Joe Abercrombie is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Best Served Cold and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full time writer, and occasional freelance film editor, who lives in Bath, England with his wife and daughters.
Learn more about Joe at www.joeabercrombie.com/.
Dan Abrams is the Chief Legal Analyst for NBC News and msnbc. He also serves as a contributor to "Dateline" and "Today." Outside of NBC Universal, Abrams is the founder of the Abrams Media Network which includes Mediaite.com, Geekosystem.com, Styleite.com, and Sportsgrid.com. He is also the co-founder of Gossipcop.com.
Learn more about Dan at www.dan-abrams.com/.
Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams has served as Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle. She has written for the New York Times, The New York Post, Marie Claire, O, and More. She has appeared on CNN, E!, NBC's The Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Bravo, and VH1. She lives in New York with her husband, son, daughter, three cats, one spaniel, and a flock of wild turkeys.
Learn more about Thelma at thelmadams.com/wordpress/.
Political studies, an education in cinematography, as well as growing up as the son of a psychiatric doctor have given Jussi Adler-Olsen the insight to write on subjects as different as extreme mental illness and international conspiracies. He began his writing career with the international thrillers The Alphabet House, The Company Basher and The Washington Decree, after which he set his sights on Denmark, where his series about Department Q made him a renowned author both in Denmark and abroad.
Learn more about Jussi at www.jussiadlerolsen.com/.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888) was a prolific American author known for her novel, Little Women, and its two sequels. She received instruction from several famous authors, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthrorne, and is commonly considered the foremost female novels of the "Gilded Age."
Hans Christian Andersen
Donna Andrews is the author of the Meg Langslow mysteries, including Stork Raving Mad and Swan for the Money. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and two Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She lives in Reston, Virginia.
Learn more about Donna at www.donnaandrews.com/.
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than sixty novels in nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews's novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages.
Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction. Her work was included in a list of '100 Other Distinguished Stories of 2008' in the Best American Short Stories and thrice as a 'Notable' story in the Best American Non-Required Reading. She was a finalist for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Learn more about Ramona at ramonaausubel.com/.
Tilly Bagshawe is a New York Times best-selling author. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and London with her husband and children.
Nicholson Baker is the author of nine novels, including The Anthologist, Vox, and The Fermata, and five works of nonfiction, including Human Smoke and Double Fold (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Maine with his family.
Bob Balaban is the author of the McGrowl series for young readers, and he has appeared in nearly one hundred movies, including Midnight Cowboy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Waiting for Guffman, and Moonrise Kingdom. He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Tony, four Emmys, a Producers Guild Award, two Directors Guild Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of which he won for his appearance in Gosford Park.
Mignon F. Ballard
Mignon F. Ballard grew up in a small town in Georgia. She is the author of Miss Dimple Disappears and Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause, along with seven mysteries featuring angelic sleuth Augusta Goodnight, and The War in Sallie's Station, a novel about growing up in rural Georgia during World War II. She lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Gene.
Learn more about Mignon F. at www.mignonballard.com/.
Dan Barden is also the author of John Wayne: A Novel. A native of Southern California, he teaches at Butler University and lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Elizabeth Houghton Barden, owner of Big Hat Books & Arts.
Learn more about Dan at www.danbarden.com/.
Kim Barnes is the author of three novels and two memoirs, one of which was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. She is coeditor of two anthologies, and her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.
Learn more about Kim at http://kimbarnes.com/index.html.
Lauren Barnholdt was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and currently resides in Waltham, Massachusetts. When she's not writing, she watches a lot of reality TV.
Learn more about Lauren at www.laurenbarnholdt.com.
Max Barry is the author of Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, and Machine Man. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Learn more about Max at maxbarry.com/.
Natalie Baszile has an MA in Afro American Studies from UCLA and earned an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
Learn more about Natalie at nataliebaszile.com/index.html#.UoPyz_nku6s.
Marion Dane Bauer
L. Frank Baum
Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works; 55 novels in total, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings.
Jonathan Bean received an M.F.A. from New York's School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and he is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. Jonathan's parents still live in the house the family built, outside of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.
Learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanbean.com/.
Jo Ann Beard
Jo Ann Beard is the author of a collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and other magazines and anthologies. She received a Whiting Foundation Award and nonfiction fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike's The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she recieved the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband live in Key West and Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
Learn more about Ann at authors.simonandschuster.com/Ann-Beattie/1926455.
John Davys Beresford (1873-1947) was an English journalist and author noted for his science-fiction and horror stories, particularly his ghost stories. His most notable novels are The Hampdenshire Wonder, What Dreams May Come... and The Riddle of the Tower.
Julie Berry grew up on a farm in western New York as the youngest of a family of seven book-loving kids. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband, four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers.
Learn more about Julie at www.julieberrybooks.com/.
Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. After ten years as a secretary, she got a degree in biology in order to work as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office. Now she is a forensic specialist for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes. She has lectured at writer's conventions and appeared on news programs.
Learn more about Lisa at www.lisa-black.com/#.
Charles Minor Blackford
Under the command of Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Captain Charles Minor Blackford saw combat in northern Virginia and alongside Lee's Army at Gettysburg, before marching west with Longstreet's army to Chattanooga. After the war, Captain Blackford practiced law and was a charter member of the Virginia Bar Association.
Susan Leigh Blackford
Susan Leigh Blackford is the wife of Captain Charles Minor Blackford. Her correspondence with Captain Blackford is regarded as a quintessential view into the dynamics of marriage and the perils of conflict during the American Civil War.
Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and an internationally renowned bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series as well as dozens of short stories, articles, and books on writing. He has won four Edgar and Shamus Awards, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
Learn more about Lawrence at www.lawrenceblock.com/index_frameset.htm.
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bolano died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.
Helene Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. Her debut middle grade novel, Acadian Star, was released last fall and was recently nominated for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award.
Learn more about Hélène at www.heleneboudreau.com.
Sarah Braunstein is a 2010 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree.
Sarah Braunstein is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Portland, Maine.
Simon Brett has published more than eighty books, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering, and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels. Simon Brett is a former Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors; and currently President of the Detection Club. He has three grown-up children and two grandchildren, and lives with his wife Lucy in West Sussex.
Learn more about Simon at www.simonbrett.com/.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. Visit her online at twitter.com/Mercys_Garage.
Learn more about Patricia at www.patriciabriggs.com/.
Suzanne Brockmann has written over fifty books, and is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards.
Learn more about Suzanne at www.suzannebrockmann.com/.
Frances Brody is a pseudonym for Frances McNeil, scriptwriter, playwright, author of four novels and winner of the Elizabeth Elgin Award for best new saga of the millennium. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies with Jehad nominated for a Time Out Award.
Learn more about Frances at www.frances-brody.com/.
Edna Buchanan commanded the Miami Herald police beat for eighteen years, during which she reported on 3,000 homicides and won scores of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and the 2001 George Polk Award for Career Achievement in Journalism. She attracted international acclaim for her classic true-crime memoirs, and her first novel of suspense was nominated for an Edgar Award. In addition to eighteen books, Edna has written short stories, articles, and more.
Learn more about Edna at www.ednabuchanan.com/.
Fiona Buckley is the author of ten previous Ursula Blanchard mysteries including The Siren Queen, Queen Without a Crown and, most recently, Queen's Bounty. Under her real name, Valerie Anand, she is the author of numerous historical novels including the much-loved Bridges Over Time series. Brought up in London, she now lives in Surrey.
Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and author. He founded Blue Zones™ to research and publicize the world’s best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. A pioneer in exploration and education, he has traveled the world to answer some of science’s biggest questions. Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on Blue Zones was one of the top-selling covers in the magazine’s history, and the book hit The New York Times bestseller list.
Learn more about Dan at www.bluezones.com.
In his career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Vincent Bugliosi successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including every murder case. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his true-crime classic, Helter Skelter , the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Bugliosi's other true-crime books â And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage â also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, as did his latest book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. Bugliosi lives with his wife of many years in Los Angeles.
NoViolet's story "Hitting Budapest," won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. NoViolet's other work has been shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award, and has appeared in Callaloo, The Boston Review, Newsweek, and The Warwick Review, as well as in anthologies in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, where her work has been recognized with a Truman Capote Fellowship. NoViolet was born and raised in Zimbabwe.
Learn more about NoViolet at novioletbulawayo.com/.
Eve Bunting has written more than two hundred books for young readers, including The Baby Shower, The Wedding, and Smoky Night, the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Her books are often about important social issues. Born in Ireland, she now lives in California.
Fred Burton was deputy chief of the Counterterrorism Division of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and is currently a vice president at Stratfor, a global intelligence agency known as the 'shadow CIA.' He is the author of Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and has appeared on major television and radio shows, as well as writing for the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Austin, TX.
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series The Princess Diaries. She lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.
Learn more about Meg at www.megcabot.com/.
Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was published in 2007. It won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for best first novel. Cameron's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and The Rumpus. She worked as a wilderness instructor in Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Learn more about Claire at www.claire-cameron.com/.
Peter Cameron is the author of Andorra, The City of Your Final Destination, and Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.
