contrast. Before becoming a writer and professor, Glen worked as a human rights researcher, adult educator, needle exchange advocate, and high school English teacher. His memoir, THE JACK BANK, tells of his childhood growing up in South Africa.

ELIZABETH REYES is the author of several popular romance series including The Moreno Brothers, which began with FOREVER MINE,5th Street, which began with NOAH, and Fate, which began with the novel of the same name. She is also the author of the addictive and steamy DESERT HEAT.

ABIGAIL REYNOLDS is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. She is the author of several novels, including a modern-day tale inspired by Pride and Prejudice, THE MAN WHO LOVED PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and one inspired by Persuasion, MORNING LIGHT.  She also writes a series of Pride and Prejudice variations including MR FITZWILLIAM DARCY: THE LAST MAN IN THE WORLD, MR DARCY’S OBSESSION, TO CONQUER MR DARCY, WHAT WOULD MR DARCY DO?, MR DARCY’S UNDOING, BY FORCE OF INSTINCT, MR DARCY’S LETTER, and a collection of stories entitled A PEMBERLEY MEDLEY.

MICHAEL REYNOLDS is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Playboy, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek, as well as on television shows such as 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. Working for Reuters, he broke the story on Aileen Wuornos’s killing spree in 1989 and 1990, on which he based his first book DEAD ENDS. He is currently at work on a book on the Religious Right, conservative politics, and the 2008 presidential election entitled BAD FAITH.

JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the author of the modern classic VOODOO DREAMS, a novel about famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as well as VOODOO SEASON, YELLOW MOON, and HURRICANE: A NOVEL, which follow Marie Laveau’s modern day descendant. She is also the author of MAGIC CITY, a novel about the race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the early 20th century. DOUGLASS WOMEN is a fictional account of Frederick Douglass and the two women who loved him. Her nonfiction works include FREE WITHIN OURSELVES, and PORCH STORIES: A GRANDMOTHERS GUIDE TO HAPPINESS. Her debut middle grade novel, NINTH WARD, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, was a Coretta Scott King Book Honor winner, and she’s written three other critically acclaimed novels: SUGAR, BAYOU MAGIC, and most recently, TOWERS FALLING.

CHRIS RIBACK has worked as a journalist for ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS Sports, and 20/20. His writings on government and politics have been published in numerous newspapers nationwide, and he is the co-author, with Taegan Goddard, of YOU WON, NOW WHAT?: HOW AMERICANS CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FROM CITY HALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

RENÉE RICHARDS, M.D., successfully sued the US Tennis Association after they barred her from participating in tournaments following the discovery of her sexual reassignment surgery in the 1970s. In her memoir, NO WAY RENÉE, she tells of the 30 years since she became famous for fighting for transsexual rights and her experiences as a woman, her continuing work as a renowned ophthalmologist, and her relationship with her son.

AKASHA RICHMOND has devoted most of her life to her passion for using healthy and organic ingredients in mainstream cooking. She is known as the “chef to the stars” for her work in Hollywood as a private chef and caterer. She is the author of THE ART OF TOFU, has a monthly trends column in Vegetarian Times, and is the national spokesperson for White Waves’ Silk Soy Milk. Her latest cookbook is HOLLYWOOD DISH: MORE THAN 150 DELICIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FROM HOLLYWOOD‘S CHEF TO THE STARS.

CAROLINE RICHMOND is a young adult author whose debut novel, THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, combined alternate history with magic and whose follow-up, THE DARKEST HOUR, is a YA spy thriller.

DAVID RICKETTS has worked in the Food Department of Family Circle and has appeared in or contributed to many other publications such as Cooking Light, Fitness, Shape, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Reader’s Digest. His book, EAT TO BEAT PROSTATE CANCER, was inspired by his own successful battle with the disease.

ERICA RIDLEY learned to read when she was four, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Over the course of her school years, she graduated from self-illustrated stories written in crayon to dramatic sagas filling reams of spiral notebooks. Now a web developer with her own company, she is the author of the paranormal Regency romances TOO WICKED TO KISS and TOO SINFUL TO DENY, as well as the novella NEVER BEEN BITTEN from BORN TO BITE.  Her novella LET IT SNOW appeared in the anthology ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, and her MIDWINTER MAGIC appeared in TIS THE SEASON.  She is also the author of a comedic romance called CHARMED.

JAMES RILEY is the author of the Half Upon a Time series. His most recent work is the New York Times bestselling The Story Thieves series, which follows the adventures of non-fictional Owen, his half-fictional friend, Bethany, who can travel in and out of books, and the famous boy wizard they find in one of these books, Kiel Gnomenfoot. James is currently at work on the next novel is the series.

MARY RISLEY founded Tante Marie’s Cooking School in 1973. She was awarded the Cooking Teacher of the Year award from Bon Appétit magazine, as well as the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation for her work to alleviate hunger. She has also taught as a guest instructor at many schools and gourmet cookware shops across the country and has been featured on various television programs. Her first cookbook is THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK.

MICHELLE A. RIVERA is a humane educator and the founder and executive director of Animals 101, Inc., a Floridanon-profit organization. Her books include HOSPICE HOUNDS: ANIMALS AND HEALING AT THE BORDERS OF DEATH; CANINES IN THE CLASSROOM: RAISING HUMANE CHILDREN THROUGH ANIMAL INTERACTIONS; THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN SLOW COOKER; and DO DOGS HAVE BELLY BUTTONS?: ANSWERS TO THE 100+ MOST COMMONLY ASKED CANINE QUESTIONS. She has been published in The Latham Letter, Veterinary Technician magazine and Animal Sheltering magazine.

SUSAN ROANE, a.k.a., “The Mingling Maven,” is a sought-after speaker and the bestselling author of HOW TO WORK A ROOM: THE SECRETS OF SAVVY NETWORKING and WHAT DO I SAY NEXT?;HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK. Her most recent book FACE TO FACE, which teaches readers how to integrate online communication techniques into their offline lives.

C.J. ROBERTS served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and traveled the world. She is the author of The Dark Duet series, including CAPTIVE IN THE DARK and SEDUCED IN THE DARK. Her stories have been included in two anthologies to date: SOME LIKE IT BI and SIN CITY. She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have one beautiful daughter.

JAN ROBERTS-DOMINGUEZ is a newspaper food columnist and the author of THE MUSTARD BOOK and, most recently, THE ONION BOOK. She is also a talented artist whose illustrations appear in both her books.

JON ROBERTSON is the managing editor of Venture Inward magazine and a former senior editor and writer for A.R.E. Press. He is the author of several books, including APOCALYPSE CHOW!, a clever collection of anecdotes, tips and delicious recipes (from his wife, Robin Robertson) to use when faced with a power outage. His next book is FIRE & LIGHT, about one man’s search for the Spirit of God.

ROBIN ROBERTSON is a chef, cooking teacher, speaker, and a vegan food expert. She is the author of numerous books on vegetarian and vegan subjects, including QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN, THE VEGETARIAN MEAT & POTATOES COOKBOOK, VEGAN PLANET, FRESH FROM THE VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER. She is also the co-author, with her husband, Jon Robertson, of APOCALYPSE CHOW. She is the author of the definitive resource on vegan cooking: 1,000 VEGAN RECIPES. Her most recent titles include VEGAN ON THE CHEAP, QUICK-FIX VEGAN, ONE-DISH VEGAN, and FRESH FROM THE VEGAN SLOW COOKER. Upcoming is VEGANIZE IT!, offering creative homemade vegan recipes from scratch.

K.A. ROBINSON’s Torn is a series of New Adult romances that chronicle the story of Chloe and Logan, two college students with dark pasts who are inexplicably drawn to one another. She is also the author of the Shattered Ties series and BREAKING ALEXANDRIA. Robinson currently lives in West Virginia with her son and husband.

DAN ROCHE, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers Workshop, is the author of LOVE’S LABORS: A MEMOIR OF A FIRST MARRIAGE. The book chronicles one man’s experience with a “starter marriage” and his search for a new definition of the institution itself. His latest is GREAT EXPECTATION: A FATHER’S DIARY, about a man’s perspective on what it means to start and expand a family relatively later in life.

ALICIA ROCKMORE, a former accountant and marketing expert, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives. She and company co-founder Sarah P. Welch are the authors of EVERYTHING (ALMOST) IN ITS PLACE. Her most recent project, also written with Welch, is PRETTY NEAT: GET ORGANIZED AND LET GO OF PERFECTION.

ANNE ROCKWELL is an author and illustrator whose name is well known to everyone who brings young children and books together—parents, booksellers, teachers, and librarians around the world. Her work has won countless awards and includes WELCOME TO KINDERGARTENHERE COMES THE NIGHTBIG WHEELSTHE TOOLBOX, MY PRESCHOOLBIG GEORGE, and TRUCK STOP. Her most recent novels are LIBRARY DAY, and LETS GO TO THE HARDWARE STORE, MY SPRING ROBIN, and her historical picture book, A SPY CALLED JAMES.

MICHAEL VAN ROOYEN, MD, MPH, is the co-founder and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a multidisciplinary center at Harvard University that is dedicated to relieving suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response. He is also a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and the vice chairman of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Over the past twenty-five years, he has served as an emergency physician in conflict zones and disaster areas in more thirty countries including Bosnia, Chad, Darfur-Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, North Korea, Rwanda, and Somalia. His book, THE WORLD’S EMERGENCY ROOM:  A Life in Humanitarian Medicine is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.

DR. LARRY ROSEN is a professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist, computer educator and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.” He has been awarded numerous federal and local grants, including over $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the study and treatment of technophobia, and has been honored twice as one of the Outstanding Professors in the California State University system. He is the author of TECHNOSTRESS; ME, MYSPACE AND I; REWIRED; and iDISORDER, launched with a front page USA Today article. He is now working, with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, on a book that will bridge the gap between the psychology and brain science of technology entitled THE DISTRACTED MIND.

BARRY ROSENBERG and CATHERINE MACAULAY are the writing team behind MAVERICKS OF THE SKY, a riveting nonfiction account of the early pilots of the U.S. Air Mail Service. Barry is a long-time journalist specializing in aviation, technology, and issues of national defense. Catherine is a former newspaper reporter and columnist who writes about nature and the environment.

DAVID ROSNER is an award-winning former Newsday sportswriter whose work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time, Sport, and Sporting News. He was most recently the managing editor of Neurology Now magazine and is the co-author of THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED NHL HISTORY. He has helped launch WeMedia, a leading multimedia company serving millions of Americans with disabilities. His latest book is THE CONCUSSION CRISIS, written with Linda Carroll, which explores the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury. He is currently at work on BOTH THE KINGS HORSES about the incredibly compelling saga of Affirmed and Alydar, two thoroughbreds whose rivalry was unmatched in the Sport of Kings, also Linda Carroll.

BENJAMIN ROSS was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit for 15 years, which grew under his leadership into the nation’s largest grass-roots transit advocacy group. He is a consultant on environmental problems and served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and EPA Science Advisory Board. He writes frequently on political and social topics in Dissent magazine and is the author of THE POLLUTERS: THE MAKING OF OUR CHEMICALLY ALTERED ENVIRONMENT. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University.  His latest book is DEADEND.

BERNADETTE ROSSETTI-SHUSTAK is the author of the million-copy-plus selling I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH, a board book for babies and toddlers.

The late JUDGE HAROLD ROTHWAX was on the bench during some of the most notorious trials in recent history. GUILTY: THE COLLAPSE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE is his indictment of the justice system.

