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.
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.
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.
Steph Auteri is a writer and editor who has written about women's health and sexuality for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, VICE, Pacific Standard, Salon, Undark, and other publications. She also volunteers for the Center for Sex Education, the national education division of her local Planned Parenthood. She lives with her husband, daughter, and three cats in Verona, NJ. Her essay collection is A DIRTY WORD: HOW A SEX WRITER RECLAIMED HER SEXUALITY.
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.
JONATHAN BALCOMBE is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom. A popular commentator, he has appeared on The Diane Rehm Show, the BBC, and the National Geographic Channel, and in several documentaries, and is a contributor of features and opinions to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and other publications. He is the author of several books about animal behavior, including his most recent highly acclaimed title WHAT A FISH KNOWS.www.jonathan-balcombe.com
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 the Wall 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MICHAEL BISHOP is a sales executive for a major healthcare learning company who accidentally came across a file containing information about Nashville's infamous Paula Herring case - the Babysitter Murder. Realizing the potentially explosive nature of the contents, he launched a multi-decade private investigation, consulting with top forensic experts and piecing together evidence to produce a new theory for the case. A MURDER IN MUSIC CITY is his account of his investigation.
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.
Dr. PETER BOGHOSSIAN is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, an Affiliated Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Science University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, and an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. He is the author of A MANUAL FOR CREATING ATHEISTS and his popular articles can be found in Time, Scientific American, The Philosophers’ Magazine and elsewhere. He’s appeared on Joe Rogan, Penn Jillette’s Sunday School, The Rubin Report, Lars Larson, and in many other podcasts and venues. He’s ranked the eleventh most popular philosopher in the world on Twitter with 32,200 followers. He began the journey into effective conversation strategies by teaching prison inmates how to improve their critical thinking and moral reasoning skills.
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.
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.
PAIGE BOWERS is the author of The General’s Niece: The Little-Known de Gaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France. She is a nationally published news and features writer whose work has appeared in TIME, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and People. A lifelong Francophile, she earned a master’s degree in Modern European History in 2012. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, 13-year-old daughter and an 85-lb Yellow Lab who thinks he’s a lap dog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JIM CAPLE is a senior writer at ESPN.com 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.
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 MSNBC.com. 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.
HUNTER HOWE CATES is an author, filmmaker, podcaster and creative marketing professional. He is Principal and Writer for Cates Creates, LLC., a copy and content marketing firm. He is also a freelance journalist. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. OKLAHOMA’S ATTICUS, his first book will be out in late 2019.
SARAH ROSE CAVANAGH is a psychologist who researches motivation, emotion, and neuroscience. She is director of the Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Science at Assumption College and a Research Affiliate of the Emotion, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory at Tufts University. Her scholarly book The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion was published by West Virginia University Press this past fall—and she writes for a general audience on her blog for Psychology Today (Once More, With Feeling) as well as freelance pieces for various magazines. She is a sought after speaker and consultant, addressing ways in which organizations can apply emotion science to their work. Her book, HIVEMIND: How Social Media is Reshaping Our Collective Selves will be published by Grand Central.
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.
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 Salon.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia, an undergraduate degree in social anthropology and Islamic art history from Harvard, and an M. Phil in historical studies from Cambridge. She is a lecturer at the Cloisters Museum and currently at work on her second book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DR. JENNIE DEAR is a freelance writer in Durango, Colorado who has been published in The Atlantic and is the co-author of THE RESPONSIBLE JOURNALIST: AN INTRODUCTION TO NEWS REPORTING AND WRITING. She's worked as both a print and a radio reporter. As a professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, she taught news, writing and literature.
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.
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.
SKIP DESJARDIN is a corporate Strategist who has pioneered digital content distribution strategies utilizing emerging technology that included web and mobile video, VOD and Interactive TV. He is the author of SEPTEMBER 1918: BOSTON IN WAR, PLAGUE AND THE WORLD SERIES.
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.
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.
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, hotghettomess.com. 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.