Learn more about Peter at www.peter-cameron.com/.
Dorothy Cannell was born in London, England, and now lives in Belfast, Maine. Dorothy Cannell writes mysteries featuring Ellie Haskell, interior decorator and Ben Haskell, writer and chef, and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers Detection Agency.
Jay Cantor is the author of three novels, The Death of Che Guevara, Krazy Kat, and Great Neck, and two books of essays, The Space Between, and On Giving Birth to One's Own Mother. A MacArthur Fellow, Cantor teaches at Tufts University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.
A native Californian, award-winning writer Kate Carlisle worked in television for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led her to write the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. Kate lives and writes in Southern California.
Learn more about Kate at www.katecarlisle.com.
Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. The Whisperer, Carrisi's first novel, won five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.
Joy Castro teaches literature at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her 2005 memoir, The Truth Book was elected an ABA Book Sense Notable Book.
Learn more about Joy at joycastro.com/.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) was an American author and Pulitzer Prize winner. She was noted for her novels of life on the Great Plains, including My Antonia and O Pioneers!
Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary Claire Helldorfer. She is the author of the Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets series. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Learn more about Dan at danchaon.com/.
Jerome Charyn , a master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, published his first novel in 1964. The author of Johnny One-Eye and dozens of other acclaimed novels and nonfiction works, he lives in New York and Paris.
Learn more about Jerome at jeromecharyn.com/.
Adam is a professional composer and singer/songwriter; the official ‘Surrogate Elton John.’ Adam sits in as Elton John, playing piano and singing while rehearsing Elton’s band for various appearances. He is married to a fearless woman. They have two beautiful boys and reside in Los Angeles. Adam’s mom lives about twenty minutes away, and since he will not respond to various inappropriate phone messages, she still writes Adam at least four times a month.
Learn more about Adam at www.smotherboard.com/.
Deepak Chopra is the founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western World. He has written more than fifty-five books and has been a bestselling author for decades with over a dozen titles on the New York Times bestseller lists, including Buddha, Jesus, and many others.
Learn more about Deepak at deepakchopra.com/.
Kate Christensen is an American novelist. She won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for her fourth novel, The Great Man. Her other novels are In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Epicure's Lament, and Trouble. Her writings have appeared in various publications including Solon, Madmoiselle, The Hartford Courant, Elle, and the bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House. She is a graduate of Reed College, and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Learn more about Kate at www.randomhouse.com/features/katechristensen/.
Sandra Cisneros is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Learn more about Sandra at www.sandracisneros.com/.
Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.
Colin Clark (1932-2002) was a British writer and filmmaker. He was the younger brother of the famous diarist Alan Clark and younger son of Sir Kenneth ('Lord Clark of Civilization'), and was educated at Eton and Oxford. After The Prince and the Showgirl, he became a personal assistant to Laurence Olivier before moving to Granada Television. Subsequently he produced and directed over 100 arts documentary films in America and Britain. His autobiography Younger Brother, Younger Son was published in 1997.
Meg Waite Clayton
Meg Waite Clayton is the author of the national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, a Bellwether Prize finalist. She hosts a blog featuring well-known authors sharing stories about their paths to writing and publishing. Her short stories and essays have been read on public radio and appeared in several magazines. She's a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan Law School, and lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.
Learn more about Meg Waite at www.megwaiteclayton.com.
Rich Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author as well as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He has written seven books, including Tough Jews, Israel Is Real, and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and Best American Essays. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons, and dog.
Learn more about Rich at authorrichcohen.com/.
Ellen Conford is one of the most prolific and successful authors of young adult fiction. In addition to the popular Jenny Archer and Annabel the Actress series, Conford has written over thirty novels. She has received numerous awards, notably an ALA Best Book of the Year Citation.
Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of eight other novels and divides her time between the suburbs of Atlanta and Boston.
Learn more about Claire at clairecook.com/author/Home.html.
Gary Corby has long been fascinated by ancient history, finding it more exciting and bizarre than any modern thriller. He's combined the ancient world with his love of whodunits, to create an historical mystery series set in classical Greece. Gary lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He blogs at A Dead Man Fell from the Sky, on all things ancient, Athenian, and mysterious.
Learn more about Gary at blog.garycorby.com/.
Ann Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
Learn more about Ann at www.anncoulter.com/.
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.
Learn more about Catherine at www.catherinecoulter.com/.
Susan Crandall is an award-winning women's fiction, suspense, romance, and mystery author. Her first book, Back Roads, won the RITA award for best first book, as well as two National Reader's Choice awards. She has released eight more critically acclaimed and award-winning novels. Susan lives in Indiana.
Learn more about Susan at www.susancrandall.net/.
Andrea Cremer's novels include Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Rift, and Rise. She lives in New York City, quite visibly.
Learn more about Andrea at www.andreacremer.com/.
Ron Currie, Jr.
Ron Currie, Jr., is the winner of the 2009 Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the New York Public Library Young Lion's Award for his acclaimed debut, God Is Dead. His 2009 novel, Everything Matters!, was an Indie Next Pick and one of Amazon's 100 Top Books of 2009 and was named by the Los Angeles Times as among the Best Fiction of 2009.
Learn more about Ron at www.roncurriejr.net/.
Mary Daheim is a Seattle native with a degree in communication from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters.
Learn more about Mary at authormarydaheim.com/.
Michael Dahlie won the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living, and he received a Whiting Writer's Award in 2010. He is currently the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Learn more about Michael at michaeldahlie.com/.
Paula Daly lives in Cumbria County in North West England with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy. She is a freelance physiotherapist.
Hilary Davidson won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done. That book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Davidsonâs widely acclaimed short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit and in many anthologies. A Toronto-born travel journalist and the author of eighteen nonfiction books, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.
Learn more about Hilary at www.hilarydavidson.com/Home.html.
MaryJanice Davidson invented a) her children, and b) the vampire chick lit genre. She is kind to (some) children and (occasional) small animals, and enjoys referring to herself in the third person. Appearing several times a year on the bestseller list, as well as occasional Federal person of interest sheets, she takes time from the living hell that is being paid to do what she loves best to seek out the nearest Cinnabon franchise.
Learn more about MaryJanice at maryjanicedavidson.net/.
Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies and her Witches of East End series is now an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.
Learn more about Melissa at www.melissa-delacruz.com/.
Barbara Delinsky has written more than nineteen bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty languages worldwide. Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels. A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College.
Learn more about Barbara at barbaradelinsky.com/.
Marisa de los Santos
A New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing, Marisa de los Santos lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.
Anita Desai is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner's Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.
Patrick deWitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Ablutions: Notes for a Novel. Born in British Columbia, he has also lived in California, Washington, and Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and son.
Learn more about Patrick at patrickdewitt.net/.
Helen DeWitt is best known for her acclaimed debut novel, The Last Samurai. She held a variety of jobs while struggling to finish a book, including a dictionary text tagger, a copytaker, Dunkin' Donuts employee, and working in a laundry service. During this time she reportedly attempted to finish many novels, before finally completing The Last Samurai, her 50th manuscript, in 1998. She has since written several other novels. She lives in Berlin.
Learn more about Helen at www.helendewitt.com/dewitt/index.html.
Baba Wague Diakite
Charles Dickens was an English writer and social reformer. He is widely considered the greatest Victorian novelist, and wrote such classics as Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, and Oliver Twist. Aside from his novels, he also wrote short stories, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and countless letters. He was also a well-known supporter of children's rights and educational reform. He died in 1870.
William Dietrich is the author of eleven novels, including four previous Ethan Gage titles - Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, and The Barbary Pirates. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington.
Learn more about William at williamdietrich.com/.
Stephen Dobyns is the author of more than thirty novels and poetry collections, including The Church of Dead Girls, Cold Dog Soup, and Cemetery Nights. Among his many honors are a Melville Cane Award, Pushcart prizes, a National Poetry Series prize, and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His novels have been translated into twenty languages, and his poetry has appeared in the Best American Poetry anthology. Dobyns, who has taught at the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College, teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College.
Stephen R. Donaldson
Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the original six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in New Mexico.
Learn more about Stephen R. at www.stephenrdonaldson.com/.
Carole Nelson Douglas
Multi-genre novelist Carole Nelson Douglas writes two bestselling series set in a Las Vegas worlds apart: the contemporary Midnight Louie feline PI mysteries, and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies set in 2013. Carole has won more than thirty writing awards, including RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Awards for Mystery and Versatility. Her NYT Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, launched the first Sherlockian woman protagonist, Irene Adler.
Learn more about Carole Nelson at carolenelsondouglas.com/.
Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his life as a slave, and his struggles to be free. His first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, was published in 1845 and was his best-known work, influential in gaining support for abolition.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, also wrote a series of thrilling science-fiction adventures starring the brilliant, daring, and comical Professor Challenger.
Roddy Doyle is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He lives and works in Dublin.
Learn more about Roddy at www.roddydoyle.ie/.