MICHELLE ROWEN is a self-confessed bibliophile, reality TV junkie, the proud owner of an evil cat named Nikita, and the prolific author of the paranormal romance series Immortality Bites which includes BITTEN AND SMITTEN; FANGED AND FABULOUS; LADY AND THE VAMP; STAKES & STILLETOS; and TALL, DARK & FANGSOME. That series also spawned the mystery spin-offs BLOOD BATH AND BEYOND; BLED AND BREAKFAST; and FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY. As Morgan Rhodes, Michelle is the author of the New York Times bestseller FALLING KINGDOMS, its sequels, REBEL SPRING; GATHERING DARKNESS; and FROZEN TIDES, as well as the spin-off A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES. Michelle is also the author of ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE; THE DEMON IN ME; SOMETHING WICKED; THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC; NIGHTSHADE; BLOODLUST. Her young adult novels include DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE; DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN CHECK; DARK KISS; WICKED KISS; and COUNTDOWN. For Harlequin Blaze, she authored HOT SPELL;TOUCH AND GO; and INEVITABLE.

LISA GOULD RUBIN has been a certified childbirth educator and doula since 1985 and an active member of Doulas of North America (DONA). She helped establish the doula program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and is the founder of the Good Birth Company, which specializes in training doulas. Her first book, written with Dr. Amen Ness and Jackie Frederick-Berner, is THE BIRTH THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.

LAUREN RUBIN is a former asset manager turned chef. She has worked at Union Pacific and Tribeca Grill, as well as in the food department of Good Housekeeping. She currently runs 2 Peas & A Pot, a catering company that offers cooking classes, with husband Phil Rubin. Their first cookbook is THE COMFORT OF APPLES.

PHIL RUBIN is co-owner, with wife Lauren Rubin, of 2 Peas & A Pot, a high-end catering company that has catered events for former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Gloria Steinem and others. Their first cookbook is THE COMFORT OF APPLES.

ANTHONY RUBINO is the author of LIFE LESSONS FROM ELVIS as well as two other “life lessons” books based on Melrose Place and The Brady Bunch. He is also the author of LIFE LESSONS FROM DOGS and LIFE LESSONS FROM CATS. His latest title is WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?

MARK RUDD was the leader of the 1968 Columbia University strike against racism and the Vietnam War, the last National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, and a founder of the Weather Underground. He spent seven and a half years as a fugitive after a bomb intended for a social dance at the army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey, exploded in a Greenwich Village townhouse. His memoir, UNDERGROUND: MY LIFE WITH SDS AND THE WEATHERMEN chronicles his experience during this turbulent period of American history.

SETH RUDETSKY is the popular Sirius radio host and Broadway showman whose first novel BROADWAY NIGHTS was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is the author of the YA novels MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN and THE RISE AND FALL OF A THEATER GEEK. This year he will be appearing on Broadway in a show he has also written, DISASTER!, a spoof of such 1970s Hollywood disaster epics as THE TOWERING INFERNO, EARTHQUAKE, and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE.

MARY JO RULNICK is a regular feature writer for Pittsburgh Parent magazine, as well as a greeting card writer, the creator of Women in History Productions, a company featuring dramatic portrayals of historical women’s lives, and editor of a publication for senior citizens. She is the author, with Judith Burnett Schneider, of a book that all women can relate to: THE FRANTIC WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIFE. Her new book is THE FRANTIC WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FEEDING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

BETH MARGOLIS RUPP is the Director of the Institute for Service Learning at Gratz College, where she focuses on the augmentation of academic programs with programs that foster social activism and self-awareness. Her latest book is THE LAST BOYS PICKED, written with Janet Edgette, a book about how to encourage young boys who face discrimination because they are not interested or do not have a talent for sports.

ALLISON RUSHBY is the Australian author of IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME, ALLMENAREBASTARDS.COM, FRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAILS, HATING VALENTINE’S DAY, THE DAIRY QUEEN and the Living Blonde Trilogy. Next up for Allison is THE INNER GENTLEMAN in which a rough footballer is taught some manners and finds some love.

HERMAN J. RUSSELL, the founder and former chief executive officer of H. J. Russell and Company is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist, and Atlantacivic leader. A self-made man who grew up in a blue-collar family, he is recognized as one of the wealthiest African Americans in the United States. He is the author of BUILDING ATLANTA: THE STORY OF A CITY, AND A NATION CHANGED.

MARY DORIA RUSSELL is a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. She is the author of THE SPARROW, a remarkable first novel about a failed Jesuit mission to another planet, and CHILDREN OF GOD, its sequel. She has also written A THREAD OF GRACE, a historical novel that tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during WWII. She is the author of DREAMERS OF THE DAY, which begins with the 1918 flu pandemic and follows a fascinating cast of characters through some of the most pivotal events of the last century. Her latest book, DOC, a novel about Doc Holliday, the famous gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West, has been optioned for television by HBO. She is currently at work on a new novel, EPITAPH, the sequel to DOC.

JASON RYAN is a journalist living in South Carolina. After graduating from Georgetown University with a business degree he wiped the slate clean, moving to South Carolina to begin work as a newspaper reporter. He worked at the Beaufort Gazette for two years before being hired by The State newspaper, where he covered politics, business and breaking news in South Carolina’s capital, Columbia. JACKPOT, a narrative nonfiction account of a colorful ring of “gentleman smugglers” who became the target of one of the biggest national anti-drug operations, is his first book.

KENDALL RYAN is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary romance novels, including UNRAVEL ME, HARD TO LOVE, and the Love By Design series, which began with WORKING IT, about straight-laced southerner Emmy Clark, who falls for male model Ben Shaw when she moves to New York City to work at a modeling agency.  Her New Adult books include THE IMPACT OF YOU and WHEN I BREAK, the first in a series.

KEVIN RYAN is the president of The Executive Writer, a business-writing training company, and has been a writing instructor and freelance writer for more than 15 years. His clients include American Express, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, United Way, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, PC Magazine, and the Iowa Review. Kevin is the former co-editor of Quarterly West magazine and taught writing for more than eight years at the University of Utah. His first book is WRITE UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, a guide for business people who want to improve their writing skills.

TERESA LEYUNG RYAN was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco. She reclaimed her Chinese heritage while writing her first novel, LOVE MADE OF HEART, about a young Chinese-American woman’s search for herself following her mother’s emotional breakdown. She is very involved in the writing community of the Bay area. Teresa is a manuscript consultant and career coach for writers.




ROB SACHS has been working for National Public Radio since 2000 as a producer, reporter, and director for shows such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day. He has produced interviews with guests ranging from Bono to Bill Clinton. His first book is WHAT WOULD ROB DO?, a clever and comical advice book focusing on embarrassing, challenging, and humiliating scenarios drawing on his own personal experiences, based on his popular NPR podcast.

RACHEL SAFIER is a journalist who has written for magazines, television and the Internet. Since breaking off her engagement two weeks before her wedding day, she has become known on as the expert on cold feet and broken engagements. She is the author of THERE GOES THE BRIDE, written with Wendy Roberts, LCSW, a self-help guide for women calling off their weddings; MR. RIGHT NOW: WHEN DATING IS BETTER THAN SAYING “I DO”; and BOY MEETS GIRL, a collection of charming accounts of people from all walks of life meeting “the one.”

ELAINE ST. JAMES is a bestselling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and simplicity guru. Her titles include SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE; INNER SIMPLICITY; LIVING THE SIMPLE LIFE; SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WITH KIDS; SIMPLIFY YOUR CHRISTMAS; SIMPLIFY YOUR WORK LIFE; 365 SIMPLE REMINDERS and several companion “little books.”

SUSANNA SALK is the Special Projects Editor at House & Garden magazine and the author of A PRIVILEGED LIFE: CELEBRATING WASP STYLE and WEEKEND RETREATS, a gorgeous full-color book about the getaway homes of the wealthy. Her latest books are A ROOM OF THEIR OWN, about decorating children’s bedrooms, and a savvy decorating guide, BE YOUR OWN DECORATOR. She is currently at work on her newest book, DECORATE FEARLESSLY.

KATE SAMELA MS, RD, CSP has been a Registered Dietitian for eleven years and is board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, she spent the next ten years of her career working with children of all ages prescribing nutrition therapy and counseling families on feeding and nutrition; During this time she found a passion for teaching, and has taught the topic of pediatric nutrition to hundreds of medical, nutrition, and nursing students throughout the east coast at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as an adjunct professor at New York University College of Education,  Hunter College in New York City, University of Connecticut, St. Joseph’s College, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her first book, GIVE PEAS A CHANCE: THE FOOLPROOF GUIDE TO FEEDING YOUR PICKY TODDLER, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks.

SUSAN SANTUCCI is a writer, public speaker and mediation teacher who has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. She is the author of two books on spirituality: CONVERGING PATHS and PATHWAYS TO THE SPIRIT.

JENNA SANZ-AGERO is an entertainment attorney, songwriter, and the former president of the independent film production company Media 8 Entertainment. She has a popular weekly blog and recipe column on with Kimberley Reiner. Together they are known as the Sugar Mommas, and their first book is SUGAR, SUGAR, which features old-fashioned sugar recipes paired with lively histories of the treats and creators who brought them to life.

ARAM SAROYAN is an internationally known poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. His books include GENESIS ANGELS: THE SAGA OF LEW WELCH AND THE BEAT GENERATION; LAST RITES, a book about the death of his father; TRIO: PORTRAIT OF AN INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP; a memoir, FRIENDS IN THE WORLD: THE EDUCATION OF A WRITER; and the true crime Literary Guild selection RANCHO MIRAGE: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY OF MANNERS, MADNESS AND MURDER. His novel THE ROMANTIC was a Los Angeles Times Book Review Critics’ Choice selection. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts poetry awards and a current faculty member of the Masters of Professional Writing Program at USC. His most recent publication is DOOR TO THE RIVER: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS.

LEN SAUNDERS has been distinguished as a leader in the field of children’s health and fitness for over twenty-five years. He has won awards at the local, state, and national levels for his efforts to reduce childhood obesity. He has been a guest speaker at universities, as well as state and national conventions, and a consultant to The President’s Council On Physical Fitness & Sports. Most recently, he became an American Heart Association expert spokesperson on the issue of childhood obesity and childhood fitness. He is the author of KEEPING KIDS FIT.

RACHEL SAUNDERS is the owner and founder of Blue Chair Fruit, a jam company specializing in rare and unusual sustainably farmed fruits in Oakland, California. She has worked with food her entire life and has held positions at many of the best food establishments of the San Francisco Bay Area, including Tartine Bakery, Myth Restaurant, Myth Café, Ici Ice Cream, and Pizzaiolo. Her latest is THE BLUE CHAIR JAM COOKBOOK, and she is currently at work on its follow-up, BLUE CHAIR COOKS: MORNING, NOON & NIGHT, a cookbook of 150 original recipes, a mix of savory and sweet.
J. SCOTT SAVAGE is the author of the Case File 13 series, which follows the adventures of three monster-obsessed boys as they solve the ghoulish mysteries around town throughout four books: ZOMBIE KID, MAKING THE TEAM, EVIL TWINS, and CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S UNCLE. He is also the author of the Farworld series, and lives in Utah with his wife and children. He is currently working on EMBERS OF DESTRUCTION, the third book of a new fantasy adventure series, Mysteries of Cove.

MARIE SAVARD, M.D. is a nationally known internist, women’s health expert, champion for patient’s rights, and a Medical Contributor to ABC News. She is the author of HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, as well as THE SAVARD HEALTH RECORD, and THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS: THE APPLES AND PEARS APPROACH TO LOSING WEIGHT, LIVING LONGER, AND FEELING HEALTHIER, with Carol Svec. Her most recent book, with Sondra Forsyth, is ASK DR. MARIE, an informative and entertaining guide to women’s health that combines snappy, on-point opinions with hard core facts about sex, libido, hormones, and other medical facts of life.

