Author spotlight

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of the critically acclaimed thriller, The 7th Victim, which was named to Library Journal's "Best Books of the Year" list for 2008. Alan's years of research with law enforcement, particularly the FBI, influenced him both personally and professionally, and have helped shape the stories he tells and the diverse characters that populate his novels. Both The 7th Victim and one of Alan's forthcoming thrillers, Hard Target, are currently under development as major feature films with an A-list Hollywood producer.


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Alan Kennedy-Shaffer

Alan Kennedy-Shaffer served as a regional field director for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in Virginia. Educated at Yale University and William & Mary Law School, Kennedy-Shaffer is the author of Denial and Deception: A Study of The Bush Administration's Rhetorical Case for Invading Iraq. His writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, the Patriot-News, the Virginia Gazette, and Scoop08. He lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people. He also serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that focuses on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is the also author of bestseller An Inconvenient Truth.

Amy Stiller

Amy Stiller

Amy Stiller is an actress and performer who has worked in theatre, film, and television, performs her own comedy, hangs out with gay men, and is ready for love. Notable film credits among many include The Day Trippers and Chump Change, where she plays a jealous ex-girlfriend who bitches out Tracy Lords in a bowling alley in Milwaukee, directed by Steve Burrows. TV: King Of Queens, playing Judy Davis as The Bride Of Frankenstein on The Ben Stiller Show, and a short film called Amy Stiller's Breast, among others. Regional theatre includes lead roles in: The Guys, The Heidi Chronicles, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed, I Ought To Be In Pictures, Beau Jest, among other plays. New York theatre credits include her proud Off-Broadway debut in Down The Garden Paths, written by her mother Anne Meara. It's coming.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted as Sagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a master’s degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most beloved bands in the world. Kiedis lives in the Los Angeles, California, area.

Aris Winger, PhD

Aris Winger, PhD is an assistant math professor at Emory and Henry College in southwestern Virginia. He grew up in Washington, DC, was valedictorian of his high school class, entered Howard University when he was 16, and received his PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University at the age of 26.

Aris considers math a thing of beauty and he’s passionate about putting it into the service of social justice. He speaks frequently about the vital role of math literacy in the fight against racial profiling, unfair hiring practices, and negative perceptions of African-Americans. Aris tackles these and other hot-button issues on his weekly radio show “The Flagship,” broadcast on Emory and Henry College’s radio station, WEHC 90.7 FM. Online, Aris teams up with his friend Big Easy on, a gathering place for their interests in music, art, politics, racial issues, wedding videography, and professional football.

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke is considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He is an international treasure in many other ways: An article written by him in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke--both fiction and nonfiction--have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide.

Arturo Perez-Reverte

Arturo Perez-Reverte's novels, including "The Queen of the South, Captain Alatriste," and "Purity of Blood," have been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in more than fifty countries. In 2003, he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

Beverly Barton

An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over seventy novels and is a New York Times bestselling author. Beverly lives in Alabama.

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber, a reporter for the New York Times, began his career in publishing as a fiction editor at Esquire. His first piece for the Times was a profile of Raymond Carver for the Sunday magazine in 1983, and he has been on staff at the newspaper since 1986 as an editor, metro reporter, national cultural correspondent, theater columnist and theater critic, among other things. His writing about baseball includes three cover stories for the Times Magazine (for which he has also profiled E. L. Doctorow, Martin Cruz Smith, the Harvard Admissions Department, the New York Public Library and Cher) and he has regularly contributed first-person essays and participatory features to the paper. These include accounts of several bicycle journeys (from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and from San Francisco to New York City, among them); of a walk the length of Broadway, from Yonkers to the Battery; of canoeing down the Hudson; of skating on all of New York City's skating rinks and of batting in all of New York City's batting cages. He has written for Sports Illustrated, Sport, Esquire, Manhattan Inc., Vogue, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Harpers' Bazaar, the Hartford Courant, and the St. Petersburg Times. He is the author, with the dancer Savion Glover, of Savion! My Life in Tap (William Morrow, 2000), and the editor of Look Who's Talking: An Anthology of Voices in the Modern American Short Story.

Byron Katie

Byron Katie experienced what she calls “waking up to reality” in 1986, and since then she has introduced The Work to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. In addition to her public events, she has introduced The Work into business settings, universities, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals.