Julie Drew grew up in Florida and attended the University of South Florida, where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. and Ph.D. in English. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Akron. She has done a little traveling, and lived for a year in China with her family. Julie has published numerous academic works, nonfiction essays, and new fiction reviews in the Boston Globe and Cleveland Plain Dealer, respectively.
Learn more about Julie at juliedrew.com/.
Ree Drummond is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Her beloved blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, receives four million unique site visitors and more than 20 million page views per month. Ree has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, QVC, and The View. She lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and four children.
Learn more about Ree at thepioneerwoman.com/.
Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and went on to spend more than a decade working in fixed income sales on Wall Street.
Daphne du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Among her more famous works are Jamaica Inn, The Scapegoat, Rebecca, and the short story The Birds, all of which were subsequently made into films, the latter two directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She lived for many years in Cornwall, England, and in 1969 became Dame Daphne du Maurier.
Learn more about Daphne at www.dumaurier.org/.
Elizabeth J. Duncan
Elizabeth J. Duncan is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and has been a finalist for the Agatha and Arthur Ellis Awards. She enjoys spending time each year in North Wales and lives with her dog, Dolly, in Toronto, where she teaches in the public relations program at Humber College.
Learn more about Elizabeth J. at www.elizabethjduncan.com/.
As an MI6 field operative, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in highly hostile environments where, if compromised and captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration. He lives in England.
Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, a Maytag Fellowship, and a 2010 Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. Dybek lives in New York City.
Learn more about Nick at nickdybek.com/.
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and the author of six books, most recently The Big Burn, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Washington State Book Award. His previous books include The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice. He is a third-generation Westerner and lives in Seattle.
Learn more about Timothy at www.timothyegan.com/.
Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series, and How to Ruin series. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama.
Learn more about Simone at simoneelkeles.com/.
Alison Espach received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's and other journals. She lives in New York City, where she is currently teaching creative writing.
Learn more about Alison at www.alisonespach.com.
Daniel Estulin is an award-winning investigative journalist and has been researching the Bilderberg Group for more than 14 years. He is the host of two radio shows in Spain.
Learn more about Daniel at www.danielestulin.com/en/.
Sebastian Faulks is the author of ten novels. They include the UK number one bestseller A Week in December; Charlotte Gray, which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett; and the classic Birdsong, which was recently adapted for television. In 2008, he was invited to write a James Bond novel, Devil May Care, to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.
Learn more about Sebastian at www.sebastianfaulks.com/.
Lyndsay Faye's first novel Dust and Shadow is a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, whose exploits she has loved since childhood. Faye's love of her adopted city led her to research the origins of the New York City Police Department, the inception of which exactly coincided with the start of the Irish Potato Famine. Lyndsay and her husband Gabriel Lehner live just north of Harlem with their cats, Grendel and Prufrock.
Learn more about Lyndsay at www.lyndsayfaye.com/.
I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness.
Learn more about Christine at www.christinefeehan.com/.
Bruce Feiler writes a column on contemporary family life for the New York Times and is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads. The host of several PBS series, he is a frequent contributor to ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and other media. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their twin daughters.
Learn more about Bruce at brucefeiler.com/.
Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms, including the long-running Needlecraft Mystery series. She lives in Minnesota.
Learn more about Monica at monica-ferris.com/.
Tricia Fields lives in a log cabin on a small farm with her husband and two daughters. She was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small-town Indiana, where her husband is a state trooper. She won the Tony Hillerman Prize for her first mystery, The Territory, which was also named a Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery Debut of the Year and was followed by its sequel, Scratchgravel Road, in 2013.
Learn more about Tricia at www.triciafields.com/.
Sharon Fiffer collects buttons, Bakelite, pottery, vintage potholders, and other killer stuff. The author of seven previous Jane Wheel mysteries, she lives near Chicago.
Learn more about Sharon at www.sharonfiffer.com/.
Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Fleet Street Murders, The September Society and A Stranger in Mayfair. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in Oxford, England.
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went, as well as Sisters in Sanity.
Learn more about Gayle at www.gayleforman.com/.
Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers' Award, an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards, among other honors and awards. His writing has been published in Harper's and the New York Times, among other publications. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.
Lauren Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Utne, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter.
Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Headlong, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and Spies, which received the Whitbread Novel Award. He has also written a memoir, My Father's Fortune, and fifteen plays, among them Noises Off and Copenhagen, which won three Tony Awards. He lives just south of London.
Susan Freinkel has written for the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, and Health, among other publications. She is the author of American Chestnut, which Mary Roach called "a perfect book" and Richard Preston described as "a beautifully written account" filled with "top-notch" writing and reporting.
Learn more about Susan at www.susanfreinkel.com/.
Patricia Friedberg grew up in London during WWII. She attended the Henrietta Barnett School and later the London School of Journalism. Soon after her marriage, she left England to live for many years in South Africa and in the Rhodesias - now Zambia and Zimbabwe, where she was a journalist and writer of documentaries. She has co-authored two illustrated children's books, Dear Sammie, A Letter to a child of Divorcing parents, and Dear Jake.
The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic. He received numerous honors and awards throughout his lifetime.
Stephen Gallagher is a novelist, screenwriter, and director. He is the author of fourteen novels, including Nightmare, with Angel; The Kingdom of Bones; and Red, Red Robin. He has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story Collection, an International Horror Guild Best Short Story award, and has been a Stoker and World Fantasy Award nominee.
Learn more about Stephen at www.stephengallagher.com/.
Kami Garcia lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family. Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series, following Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.
Learn more about Kami at www.kamigarcia.com/.
Jeff Gillman loathes advice that is given without concern for the consequences. He wrote a tell-all book after hearing self-proclaimed experts spouting things such as feeding syrup to plants, and lectures on a variety of topics including homebrewed remedies and organic pesticides.
Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffgillman.net/.
Steven M. Gillon
Steve Gillon is Scholar-in-Residence for HISTORY and professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. An award winning teacher, Gillon earned his Ph.D. at Brown University, and spent nine years teaching at Yale University and three at Oxford University before being named the founding dean of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles on modern American history and politics.
Jennifer Gilmore is the author of Golden Country, a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, and Something Red, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals, including Allure, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and The Washington Post. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.
Learn more about Jennifer at www.jennifergilmore.net/.
Uri Gneezy is the Arthur Brody Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and professor of economics and strategy at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. He has also been on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Israel's Technion, and the University of Haifa.
Neil Gordon holds a Ph.D. in French literature from Yale University, worked for many years at the New York Review of Books, and is currently a contributing editor at The Boston Review and on the faculty of Eugene Lang College at the New School University. His journalism has appeared in Tin House, Tricycle, and Salon and he reviews regularly for several periodicals. He is also the author of Sacrifice of Isaac and The Gunrunner's Daughter.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, and paranormal. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift. Romance Writers of America presented Heather with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Learn more about Heather at www.eheathergraham.com/.
Sarah Graves lives with her husband in an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine, where her mystery novels are set. When she is not scraping, painting, glazing, sanding, hammering, or otherwise repairing (or failing to repair!) the old house, she is working on her next Home Repair Is Homicide novel.
Learn more about Sarah at www.sarahgraves.net/.
Tracey Garvis Graves
Tracey Garvis Graves is the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her family.
Learn more about Tracey Garvis at www.traceygarvisgraves.com/.
Karl Taro Greenfeld
Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of five previous books: the much-acclaimed memoir Boy Alone; NowTrends; China Syndrome; Standard Deviations; and Speed Tribes. His writing has appeared in Harper's, Playboy, Time, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Short Stories, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He currently lives in Tribeca with his wife, Silka, and their daughters, Esmee and Lola.
Learn more about Karl Taro at www.karltarogreenfeld.com/ktg/home.html.
Scott Gummer is the author of two books, The Seventh at St. Andrews and Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine, and has contributed to over forty magazines including Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, and more. He lives with his wife and children in Sonoma wine country, where he has coached youth sports at every level from peewee boys to high school varsity girls, and where he serves on the Little League Board of Directors.
Learn more about Scott at pantherpictures.com/scottgummer.htm.
A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
A. B. Guthrie, Jr., lived much of his life in Montana. He is the author of numerous books, including six Big Sky novels, as well as the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning film Shane. He received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Way West. Guthrie, who died in 1991, is honored for his contribution to literature and his timeless portrayal of the American West.
Helon Habila is the internationally renowned author of Waiting for an Angel, which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing, and Measuring Time, and Oil on Water. He was born in Nigeria, and studied at the University of Jos and the University of East Anglia. He now teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he lives with his wife and children.
Learn more about Helon at www.helonhabila.com/.
Jane Haddam, author of more than twenty novels, has been a finalist for both the Edgar and the Anthony Award. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Learn more about Jane at www.janehaddam.com/.
H. Rider Haggard
H. Rider Haggard was a popular English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, including King Solomon's Mines and She.
Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Faith; The Condition; Baker Towers, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction; and Mrs. Kimble, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has been published widely in the Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and other publications. She lives in the Boston area.
Barbara Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in many genres, from mysteries to science fiction and fantasy. Married to science fiction writer George Alec Effinger, she lives in Los Angeles and teaches at a local college.