FRANK SCATONI and PETE FORNATALE are the authors of the fun and clever WHO CAN IT BE NOW? THE LYRICS GAME THAT TAKES YOU BACK TO THE ’80s…ONE LINE AT A TIME and SAY ANYTHING, the ’80s movie-quote game.

BRANDY SCHILLACE, Ph.D.  is an interdisciplinary scholar, medical historian and novelist, who writes about history of science and intersections of medicine and literature. She works as research associate and guest curator at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, as well as managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (medical anthropology). Her work at the museum provides immediate access to the artifacts and medical books of the Victorian era, while her expanded network of museum colleagues ensures access to other materials of interest. Recent published books include a cultural history of grief, DEATH’S SUMMER COAT and UNNATURAL REPRODUCTIONS AND MONSTROSITY. Dr. Schillace writes reviews for the Huffington Post and an advice column for InsideHigherEd. She gives a number of public talks each year, making the history of medicine relevant and accessible to non-academic, mixed audiences.

SUZANNE SCHLOSBERG is a widely regarded health, nutrition and parenting writer and former senior editor at Shape, where she has served as the magazine’s Weight Loss Q&A columnist for over a decade. She is also the author or co-author of numerous lifestyle titles including THE ULTIMATE DIET LOG; THE ESSENTIAL BREASTFEEDING LOG: A FEEDINGS TRACKER; BABY SLEEP RECORD AND WEIGHT-LOSS DIARY FOR NURSING MOMS; THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT LOG; WEIGHT TRAINING FOR DUMMIES; FITNESS FOR DUMMIES; and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR COOKBOOK, co-authored with Sara Quessenberry. Her nutrition, health, and fitness articles have appeared in Health, Cooking Light, Weight Watchers, Real Simple, and Brides, among others. She is also a frequent contributor to Parents, Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy. Her memoir is THE CURSE OF THE SINGLES TABLE: A TRUE STORY OF 1001 NIGHTS WITHOUT SEX. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including MORE SAND IN MY BRA and UNBUTTONED. Her latest books are NOT JUST ANOTHER WORKOUT LOG, a new and updated edition of her perennial classic, THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT LOG, and IT’S NO ACCIDENT with Dr. Steve Hodges.

JUDITH BURNETT SCHNEIDER, M.S., worked as a Research Organic Chemist for a Fortune 500 corporation. Her essays have appeared in technical journals, the mainstream market and in standardized reading tests. She also runs a successful editing/critiquing firm. She is the author, with Mary Jo Rulnick, of the very necessary and practical THE FRANTIC WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIFE.

ED SCHOENFELD is a noted food authority, restaurant creator and operator, trendsetter and master chef. His career began at the top, working with famed Chinese chef Lo Huey Yen, and later opening New York’s famed Uncle Tai’s Hunan Yuan, which received a four-star review in the New York Times. Since then he’s opened several popular restaurants, including Café Marimba, Pig Heaven, and Vince and Eddie’s. He is currently working on his first book.

ZELL SCHULMAN is a radio and television personality, a grandmother of six, and the author of SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR PASSOVER and LET MY PEOPLE EAT, which not only offers a step-by-step guide to the Seder dinner but also Seder menus to suit your religious background, diet, budget, and time.

HOWARD SCHULTZ joined Starbucks in 1982 and became its Chairman and CEO in 1987. He is the author, with Dori Jones Yang, of POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT: HOW STARBUCKS BUILT A COMPANY ONE CUP AT A TIME.

BARB SCHWARZ is internationally known as the creator of Home Staging, is the president, and hosts a weekly radio show in Seattle, Staging Life with Barb. She is the author of HOME STAGING: THE WINNING WAY TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE MONEY and BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL HOME STAGING BUSINESS.

JOAN SCHWARTZ is an accomplished writer who has co-authored cookbooks with some of the biggest names in the food business, including Bobby Flay, Debra Ponzek, Antoine Bouterin, and Joel Patraker. Her most recent collaboration, with Matthew Kenney, is BIG CITY COOKING. On her own, she is the author of MACARONI & CHEESE: 52 RECIPES FROM SIMPLE TO SUBLIME and its follow-up, MEAT AND POTATOES.

RUPERT SCOFIELD author of HUMANITARIANS AT THE GATE: SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE CUTTHROAT WORLD OF THE NOT-FOR PROFIT is the President and CEO of global microfinance organization FINCA International. He is an agricultural economist with 30 years of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and the Greater Middle East. Mr. Scofield co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch and has served as its President and CEO since 1994. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to a true global presence with over 700,000 clients across five continents and a loan portfolio of more than $300 million. As an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a frequent keynote speaker, Mr. Scofield seeks to inspire the next generation of microfinance leaders. Prior to FINCA, Mr. Scofield served as the CEO of Rural Development Services, a consulting firm, and as country program director of the AFL-CIO’s Labor Program in El Salvador.

MINDI SCOTT is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of the young adult novels FREEFALL and LIVE THROUGH THIS. Her next novel is FAR FROM US, a collaboration with Michelle Andreani.

STEPHEN B. SEAGER, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, a former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and a multiply published author. His work has been featured on national television and radio shows including Oprah, GMA, NPR, and Larry King, among others. His latest book, BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: A YEAR WITH THE CRIMINALLY INSANE, is forthcoming.

SHAWNA SEED is a writer and editor whose career has taken her to both coasts and several spots in between, working for publications ranging from the Dallas Morning News to  Originally from Kansas, she’s lived in seven states and every continental U.S. time zone. She and her husband now call Dallas home.  Her books include IDENTITY, a suspense novel set on the Texas Gulf Coast, and NOT IN TIME, a mystery about looted art. Her next project is called BOYS I HAVE DATED.

MARC SEGAN is an inventor who has created hundreds of toys and commercial products, from Hallmark’s first musical greeting card to Fisher Price’s Triple Arcade game table. He holds more than 40 patents, is a co-founder of Quadlogic Controls Corporation, and President of the Board of New York Stage & Film Company. Most recently, he has worked on, with co-author John Forster, THE BSAT OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE: 250 QUESTIONS YOU’LL NEVER SEE ON THE SAT.

SARAH BAMFORD SEIDELMANN  M.D. is a fourth generation physician turned Shamanic healer and Life Coach and lives with her husband and four children in Duluth, MN near the shores of Lake Superior. She loves to inspire humans to connect with the messages of the Beasties so they can live courageously and enthusiastically. Her memoir, SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS, is forthcoming.

SUZANNE SELFORS is a native of the Pacific Northwest and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Washington. Her books include the oddly delightful middle grade novels TO CATCH A MERMAID and FORTUNES MAGIC FARM, as well as the Smells Like Dog series. Her young adult novels SAVING JULIET, COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL, MAD LOVE, and THE SWEETEST SPELL, are known for their comedy, romance, and heart. Her most recent book is THE FAIRY SWARM, which is the sixth book of The Imaginary Veterinary series. The series follows two ordinary kids from a small town as they encounter with a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. She is currently working on SLEEPOVER SURPRISE, a middle grade novel about a young girl who’s sleepover for the popular girls turns into a party of misfits. She is also the author of the bestselling Ever After High (A School Story) series, which follows the school lives of the children of everyone’s favorite fairytale characters.

JONATHAN SELWOOD was born and raised in Hollywood, California. He received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in New York and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His first novel is THE PINBALL THEORY OF THE APOCALYPSE.

N.H. SENZAI writes for children and young adults. Her first middle grade novel was SHOOTING KABUL, which tells the story of an Afghani family fleeing to the United States just before the events of September 11, 2001. She is also the author of SAVING KABUL CORNER, about a decades old family feud from the old country that threatens to destroy the families’ news lives in America. Her most recent novel for middle grade readers, TICKET TO INDIA, is a contemporary novel about the Great Partition. She is currently at work on another middle grade novel, ESCAPE TO ALEPPO.

LEE SERVER is a bestselling writer and biographer who specializes in American cinema. His first two books, AVA GARDNER: LOVE IS NOTHING and ROBERT MITCHUM: BABY, I DONT CARE, were a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and an LA Times Book of the Year, respectively. He is currently at work on a new biography.

JOAN SEWELL is the author of the laugh-out-loud funny memoir, I’D RATHER EAT CHOCOLATE: LEARNING TO LOVE MY LOW LIBIDO. She has a master’s degree in philosophy and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.

GEORGE SHAFFNER is a consultant specializing in sales strategy for technology companies in the Silicon Valley. He is the author of THE ARITHMETIC OF LIFE. His first novel is IN THE LAND OF SECOND CHANCES, introducing traveling “salesman” Vernon Moore, who tries to sell hope to the residents of Ebb, Nebraska. In the second book in the series, ONE PART ANGEL, Vernon is peddling charity. His newest book is THE WIDOWS OF EDEN, where once again, Vernon makes his rounds; this time he’s selling faith.

SARAH BOWEN SHEA is a writer, athlete, and contributing editor for Shape, Runner’s World, and Fit Pregnancy. She has written for the New York Times, Glamour, Health, Parenting, American Baby, Real Simple, Women’s Health, Men’sHealth and SELF, among others. She is the author of RUN LIKE A MOTHER, a running guide for moms, with Dimity McDowell. Her most recent books are THE ESSENTIAL BREASTFEEDING LOG with Suzanne Schlosberg and TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER, a follow-up to her successful first book with McDowell.

MADELINE SHEEHAN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Holy Trinity Trilogy and Undeniable series. Homegrown in Buffalo, New York, Madeline resides there with her husband and son.

JUDGE GERALD SHEINDLIN is a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court who, in 1989, presided over the first case to involve the admissibility of DNA evidence. He is also a former People’s Court television judge. He is the author, with Catherine Whitney, of BLOOD TRAIL: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES SOLVED BY DNA DETECTIVES.

JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN is television’s beloved Judge Judy whose top rated syndicated show is watched by millions. Her first book, DON’T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT’S RAINING, co-authored with Josh Getlin of the Los Angeles Times, is a prescriptive and controversial look at how the legal system affects families. She is also the author of BEAUTY FADES, DUMB IS FOREVER and KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID, both New York Times bestsellers. With Bob Tore, she has written two children’s books, WIN OR LOSE BY HOW YOU CHOOSE and YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Her new website, What Would Judy Say, features biweekly videos on topics as diverse as retirement and marriage that invite readers to share their own ideas.

Major General DON SHEPPERD, USAF (Ret.), is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc., where he performs independent consulting on defense, strategic planning, and information technology preparation of executive teams for the 21st century. He retired in 1998 from the Pentagon where he served as head of the Air National Guard. He is currently a military analyst for CNN and a writer providing military commentary for ABC radio in Phoenix, New York, and Baltimore. With Rick Newman, he is the author of BURY US UPSIDE DOWN: THE MISTY PILOTS, THE VIETNAM WAR, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL.

KRIS SHERER is a freelance writer and chef who studied at L’Ecole des Arts Culinaires et l’Hotellerie de Lyon. She served a year-long stint as the office assistant to celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, and she is also the co-author of his debut cookbook, FLAVOR.

ALEXA JOY SHERMAN is a former senior editor at Shape and the popular teen magazine Jump. Her first book, THE HAPPY HOOK-UP, written with Nicole Tocantins, is a comprehensive guide to casual sex.