WAYNE DRASH is a staff writer and senior producer for CNN.com, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.She is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution," released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in many other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows. new book FEMINISM IN 3D will be published by Beacon Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAVID FREELAND is the author of the books LADIES OF SOUL (University Press of Mississippi, 2001) and AUTOMATS, TAXIS, AND VAUDEVILLE: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure (NYU Press, 2009), selected as one of the Best Books of 2009 by Pop Matters. He is the recipient of the Victorian Society’s Publication Award for Popular Culture and Entertainment. Freeland’s reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, am New York, New York History, and other publications. As a New York City expert and historian he appeared with Rashida Jones on the NBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are, NYC-TV’s Secrets of New York, and PBS Thirteen’s City Concealed series, for which he narrated and hosted the short film, The Original Swing Street. He holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University.
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.
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.
AMANDA FROST is a professor of law at American University, where she writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, immigration and citizenship law, federal courts and jurisdiction, and judicial ethics. Her articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, the N.Y.U Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. Her op-eds and essays have been published in The Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, and the L.A. Times, and she is a regular contributor to the SCOTUSblog. Before entering academia, Professor Frost clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent five years as a staff attorney at Public Citizen, where she litigated cases at all levels of the federal judicial system. She has also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, served as Acting Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying transparency reform in the European Union. Her first book, UNMAKING AMERICANS: A History of Citizenship Stripping in America is forthcoming from Beacon.
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.
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.
MICHAEL GERHARDT lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he teaches, writes, and regularly does interviews with the national media on constitutional law and the presidency. He is one of the leading constitutional scholars in the nation. His specialties include civil rights, civil liberties, the legislative process, and separation of powers. He has served as special counsel, public commentator, and expert witness on all the major constitutional conflicts between presidents and Congress over the past 25 years, and is the author of dozens of law review articles and five books.
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.
ROBERT GILHOOLY is a seasoned journalist whose work has been published in the New York Times, Time 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.
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.
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 States from the former Soviet Union and 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.
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.
MICHAEL GREENBURG is a practicing attorney and former editor and member of the Pepperdine Law Review. He is the author of THE COURT-MARTIAL OF PAUL REVERE and THIS NOBLE WOMAN.
BILL GREER is a former travel writer and Internet entrepreneur, who founded the early web’s leading community for outdoor adventure. He has now turned his storytelling to his other passion, New York history. His novel of New Amsterdam, THE MEVROUW WHO SAVED MANHATTAN, paints a portrait of the Dutch colony on the Hudson. He has won the New Netherland Institute’s Howard G. Hageman award for his efforts to launch the New Netherland Research Center in the New York State Library. His nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution, is forthcoming from Chicago Review Press.
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.
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.
JAMES A. GRYMES is an internationally respected musicologist and the critically acclaimed author of VIOLINS OF HOPE. He is a professor of musicology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
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.
ZAHRA HANKIR, journalist and blogger, is a British-Lebanese graduate of the American University of Beirut and the Columbia Journalism School. She holds a Masters degree in Middle East studies, and she spent ten years reporting on the Middle East for Bloomberg. Her personal blog, Florence of Arabia, has some 50,000 followers. She is the editor of the anthology ARAB WOMEN, ARAB WARS (forthcoming from Penguin) a first-of- its-kind collection of essays from Arab women journalists both celebrated and up and coming, who together weigh in on the wrenching, vital, perilous work of covering the conflicts that are remaking much of the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
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.
SUSAN TYLER HITCHCOCK is the author of GATHER YE WILD THINGS; WILDFLOWERS ON THE WINDOWSILL; and COMING ABOUT: A FAMILY PASSAGE AT SEA. Another of her titles is MAD MARY LAMB: LUNACY AND MURDER IN LITERARY LONDON. Her latest is FRANKENSTEIN: A CULTURAL HISTORY.
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.
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.
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.