Learn more about Barbara at www.barbarahambly.com/.
Cicely Hamilton (1872 - 1952) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, dramatist, and campaigner for women's rights who served during WWI with an ambulance unit and at a military hospital in France. Her plays include Diana of Dobson's (1908) and How the Vote was Won (1909); her 1909 treatise Marriage as a Trade is a witty criticism of that institution. The dystopian Theodore Savage is her only science fiction novel.
Mohammed Hanif was born in Pakistan. After leaving the Pakistan Air Force Academy to pursue a career in journalism, he worked for Newsline, India Today, and The Washington Post. He has written plays for the stage and screen, including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and the feature film The Long Night. Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme. He is currently head of BBC’s Urdu Service and lives in London.
Sophie Hannah is an award-winning poet and crime fiction writer whose novels are international bestsellers.
Learn more about Sophie at www.sophiehannah.com/.
Daniel Hannan is a conservative British member of the EU parliament. He was president of the Oxford Conservative Association and has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph since 1996. He was elected to the EU parliament in 1999 at age of 28 and has been twice reelected.
Ron Hansen is the author of eight novels and three short story collections. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, and went on to the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop where he studied with John Irving. He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California.
Tim Harford is the author of The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life, and Adapt. He writes two columns for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Parade, New York, and Wired. He lives with his family in Oxford.
Learn more about Tim at timharford.com/.
An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of forty-seven novels of mystery and suspense. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats. She and her husband Phil enjoy the company of an orange tabby and brother and sister brown tabbies.
Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynhart.com/.
Brooke Hauser is a writer living in New York City. For several years, she covered the film industry as Writer-at-Large and editor at Premiere. In 2005, her interest in profiling characters led her to The New York Times. Since then, she has tried to dig deep and tread lightly in many different worlds. She still writes about movies and movie stars for The Los Angeles Times, Allure, and More, among other publications.
Learn more about Brooke at www.brookehauser.com/index.html.
Rachel Hawkins is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. Rachel taught high school English for 3 years before becoming a full-time writer.
Learn more about Rachel at readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/.
Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, The Treatment, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel, Sunday Times bestseller Tokyo, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, and the SNCF Prix Polar. She has also written the bestselling Pig Island, as well as three books in the Walking Man series: Ritual, Skin and Gone.
Learn more about Mo at www.mohayder.net/.
Eric S. Heberlig is a tenured associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is co-author of Classics in Congressional Politics and American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena, and of journal articles on legislative, interest group, and electoral politics.
Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of the best-selling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction. He currently writes for numerous publications, including Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and Mother Jones. A columnist for Truthdig, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
William Heffernan, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of eighteen novels, including such best sellers as The Corsican, The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller), The Dead Detective, and Tarnished Blue (winner of an Edgar Award). Heffernan lives outside of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sara J. Henry
Sara J. Henry is the author of the award-winning Learning to Swim. She was a newspaper sports editor in the Adirondacks and has been a book and magazine editor, freelance writer, and webmaster. A native of Tennessee, she also lived in Ontario and Florida, and now calls southern Vermont home.
Learn more about Sara J. at www.sarajhenry.com/.
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman published their first novel in the Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, in 1984. Over twenty years later they are going strong, collaborating on more than thirty novels. Alone or together with other co-authors, Weis and Hickman have published more than one hundred books, including novels, collections of short stories, role-playing games, and other gaming products. Margaret Weis lives in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Tracy Hickman lives in Utah.
Learn more about Tracy at www.trhickman.com/.
Shamus Award-winning thriller writer Lynn Hightower is the author of numerous thrillers, including the Sonora Blair and Lena Padget detective series. Her internationally-bestselling novels have been included in the New York Times List of Notable Books, the London Times' bestseller lists and the WH Smith Fresh Talent Awards.
Learn more about Lynn at www.lynnhightower.com/.
Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of The Rain Wilds Chronicles, The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Tawny Man Trilogy. She also writes as Megan Lindholm. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and been finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.
Learn more about Robin at www.robinhobb.com/.
Mary Ann Hoberman
Roger D. Hodge
Roger D. Hodge was the editor-in-chief of Harper's Magazine from 2006 to 2010. Hodge began his journalism career as a freelance writer in 1989. He was a National Magazine Award finalist in Reviews and Criticism in 2006, and has worked as a ranch hand, an insurance adjuster, and for several years taught philosophy at Eugene Lang College. Hodge lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and their two sons.
William Hope Hodgson
English author William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) was known for his works of horror and science-fiction. His first story, The Goddess of Death, was published in 1904. The Night Land, his last printed effort, was published in 1918. Hodgson was also renowned as a photographer and a bodybuilder. He died in battle during World War I at the age of 40.
Cara Hoffman writes skillfully and hauntingly about women's lives, about crime and family and Gothic, rural America. She distills the essence of family into something darkly beautiful and worthy of intimate attention. She has won a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her work on violence and adolescents and has worked as an investigative reporter covering New York State’s rural and Rust belt communities, where she wrote about environmental politics and crime.
Learn more about Cara at www.carahoffman.com/.
Kay Hooper, who has more than thirteen million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. She lives in North Carolina, where she is currently working on her next novel.
Learn more about Kay at www.kayhooper.com/.
Nalo Hopkinson has won numerous awards including the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Canada's Sunburst Award for Literature of the Fantastic. Her award-winning short fiction collection Skin Folk was selected for the 2002 New York Times Summer Reading List and was one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year. Born in Jamaica, Nalo has lived in Guyana, Trinidad, and Canada.
Learn more about Nalo at www.nalohopkinson.com/.
Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.
Wenguang Huang is a Chicago-based writer and translator. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, the Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Asia Literary Review. Huang is the English translator of The Corpse Walker, God Is Red, and Woman from Shanghai. He grew up in northern China.
Muriel Jaeger (1892-1969) was a British historian and social critic, and the author of Before Victoria. Her science fiction books include The Question Mark, an ambiguous utopia that likely influenced Aldous Huxley; Hermes Speaks; and Retreat From Armageddon.
Carol Brown Janeway (translator)
Kristopher Jansma is a lecturer at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase and writes a monthly column for Electric Literature's blog The Outlet. He lives in New York City with his wife.
Learn more about Kristopher at kristopherjansma.com/.
K.W.Jeter is the international and New York Times bestselling author of science fiction novels including Farewell Horizontal, Death Arms and Madlands, horror/thrillers including The Night Man, Soul Eater and Dark Seeker, and media tie-ins including the Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy and the authorized Blade Runner book sequels The Edge of Human and Replicant Night. After living in both England and Spain, he currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Learn more about K.W. at kwjeter.com/.
James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, educator, and early civil rights activist. Johnson was a notable early leader of the NAACP, as well as an active scholar and writer, whose work includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University.
Steven Johnson is the author of seven bestsellers, including Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator's Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites, and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.
Learn more about Steven at stevenberlinjohnson.typepad.com/.
Michael Johnston is Melissa's husband and heretofore "silent partner." He is co-creator of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series. Melissa and Michael live with their daughter in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.
Gareth Jefferson Jones
Gareth Jefferson Jones became a writer after enjoying a successful career as an actor. For the last twenty years he has lived in Germany, where he has worked as a screenwriter, a documentary maker, and a story editor for TV.
Learn more about Gareth Jefferson at www.garethjeffersonjones.com/.
Morag Joss is the author of several novels, including Among the Missing and the CWA Silver Dagger winner Half Broken Things, which was also adapted as a film for U.K. national television. In 2008 she was the recipient of a Heinrich Boll Fellowship, and in 2009 she was nominated for an Edgar Award for her sixth novel, The Night Following.
Learn more about Morag at www.moragjoss.com/.
Barbara M. Jossee
Heidi Julavits is the author of two previous novels, The Mineral Palace and The Effect of Living Backwards, as well as a collaborative book, Hotel Andromeda, with the artist Jenny Gage. She is a founding editor of The Believer, and her writings have appeared in Esquire, Time, The New York Times, McSweeney's among other places. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series.
Learn more about Julie at www.juliekagawa.com/.
Faye Kellerman is the author of twenty-seven novels, including twenty New York Times bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also penned two bestselling short novels with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, and recently teamed up with her daughter Aliza to co-write a teen novel titled Prism. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Learn more about Faye at www.fayekellerman.net/.
Jonah Keri is a sports and stock market writer. His take on the issues is influenced by objective analysis and biased Canadianism. Jonah's sports writing has appeared at ESPN.com, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He is also the editor and co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers, among others. Jonah covers the stock market for Investor's Business Daily, and his podcast is one of the Web's most popular sports podcasts.
Learn more about Jonah at jonahkeri.com/.
Salman Khan was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to immigrant parents from India and Bangladesh. Before founding the Khan Academy, he was a hedge fund analyst. He's also worked in venture capital and engineering at Oracle and several Silicon Valley start-ups. Khan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was president of his class, and three degrees from MIT.
James Kimmel, Jr.