SHIRLEY SHERROD is the former Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture who resigned from her post in a high-profile story following a false charge of reverse racism. She played an important role in the civil rights movement during her college years, and she now lectures nationally and vigorously promotes empowerment strategies for economically and socially disadvantaged people. Her memoir, THE COURAGE TO HOPE, tells the story of her resignation and its aftermath.

BARBARA SIBLEY and MARGARITTE MALFY are the authors of the cookbook, ANTOJITOS, a collection of Mexican small bites, drinks, and desserts. Barbara and Margaritte own two branches of the popular and critically-praised La Palapa Cocina Mexicana.

JUDITH P. SIEGEL, Ph.D., CSW, is an associate professor at New York University’s Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and a marriage and family therapist in private practice. A recognized expert in her field, she is the author of two academic books and numerous articles on marital dynamics and marriage therapy, as well as the trade title WHAT CHILDREN LEARN FROM THEIR PARENTS’ MARRIAGE. Her latest book is STOP OVERREACTING.

RON SILVER, JR., is the owner and creator of Bubby’s Pie Company, and the renowned celebrity brunch spot Bubby’s in Tribeca. He is the author, with Jen Bervin, of BUBBY’S PIE COMPENDIUM, a comprehensive and authoritative guide to pie making. His latest title is BUBBY’S BRUNCH, which celebrates everyone’s favorite meal and the mainstay of his restaurants.

NINA SIMONDS is the author of A SPOONFUL OF GINGER; CLASSIC CHINESE CUISINE; CHINESE SEASONS; CHINA EXPRESS; ASIAN NOODLES; ASIAN WRAPS; and MOONBEAMS, DUMPLINGS AND DRAGON BOATS, a children’s book about Chinese folklore. She is a correspondent for Gourmet and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Her public television special, A Spoonful of Ginger: Food As Medicine, won the James Beard award for Best Television Cooking Special. Her popular SPICES OF LIFE: SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR GREAT HEALTH, won both the IACP and the James Beard Foundation Book Award for health. Her latest cookbook is SIMPLE ASIAN MEALS.

JONATHAN SMALL is a prolific journalist and author with a monthly column called “Ask Him Anything” in Cosmo, a weekly blog, “Diary of He”, that appears on Redbook’s website. He is also the co-author/collaborator of the bestselling LOVE SMART by Dr. Phil McGraw. He has worked or written for Glamour, Fitness, Child, the New York Times, and Maxim, among others. Jonathan has appeared as a guest on CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, UPN, and radio’s WOR and CBS News Radio in New York. Next year, he is scheduled to host his own call-in radio show, “He Said What?”, which will be syndicated in over 30 markets.

ALEXANDER SMALLS is an opera singer, author, guest speaker, chef, creator of “Southern Revival” cooking, restaurateur and event coordinator. He is the author of GRACE THE TABLE, a memoir-cookbook. He is currently at work on his next book, SOUTHERN SERENADE.

TOM SMART is an award-winning photojournalist. He served as photo editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City for 18 years and returned as a staff photographer in 2001. He is also a contract photographer for the New York Times and Getty Images. His latest book, IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE STARTLING TRUTH BEHIND THE ELIZABETH SMART INVESTIGATION, co-authored with Lee Benson, discusses in detail the 2003 kidnapping case of his niece Elizabeth Smart.

ANDREW SMITH is the author of GHOST MEDICINEIN THE PATH OF FALLING OBJECTS, THE MARBURY LENSSTICK, and WINGER, all of which have been on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Other works include PASSENGER, the sequel to MARBURY LENS; 100 SIDEWAYS MILES, which was long listed for the National Book Award; GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, a 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Winner of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and a Best Book of the Year at Kirkus and School Library Journal; and THE ALEX CROW, recipient of five starred reviews and was named one of the best YA novels of the year by Kirkus. His most recent novel, STAND-OFF, is a sequel to WINGER.

The late CARLTON SMITH was the co-author, with Tomas Guillen, of THE SEARCH FOR THE GREEN RIVER KILLER. He was also the author of BLOOD MONEY and DEATH OF A LITTLE PRINCESS, about the tragic case of Jon Benet Ramsey. In addition, he wrote many other true crime titles, including BITTER MEDICINE; DEATH IN TEXAS; DEATH OF A DOCTOR; BLOOD WILL TELL; RECKLESS; and THE BTK MURDERS. He was also the author of DEFENDING GARY, with Mark Prothero, who was the defense attorney for Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer; MIND GAMES: THE TRUE STORY OF A PSYCHOLOGIST, HIS WIFE, AND A BRUTAL MURDER; POISONED LOVE, about the 2003 murder of Kathy Augustine, allegedly by her husband, critical care nurse Chaz Higgs; and COLD AS ICE, about the Drew Peterson murder case. His last published title was DYING FOR LOVE, about the 2006 murder of Dr. John Yelenic, allegedly by his wife’s lover.

EMILY WING SMITH is a writer of young adult fiction, with a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. The winner of the David O. McKay essay contest, Emily’s work has been published in writing anthologies and has also appeared in popular magazines for children and young adults. THE WAY HE LIVED is her debut novel, and her sophomore novel is BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE. Her latest is a memoir for young adults, ALL BETTER NOW.

GREG B. SMITH, a journalist with the New YorkDaily News, has been an investigative reporter for nearly 20 years and has written for many newspapers across the country including the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Examiner. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and the author of MADE MEN, which exposes the story of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family, and MOB COPS: THE SHOCKING RISE AND FALL OF NEW YORK’S “MAFIA COPS.” His most recent book is NOTHING BUT MONEY: HOW GOOD PEOPLE WENT BAD ON WALL STREET, about the frenzied trading of the 1990s which led to ballooning criminal corporate fraud cases after the turn of the century.

Blogger and journalist MYCHAL DENZEL SMITH is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, a contributing writer for The Nation Magazine, as well as a contributor to and Salon. He has written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Root, theGrio, Think Progress, The Huffington Post, and has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, HuffPost Live, among others. Ebony Magazine featured him in their round-up of “What’s Next” in 2014 in the area of “Politics and Civil Rights.” In 2014, he was named to The Root 100, a list of the most influential African-Americans ages 25-45. His work has won praise from celebrated writers/journalists/public intellectuals, including Marc Lamont Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jeremy Scahill, Jessica Valenti, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Chris Hayes, Michael Eric Dyson, Janet Mock, Tayari Jones, Jelani Cobb, and more. His first book, INVISIBLE MAN: GOT THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHING published by Nation Books, is a New York Times bestseller.

NICHOLAS K. SMITH is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, his work has appeared in Esquire, GlobalPost, The Vienna Review, and Tucson Weekly, among others. He is the author of SOLE POWER: THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOES THAT CHANGED THE GAME AND OUR LIVES.

DR. ROBIN L. SMITH is a psychologist, motivational speaker, and favorite Oprah guest. Her #1 New York Times Bestseller LIES AT THE ALTAR: THE TRUTH ABOUT GREAT MARRIAGES shows every couple how to take the wedding vows they made in earnest and in innocence, and turn them into a promise to build a happy, healthy, satisfying and long-lasting marriage.

PHILIP SMUCKER is a long-time war correspondent whose coverage of conflicts in Burma, Cambodia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan has appeared in U.S. News, The Daily Telegraph, The Christian Science Monitor, and TheNew York Times among others and earned him three Pulitzer nominations. He is the author of AL QUEDA’S GREAT ESCAPE: THE MILITARY AND THE MEDIA ON TERROR’S TRAIL and MY BROTHER, MY ENEMY: AMERICA AND THE BATTLE OF IDEAS ACROSS THE ISLAMIC WORLD. He has appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, C-SPAN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The PBS News Hour among other media outlets. He is presently at work on RIDING WITH GEORGE: ON THE TRAIL OF AMERICA’S FIRST SPORTSMAN AND PRESIDENT forthcoming from Chicago Review Press.

EMILY SNAPE is the author/illustrator of several novelty books, including MOTOR-MIX and BABY SAYS “BALL!.” Her editorial clients include Nickelodeon, BBC, Nintendo, Nestle, and Colgate. She lives in London, England, and can be visited at

SETH ANNE SNIDER-COPELY and Linda Buch, both fitness professionals, are the authors of COMMERCIAL BREAK: THE COMPLETE COUCH POTATO’S GUIDE TO FITNESS, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

GARRETT SODEN, who has authored three business books and numerous magazine articles, is the author of FALLING: HOW OUR GREATEST FEAR BECAME OUR GREATEST THRILL. Mixing journalism, personal observation, history, and science, the book offers fascinating insights about a universal phenomenon.

ERIN SODERBERG lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three young children. She has written several books for teens and children, including the young readers series The Quirks. Erin is now working the adorable new series, Puppy Pirates, starring her own dog, Wally.

ANNE THOMAS SOFFEE has written for many music publications and held numerous jobs, from gas station attendant to voice dubber for kung fu movies. She is the author of SNAKE HIPS, a memoir about her experiences as a belly dancer, and NERD GIRL ROCKS PARADISE CITY, about her adventures and misadventures in the punk rock scene.

DAVID SOLIE is the medical director and CEO of Second Opinion Insurance Services, a boutique brokerage firm that handles the needs of impaired-risk, high-net-worth elderly individuals. He is the author of HOW TO SAY IT TO SENIORS: CLOSING THE COMMUNICATION GAP WITH OUR ELDERS.

SARA SOLOVITCH has had stories published in EsquireWiredOutside, and many other publications. She has been a staff reporter at several major newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has had numerous stories published in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Sara’s magazine stories have won national awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Education Association, and Genetic Alliance. Residing in Santa Cruz, California, Sara’s first book of narrative nonfiction is PLAYING SCARED: A HISTORY AND MEMIOR OF STAGE FRIGHT, an in-depth look at stage fright, spurred by the author’s interest in getting over her own performance anxiety as a pianist.

MARC SONGINI is a Boston-area journalist and author. He has written several books about New Englandand its history, including NEW ENGLAND’S MOST SENSATIONAL MURDERS and NEW ENGLAND’S MOST INGTRIGUING GANGSTERS, RASCALS, ROGUES, AND THIEVES. Songini is also the author of OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS, and his book reviews and other works have appeared in a number of publications, such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Book Review, and the Providence Journal. His latest book, BOSTON MOB, is forthcoming.

DAVID SOSNOWSKI’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Passages North, River City, The MacGuffin, and The Bridge. He is the author of RAPTURE, and, most recently, of VAMPED, an Anne Rice-meets-Nick Hornby tale about a vampire raising a human girl. He is currently working on a new novel entitled SURFACE TENSION, about Teddy Noland, born able to walk on water, who would just as soon forego his talent for one long, hot bath.

SABRINA SOTO began her career by working in her mother’s decorating business. That experience sparked a passion for design and honed a knack for creating beautiful spaces in any budget range. Along with her hosting and design duties on HGTV’s “Get it Sold,” Sabrina has enjoyed extensive exposure across the entire HGTV channel, guest hosting and appearing on various shows and specials.  Sabrina has been featured in TimeUSA TodayPeople en EspañolEsquire, and Latina. Her first book is HOME DESIGN, a step-by-step guide to creating a personalized and chic design in any home.

KATY SPARKS is the chef and former owner of Quilty’s. Her career has spanned many kitchens, including that of the Quilted Giraffe. Her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, was written with Andrea Strong.

LYNN SPENCER works as a professional airline pilot for Continental Express Airlines, where she flies an Embraer 145 Regional Jet. In her 11 years in aviation, she has worked as a flight instructor, flown corporately, and held a coveted position in the Flight Training department at Continental Express, where she instructed other airline pilots. Her book, TOUCHING HISTORY: 9/11 FROM THE AIR is a gripping, nonfiction thriller that tells the dramatic story of the brave men and women of the airline industry dealing with an unprecedented catastrophe.