Carole Mallory

Carole Mallory

Carole Mallory is an actress, model, and writer. Her film credits include The Stepford Wives and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. As one of the original supermodels, she appeared on the covers of many magazines including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Newsweek, G.Q., and Esquire. In addition to her novel, Flash, Mallory has written journalistic pieces on figures such as Kurt Vonnegut, Erica Jong, Warren Beatty, and Gore Vidal for publications such as Elle, LA Magazine, Esquire, Penthouse, and Playboy.

Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of ten bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries, including Decked which was nominated as Best First Novel for both the Agatha and Anthony Awards. She is the daughter of America's # 1 bestselling suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark, and they have co-authored four bestselling holiday suspense novels. Before turning to writing, Carol studied acting. She has recorded several audiobooks and received AudioFile's Earphones Award of Excellence for reading her novel Jinxed. She lives in New York City.

Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer is an accomplished stand-up comedian and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for her work on such television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She has starred in several of her own comedy specials, which have aired on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Her “big break” came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up one night at the Comic Strip in New York City and caught Carol’s show. His visit led to her making twenty-five guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Carol has also been seen on The Tonight Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She starred in and created the WB sitcom Alright Already. She lives in Santa Monica with her partner, their son, and their seven rescue dogs.

Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and teaches at the University of Michigan. He is the author of six previous works of fiction, including Believers, Harmony of the World, and Through the Safety Net

Charles Bowden

Charles Bowden


Charles Bowden was nominated for a Pulitzer and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Sidney Hillman Prize, United States Artists Fellowship, and is a PEN First Amendment Award Honoree. He is the critically acclaimed author of 23 books, including Murder City, Down by the RiverA Shadow in the City, Blood Orchid, and co-editor of El Sicario. Bowden is a contributing editor of GQ and Mother Jones magazine, and writes for other magazines, including Harper’s Magazine and Aperture. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.

Charles R. Morris

Charles R. Morris, the author of "The Trillion Dollar Meltdown," "The Tycoons," and "The Cost of Good Intentions", has written for the "New York Times" and "The Atlantic", among other publications. He lives in New York City.

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to "Vanity Fair" and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, including the controversial international bestseller "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything".

C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester was an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the author of Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award, which was also listed as one of the ten best books of the year by the American Library Association, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications, as well as being cited as a New York Times Notable Book. Dan's fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. 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. Dan lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.


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Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich and now lives in Vienna. He has received major awards for his work, most recently the 2005 Candide Award. He was the writer-in-residence at New York University's Deutsches Haus in 2006.

Dave Barry

The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He also has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

David Foster

David Foster is a 15-time Grammy Award winning composer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer whose career began in the early 1970s with the group Skylark. He then went on to become one of the most sought-after session players in the business, working alongside such musical legends as Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, and many more. In 1990, Foster met Celine Dion in Quebec, singing under a tent in the rain, and shortly thereafter he introduced her to American audiences. A few years later, he was recruited by Atlantic Records, paving the way for the creation of his own successful label, 143 Records, and in the years since he has discovered a roster of diverse and exceptional talents, including, most recently, Josh Groban and Michael Buble. In addition to his work in the music business, Foster spends much of his time raising money for charity.

David Freddoso

David Freddoso has covered politics for six years and is a hard-hitting political reporter for National Review Online. Before working at NRO, Freddoso worked closely with legendary political journalist Bob Novak on the Evans and Novak Political Report, and worked as a reporter for the national news weekly, Human Events. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University.

David L. Robb

David L. Robb is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He is the author of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Nation, LA Weekly,, and Brill’s Content. For many years he was a labor and legal reporter for The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.

Dean R. Koontz

Dean Koontz is the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Debbie Nelson

As rap star Eminem’s mother, Debbie Nelson has suffered one of the worst public character assassinations in recent memory. Yet in her first book, Debbie proves she is, if nothing else, a survivor.

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was the author of the five novels in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (yes, you read that right!); two Dirk Gently novels; Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine); and The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (both with John Lloyd).

Douglas E. Schoen

Douglas E. Schoen

Douglas E. Schoen has been a Democratic Party adviser for the past thirty years. A founding partner of Penn, Schoen, and Berland, he was President Clinton’s strategic consultant during the 1996 reelection campaign and has advised New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Indiana governor Evan Bayh, and former British prime minister Tony Blair. He has also provided preeminent strategic research to an extensive list of corporate clients, including AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble, Major League Baseball, AT&T, Frito Lay, and Citibank. Schoen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Dr. Schoen has his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in England. He is the author of five books, including Declaring Independence.