James Kimmel, Jr., is the author of Suing for Peace: A Guide for Resolving Life's Conflicts. He received a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Pennsylvania and is a lawyer who focuses on the intersection of law and spirituality.
Learn more about James at www.jameskimmeljr.com/.
Rudyard Kipling is the celebrated author of The Jungle Book and Kim. He also wrote two dystopian science fiction tales: With the Night Mail (1905) and "As Easy As A. B. C." (1912).
Andrew Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writer of America's Edgar award five times and won twice. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Don't Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas, True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Empire of Lies. Klavan is a contributing editor to City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other places.
After twenty years of private research, Brad Klinge, with his brother, Barry, founded the paranormal investigation group Everyday Paranormal, located in San Antonio, Texas. The Klinge brothers have starred in the Discovery Channel series Ghost Lab where their radical approach has had far-reaching effects on the paranormal community.
After twenty years of private research, Brad Klinge, with his brother, Barry, founded the paranormal investigation group Everyday Paranormal, located in San Antonio, Texas. The Klinge brothers have starred in the Discovery Channel series Ghost Lab where their radical approach has had far-reaching effects on the paranormal community.
Gerald Knaus, founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative, is a Carr Center Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School. He taught economics at the University of Chernivtsi (Ukraine) and worked for five years in Bulgaria and Bosnia for international organizations. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a 2007/2008 Open Society Fellow. In 2004 he moved to Istanbul and regularly writes for the Rumeli Observer.
Learn more about Gerald at www.geraldknaus.eu/.
Michael Korda is the former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and is the author of many books, most recently With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain. He served in the Royal Air Force and lives in Dutchess County, New York.
Julie Kramer writes thrillers set in the desperate world of television news. Her debut Stalking Susan, won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her second book, Missing Mark, was nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery/suspense. Library Journal described her third book, Silencing Sam, as her best yet in a starred review. Kramer lives with her family in White Bear Lake, MN.
Learn more about Julie at www.juliekramerbooks.com/.
Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz holds a B.A in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. To help educate the public about the romantic genre she became the editor and a contributor to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a non-fiction essay collection that won the prestigious Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. She and her husband live in Seattle.
Learn more about Jayne Ann at www.krentz-quick.com/.
William Kuhn is a biographer, historian, and the author, most recently, of Reading Jackie, an account of the editorial life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He has written three previous books: Democratic Royalism; Henry and Mary Ponsonby; and The Politics of Pleasure. Most recently Kuhn has been professor of history at Carthage College and he has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Learn more about William at www.williamkuhn.com/.
Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books. She has appeared on the Today show, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR's All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.
Learn more about Jen at www.jennsylvania.com/.
Joe R. Lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. He has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and many, many others. His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Learn more about Joe R. at www.joerlansdale.com/.
James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry, and he was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award. His nonfiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.
Learn more about James at www.jameslasdun.com/.
Victor LaValle is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Learn more about Victor at http://www.victorlavalle.com/.
Deborah Lawrenson grew up in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. She lives in Kent, England, and she and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for The Lantern.
Learn more about Deborah at www.deborah-lawrenson.co.uk/.
Katie Lee is the food and lifestyle contributor for The Early Show and has appeared on Oprah, Today, Extra, The Martha Stewart Show, Paula's Best Dishes, and Iron Chef America. She has been featured in publications such as People, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and InStyle, and writes a regular column for Cosmopolitan. Outside of her culinary adventures, she enjoys spending time in her organic garden and traveling. She lives in New York City.
Learn more about Katie at www.katieleehome.com/.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on entrepreneurs in these countries has been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times, as well as the World Bank and Harvard Business School. She lives in Los Angeles.
Learn more about Gayle Tzemach at www.gaylelemmon.com/.
Marianne Leone is an actress who appeared in The Sopranos, a screenwriter, and an essayist published in The Boston Globe. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, actor Chris Cooper, and two rescue dogs. The Jesse Cooper Foundation funds inclusion and adapted sports for children with special needs, and supports disabled orphans in Romania.
Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College.
David Levien is the author of Where the Dead Lay and City of the Sun. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Ocean's Thirteen, Runaway Jury, Rounders, Knockaround Guys, and several other major films. Levien is a director and film producer (with partner Brian Koppelman) of Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon, and The Girlfriend Experience (directed by Steven Soderbergh). He lives in Connecticut.
Sara Levine teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Nerve, Conjunctions, Necessary Fiction, Sonora Review, and other magazines.
Learn more about Sara at sara-levine.com/.
David Levithan had never written a novel with a one-word title. His novels include Every Day, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). He lives just outside New York City.
Learn more about David at www.davidlevithan.com/.
Pam Lewis lives in Storrs, Connecticut, with her explorer-adventurer husband, Rob Funk. She went to Stanford University, and married immediately after college. While raising two boys, she worked at a motley assortment of jobs, including writing marketing copy for insurance companies. During this time she wrote fiction furiously every morning, more for pleasure and therapy than with an eye to publication, and was therefore surprised when her writing was finally published.
Learn more about Pam at www.pamlewisonline.com/index.html.
Douglas Light was born in Indiana. His story collection Girls in Trouble won the 2010 AWP Grace Paley Prize for short fiction. He is the author of the novel East Fifth Bliss, which received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Fiction. Light's second novel Where Night Stops received a 2010 NoMAA Grant. His fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and has appeared in the 2003 Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology, and several magazines.
Learn more about Douglas at www.douglaslight.com/.
Abraham Lincoln was a store owner, postmaster, county surveyor, and lawyer, before sitting in both the House of Representatives and Senate. He was our 16th President, being elected twice, and serving until his assassination in 1865. He is best known for leading the United States through the Civil War, and his anti-slavery stance.
Josh Linkner is founder and chairman of ePrize, a dominant player in the promotions industry serving 74 of the top 100 brands. He is a four-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist, accomplished jazz musician, and highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has won several business, technology, and design awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Crain's 40 under 40, Automation Alley's CEO of the Year, and the Detroit Executive of the Year.
Learn more about Josh at joshlinkner.com/.
Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can't Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in Massachusetts and New York City.
Learn more about Elinor at www.elinorlipman.com/.
John List is the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics (NBER) for more than decade and served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors for environmental and resource economics.
Attica Locke is a writer who has worked in both film and television. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has written movie scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, and Jerry Bruckheimer films, as well as television pilots for HBO, Dreamworks, and Silver Pictures. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmaker's Lab. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Learn more about Attica at www.atticalocke.com/.
Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer and world-famous adventurer. He is the author of the classic novels White Fang and The Call of the Wild.
Tami L. Longaberger serves as Chairman and has been Chief Executive Officer of The Longaberger Company since 1998, a family-owned national direct-selling company founded by Tami's father, Dave Longaberger, in 1973. In 1994, Ms. Longaberger assumed the role of President. She has steered The Longaberger Company through unprecedented sales growth, product diversification, and new technologies. She is a “soccer mom” who enjoys an active life, bird watching, her pets, and reading.
Bret Lott is the author of the novels A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprah's Book Club selection), The Hunt Club, Reed's Beach, A Stranger's House, and The Man Who Owned Vermont; three story collections, a memoir, and a writing guide. Named editor of The Southern Review in 2004, Bret Lott lives with his wife in Charleston, South Carolina.
Sarah Lovett's five suspense novels featuring forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange have been published in the United States and around the world. A native Californian, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Learn more about Sarah at sarahlovett.com/.
Elizabeth Lowell is the author of numerous historical and contemporary novels, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers, including four masterful works of romantic suspense featuring the Donovan family. Ms. Lowell lives in Anacortes, Washington, with her husband with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.
Learn more about Elizabeth at www.elizabethlowell.com/.
Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Prodigy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
Learn more about Marie at marielu.org/.
Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance, and Woke Up Lonely. She won the Bard Prize for Fiction, and a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. She teaches at Brooklyn College, Columbia, New York University, and Princeton, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She lives in Brooklyn.
Learn more about Fiona at www.fionamaazel.com/.
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Patricia MacDonald is an internationally-bestselling author of thrilling domestic suspense. Her highly-acclaimed novels include Stolen in the Night, From Cradle to Grave, Cast Into Doubt and Missing Child. She lives in New Jersey, USA.
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.
Learn more about D.J. at djmachalebooks.com/.
G. M. Malliet
Winner of the Agatha Award for Death of a Cozy Writer, which initially won the Malice Domestic grant, G.M. Malliet attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, the setting for her first series, the St. Just mysteries.
Learn more about G. M. at gmmalliet.com/.
Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series of young adult novels: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, and Darkest Mercy. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her family. Graveminder is her first adult novel.
Learn more about Melissa at www.melissa-marr.com/.
Michael Marshall is the author of the trilogy comprised of The Straw Men, The Upright Man, and Blood of Angels, as well as the standalone novels The Servants, The Intruders, and Bad Things. He also works as a screen writer for clients in London and Los Angeles, and is currently writing a television pilot set in New York. He lives in London, England, with his wife and son.
Learn more about Michael at www.michaelmarshallsmith.com/.
Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Italian Fever, The Great Divorce, Mary Reilly, and the 2003 Orange Prize-winning Property and of three collections of short fiction.