JESSICA SHEA SPOTSWOOD is a DC-based dramaturgy student turned YA author. She is the author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles, which includes BORN WICKED, STAR CURSED, and SISTERS FATE. Most recently, she edited the acclaimed anthology A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, and her next novel, WILD SWANS is forthcoming.

KIM STAGLIANO is a working mother who managed to pull an autism hat trick: All three of her children are on the deep end of the spectrum.  Miraculously, she tells her story with remarkable grace and humor in ALL I CAN HANDLE: I’M NO MOTHER TERESA.

LYN STALLWORTH is a food writer and has previously been an editor on the staff of Publisher’s Weekly. Her collaborations include THE BROOKLYN COOKBOOK and THE COUNTY FAIR COOKBOOK, both co-authored with Rod Kennedy.

JESSAMYN STANLEY is a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She contributes to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust, & Elephant Journal. She’s been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times, New York Times’ Women In The World, & People, among others.

ANGIE STANTON is the author of the bestselling Young Adult contemporary romance novels DREAM CHASER and LOVE ‘EM OR LEAVE ‘EM. She is also the author of SNOWED OVER, a Christmas novella, and the Jamieson Collection series including ROCK AND A HARD PLACE and SNAPSHOT.  Her ROYALLY LOST is a YA romance about Becca, who wants nothing more than to go home from the European vacation her father has dragged her on to play happy family, till she meets Nikolai, the Crown Prince of a small country who has run off to find a way out of embracing the future his parents have mapped out for him.

LIZZIE STARK is a freelance journalist who has written for The Daily Beast and Philadelphia Inquirer. She holds an M.S. in new media journalism from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Emerson College. While at Emerson, she founded the literary magazine Fringe, which she continues to edit. Her first book, LEAVING MUNDANIA: A YEAR OF GROWNUP MAKE-BELIEVE, finds her immersed in the world of Live Action Role Playing and chronicles her experiences while exploring the appeal of this growing branch of escapist fringe culture. She is currently at work on PANDORA’S DNA, in which she explores the history, both scientifically and within her own family, of BRCA, the so-called breast cancer gene.

AARON STARMER is the author of DWEEB, THE ONLY ONES, and the acclaimed Riverman series. His most recent work is the YA novel, SPONTANEOUS, a black comedy about a high school where students begin to spontaneously combust. He is currently working on his next YA novel, MEME. Aaron lives with his family in Vermont.

TOM STEELE is a prolific food writer and recipe developer who has collaborated on dozens of books. He covers arts, entertainment, and especially the restaurants for Fodor’s travel publications, Time Out NY, Out magazine, and others. He is the co-author, with Rebecca Gareis-Bent, of BURGERS, and with chef Patricia Yeo, of EVERYDAY ASIAN. His latest work is with Jonathan Waxman on the celebrated chef’s first cookbook, A GREAT AMERICAN COOK.

MIKE STEERE is a seasoned journalist and former syndicated columnist. He has published articles in Men’s Journal, AARP Magazine, Lexus, and Outside, and is the head writer of ESPN2′s 11-part series True Outdoor Adventures. He is also the author of SCOTT HAMILTON, a biography of the Olympic figure skater. He worked with Joe and Ben Weider on their autobiography, BROTHERS OF IRON: BUILDING THE WEIDER EMPIRE, and with Nicholas Popaditch on ONCE A MARINE.

ADINA STEIMAN is a former cookbook editor who earned her Cuisine Diplôme at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu, then researched and wrote for her favorite food magazine during an internship at Saveur. Her first cookbook is THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE YUMMY, a cookbook for a girl’s every mood.

J. STERLING is the USA Today bestselling author of THE PERFECT GAME series, about seemingly perfect couple Cassie and baseball star Jack, whose relationship is tested time and time again but they still can’t seem to forget one another even when they are miles apart.  Her other titles include IN DREAMS , CHANCE ENCOUNTERS, and The Celebrity Series.

TRACY STERN opened The Royal Tea Room in Tampa in 1994 to critical acclaim, and after moving to New York, she opened her famed SalonTea at the City Club Hotel. Known for her classical elegance and noteworthy sense of style, Tracy runs several businesses, including her SalonTea and BeauTea product lines, as well as Tracy Stern Shoes. She is the author of TEA PARTY, with Christie Matheson, and TEA FOR YOU.

BRAD STERTZ is a journalist at the Detroit News and a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal. His book, TAKEN FOR A RIDE, written with his colleague Bill Vlasic, is a comprehensive account of the merger of automotive giants Daimler and Chrysler.

WILLIAM STEVENSON is a respected historian and author who has written sixteen fiction and nonfiction books, including MAN CALLED INTREPID. This espionage classic sold more than two million copies in English and has become a standard reference on World War II. With Monika Jensen-Stevenson, he has written KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE about the American government’s treatment of our own POWs in Vietnam. His most recent book is SPYMISTRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF VERA ATKINS, about the infamous spy of whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming said, “In the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss.”

ALISON STEWART is a radio and television journalist and co-anchor of PBS’s TV and web news magazine Need to Know. She has reported and anchored for ABC News, CBS News, NPR, NBC News, MSNBC, and MTV News, where she won a Peabody for her work covering the Presidential Elections in 1992. In 2009, Stewart was named one of “The Root 100,” recognizing emerging and established African-American leaders. Her memoir, FIRST CLASS, is a journey of discovery about her parents’ lives in segregated America. She is now at work on a new book titled, JUNK. 

SHREVE STOCKTON is a writer and photographer, and the creator of the popular blog, Daily Coyote, which chronicles (with beautiful photography) the author’s remarkable experiences of rescuing and raising a newborn coyote. She is also the author of EATING GLUTEN FREE, and a memoir based on the Daily Coyote blog entitled THE DAILY COYOTE, which was excerpted in People magazine.

GEO STONE has a degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins and has completed graduate studies in medical pharmacology from George Washington University Medical School and the National Institute of Health. He worked at the medical lab of the Washington Free Clinic and taught Chemistry at Georgetown Day School. His controversial book, SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE: METHODS AND CONSEQUENCES has enlightened readers about a very difficult subject.

AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE is the New York Knicks’ All-Star gentle giant whose brand extends way beyond basketball and includes roles as an actor, author, producer, motivational speaker and philanthropist. His first cookbook, written with his personal chef Chef Maxcel Hardy, is COOKING WITH AMAR’E. The book focuses on Amar’e learning to cook for his family and friends.

STEVEN STRALSER, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor and teaches Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the top ranked Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management. His first book, MBA IN A DAY, gives readers an overview of the necessary information that is required to receive an MBA, all without ever having to set foot in a classroom.

LORD IAN STRATHCARRON is a professional escapee, a travel writer and adventurer who lives and works on his yacht Vasco da Gama. He lived in the Orient for many years, working as a freelance foreign correspondent and TimeLife stringer and founded Japan + Europa Press Agency, since sold to Reuters. He has since written the spy thrillers Invisibility and Black Beach, and the historical travel works JOY UNCONFINED! LORD BYRON’S GRAND TOUR RE-TOURED and INNOCENCE AND WAR: MARK TWAIN’S HOLY LAND REVISITED. He is now completing the second part of a Mark Twain travel trilogy THE INDIAN EQUATOR, MARK TWAIN’S INDIA REVISITED.

ELISA STRAUSS is the owner of Confetti Cakes, a business that specializes in hand-sculpted works of art. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, and her work has appeared everywhere from the Food Network to the Today Show, and in many magazines, including Bazaar, Time Out New York, and Modern Bride. Her first book is the beautifully designed and photographed THE CONFETTI CAKES COOKBOOK, with Christie Matheson. CONFETTI CAKES FOR KIDS is her latest.

ROBERT STRAUSS is a former Sports Illustrated reporter and has taught writing and journalism courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. He has been a feature writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, a TV critic for the Asbury Park Press, and a news and sports producer for KYW-TV. His latest book is DADDY’S LITTLE GOALIE, a delightful collection of humorous and poignant vignettes about his experiences watching his daughters, both jocks, succeed and fail at sports from the sidelines.

RACHAEL STREATHER is the author of HOW TO STAY SOBER WHEN YOU’D RATHER BE DEAD, an irreverent, secular guide to recovery for those who don’t respond to the trite slogans and overly friendly members of twelve-step programs, told visually through the story of a 7” tall doll named Sybil who has a bitter streak.  Rachael lives inNewcastle upon Tyne and enjoys a daily reprieve from alcoholism. She hardly ever wishes she were dead.

LEIGH STRINGER is a vice president and on the board of directors at HOK, a global design firm, where she specializes in workplace and sustainable consulting for higher education, government, corporate, institutional, and private sector clients.  Her first book was THE GREEN WORKPLACE: SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES THAT BENEFIT EMPLOYEES, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE BOTTOM LINE. She has been interviewed for her work by CNN, USAToday, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.  Her second book is THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: HOW TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR EMPLOYEES—AND BOOST YOUR COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE.

ANDREA STRONG is an award-winning food writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among others. She also circulates a popular culinary newsletter, The Strong Buzz, and is writing her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, with chef Katy Sparks.

ANNE STUART has enjoyed a long and successful career as a romance and romantic suspense writer. She is the author of the dark, highly sensual romances THE WIDOW; SHADOWS AT SUNSET; and LORD OF DANGER; and she is a member of the Romance Writer’s Association Hall of Fame. This prolific author’s contemporary romances are BLACK ICE; COLD AS ICE; ICE BLUE; ICE STORM; FIRE AND ICE; and SILVER FALLS. Her latest is the House of Rohan historical romance series, which includes RUTHLESS; RECKLESS; BREATHLESS; and SHAMELESS. She is currently at work on a new historical romance series titled The Russell Sisters.


NOVA REN SUMA is a critically-acclaimed novelist from the Hudson Valley, now living in New York City. She is the author of the YA novel IMAGINARY GIRLS, a story about two sisters, their strong bond, and the dead body that threatens to break it. She is also the author of FADE OUT (a YA repackaging of her middle grade novel DANI NOIR) and 17 & GONE. Nova’s most recent YA novel, THE WALLS AROUND US, is a #1 Indie Next Pick and has received six starred reviews. She is currently at work on her next YA novel.

CAROL SVEC is an award-winning and bestselling author of health and wellness books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES with noted nutritionist and television personality Joy Bauer. Other published titles include YOUR INNER SKINNY (coauthored with Joy Bauer), THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS (coauthored with Dr. Marie Savard), THE INFLAMMATION CURE(coauthored with Dr. William Joel Meggs), THE PMDD PHENOMENON (coauthored with Dr. Diana L. Dell), and AFTER ANY DIAGNOSIS, about researching and understanding medical information. Her latest book, BALANCE, which will explore every aspect of the eponymous sense is forthcoming.

DENISE GROVER SWANK is the New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of more than 20 books including the Rose Gardner mysteries, the Chosen series, and the contemporary romance trilogy, The Wedding Pact. Her next books include ONLY YOU, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series and her YA debut, ONE PARIS SUMMER.

ALISON SWEENEY hosts the hugely popular NBC reality show The Biggest Loser and plays the scheming, sassy Sami Brady on the top-rated NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her first book, with Richard Trubo, is ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE (SO FAR). Her latest is THE MOMMY DIET, a nutrition, fitness, and self-care plan that women can follow to look and feel well, before and during pregnancy, and after giving birth.