Dr. Pauline Chen

Pauline W. Chen, a liver transplant and liver cancer surgeon, is the author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality" (Knopf, 2007; Vintage, 2008), a "New York Times" bestseller that is being translated and sold in a dozen countries across the world.

Dr. Chen graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health), and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was most recently a faculty member in the Department of Surgery. In 1999, she was named the U.C.L.A. Outstanding Physician of the Year.

Dr. Chen, whose work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, has written for a number of publications, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Prevention Magazine. She also speaks regularly to medical and general audiences across the country, including more recently the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Edmund J.Bourne, PhD

Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., has specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders and related problems for two decades. For many years, he was director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in San Jose and Santa Rosa, CA. His bestselling anxiety workbooks, which have helped hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world, include The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Beyond Anxiety and Phobia, Coping with Anxiety, and Natural Relief for Anxiety.

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard has written more than forty novels, including bestsellers "Out of Sight," "Hombre," "Rum Punch," "Up in Honey's Room," "The Hot Kid," "Mr. Paradise," "Tishomingo Blues," "Pagan Babies," and "Glitz". Twenty-six of Leonard's novels and short stories have been adapted for the screen, including  "Killshot," "Get Shorty," "Be Cool," and "Out of Sight".

In 1992, Leonard received a Grand Master Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2008, Leonard received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for outstanding achievement in American literature. In May 2011, Leonard received the Peabody Award at the Waldorf Astoria for FX's "Justified." The National Book Association honored Leonard with its 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

He lives with his wife, Christine, in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown has written for New York, The New York Observer, Wired, Vibe, Radar, The Independent, GQ, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Men’s Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Details and The Village Voice. He has appeared on NPR, WNYC, Court TV, MSNBC, Hot 97, TPMCafe and BET to discuss drug policy, street crime, the music business and other issues.

Ethan’s third book—Shake the Devil Off—was published in the fall of 2009. Evan Wright, author of the New York Times bestseller Generation Kill, called Shake the Devil Off as “a chilling portrait of a broken hero failed by the system.” George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author of The Turnaround, said that “Ethan Brown examines a notorious murder case, rescues it from the talons of tabloid journalists, and comes up with something much more than a true crime book.  Shake the Devil Off is a gripping suspense story, an indictment of the military’s treatment of our soldiers in and out of war, and a celebration of the resilience and worth of a great American city.”    Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, urged “every military general and every VA leader to read this book to understand how hubris and incompetence in government often leads to massive pain, suffering, and preventable death.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki should put Shake the Devil Off at the top of their reading list as a superbly written account of how everything could and did go wrong for a soldier and his family during and after war.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Shake the Devil Off “heartbreaking” and Nate Blakeslee, author of Tulia, hailed the book as “a ‘coming home’ story that rivals any written about veterans of the war in Iraq, and a true crime account that raises the bar for the genre. Measured, thoroughly reported, and written with true empathy.” David Simon, creator of The Wire and author of Homicide and The Corner, said that “looking more deeply at that from which the rest of us turned in horror, Ethan Brown has transformed an ugly and disturbing shard of the post-Katrina anguish. In this book, that which was lurid and sensational becomes, chapter by chapter, something genuinely sad and reflective, something that now has true meaning for New Orleans and for all of us.” In September of 2009, Shake The Devil Off was chosen as a “Critics’ Pick” in the Washington Post and an “Editors’ Choice” by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Franklin H. Levy

Franklin H. Levy graduated from Yale University and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Las Vegas, where he is counsel to the Venetian Hotel Casino and Las Vegas Sands Corp. and aide-de-camp to their executive officers.

Gary Gitnick, M.D.

Doctor to various high-profile politicians and celebrities, GARY GITNICK, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Creator of the California Health Corps program, he’s served on the Medical Board of California for eight years and has published/edited over sixty books, including Freedom From Digestive Distress

Gavin de Becker

Gavin de Becker is a three-time presidential appointee whose pioneering work has changed the way our government evaluates threats to our nation's highest officials. His firm advises many of the world's most prominent media figures, corporations, and law enforcement agencies on predicting violence, and it also serves regular citizens who are victims of domestic abuse and stalking. De Becker has advised the prosecution on major cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He has testified before many legislative bodies and has successfully proposed new laws to help manage violence.

Gunter Stampf

Gunter Stampf is a filmmaker and journalist who wrote the bestselling German book that was translated into Interview With A Cannibal.