Learn more about Valerie at valeriemartinonline.com/.
Jamie Mason was born in Oklahoma City, but grew up in Washington, D.C. She's most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Learn more about Jamie at www.jamie-mason.com/.
Sujata Massey is an Edgar; Anthony; and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, and winner of the Agatha and the Macavity Award for her ten Rei Shimura mystery novels set in Japan. Born in England to an Indian father and a German mother, Sujata Massey grew up mostly in the United States and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program. She then worked as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun before marrying and moving to Japan. She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and children.
Learn more about Sujata at www.sujatamassey.com/.
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the American classic The Color of Water and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. A graduate of Oberlin College, he has a master's in journalism from Columbia University. McBride holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
Learn more about James at www.jamesmcbride.com/.
Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Her novel, A Place of Execution, won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Learn more about Val at www.valmcdermid.com/.
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Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First in English Literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio, and publishing before giving up her day job to write fiction.
Learn more about Jennifer at www.jennifermcveigh.com/.
Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of sixteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. She lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.
Learn more about Leslie at www.lesliemeierbooks.com/.
Maile Meloy is the award-winning author of The Apothecary, as well as the adult short story collections Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Half in Love, and the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter.
Learn more about Maile at www.mailemeloy.com/mailemeloy/Home.html.
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American writer and the author of Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener, and Billy Budd. Although he experienced some success with his first three novels, Melville quickly faded from literary fame. His other work did not gain popularity again until the early 20th century, when Moby Dick was hailed as a literary masterpiece and paved the way for the critical celebration of his other works.
Charley Memminger is a national award-winning humor columnist, screenwriter, and author who is based in Hawaii. A former crime and investigative reporter, Memminger's work has appeared nationally in magazines and newspapers. He was twice named the top humor columnist in the country by the National Society for Newspaper Columnists. He lives in the sleepy windward Oahu bay town of Kaneohe with his wife, cat, love birds, geckos, and other indigenous island wildlife.
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. He is a winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, and a Story Prize finalist. His short fiction has been published in several magazines, and broadcast on NPR. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Magazine. He is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Learn more about Joe at www.joemeno.com/.
Gavin Menzies is the globally bestselling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America and 1434: The Year China Ignited the Renaissance. His ideas have been profiled in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and Wall Street Journal, and he has lectured in Washington, D.C.; London; and Beijing. His knowledge of seafaring and navigation sparked his interest in the epic voyages of Chinese admiral Zheng He, which he described in 1421 and 1434.
Learn more about Gavin at www.gavinmenzies.net/.
Fern Michaels is an internationally bestselling author who lives in Summerville, South Carolina. She started writing in 1973 when her youngest son went off to school, and since then has written more than fifty books.
Learn more about Fern at fernmichaels.com/.
Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tate Memorial Prize for Fiction. He has since written five novels including Casanova and Oxygen, which was a finalist for the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize in 2001. He He lives in Somerset England.
Linda Lael Miller
Linda Lael Miller is the author of seventy historical and contemporary romance novels, many of which are set in the American West. She was awarded the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Learn more about Linda Lael at www.lindalaelmiller.com/.
The author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and eight other works of fiction, Lydia Millet has won the PEN-USA Award and been a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Learn more about Lydia at www.lydiamillet.net/index.html.
Santa Montefiore's novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than three million copies in England and Europe. She studied Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children, Lily and Sasha.
Learn more about Santa at www.santamontefiore.co.uk/.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was a Canadian novelist and the famed author of the Anne Shirley series. She found instant literary fame upon the publication of her first book, Anne of Green Gables. She published 20 novels and 500 short stories during her lifetime and was the first woman to be named a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Liane Moriarty is the author of the reading group hit, What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotist's Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
Learn more about Liane at www.lianemoriarty.com/.
Shelia P. Moses
Shelia P. Moses is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including National Book Award Finalist, The Legend of Buddy Bush and I, Dred Scott. She's also the co-author of New York Times bestselling Callus on My Soul, comedian and activist Dick Gregory's memoir. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 37 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
Learn more about Walter at www.waltermosley.com/.
Andrew Motion is the author of three biographies and a number of books of poetry. In 1999 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain, and he is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Motion serves as head of the Literature Panel of the Arts Council and frequently broadcasts on the BBC.
Learn more about Andrew at www.uktouring.org.uk/andrewmotion/index.html.
Tom Mueller writes for The New Yorker and other publications. He lives in a medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy.
Learn more about Tom at www.truthinoliveoil.com/.
Clarence E. Mulford
Clarence Edward Mulford was the author of Hopalong Cassidy, written in 1904. He wrote it in Fryeburg, Maine, United States, and the many stories and 28 novels were followed by radio, feature film, television, and comic book versions. Clarence was born in Streator, Illinois. He died of complications from surgery in Portland, Maine. He set aside much of his money from his book for local charities.
Stuart Nadler is a recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, he was also the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of the story collection The Book of Life.
Learn more about Stuart at stuartnadler.net/.
Bich Mihn Nguyen
Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by the name Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Among her honors are a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and an American Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications including the Found Magazine anthology and The New York Times.
Learn more about Bich Mihn at www.bichminhnguyen.com/.
Solomon Northup was a free-born African American man from New York who gained recognition after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. He managed to get word to his family, and was freed and brought back home. He sued the slave traders, but under District of Columbia law, he could not testify against white men, and he lost. He became very active in the abolitionist cause, and aided on the Underground Railroad.
Kem Nunn is a third-generation Californian whose previous novels include The Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, and Tapping the Source, which was made in to the film Point Break. Tijuana Straits won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Southern California, where he also writes screenplays for television and film.
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including New York Times bestseller The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger). She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Learn more about Joyce Carol at www.usfca.edu/jco/.
In more than twenty books, Edna O'Brien has charted the emotional and psychic landscape of her native Ireland; often criticized in her own country for her outspoken stance, she has forged a universal audience. Awards and prizes include the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Premier Cavour (Italian), American National Arts Gold Medal, and Ulysses Medal 2006.
Edwin Vincent Odle (1890-1942) was founding editor of the British short-story magazine Argosy, and a member of avant-garde author Dorothy Richardson's circle. Odle's only other science fiction novel was never published, and is now lost.
Gerard O’Donovan is an Irish journalist and crime writer. Born in Cork and brought up in Dublin, after a brief career in the Irish civil service he traveled widely, working as a barman, bookseller, and English teacher before settling down to make a living as a journalist and critic for, among others, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger competition.
Learn more about Gerard at www.gerard-odonovan.com/Gerard_ODonovan_author,_crime_writer.html.
Jenny Offill is the author of the novel Last Things, which was chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Guardian. It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Story, Epoch, Boulevard, Significant Objects, and Electric Literature, among other places. Her children's books include 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and 11 Experiments That Failed. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and now teaches in the writing programs at Brooklyn College and Columbia University.
Learn more about Jenny at jennyoffill.com/.
Kristin Ohlsson is a political scientist and has previously worked for the Swedish Security Service as well as a Counter-Terrorism Officer at the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She now lives in Stockholm, where she works full-time as writer.
Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler is the author of twelve novels, six story collections, and a book on the creative process. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and National Magazine Awards in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
Learn more about Robert at www.robertolenbutler.com/.
Alicia Oltuski received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was awarded a David Berg Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared on NPR's NPR's Berlin Stories, in The Faster Times, The Bulletin in Philadelphia, and other publications. She has taught at the University of the Arts and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.
Learn more about Alicia at aliciaoltuski.com/.
Dan O'Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.
Learn more about Daniel at www.rookfiles.com/.
Katherine Hall Page
Katherine Hall Page is the author of the Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. She has also won the Agatha Award for best novel with The Body in the Snowdrift and an Agatha Award for her short story, 'The Would-Be Widower.' She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
Learn more about Katherine Hall at http://www.katherine-hall-page.org/.
Daniel Palmer spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer helping to build first generation websites for Barnes & Noble and other popular brands. An experienced musician and songwriter, Daniel has recorded two CDs and licensed his songs for commercial use. Daniel's co-written two short stories for the trade organization International Thriller Writers. He holds a master's degree in mass communications from Boston University, and currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.
Learn more about Daniel at www.danielpalmerbooks.com/.
Rajesh Parameswaran is a graduate of Yale Law School. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, Fiction, and Book. 'The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan' earned McSweeney's a National Magazine Award and was anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing 2007. He has had residencies at Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony.
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Brad Parks is the first author to win both the Shamus Award and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery for his debut novel, Faces of the Gone. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The [Newark] Star-Ledger, he lives in Virginia.
Learn more about Brad at www.bradparksbooks.com/.
Brigid Pasulka's debut novel, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Pasulka currently lives in Chicago with her husband and runs the writing center at a public high school.
Learn more about Brigid at www.brigidpasulka.com/.
Jesse Petersen was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Idaho and got married in Washington. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and has been writing for twelve years. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two cats. When not writing, she enjoys reading, bike riding and volunteering at her local zoo.
Learn more about Jesse at www.jessepetersen.net.