SALLY SWIFT is a twenty-year veteran of television and radio, and is co-creator and managing producer of the popular American Public Media radio show, The Splendid Table. She is the author, with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, of THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT SUPPER: RECIPES, STORIES, AND OPINIONS FROM PUBLIC RADIO’S AWARD-WINNING FOOD SHOW. Her latest is the follow-up, entitled THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT…WEEKENDS, also with Rossetto Kasper.



ROBIN TALLEY writes young adult fiction about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters. Her debut novel, LIES WE TELL OURSELVES and was followed by WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND. Her next book, AS I DESCENDED will be released in Fall 2016.

JANICE HOPKINS TANNE is the author, with Lee Reichman, of TIMEBOMB, about the frightening emergence of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. She is an award-winning medical and science writer who has contributed to such publications as New York magazine, Parade, and the British Medical Journal.

IAN TATTERSALL is currently curator emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Trained in archaeology and anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and in geology and vertebrate paleontology at Yale University, Ian has concentrated his research since the 1960s in three main areas: the analysis of the human fossil record and its integration with evolutionary theory, the origin of human cognition, and the study of the ecology and systematics of the lemurs of Madagascar. Ian is also a prominent interpreter of human paleontology to the public, with numerous trade books to his credit, as well as several articles in Scientific American and the co-editorship of the definitive Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory. He lectures widely at venues around the world, and, as curator, has also been responsible for several major exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, including Ancestors: Four Million Years of Humanity (1984); Dark Caves, Bright Visions: Life In Ice Age Europe (1986); Madagascar: Island of the Ancestors (1989); The First Europeans: Treasures from the Hills of Atapuerca (2003); the highly acclaimed Hall of Human Biology and Evolution (1993); and the successor Hall of Human Origins (2007).

ERIC TAUB is a bestselling author and writer with over eighteen years of experience writing for the New York Times, among many other major publications. He is the author of GAFFERS, GRIPS, AND BEST BOYS, about the Hollywood movie-making process, and is currently at work on his next book, DOES THIS PLUG INTO THAT?

BONNIE TAUB-DIX is a nutrition expert whose articles have appeared in Life, Shape, and Prevention, among many others. Bonnie is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and has been the director and owner of BTC Nutrition Consultants for over thirty years. Bonnie regularly appears on national television and radio and has been a consultant for The Discovery Channel, Lifetime, and the Cartoon Network. She is currently at work on her first book, BEHIND THE LABEL.

KATHLEEN TAYLOR is the author of FUNERAL FOOD; SEX AND SALMONELLA; HOTEL SOUTH DAKOTA; MOURNING SHIFT; COLD FRONT; and FOREIGN BODY, all installments in the Delphis Series mysteries featuring a cast of oddball characters and a wisecracking heroine who is too smart for her own good. Proving her versatility, she is also the author of KNIT ONE, FELT TOO; YARNS TO DYE FOR; I HEART FELT; FEARLESS FAIR ISLEKNITTING; and THE BIG BOOK OF SOCKS. She has recently self-published THE NUT HUT.

MARY TAYLOR is a classically trained chef who studied at L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is the author, with Lynn Ginsburg, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD, AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg are frequent contributors to Yoga Journal‘s “Eating Wisely” column and conduct Women, Food, and Spirituality workshops nationwide. She is also the author of three cookbooks, including NEW VEGETARIAN CLASSICS.

KAYTE TERRY is a stylist, designer and writer with clients including Anthropologie, Adorn, Cutting Edge and Parents magazine. She writes articles about design and craft for HGTV Ideas, and has a regular column on Kayte was recently the stylist for Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp and contributed a project to Bead Simple by Susan Beal. She also sells handmade accessories and art under the name Love Forever. Kayte is the author of COMPLETE EMBELLISHING, and the upcoming APPLIQUE YOUR WAY.

TRUDY THELANDER is the co-founder of the popular website,, which attracts over 1.3 million page views a month. She and her partner, Ric Watson, are the authors of THE MEDITERRASIAN WAY, which offers advice and recipes for balancing these two healthful lifestyles and cuisines.

JAMES J. THOMAS, II, is a successful litigator and sports attorney based in Atlanta. Jim is the author of THE HOLYFIELD WAY, an inspiring memoir about the important life lessons learned from his longtime client and friend, Evander Holyfield.

PAMELA THOMAS is the author of FATHERLESS DAUGHTERS: TURNING THE PAIN OF LOSS INTO THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. She has also written more than a dozen other books, including GREENMARKET: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY’S FARMERS MARKET; ROMANTIC DAYS AND NIGHTS: NEW YORK; REVERSING DRY EYE SYNDROME with Steven Maskin, M.D.; and AIN’T NOTHIN’ AS SWEET AS MY BABY: THE STORY OF HANK WILLIAMS’ LOST DAUGHTER with Jett Williams, as well as many articles. A long-time editor, Thomas also works at Sesame Workshop, editing children’s books.

ANNE THOMPSON is one of the most respected and widely-read reporters on the film industry. She is the author of THE $11 BILLION YEAR, the definitive look at how Hollywood is coping with the enormous transitions it faces in today’s volatile market.

GABRIEL THOMPSON spent five years as a community organizer in Brooklyn working primarily with Mexican immigrants and is now a freelance journalist. His writings have been published in the NationNew YorkIn These Times and Color Lines. His first book was THERE’S NO JOSÉ HERE, a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of immigrants, and his book about community organizing, CALLING ALL RADICALS. For his next book, WORKING IN THE SHADOWS, he traveled the country doing jobs usually worked by immigrants. His latest book, AMERICA’S SOCIAL ARSONIST, is about Fred Ross, a groundbreaking organizer who is best known for training and mentoring Cesar Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers.

T.K. (TERESA) THORNE retired from the Birmingham Police Department as a captain and currently serves as executive director of the business improvement district, CAP, in downtown Birmingham, AL. LAST CHANCE FOR JUSTICE, her narrative account of the investigation into the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church that finally brought two of the men responsible to justice, will be published in 2013 for the 50th anniversary of the tragic, watershed event.

JACQUETTE M. TIMMONS is the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of personal finance and stock market investing; recent media appearances include Bloomberg Radio, BET Tonight’s Nightly News, WNBC’s Today in New York and Fox TV’s Good Day New York. She is the author of FINANCIAL INTIMACY, a guide to creating a healthy relationship with your money and your mate.

NICOLE TOCANTINS works as a production coordinator at the music trade magazine HITS, runs her own music supervision company for film and television, and is also a stellar comedic actress. Her first book, THE HAPPY HOOK-UP, written with Alexa Joy Sherman, is a comprehensive guide to casual sex.

CRAIG TOMASHOFF is a versatile journalist and television writer who wrote I’M SCREAMING AS FAST AS I CAN and YOU LIVE, YOU LEARN: THE ALANIS MORISSETTE STORY.

JESSICA TOONKEL has spent the past several years as a reporter covering international business and finance. She is the co-author of THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Peter Baylies.

SUSANNE GRAYSON TOWNSEND is a New York City Republican (believe it or not!), an award-winning advertising executive, and the author of HOW TO EAT LIKE A REPUBLICAN, OR, HOLD THE MAYO, MUFFY, I’M FEELING MIRACLE WHIPPED TONIGHT.

JOHN TRAUTH is a retired management consultant who sits on four nonprofit boards. He has presented his work in American Banking Association seminars and meetings of banks and community groups hosted by the Federal Reserve, for which he received special recognition from Alan Greenspan. He and Alan Bernstein are the authors of YOUR RETIREMENT, YOUR WAY, a guide to figuring out what’s best for an individual’s retirement needs.

CAMILLA TRINCHIERI has published ten books in both English and Italian, including THE PRICE OF SILENCE and most recently, DESIRE, INC. She has also had short stories and personal essays published.  She received an MFA from the Columbia Graduate Writing program.

RICHARD TRUBO is a writer and co-author whose titles include STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: THE LED ZEPPELIN STORY, co-authored with former Led Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole; METABOLIZE: THE PERSONALIZED PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS, HEALTH, AND LONGEVITY with Kenneth Baum; and TAPPING THE HEALER WITHIN with Dr. Roger Callahan. He worked with soap star Alison Sweeney on ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE (SO FAR).

VALERIE TRUEBLOOD is a Contributing Editor to the American Poetry Review, and her short stories and essays have been published in One Story, Northwest Review, Iowa Review, and the Seattle Times, among others. Her first book, SEVEN LOVES, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a Target Breakout Book. Her second book, MARRY OR BURN, a collection of short stories that explore the theme of marriage, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor Prize.  Her next collection, SEARCH PARTY was short listed for the PEN/Faulkner award, and her newest collection CRIMINALS: LOVE STORIES, is forthcoming from Counterpoint.

MICHAEL TUCKER is best known for his eight-year stint as Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law. His first book, I NEVER FORGET A MEAL, is a memoir of his work and his marriage to actress Jill Eikenberry. He has also written LIVING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, which recounts his adventures with his wife as they restore a house in Umbria, Italy, after checking out of the Hollywood scene. His most recent memoir, FAMILY MEALS, recounts how his family united to care for Jill’s aging mother. His first novel is AFTER ANNIE, about an actor coping with the loss of his beloved wife and falling in love again.

GEOFFREY R. TUMLIN is Founder and CEO of Mouthpeace Consulting LLC, a communication consulting company; President of On-Demand Leadership, a leadership development company; and Founder and Board Chair of Critical Skills Nonprofit, a public charity dedicated to providing communication and leadership skills training to chronically underserved populations. His book STOP TALKING a counterintuitive guide to effective communication, will be published in 2013.

BRUCE TURKEL has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands, working with companies such as Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, and Bacardi. Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. He appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He is the author of ALL ABOUT THEM: WHY THE KEY TO YOUR GREATEST SUCCESS IS NOT ABOUT YOU.



JULIE UPTON, MS, RD, CSSDis a registered dietitian and communications expert specializing in nutrition, fitness, and health. As a media resource for the American Dietetic Association she has been interviewed on NBC’s Today, CBS Evening News, and ABC World News Tonight. Upton is also a nationally recognized journalist who has written more than 2,000 articles for national newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, and Health. As a sports dietitian, one of her specialties is performance nutrition, and she coauthored ENERGY TO BURN: THE ULTIMATE FOODAND NUTRITION GUIDE TO FUEL YOUR ACTIVE LIFEHer latest book is THE REAL SKINNY with Katherine Brooking.

MYCHAEL URBAN is a national writer for, the official web site of Major League Baseball, and a regular guest on FoxSports TV, ESPN Radio, and Radio. He is the author of ACES: A SEASON ON THE MOUND WITH THE OAKLAND A’S “BIG THREE”–TIM HUDSON, MARK MULDER AND BARRY ZITO.



LEE VAN DER VOO is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon, focused on enterprise and investigative journalism. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, High Country News, The, Slate, CNN and others. Lee is a regular contributor to InvestigateWest, the Seattle-based nonprofit journalism studio. Her work has been nationally recognized by IRE and the Society of Environmental Journalists and supported by the Fund for Environmental Journalism, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and an IRE Fellowship. She was a 2013 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. Her first book, THE FISH MARKET: THE RISE OF OCEAN LANDLORDS AND THE UNMOORING OF TRADITION is forthcoming.

ALLISON VAN DIEPEN is the author of many novels for teens, including ON THE EDGE, LIGHT OF DAY and RUNT THE RISK. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.

RUTH VAN WAEREBEEK-GONZALEZ is the Belgian-born co-owner (with her husband) of a kiwi plantation and an inn called Mapuyampay, both in Chile. She is the author of EVERYBODY EATS WELL IN BELGIUM, which introduced Belgian food to an American audience. Her most recent book is THE CHILEAN KITCHEN.