Harlee Harte

Harlee Harte

Harlee Harte is a fictitious junior at Hollywoodland High School. She writes the celebrity column “Hartebeat” for her school’s student newspaper.


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"Harlee Harte is the official source for all things Young Hollywood in her "I Heart..." series; you will never be a step behind the pop culture guru." --

Harry Shearer

Inside the creative mind of Harry Shearer is a little bit of everyone--including a profoundly overblown heavy metal bass player, the boss of a cartoon nuclear power plant, a cloying suburban neighbor, an unctuous television anchor, and Richard M. Nixon, among many others. Shearer is not a legendary schizophrenic. Rather, he's one of America's foremost humorists, observers, and chroniclers of contemporary lives. Whether he's playing a role in a major motion picture, writing a screenplay, creating a comedy television show, or performing on radio, it's his job to out both the humor and humanity that always, he believes, dwell within.

Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen earned his expertise through profitable financial dealings and his involvement in such international incidents as the Iran-Contra Hostage Crisis and the Achille Lauro Affair.

Cohen's "You Can Negotiate Anything" sold 1.6 million copies in paperback.

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including "Atonement," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and "Amsterdam," winner of the Booker Prize. He lives in London.

J. A. Jance

J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Ali Reynolds series. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

James Allen

Born in Leicester, England in 1864, James Allen wrote nineteen popular works of inspiration before his death in 1912. "From Poverty to Power" was his first book, followed by "As a Man Thinketh," his best-known work.

James Thurber

James Thurber (1894)-1961) created some thirty volumes of humor, fiction, children's books, cartoons, and essays in just about as many years. A founding member of "The New Yorker" staff, Thurber wrote and illustrated such enduring books as "The Thurber Carnival" and "My Life and Hard Times, " which have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.

Jeff Johnson, Ph. D.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D., is a trained psychologist and advertising professional frequently quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy is the former host of the enormously popular MTV dating show Singled Out. She has starred in many films, including Dirty Love, the Sundance 2005 film that she also wrote. She is the author of several New York Times bestselling books such as Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood and Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey Healing Autism. In 2002, McCarthy and her director ex-husband John Asher had their first child, Evan.

Jim Moret

Jim Moret

Jim Moret has been a journalist for over two decades and is currently Chief Correspondent for Inside Edition. During his prolific career, he has served as co-anchor of the long-running Showbiz Today, co-anchor of CNN’s main newscast, The World Today, anchor of CNN’s NewsNight, and recent guest anchor of Larry King Live.

Joan Winmill Brown

Joan Winmill Brown, a multi-talented writer and actress, has written 18 books, including the autobiographical No Longer Alone and the anthology Day by Day with Billy Graham, both bestsellers in the inspirational marketplace.

Jodee Blanco

Jodee Blanco

Survivor, expert, and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of school bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me…. She is also a youth advocate and the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed, “It’s NOT Just Joking Around!” anti-bullying program. Blanco’s life story has been featured in Parade, Teen Newsweek, USA TODAY, Teen Guideposts, Hispanic, The Chicago Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, hundreds of local daily newspapers across the United States, and is part of a permanent exhibit at the Chicago National Historical Society.

Joe Eszterhas

Joe Eszterhas has written the screenplays for sixteen films that have made more than a billion dollars at the box office.  Among them are Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance and Showgirls.  A former senior editor at Rolling Stone, he is the author of five previous books—the second, Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse, was nominated for the National Book Award.  The father of seven children, he lives with his wife, Naomi, and their four sons in Bainbridge Township, Ohio.

John Grogan

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan

John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller "Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog", which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir "Marley: A Dog Like No Other". He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books "Bad Dog, Marley!" and "A Very Marley Christmas". John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.

Johnny Eugenio

Johnny Eugenio is the proud father of eight beautiful children. Eugenio wrote Lil' Jordan's 9 Holes of Fear upon being inspired by his son Jordan. Jordan started golfing at the tender age of two. Eugenio says “Lil’ Jordan” has been the reason he’s wanted to encourage more children to play the game of golf. As Jordan has revealed to his father, golf can be a difficult sport because of all the mental pressures associated with the game. Another inspiration to Eugenio is his other son, Joshua, who has Down syndrome. Joshua’s smile motivates Eugenio to educate other children about youth who live with disabilities. Eugenio’s desire is to share adventures like Lil' Jordan's 9 Holes of Fear which can be told over and over again to kids, and will inspire them to keep trying harder when challenges arise. Such a book will allow parents and grandparents to share their positive and challenging memories about life, sports, and all the lessons learned along the way.