MARY ELLEN ISKENDERIAN is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50 million impact investment fund. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her first book, THERE'S NOTHING MICRO ABOUT A BILLION WOMEN, will be published by the MIT Press.
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.
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.
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.
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 the author of the award-winning book, STRANGE GLOW: THE STORY OF 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.
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 KANAAN is lead Officer of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Enterprise and the Co-Chair of Artificial Intelligence for the larger U.S. Air Force overall. In those capacities, he guides the research, development, and implementation strategies for AI technology and machine learning activities across Air Force global operations. He was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 General Larry O. Spencer Award for Innovation and the U.S. Government's 68th Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management. His first book is MANAGING THE METEOR: THE INNOVATION AND IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
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.
CHAVI EVE KARKOWSKY, M.D. is Medical Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at Montefiore Medical Group-Comprehensive Family Care Center and Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a specialist in high-risk obstetrics and also writes extensively about medical issues during pregnancy. Her essays have appeared in Slate, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and US News and World Reports, among others. Her first book, which is forthcoming from the Liveright imprint of W.W. Norton, blends personal narrative and analysis to examine the disastrous marginalization of women’s reproductive health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DOUG LANSKY is travel writer, blogger and author of the books LAST TROUT IN VENICE, THERE’S 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 University of 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.
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, andis 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 www.lascheratlarge.com.
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.
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.
DAVE LEVITAN is the author of NOT A SCIENTIST: HOW POLICITICANS MISTAKE, MISREPRESENT, AND UTTERLY MANGLE SCIENCE. He is a science writer and journalist whose work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications, including Scientific American, Discover, Guardian, Mother Jones, Philadelphia Inquirer, Reuters Health, and many other outlets. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife.
BILL LIEDERMAN 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.
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.
Dr. JAMES LINDSAY holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and is the author of four books—the two most recent are EVERYBODY IS WRONG ABOUT GOD (Pitchstone, 2015) and LIFE IN LIGHT OF DEATH (Pitchstone, 2016). Both apply the insights of moral and religious psychology to philosophical questions about life, death, and religion. His published essays have appeared in Scientific American, Time, and The Philosophers’ Magazine. In 2017 he became a visiting scholar in Portland State University’s department of philosophy.
MARDI LINK is the author of three true crime books, WHEN EVIL CAME TO GOOD HART, ISADORE’S SECRET, and the New York Times bestseller, WICKED TAKES THE WITNESS STAND. She is a two-time winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan, and her memoir, BOOTSTRAPPER, won the Elle Reader’s Prize and the Booksellers Choice Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, where she won the Anger & Revenge essay contest, as well as Publishers Weekly, the Detroit Free Press, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among other places. She writes a monthly column for her hometown newspaper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
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.
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.
TAMMY MAL is the only journalist to whom Patricia Rorrer has granted interviews. She has written countless articles for local newspapers and has appeared on Investigation Discovery’s Murder in Lehigh Valley: Keith Morrison Investigates, which chronicles the Patricia Rorrer story. Mal is the author of CONVENIENT SUSPECT: A DOUBLE MURDER, A FLAWED INVESTIGATION, AND THE RAILROADING OF AN INNOCENT WOMAN.
ALAN MANNING is an independent historian and teacher and the author of FATHER LINCOLN. 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.
DYLAN MARRON is an IFP Gotham Award & Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer, and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, and the creator of Every Single Word, a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color. As a writer & correspondent at Seriously.tv Dylan created, hosted, and produced Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and the Unboxing series. He hosts & produces the award-winning Conversations with People Who Hate Me, a podcast where he calls up the people behind negative comments on the internet, and recently gave a TED Talk about empathy. He is currently writing SNOWFLAKE, a book about empathy on the internet, difficult conversations, and wielding softness as strength. www.dylanmarron.com
SCOTT MARTELLE, a veteran journalist, is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he writes primarily about the death penalty, gun control, climate change and immigration. He is currently at work on a book (his sixth) about William Walker, a Nashville native who, a few years before the start of the Civil War, led a band of mercenaries and took over Nicaragua until local opposition, neighboring armies and Cornelius Vanderbilt managed to push him out. Martelle’s previous books include 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, about post-World War II persecution of communists in the U.S.; DETROIT: A BIOGRAPHY, a sweeping look at the disintegration of a once great city; THE ADMIRAL AND THE AMBASSADOR, 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; and THE MADMAN AND THE ASSASSIN, a definitive look at the life of the man who killed John Wilkes Booth.