TABATHA VARGO is the USA Today bestselling author of multiple adult series, including Wicked, Chubby Girl Chronicles, and Blow Hole Boys.

JILLIAN VENTERS adored vampires, witches, ghosts, and all things spooky as soon as she was able to read about them and spent her childhood convinced that she was going to grow up to be either the Wicked Witch of the West or a vampire queen. Instead she began the Gothic Charm School website, in which she teaches Goth etiquette to Goths and the Non-Goths who love them. Her first book is GOTHIC CHARM SCHOOL: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR GOTHS AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM, which features Jillian’s sage and amusing advice and illustrations from noted fantasy artist Pete Venters.

NANCY VERDE BARR worked closely in many capacities with Julia Child, serving as Executive Chef for live demonstrations as well as the culinary producer for the PBS series Baking at Julia’s. She is the author of numerous titles including LAST BITE: A CULINARY ROMANCE and BACKSTAGE WITH JULIA: MY YEARS WITH JULIA CHILD, a memoir of their long friendship and professional collaboration. Her most recent book, written with Mary Flynn, is THE PINK RIBBON DIET, a diet plan designed for the overweight breast cancer patient and those concerned about developing the disease.

LUBA VIKHANSKI is an award-winning author with 25 years of experience as a popular science writer. She graduated from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program in 1989 and worked for five years as a medical journalist in Manhattan, mainly as a staff reporter at the Medical Tribune News Service, syndicated by the NewYorkTimes. She has been a freelance contributor to the NewYorkTimes, Nature Medicine and the JerusalemPost, and has written two books: A WELL-INFORMED PATIENT’S GUIDE TO BREAST SURGERY, which won the 1993 Rose Kushner Award of the American Medical Writers Association; and IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CORD: SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF SPINAL CORD REGENERATION. Vikhanski currently works as a science writer at the internationally renowned Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Her next book, PAPA METCH: THE FORGOTTEN NOBEL LAUREATE WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF MODERN SCIENCE is forthcoming.


BILL VLASIC is the Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times and a former journalist with the Detroit News, and the author, with Brad Stertz, of TAKEN FOR A RIDE, an in-depth investigation into the merger between automotive giants Daimler and Chrysler. His most recent book is ONCE UPON A CAR, about the auto industry crises.

SUSAN VOLLAND is a classically trained chef. She has published over 100 food-related articles and works with an event planning group. She is the author of the romantic comedies, LOVE & MEATBALLS and COOKING FOR MR. RIGHT.

LEE H. VYBORNY has been involved with the U.S. Navy submarine force for more than 30 years, serving aboard a fast attack submarine. His first book is DARK WATERS, an account of his experiences as one of the original 12 crew members on the NR-1.



ELLIOT WAKE (formerly known as Leah Raeder) is a transgender author of four novels: UNTEACHABLE, BLACK IRIS, CAM GIRL and BAD BOY. His work has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and hit the USA Today Bestseller list. Aside from reading his brains out, Elliot enjoys video games, weightlifting, and perfecting his dapper style. He lives with his partner in Chicago.

K.M. WALTON is the YA author of CRACKED; EMPTY, and the forthcoming ULTIMATUM. She is editing & contributing to the exciting new music-centered anthology BEHIND THE SONG. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she’s passionate about ending peer bullying.

DAVID WANN, formerly with the Environmental Protection Agency, is the author, along with John De Graaf and Thomas Naylor, of AFFLUENZA, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain. His follow-up book, titled SIMPLE PROSPERITY, is a more personal look at this cultural disease. His most recent book is THE NEW NORMAL, about making value-driven decisions for a sustainable world.

PAULA WARD is an experienced investigative trial reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering both federal and state courts. Her first book, CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT, a chronicle of the investigation and trial in the dramatic case of Dr. Autumn Klein’s death by poisoning at the hands of her much older husband is forthcoming.

EMILY WARNER ESKELSEN has worked with Ned Johnson at PrepMatters, Inc., for the past several years preparing students for the SAT, ACT and LSAT. She is the co-author with Ned of CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED.

RIC WATSON is the co-founder of the popular website,, which attracts over 1.3 million page views a months. He and his partner, Trudy Thelander, are the authors of THEMEDITERRASIAN WAY, which offers advice and recipes for balancing these two healthful lifestyles and cuisines.

COMMISSIONER ROBERT A. WATSON, with Ben Brown, is co-author of THE MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION IN THE U.S., sharing the business and leadership secrets of the Salvation Army, which Peter Drucker called “the most effective organization in the U.S.” Commissioner Watson has served as an officer in The Salvation Army for over 40 years, four of them as National Commander, the highest-ranking officer in the United States.

LACEY WEATHERFORD is the bestselling author of several paranormal YA titles, including the series Of Witches and Warlocks, which began with THE TROUBLE WITH SPELLS. She’s also the author of two YA contemporary romance series, Chasing Nikki and Crush, as well as the new adult contemporary romance The Fringe series.

TAMMARA WEBBER is the New York Times bestselling author of the deeply romantic and utterly gripping New Adult novel EASY and the companion novel BREAKABLE. She is also the author of the popular Between the Lines series about the entanglements of a young group of Hollywood stars, which began with BETWEEN THE LINES.

FANNIE WEINSTEIN is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in a number of national publications including People magazine. Her first book, THE COED CALL GIRL MURDER, was co-authored with Melinda Wilson. She is also the author of two more true crime titles, WHERE BODIES ARE BURIED, and most recently, PLEASE DON’T KILL MOMMY!, about one man who murdered his wife and got away with it, only to marry and kill again.

NORMAN WEINSTEIN is a former professional musician and voice teacher turned cooking instructor, and he is a co-founder of the New York Association of Cooking Professionals. Norman teaches a Knife Skills Workshop at the Institute of Culinary Education and at events around the country. He is the author of WOK DISHES and CHINESE COOKING, as well as the recent MASTERING KNIFE SKILLS, which brings his popular workshop to the page.

CURT WEISS has spent over thirty years working in the media industry. During the 1980s, using the stage name “Lewis King,” he was one of the premier drummers on the New York music scene, playing with major label artists including the Rockats and Beat Rodeo. He is currently a television documentary producer and the author of TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME: JERRY NOLAN, THE NEW YORK DOLLS AND PUNK ROCK.

LISA WEISS is a freelance food and recipe writer whose work has appeared in many magazines, as well as the new JOY OF COOKING and Bruce Aidell and Denis Kelly’s THE COMPLETE MEAT COOKBOOK. She has written THE FARALLON COOKBOOK with chef Mark Franz; THE BOULEVARD COOKBOOK, with Nancy Oakes and Pamela Mazzola; CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA with renowned dessert chef Gale Gand; and THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER: RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES with revolutionary San Francisco chef Cecilia Chiang. Most recently, she worked with Emily Luchetti on THE FEARLESS BAKER, a guide for the beginning baker.

SARAH P. WELCH, a former advertising agency executive and independent marketing consultant, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives. She and company co-founder Alicia Rockmore are the authors of EVERYTHING (ALMOST) IN ITS PLACE. Her most recent book, also written with Rockmore, is PRETTY NEAT: GET ORGANIZED AND LET GO OF PERFECTION.

STEPHANIE WELLS is the founder and designer of Double Happiness Jewelry, a unique jewelry line inspired by her travels abroad, aesthetics from past time periods, and her daily life. Every season she finds new inspirations for her line, and her pieces have been worn by Oprah, Rachael Ray, and Jessica Simpson, among others. She is working on her first book, EARRINGS CELEBRITY STYLE, a fun how-to collection of her unique earring designs.

LEANA WEN, M.D., is a resident physician at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program. A Rhodes Scholar and former National President of the American Medical Student Association, she has reported for the New York Times, authored a regular column for the New Physician, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board. Dr. Wen has given presentations on patient advocacy on five continents, and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Teen Vogue, China Daily News, and the HBO documentary Reporter.

PHIL WEST has more than 25 years of experience writing for outlets including the Seattle TimesLos Angeles Times, and Huffington Post, among many others.  His writing on soccer has appeared in HowlerPasteSoccer, SB Nation, and His first book is THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER, on Major League Soccer and the rise of American fandom. He’s currently at work on a second book on what it will take for the US Men’s National Team to win the World Cup.

The late DEBRA WEYERMANN was an award-winning journalist and worked for the Norfolk-Ledger-StarArizona Daily StarDenver Post, and The Santa Barbara News-Press. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune,Harpers, Mirabella, and Children’s Beat. She is the author of THE GANG THEY COULDN’T CATCH, about a group of middle-aged professional bank vault robbers. Her latest is ANSWER THEM NOTHING, about Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s crusade against the powerful Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

LILY WHITE is an author of erotic romance, most notably TARGET THIS, and her work tends to err on the side of the taboo.

CATHERINE WHITNEY has co-authored book projects with Maryann Keller, Nancy Samalin, Judge Harold Rothwax, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Judge Gerry Sheindlin, and many others, including former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Her collaborations include the New York Times best-selling series EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; COOK RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; and LIVE RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; THE EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE COMPLETE BLOOD TYPE ENCYCLOPEDIA; and EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR BABY with Dr. Peter D’Adamo. The two have collaborated on Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right 4 Your Type Health Library, applying the blood type principles to specific health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and menopause. She has also written TODAY, I AM A MA’AM with Valerie Harper, and NINE AND COUNTING, the story of nine women who served in the U.S. Senate. She worked with Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, on TO PROTECT AND PUNISH. She is also the co-author of WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT: HOW AMERICAN WOMEN ARE QUIETLY ERASING POLITICAL, RACIAL, CLASS, AND RELIGIOUS LINES TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LIVE, with Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Conway. With Dr. Balasa Prasad, she has written a three-book series on combating addiction, including STOP SMOKING FOR GOOD, STOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD, and STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD; with actress Lorraine Bracco she wrote ON THE COUCH. She also collaborated on THE GENOTYPE DIET, again with Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Her solo endeavors include THE CALLING, a powerful look at the cloistered life of a group of nuns, and WOMEN OF WINDSOR which explores the lives of the women in the British Royal Family. She has worked with former Chrysler Corporation chairman Lee Iacocca on his bestseller WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE and with CNBC host and Deutsch Inc. chairman Donny Deutsch on THE BIG IDEA: HOW TO MAKE YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL DREAMS COME TRUE, FROM THE AHA MOMENT TO YOUR FIRST MILLION. She has most recently worked on THE 10 LAWS OF ENDURING SUCCESS and THE WEEKEND THAT CHANGED WALL STREET with CNBC news anchor Maria Bartiromo. She has also collaborated with art collector Peter Silverman on LEONARDO’S LOST PRINCESS, about his discovery of a lost Leonardo da Vinci work and with Shirley Sherrod on the civil rights activist’s memoir, THE COURAGE TO HOPE. She is currently at work on YOUR LIFE CALLING with Jane Pauley. Her most recent solo project is THEY WERE SOLDIERS ONCE, about her brother’s suffering after he returned from Vietnam.

JIM WICKWIRE was one of the first two Americans to climb K-2, the world’s second highest peak. His climbing career has been profiled on 60 Minutes, in the Emmy winning documentary In the Shadow of the Mountains, and in numerous books, newspapers and magazines. His first book, ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT FACING DEATH AND FINDING LIFE, is co-authored by Dorothy Bullitt.

CAROLE WILBOURN is America’s first cat therapist. World renowned for her work with cats, she is a longtime contributor to Cat Fancy magazine, among others, and is the author of several books about cat behavior. She is also a consultant for the Humane Society of New York, and is at work on her latest, WHAT YOUR CAT REALLY WANTS.