Per Petterson is the author of five previous novels, which established him as one of NorwayÃ¢ÂÂs best fiction writers. Petterson worked as a manual laborer, spent twelve years as a bookseller, and was a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. His novel Out Stealing Horses won the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was named one of the best books of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review and Time.
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books, and has also held visiting professorships at the Harvard Business School, London Business School, IESE Business School in Spain, and other institutions.
Learn more about Jeffrey at www.jeffreypfeffer.com.
Valerie Plame's career in the CIA included assignments in counterproliferation operations, ensuring that enemies of the United States could not threaten the country with weapons of mass destruction. She and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, are the parents of twins. Plame and her family live in New Mexico.
Mark Jude Poirier
Mark Jude Poirier is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novels Modern Ranch Living and Goats, and the story collections Unsung Heroes of American Industry and Naked Pueblo.
Learn more about Mark Jude at authors.simonandschuster.com/Mark-Jude-Poirier/44415163.
Terry Pratchett's many honors include the ALA's Margaret A. Edwards Award, a Printz Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. Knighted for "Services to Literature," Sir Terry lives in England, and his books have sold more than 75 million copies.
Learn more about Terry at www.terrypratchett.co.uk/.
Michael Prell is a writer and strategist for Tea Party Patriots, the nation's largest tea party organization. He has also written for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Canadian Prim Minister Stephen Harper, and hundreds of officials, organizations, and conservative leaders in the United States and around the world. He writes for The Washington Times, Townhall.com, The Daily Caller and American Thinker. Michael operates a successful marketing and publicity firm and is a Pollie Award-winner.
Learn more about Michael at www.under-dogma.com/index.html.
Lisa Pulitzer is a former correspondent for The New York Times. She is the author of more than a dozen bestselling nonfiction books in the areas of true crime and crime and current events, among them one about the Scott Peterson case. Her most recent book, Stolen Innocence, was written with former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) member Elissa Wall. Pulitzer also co-authored Daughters of Juarez with Teresa Rodriguez.
Learn more about Lisa at www.lisapulitzer.com.
Ron Rash is the author of The Cove and of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.
Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, and son, Henry. He plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk.
Kathy Reichs is vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists; forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec; and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her first book, Deja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her latest novels, Flash and Bones and Virals, were both instant Sunday Times bestsellers.
Learn more about Kathy at kathyreichs.com/.
Jon Reiner won the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing with Recipes for the collaborative Esquire article "How Men Eat." His memoir, The Man Who Couldn't Eat, is based on an acclaimed article of the same name that he wrote for Esquire in 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Learn more about Jon at www.jonreiner.com/.
Adam Rex is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich. His other books include Pssst!, The True Meaning of Smekday, Fat Vampire, and Cold Cereal. He also illustrated the Brixton Brothers series, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, and Chloe and the Lion, all by Mac Barnett and Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Learn more about Adam at www.adamrex.com/.
Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess - the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes. Instead, she became a writer. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she's a nationally bestselling author of many paranormal novels.
Learn more about Morgan at www.fallingkingdoms.com/.
Author Jeffrey Robinson lived in the South of France for many years and got to know Princess Grace and her family. Prince Rainier's only stipulation to him was, "Tell the truth."
Learn more about Jeffrey at www.jeffreyrobinson.com/.
Luis J. Rodriguez
The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis J. Rodriguez began writing in his early teens and has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children's book writer, and critic. Currently working as a peacemaker among gangs on a national and international level, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha's Caf‚ & Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Learn more about Luis J. at www.luisjrodriguez.com/.
Kenny Rogers is one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. He has endeared himself to music lovers around the world with hit songs like "Lady," "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream," and "Love or Something Like It." He has recorded more than 65 albums, is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has won eighteen American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.
Learn more about Kenny at kennyrogers.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm.
Richard Rohr was born in Kansas in 1943. He entered the Franciscans in 1961, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He received his Master's Degree in Theology from Dayton that same year. He now lives in a hermitage behind his Franciscan community in Albuquerque, and divides his time between local work and preaching and teaching on all continents. He has written numerous books including: Everything Belongs, Things Hidden, The Naked Now, and more.
Learn more about Richard at www.cacradicalgrace.org/.
Tom Rose covered the 1988 whale rescue as a reporter and producer for Japanese TV. He spent the next several months in Alaska interviewing every major player involved in both the rescue and media coverage of it. Today, Rose, the former Publisher and CEO of the Jerusalem Post, is a conservative talk show host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He writes regularly on the Middle East and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago.
Learn more about Veronica at veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/.
Laura Joh Rowland
Laura Joh Rowland is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries, which have twice been named Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.
Learn more about Laura Joh at www.laurajohrowland.com/.
Anuradha Roy is an editor at Permanent Black, an independent press. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been published in 16 countries and translated into 14 languages across the world. It has been named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize. Roy lives mainly in Ranikhet, India.
Learn more about Anuradha at authors.simonandschuster.com/Anuradha-Roy/75600097.
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur, India, and lives in New York. His first novel, The Gabriel Club, was published in eight languages in sixteen countries.
Adam Rubin is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book Dragons Love Tacos and the critically-acclaimed Those Darn Squirrels trilogy. During the day Adam Rubin works as Creative Director at a fancy digital advertising agency in New York City. At night, Adam indulges his hobbies as a puzzle collector and magic trick aficionado.
Learn more about Adam at whothehell.com/.
William Ryan is author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin and completed his Masters in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University.
Learn more about William at www.william-ryan.com/.
Brandi Lynn Ryder
Brandi Lynn Ryder lives in the heart of the Napa Valley. In Malice, Quite Close, her first novel, was a finalist for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Learn more about Brandi Lynn at brandilynnryder.com/.
Thomas Sanchez is a descendant of cattlemen dating back four generations in California to the nineteenth-century Gold Rush. He was born days after his father was killed at the age of twenty-one in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Sanchez's novels have received numerous honors, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and is a Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Sanchez is also the director of a documentary film, Into the Light, chronicling the life of Jack Garfein, legendary film director and Actors Studio icon, and survivor of eleven concentration camps. Sanchez divides his time between San Francisco, Key West, and Paris.
Learn more about Thomas at www.thomas-sanchez.com/.
Jack Schaefer was a twentieth century American writer and journalist best known for writing several novels about the American West. Best-known for his book Shane (1949), it was the inspiration for a popular and critically acclaimed movie by the same name. Schaefer died in 1991.
Elissa Schappell writes the Hot Type column for Vanity Fair, is a founding editor of the literary magazine Tin House, and co-edited The Friend That Got Away. She received her MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She has been a senior editor at The Paris Review and has contributed to numerous other magazines. Her first book, Use Me, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She lives in Brooklyn.
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of The Weekend, the internationally bestselling novels The Reader and Homecoming, as well as the collection of short stories Flights of Love and four prizewinning crime novels - The Gordian Knot, Self's Deception, Self's Punishment, and Self's Murder. He lives in Berlin and New York.
Lynn Schnurnberger is the bestselling author or co-author of five books, including The Botox Diaries and Mine Are Spectacular! She has written for New York magazine, The New York Times, People, Parade, and Reader’s Digest, and has made regular television appearances, notably on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight. She is also the founder of Foster Pride, a nonprofit that provides art classes and mentoring to New York City foster children.
Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years, where his first assignment was covering the Great Train Robbery in 1963. He later covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, Israel, and Northern Ireland. Seymour was on the streets of Londonderry on the afternoon of Bloody Sunday, and was a witness to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, which became an instant international bestseller and later a television series. Six of Seymour's thrillers have now been filmed for television in the UK and United States.
Edward Shanks (1892-1953) was an English writer, critic and poet, known for his war poems. He served in the British Army during World War I. The People of the Ruins (1920) is his best-known science-fiction novel.
Zoe Sharp, the author of the Charlie Fox series of thrillers, was born in Nottinghamshire. She lives in Cumbria with her husband.
Learn more about Zoe at www.zoesharp.com/.
The late novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top best-selling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar.
Learn more about Sidney at www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/sidneysheldon/index.html.
A.L. Shields is a pseudonym for Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and five bestselling novels. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series and more than thirty other books. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Learn more about Gena at members.genashowalter.com/.
Susan Richards Shreve
Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fourteen novels, a memoir, and twenty-nine books for children. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment grant and is cochairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, DC.
Learn more about Susan Richards at susanshreve.com/.
Lionel Shriver’s novels include the National Book Award Finalist So Much for That, New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.
Polly Shulman has written for The New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Scientific American, Archaeology, and The Village Voice, among others. She edits news stories about fossils, meteors, the ocean, the weather, and the planets for Science magazine. She is an alumna of Hunter College High School, Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, and Yale University. She grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Andrew Nahem, and their parakeet, Olive.
Learn more about Polly at www.pollyshulman.com/.
Before turning to a life of crime (fiction), Clea Simon was a journalist. Starting as a rock critic, she ended up writing about books and other arts. A native of New York, she came to Massachusetts to attend Harvard University, from which she graduated with high honors, and never left. The author of three nonfiction books and seven mysteries, she lives with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
Learn more about Clea at cleasimon.com/.