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.
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.
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.
JONATHAN MAYO is a senior writer at MLB.com. For several years, he has hosted a variety of shows on MLB Radio, MLB.com’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”.
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.”
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.
JUDY MELINEK, MD is an American Board of Pathology board-certified forensic pathologist practicing forensic medicine in San Francisco, California, and CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. Dr. Melinek trained in pathology at University of California, Los Angeles and then as a forensic pathologist at the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office from 2001-2003. She has consulted and testified in criminal and civil cases in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. She is the co-author of the NYT bestselling book WORKING STIFF: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, as well as the forthcoming debut novel FIRST CUT.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.tjmitchell.blogspot.com.
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.
BEN MONTGOMERY is author of three books: THE MAN WHO WALKED BACKWARD, THE LEPER SPY, and GRANDMA GATEWOOD'S WALK, winner of a 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for biography. He spent most of his 20-year newspaper career as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, where he won a National Headliner award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He founded Gangrey.com and helped launch the Auburn Chautauqua, a southern writers collective. He lives in Tampa and Missoula, Montana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDWARD NIEDERMEYER is an auto-industry analyst, is the co-founder of Daily Kanban and the former editor of the blog The Truth About Cars. He has written for Bloomberg View, the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and The Verge. His work on Tesla has established him as one of the most visible and influential critics of the company and Niedermeyer has become a leading voice on the auto industry’s transition toward autonomous drive and shared mobility technologies, in essays published at a variety of outlets, on Twitter, and as the host of the leading podcast on new mobility technology, The Autonocast. Niedermeyer lives in Portland, Oregon, with his partner of 12 years and their two cats. When not reading, writing, podcasting or tweeting about cars and mobility, he enjoys ski touring, backpacking and exploring his beloved Pacific Northwest.
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, AN UNTOLD STORY OF SPEED, SUCCESS, AND BETRAYAL.
LAUREN E. OAKES is an ecologist and human-natural systems scientist. She is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and a Visiting Scholar in Earth System Science at Stanford University. She earned her PhD from Stanford's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Her research on how climate change affects forests ecosystems and how people adapt to climate change has been covered by The Atlantic, Scientific American, Science Friday, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, and other media outlets. She has written about her research for The New York Times and co-produced two environmental documentaries (Red Gold with feltsoulmedia.com and Alaska Gold with Frontline/PBS). 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.
IJEOMA OLUO is a Writer, Speaker, and Internet Yeller. Her work on race, gender, and social justice has been featured in the Harper’s Bazaar, Bitch, Bustle, The Rumpus, Vogue, LitHub, Guardian, New York magazine, TIME magazine, Buzzfeed, and more. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, CBS Evening News, The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, On Point, The Takeaway, WNYC Midday, Tapestry, Forum, and Lovett or Leave It. 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 and made The Root 100 and the Bitch 50 lists in 2017. 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. Her first book, SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her essay “The Burden of Enough” appears in the anthology WITHOUT A NET. She’s currently at work on her next book, MEDIOCRE: A STORY OF WHITE MALE AMERICA, answering the question so many of us are asking these days—how did we get here?—by placing the final gasping days of white male dominance in the context of the deliberate political and economic steps taken throughout our history to shore up the so-called American dream for one narrow class of people at the expense of everyone else, and ultimately the country itself. ijeomaoluo.com
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 www.writerthereseoneill.com.
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.
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.
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.