JOSEPH A. WILLIAMS is the Deputy Director of the Greenwich Library (Connecticut) and formerly head of the collections and assistant director of SUNY Maritime College’s Stephen B. Luce Library, which specializes in nautical research. His books include FOUR YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, SEVENTEEN FATHOMS DEEP and most recently, THE SECRET GOLD: WORLD WAR I, THE LAURENTIC AND THE GREATEST TREASURE SALVAGE IN HISTORY.

The late MARCELLUS BEAR HEART WILLIAMS was a full-blooded member of the Muskogee Nation, Creek Tribe in Okemah, Oklahoma, where his uncles taught him traditional tribal ways and his mother taught him Christian values. He was an advisor to and roadman in the Native American Church, an American Baptist Minister, and a multi-tribal spiritual leader. His first book was THE WIND IS MY MOTHER: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF A NATIVE AMERICAN SHAMAN.

CARLA FITZGERALD WILLIAMS is a graduate of Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School and has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry. She is the author of ROTISSERIE CHICKENS TO THE RESCUE!, a resource for using already-roasted chickens you buy at the market to make a variety of dishes.

JENA RENEE WILLIAMS is a master barber, braider, stylist, and dreadlock expert, whose clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Teddy Pendergrass. KINKI KREATIONS, her first book, is the definitive natural styling manual for African American children.

NICOLE WILLIAMS’ USA Today bestseller CRASH and the enormously successful follow-ups CLASH and CRUSH were originally a self-published New Adult series about Lucy, a Julliard-bound ballet dancer, and Jude, the troublemaker with the dark past. Williams is also the author of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling series that began with LOST AND FOUND, the Eternal Eden novels and novellas, and the series Great Exploitations. Her first YA series is Bet You Can’t.

ROBIN LYNN WILLIAMS is a former Hollywood assistant whose debut novel, THE ASSISTANTS, takes a wickedly funny look at the lives of five miserable souls toiling in Tinseltown.

SALLIE Y. WILLIAMS is a seasoned food writer and the author or co-author of many books, including THE ART OF PRESENTING FOOD; AMERICAN FEASTS; and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SAUCES. She is working, with Jennifer Bushman, on a series of three KITCHEN COACH cookbooks: WEEKNIGHT COOKING; WEEKEND COOKING; and FAMILY MEALS.

RON WILLINGHAM is the CEO and founder of Integrity Systems, an international training and development firm. He is the author of eight business books including THE PEOPLE PRINCIPLE; INTEGRITY SELLING; and its follow up, INTEGRITY SELLING FOR THE 21st CENTURY. INTEGRITY SERVICE explores the importance of customer relations. His most recent book is THE INNER GAME OF SELLING: DISCOVERING AND MASTERING THE HIDDEN FORCES THAT CONTROL YOUR SELLING SUCCESS.

M.S. WILLIS is the author of The Estate, a series of chilling romantic suspense that begins with MADELINE ABDUCTED. She lives in Florida and is also a photographer and musician.

SUE WILTZ has been a reporter at People and Newsweek magazines. She is the author of SLAVE MASTER, the true-crime account of serial killer John Edward Robinson.

CHRISTOPHER WINANS is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Wall Street equity analyst specializing in the insurance industry who is now Senior Vice President, External Affairs, at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. He is the author of two biographies: THE KING OF CASH: THE INSIDE STORY OF LAURENCE TISCH and MALCOLM FORBES: THE MAN WHO HAD EVERYTHING.

R. FOSTER WINANS was a career journalist when he was fired from the Wall Street Journal in 1984 and prosecuted by US Attorney Rudolph Guiliani for leaking advance word of his stock-market columns to a broker in return for a share of the profits, for which he served nine months in a federal prison. His first book TRADING SECRETS: SEDUCTION AND SCANDAL AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL was published in 1986. He is currently a freelance writer and editor.

KATE WINKLER DAWSON is a professor at University of Texas’ School of Journalism.  She is a seasoned documentary producer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, WCBS News and ABC News Radio, Fox News Channel, United Press International, “PBS NewsHour” and “Nightline.” She is presently at work on her first book, DEATH IN THE AIR: THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT SMOG, A SERIAL KILLER AND THE STRANGLING OF A CITY, forthcoming from the Touchstone imprint of Simon and Schuster.

RUTH WINTER, M.S., is the author of 34 books in the health and science fields. She is also a syndicated columnist and frequent magazine contributor. Recent titles include THE FEMALE ATHLETE’S BODY BOOK, with Dr. Gloria Beim; SO WHAT CAN I EAT?; and FEED YOUR FAMILY RIGHT, written with Elisa Zied.

MOLLY WIZENBERG is the writer of the popular food blog, Orangette, which has received rave reviews from the Seattle Times, USA Weekend and the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller A HOMEMADE LIFE. Currently, Molly is working on her latest book, DELANCEY, her memoir about opening a restaurant, a young marriage, and finding what really matters.

MARCUS WOHLSEN is a San Francisco-based science writer for Wired. He writes about the impact of biotechnology on society with a focus on genetic testing, personalized medicine, synthetic biology and bioethics, and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington PostLos Angeles Times and the Guardian. His first book, BIOPUNK, chronicles a rising geek underground that wants to do for DNA what the Internet did for information.

MICHAEL WOLRAICH is a political blogger who works as an entrepreneur and freelance web developer when not writing for and Talking Points Memo. His latest is BLOWING SMOKE, which examines the right wing’s tactic of persecution politics, explores the history of the trend and the implications for the future of American politics. He is currently at work on WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, the story of the beginning of the progressive political movement, following closely the lives of all the major political, economic and journalistic players as they careen through history and one another’s lives.

DAVID WOOD is a corporate speaker and humorist. His first book is AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY ROUNDS: CHASING A GOLF BALL FROM TIERRA DEL FUEGO TO THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN. Formerly a stand-up comedian with several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, he contributes to golf publications and writes a monthly humor column called “Off the Cuff” for Grand Tour magazine.

SHELDON WOODBURY, with D.B. Gilles, is co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander-in-chief. He is a screenwriting professor at New York University, and his latest title is COOL MILLION: HOW TO BECOME A MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENWRITER, a guide to finding, writing and selling the million-dollar-idea.

TRACEY EDWARD WYMER is a teacher and author of the middle-grade novel SOAR, as well as a contributor to the anthology BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: WRITING STORIES FROM REAL LIFE.



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DR. THOMAS YANNIOS is a renowned expert in the field of nutrition, who currently works in critical care and nutritional support at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of THE HEART DISEASE BREAKTHROUGH and THE FOOD REPORT CARD.

ELIZABETH YARNELL is the dynamic creator of a patented new method called infusion cooking, which uses a dutch oven to create delicious layered meals in which all ingredients maintain their integrity. She has had great success in spreading her message and sharing the skills to make fast, easy, healthful dishes in the self-published edition of GLORIOUS ONE-POT MEALS, the revised and expanded version of which is now available.

BRIAN YARVIN has been a professional photographer for almost thirty-five years, and is an instructor of food and commercial photography at the Washington School of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also a writer on food, farmers markets, and restaurants. Brian is the author of FARMS AND FOODS OF THE GARDEN STATECUCINA PIEMONTESE, co-authored with his wife, Maria Assele; A WORLD OF DUMPLINGS; and THE TOO MANY TOMOTOES COOKBOOK. His most recent book is a survey of contemporary British food entitled, THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH AND THE MISER’S FEAST, and he is currently at work on a new book on noodles.

CHRISTOPHER J. YATES was born and raised in England. He studied Law at Oxford University, which he says led very naturally into a career in puzzles, both as an editor and compiler. He has represented the United Kingdom at the World Puzzle Championships, written for magazines and newspapers in Britain, Australia and the United States, and currently compiles crosswords for various publications, including The New York Post. In 2006 he moved from London to New York City, where he currently lives. BLACK CHALK is his first novel.

JEFFREY YEAGER has been dubbed the Today Show’s “Ultimate Cheapskate” by Matt Lauer. He retired after working for almost 25 years in the nonprofit sector, and has established a second career as a professional cheapskate. He now lectures, teaches, appears on radio and television, and manages the website,, offering advice on how we can all live better with less. He refers to himself as a “de-motivational” speaker, which he defines as de-motivatings people when it comes to spending so much money. His charming, quirky, and practical advice can be found in THE ULTIMATE CHEAPSKATE’S ROADMAP TO TRUE RICHES. His latest is THE CHEAPSKATE NEXT DOOR, and he is currently at work on HOW TO RETIRE THE CHEAPSKATE WAY and an e-book original entitled DON’T THROW THAT AWAY.

PATRICIA YEO is the highly regarded chef of Sapa, formerly of the three-star AZ. Her first book, with Julia Moskin, was PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z. Her latest, with Tom Steele, is EVERYDAY ASIAN.

SAMANTHA YOUNG is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the sizzling contemporary romances in the ON DUBLIN STREET series, which recently came to an end with ONE KING’S WAY.  She is also the author of HERO, an emotional and unforgettable standalone romance set in Boston about a young woman trying to build a life for herself in the wake of a series of betrayals that destroyed her family.  Previous books include young adult paranormal and fantasy series, such as THE TALE OF LUNARMORTE trilogy, as well as a New Adult duology, INTO THE DEEP and OUT OF THE SHALLOWS. The Hart’s Boardwalk contemporary romance series will began with THE ONE REAL THING, about a doctor who takes a vacation to a small seaside town in Delaware and discovers that the town’s charm—and one rugged and irresistible bartender—are much more tempting than the lonely, emotionally distant life she left at home. Book two is the forthcoming EVERY LITTLE THING. Her young adult contemporary debut is the forthcoming THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US.

SUZANNE YOUNG is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne’s other titles include A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, THE REMEDY; THE EPIDEMIC; and  HOTEL RUBY. Her latest novel is ALL THE PIECES, and it will soon be followed by THE ADJUSTMENT.



G. PASCAL ZACHARY is a writer, teacher, and researcher. He is a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and columnist for the New York Times. He has taught writing and reporting at Stanford University and the University of California Graduate School of Journalism and is the author of four books, including ENDLESS FRONTIER: VANNEVAR BUSH, ENGINEER OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY and THE DIVERSITY ADVANTAGE: MULTICULTURAL IDENTITY IN THE NEW WORLD ECONOMY. His most recent book, MARRIED TO AFRICA, is a memoir about his interracial relationship with a Nigerian woman who would become his wife.

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN has worked at Le Cirque, the 21 Club, and Bice, among others. He is currently co-owner and chef at Town, the critically lauded New Yorkrestaurant and his newest venture, Country. His first book is TOWN/COUNTRY: 150 RECIPES FOR LIFE AROUND THE TABLE.

MARIANA ZAPATA is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels LINGUS and UNDER LOCKE.

SARA ZARR is the critically-acclaimed author of the National Book Award Finalist STORY OF A GIRL, a moving first novel that deals with forgiveness and redemption; SWEETHEARTS, about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts; WHAT WE LOST (first published as ONCE WAS LOST), which examines the coexistence of affliction and hope; HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, a beautifully told story of two lives intersecting, unexpectedly, and what it means to be a family; and THE LUCY VARIATIONS, about a girl’s struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. Her most recent book is ROOMIES, which she co-authored with Tara Altebrando. Sara is currently working on a new YA novel about the unshakable bond of sisterhood, GEM & DIXIE.

GARY ZEBRUN is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel SOMEONE YOU KNOW, which was a finalist for the Lambda Award, and his most recent novel is ONLY THE LONELY. He is currently at work on a new novel.