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Holly Goldberg Sloan, the acclaimed author of I'll Be There, has worked as an advertising copywriter and a writer and director of feature films. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
Learn more about Holly Goldberg at hollygoldbergsloan.com/.
Captain Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty, blind company commander. He was named Soldier of the Year in 2007, won an ESPY in 2008, and has received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the MacArthur Leadership Award. He recently taught at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit. Scotty and his wife, Tiffany, are both from Pasco, Washington, and are the proud parents of two sons.
Learn more about Scotty at www.facebook.com/ICanTheBook?v=wall.
Elizabeth Speller is an author and poet. She has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Bristol. She divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece.
Learn more about Elizabeth at www.elizabethspeller.com/.
Sally Spencer was born and brought up in Cheshire. She has been a teacher in England and Iran.
Learn more about Sally at www.sallyspencer.com/.
Scott Spencer was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Chicago, and now lives in upstate New York. He is the author of nine novels, including Endless Love, Waking the Dead, A Ship Made of Paper, and Willing. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Williams College, and Columbia University. His nonfiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, O, Harper's, and The New York Times.
Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps, which won the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, and Death's Little Helpers; both novels feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Spiegelman spent nearly twenty years in the financial services and software industries, and worked with leading banks and brokerages around the world. He lives in Connecticut.
Learn more about Peter at www.peterspiegelman.com/.
Leah Stewart is the author of the novels Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.
Learn more about Leah at leahstewart.com/site/.
Rory Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Places in Between. A former fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for services in Iraq. He lives in Scotland.
Learn more about Rory at rorystewart.co.uk/.
Margaret Stohl has an MA in English and studied creative writing under poet George MacBeth at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family. Written with Kami Garcia, Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series, following Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.
Learn more about Margaret at www.margaret-stohl.com/.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Emma Straub is from New York City. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Time, Slate, and The New York Times, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she works as a bookseller.
Learn more about Emma at www.emmastraub.net/.
Daniel Suarez is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, Mr. Suarez has designed and developed software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. His fiction focuses on technology-driven change, and he is a past speaker at TED Global, NASA Ames, the Long Now Foundation, and the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Learn more about Daniel at thedaemon.com/.
Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats, The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, and most recently, The Thoreau You Don't Know. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, A Public Space and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor. He was born in Manhattan and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Learn more about Robert at thethoreauyoudontknow.blogspot.com/.
Ron Suskind is the author of The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000, he was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about Ron at www.ronsuskind.com/news/.
Tim Tebow is one of the most accomplished players in college football history. A two-time winner of the NCAA National Football Championship with the University of Florida, Tim is also the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He then went on to become a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award for the nation's top football player, while also winning the Davey OÂBrien Award for the nation's best college quarterback and the James E. Sullivan Award for the most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation which was started to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in the darkest hour of need, and in April 2010, Tim was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He lives in Colorado.
Learn more about Tim at www.timtebow.com/.
Cole Thompson is the co-author with Catherine Crier of A Deadly Game, a #1 New York Times bestseller about Laci and Scott Peterson.
Henry David Thoreau
Helen Thorpe was born in London, England, and grew up in Medford, New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, and The Texas Observer. Thorpe has worked for The New York Observer, where she wrote the Talk of the Town stories; and Texas Monthly. She is married to John Hickenlooper, who was recently elected Governor of Colorado. Just Like Us is her first book.
Learn more about Helen at helenthorpe.wordpress.com/.
Jean Toomer (1894-1967) was born in Washington, D.C., the son of educated blacks of Creole stock. Literature was his first love and he regularly contributed avant garde poetry and short stories to such magazines as Dial, Broom, Secession, Double Dealer, and Little Review. After a literary apprenticeship in New York, Toomer taught school in rural Georgia. His experiences there led to the writing of Cane.
Born in Newark and schooled in his father's bar, Nick Tosches is the author of acclaimed biographies of Sonny Liston, Dean Martin, the Mafia financier Michele Sindona, and Jerry Lee Lewis; of books about popular music; and of the novels Cut Numbers, Trinities, and In the Hand of Dante. His writings through three decades were collected in The Nick Tosches Reader. He is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair.
Touré is the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid, a collection of essays, Soul City, a novel, and The Portable Promised Land, a collection of short stories. He is a correspondent for MSNBC as well as the host of two shows on Fuse, the Hiphop Shop and On the Record, and a contributing editor to Rolling Stone.
Learn more about at www.toure.com/.
Simon Toyne has worked in British television for twenty years. He was the writer, director, and producer of several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family. The Key is the second volume of the Ruin trilogy.
Learn more about Simon at www.simontoyne.net/.
Known for his satire and wit, Mark Twain (1835-1910) is an icon of American literature. His novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have endured as classics, read by millions of people year after year.
Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many books include the Burke series and two collections of short stories, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times, among other publications. A native New Yorker, he divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.
Learn more about Andrew at www.vachss.com/.
Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne M. Valente, acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children's book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband.
Learn more about Catherynne M. at www.catherynnemvalente.com/.
Jennifer Vanderbes is the author of the novels Easter Island and Strangers at the Feast, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a New York Public Library Cullman Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Granta and has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in New York City with her daughter.
Learn more about Jennifer at jennifervanderbes.com/.
Don Van Natta, Jr.
Don Van Natta, Jr. is an investigative correspondent for the New York Times. He has been a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, and he is the author of the New York Times bestselling First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.
Patricia Van West
Gary Vaynerchuk is a self-trained wine and social media expert who has revolutionized the wine industry. He hosts a daily webcast called The Thunder Show that attracts over 90,000 viewers each day. Recently, he became the official wine consultant on all Virgin America flights. Askmen.com named Gary on the 49 Most Influential Men of 2009 list, and he was included in Business Week’s list of the top 20 people every entrepreneur should follow.
Learn more about Gary at garyvaynerchuk.com/.
John Verdon is a former Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the mountains of upstate New York. His first two Dave Gurney novels, Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, are both international bestsellers.
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman published their first novel in the Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, in 1984. Over twenty years later they are going strong, collaborating on more than thirty novels. Alone or together with other co-authors, Weis and Hickman have published more than one hundred books, including novels, collections of short stories, role-playing games, and other gaming products. Margaret Weis lives in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Tracy Hickman lives in Utah.
Learn more about Margaret at www.margaretweis.com/.
Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937) was an acclaimed American novelist and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Known for her use of dramatic irony, Wharton found success early in her career with The House of Mirth, which garnered praise upon its publication. She won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for her tour de force, The Age of Innocence.
Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone novel Hush and the Bailey Weggins mystery series - If Looks Could Kill; A Body to Die For; 'Til Death Do Us Part; Over Her Dead Body; and Lethally Blond. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do. She lives in New York City.
Learn more about Kate at katewhite.com/content/.
David Wiesner is the second person in the Caldecott Medal's history to win the award three times, for Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007), and has also received two Caldecott Honors. He lives with his wife near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have two children and two cats.
Learn more about David at www.davidwiesner.com/.
Michelle Wildgen is the executive editor of the literary quarterly Tin House. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Wildgen received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction, essays, and food writing have appeared in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; and elsewhere. Michelle is the author of the novels But Not for Long and You're Not You, and the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.
Learn more about Michelle at michellewildgen.com/.
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her books have been New York Times Bestsellers. Marianne's latest, A Course in Weight Loss was selected by Oprah to be one of her Favorite Things in 2010. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King, and Good Morning America. In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers.
Learn more about Marianne at www.marianne.com/.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.
Learn more about Lauren at www.laurenwillig.com/.
Frances Wilson was educated at Oxford University and lectured in nineteenth and twentieth century English Literature for fifteen years before becoming a full time writer. Her books include Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Award. She reviews widely in the British press, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between London and Normandy.
Robert Wilson is the author of numerous novels, including The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon, which won the Gold Dagger Award as Best Crime Novel of the Year from Britain's Crime Writers' Association. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece, Portugal, and West Africa.
Learn more about Robert at www.robert-wilson.eu/.
Meg Wolitzer's previous novels include The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, and The Uncoupling. She lives in New York City.
Learn more about Meg at www.megwolitzer.com/.
Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than 30 books to his credit. Dan is also the creator of the animated TV series Oswald and Willa's Wild Life, and he designed the characters for The Backyardigans.
Learn more about Dan at www.danyaccarino.com/ys/.
Hanya Yanagihara is a former member of the Vintage publicity department, and currently an editor-at-large at Conde Nast Traveler. She lives in New York City.
Rick Yancey is the author of The 5th Wave. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received the Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.
Learn more about Rick at www.rickyancey.com/.
Alexi Zentner's first novel, Touch, is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Knopf New Face of Fiction pick. He is the winner of the 2008 Narrative Prize and 2008 O. Henry Prize, and his fiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Tin House, and more. He was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Learn more about Alexi at www.alexizentner.com.
Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong, and the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in the Derbyshire Peak District with her son.
Learn more about Anne at uk.annezouroudi.com/.