PATRICK PARR is the author of the critically acclaimed The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age (Chicago Review Press, April 2018), Parr’s work has appeared in American History, the Boston Globe, Politico, The Atlantic, History Today, The Humanist and The Japan Times, among others. He has also had fiction appear in over a dozen magazines, and in 2014 was the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship for his literary career. Parr earned his bachelor’s degree in Literature from Catawba College, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University. He and his wife split time between Yokohama, Japan and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is currently a Visiting Professor of American Studies at Asia University in Tokyo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
POLLY J PRICE is Professor of Law and Professor of Global Health at Emory University. An internationally recognized scholar of public health law and history, she is frequently interviewed by major news media including CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has characterized Professor Price’s writing as “well-researched, clearheaded, and carefully composed.” The author of two books and dozens of articles and op-eds, Price regularly collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and multiple public health organizations throughout the nation. In recognition of both her expertise and practical experience, Price was named one of 35 Andrew Carnegie Fellows, a prestigious award that recognizes an exceptional group of scholars, journalists, and authors. She is presently working on a book titled PLAGUES IN THE NATION, forthcoming from Beacon Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. His books include 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 and HELL-BENT: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob. His latest book, RACE TO HAWAII, is forthcoming from Chicago Review Press.
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.
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.
SARAH SCHULMAN is the author of novels, nonfiction books, plays and movies. Her most recent works are THE COSMOPOLITANS, which was picked as one of the "Best Books of 2016" by Publishers' Weekly, and a nonfiction book CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair. Previous novels are THE CHILD, SHIMMER, EMPATHY, RAT BOHEMIA, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES, GIRLS VISIONS AND EVERYTHING, THE MERE FUTURE, and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY. Her nonfiction titles are TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination, STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL, and MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years. She is currently working on her next novel, MAGGIE TERRY, and her upcoming nonfiction book LET THE RECORD SHOW, an oral history of ACT UP that explores how ACT UP was one of the most effective—yet overlooked—social movements in the world.
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.
LUCILE SCOTT is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. She has reported on national and international health and human rights issues for over a decade, and as part of this work, has traveled to numerous countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Most recently, she has worked as a writer and editor at the United Nations and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition, she has written and/or directed plays that have been featured at numerous New York City venues, as well as at the Edinburgh and Hollywood Fringe Festivals. In the fall of 2016, she hit the rails to visit swing states as part of Amtrak's writer's residency program. She hails from Kentucky and moved to New York after graduating from Northwestern University.
ANDREW SEIDEL is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist, author, former Grand Canyon tour guide, and sometimes photographer. At the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Andrew works to ensure that the government obeys the First Amendment and that Jefferson’s “Wall of Separation” between state and church remains tall and impregnable. His book, UN-AMERICAN is forthcoming from Sterling.
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 DON’T 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Feministing.com 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.
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.
SARA SOLOVITCH has had stories published in Esquire, Wired, Outside, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DR. ROBERT STICKGOLD holds a PhD in biochemistry, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published over 100 scientific papers, including papers in Science and Nature. He has been seen on Good Morning America, PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, and the Jim Leher News Hour; and he’s been heard on Ira Flato’s Science Friday several times, has given a TedX talk, and been heard on NPR’s Radio Lab, and on All Things Considered a dozen times. His work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine and Seed Magazine. He has been the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies (Boston), the Asian Sleep Research Society (Taiwan) and the Australasian Sleep Association (Adelaide), and will be a keynote speaker at this year’s 35th annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams; he has presented his research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the World Science Festival, also in New York. All told, he has given over 200 invited talks in nineteen countries. In addition to several landmark scientific articles, Dr. Stickgold has two science fiction novel published by Del Rey Books (Ballantine Books/Random House), one of which was Del Rey’s first-ever hardcover book and a featured alternate of the Book of the Month Club. His book, When Brains Dream, written with Antonio Zadra, is forthcoming from Norton.
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.
NEIL J. SULLIVAN is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of THE DIAMOND IN THE BRONX: YANKEE STADIUM AND THE POLITICS OF NEW YORK; THE DODGERS MOVE WEST; and THE MINORS: THE STRUGGLES AND THE TRIUMPH OF BASEBALL'S POOR RELATION FROM 1876 TO THE PRESENT.
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.
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.
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 Nation, New York, In 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.
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.
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).
MYCHAEL URBAN is a national writer for MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, and a regular guest on FoxSports TV, ESPN Radio, and MLB.com 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 Atlantic.com, 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: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate won the Oregon Book Award for general nonfiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEANA WEN, M.D is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Most recently, Dr. Wen has been an attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. As a professor of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine and of Health Policy at the School of Public Health, she co-directed GWU’s Residency Fellowship in Health Policy, co-led a new national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente, and served as founding director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for radical transparency in medicine. The author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen has given four popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and healthcare reform. 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. Her forthcoming memoir will be published by the Metropolitan imprint of Henry Holt.
PHIL WEST is an Austin, Texas-based writer, a lecturer with The Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a contributor to MLSSoccer.com, Howler, and SB Nation's Stars and Stripes FC. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Austin Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News. His first book is THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER, on Major League Soccer and the rise of American fandom. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN: THE PATH TO A US MEN’S WORLD CUP VICTORY was published in 2018.
The late DEBRA WEYERMANN was an award-winning journalist and worked for the Norfolk-Ledger-Star, Arizona Daily Star, Denver 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.
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.
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.
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 Post, Los 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 dagblog.com 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.
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.
CATHERINE ZABINKSI is a Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology at Montana State University. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Minnesota, and my research interests include restoration of metal-contaminated sites and high elevation sites, the ecology of extreme environments, plant-soil interactions in natural systems, and the soil ecology of sustainable agriculture. Her book ETERNAL HARVEST: THE EXTRAORDINARY BIOGRAPHY OF WHEAT is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.
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.
GEORGE ZAIDAN is a science communicator, television and web host, producer, and card-carrying nerd with ten years’ experience telling compelling stories. He co-hosted CNBC’s hit TV series, Make Me a Millionaire Inventor. He created, wrote, and hosted National Geographic’s webseries Ingredients; and he co-wrote and directed MIT’s webseries Science Out Loud. He has also written and voiced several TED-Ed viral videos. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Boston Globe, National Geographic Magazine, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Zaidan holds an S.B. in Chemistry from MIT, where he won the F.D. Greene Teaching Award. He is a New Media Consortium Emerging Leader and Khan Academy Talent Search Winner, and has also been honored by the Goldwater Foundation and Merck.
DR. ANTONIO ZADRA holds a PhD in clinical psychology, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal and senior researcher at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur’s Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine. He is the founder and director of the university’s Dream Laboratory and leads a multidisciplinary team of clinical researchers investigating recurrent dreams and dream-related disorders, including nightmares and sleepwalking. Dr. Zadra has been invited to speak about his work at dozens of scientific conferences and general public events in the United States, Canada, England, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. His research has been featured in television documentaries (e.g., PBS Nova, BBC Horizon, CBC’s The Nature of Things) and written up in various magazines, including the New Yorker, Slate, Huff Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg, le Figaro, Men’s Health and New Scientist. His book, When Brains Dream, written Robert Stickgold, is forthcoming from Norton.
MARC ZIMMER is the Jean Tempel '65 Professor of Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College. He has published four books; Optogenetics (2018), Bioluminescence(2015), Illuminating Disease (2015) and Glowing Genes (2005), written articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, etc. and has been interviewed and quoted in the Economist, Science, Nature etc. Zimmer curates the GFP website, tweets about GFP (@lightUpScience) and he has published over 60 research papers about cow flatulence, computational chemistry and bioluminescence in fireflies and jellyfish. Zimmer is the initiator and director of the Connecticut College Science Leaders program, a program to increase the number of women and minority students graduating from the College with a degree and research experience in the sciences. His newest book, THE STATE OF SCIENCE, is forthcoming from Prometheus.