John Wilcockson

John Wilcockson has reported on the Tour de France for more than forty years. He is the author of 23 Days in July, among other books, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Ken Follett

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate readers all over the world. His last book was the long-awaited sequel, World Without end, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett.

Ken Follett

Ken Follett is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including Jackdaws, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Triple, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune. He lives in England.

Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon

A Saturday Night Live alum, Kevin Nealon has also appeared in Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, Grandma's Boy, Get Smart, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Larry Sanders Show. He current stars as Doug Wilson in the Showtime hit series Weeds.

Kim Barnouin

Kim Barnouin is a former model who has a Master of Science degree in holistic nutrition.

Larry Elder

Larry Elder is the host of "The Larry Elder Show," which originates on KABC-AM Talk Radio in Los Angeles, where it is a consistently top-rated program. He also writes a column for "Investors Business Daily "and a syndicated column in a variety of newspapers across the country.

Lars Anderson

Lars Anderson

Lars Anderson has been writing professionally about sports since 1994, when he was hired by Sports Illustrated a few months after graduating from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently a staff writer at the magazine and over the years has written over 500 stories for SI, including several cover pieces. He also writes a weekly column for the magazine’s web site and is the author of Carlisle vs. Army and The All Americans.

Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett wowed viewers of Project Runway’s Season Three with her own politically incorrect brand of humor and sophisticated designs. Now, with a large and growing fan base through her appearances on MSN’s “Glam Squad” StyleStudio, and QVC (which sells her designs), her Case Clothed comic strip on iVillage, a column on The Daily Beast, and her segment on Oprah’s show about moms, she’s filming a pilot for her own reality show about her family, which if picked up by Bravo will air next fall.

Laura Furman

Laura Furman's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, and other magazines. She is the founding editor of the highly regarded American Short Fiction (three-time finalist for the American Magazine Award). A professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, she teaches in the graduate James A. Michener Center for writers. She lives in Austin.

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman first caught the attention of television viewers with her memorable vocal performance as the bitingly droll receptionist also named Laura on the popular animated sitcom Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. She followed that with turns in the movies Half Baked, State and Main, Jesus is Magic, and Love Shack, as well as numerous television shows including King of Queens, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Home Movies, and was a series regular on the cult HBO comedy series The Comeback. In 2007, she joined her sister on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series The Sarah Silverman Program, currently in its third season. In 2008, Silverman guest-starred opposite Hugh Laurie on Fox's hit series House, and she stars in the upcoming feature film Cummings Farm. She performs live comedy and original music regularly in Los Angeles and writes an advice column for HEEB Magazine. She was named one of the “Top 100 People of 2008” by USA Today.

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison has been published in Best New American Voices 2008, A Public Space and Black Warrior Review. Originally from Los Angeles, she went to Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale. She is 25 years old.

Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun is the bestselling author of The Cat Who... mystery series. The light, humorous mysteries and have been translated into 16 languages, distributed worldwide, and sold in the millions. Beginning in 1990, Braun’s books reached the prestigious New York Times best-seller list for 20 consecutive years. She died in North Carolina in 2011.

Lynn Grabhorn

Lynn Grabhorn was a long-time student of how thoughts and feelings format our lives. Raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, she began her working life in the advertising field in New York City, founded and ran an audio-visual educational publishing company in Los Angeles, and owned and ran a mortgage brokerage in Washington state. Lynn's first book Beyond the Twelve Steps, along with her sweeping multimedia program Life Course 101, have received high acclaim internationally. She died in 2004.

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer. He received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, his M.Sc. degree in 1982 from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and his Ph.D. in 1986 from King's College London. Since 1991, he has taught at Dartmouth College. He was awarded the Appleton Professorship of Natural Philosophy in 1999 and is currently a professor of physics and astronomy. The author of over eighty papers in peer-reviewed journals, Gleiser has also written two popular books on cosmology and religion, The Prophet and the Astronomer and The Dancing Universe. His third book, Imperfect Creation: Cosmos, Life, and Nature’s Hidden Code, is coming from Free Press in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and the National Science Foundation.

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer. He received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, his M.Sc. degree in 1982 from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and his Ph.D. in 1986 from King's College London. Since 1991, he has taught at Dartmouth College. He was awarded the Appleton Professorship of Natural Philosophy in 1999 and is currently a professor of physics and astronomy. The author of over eighty papers in peer-reviewed journals, Gleiser has also written two popular books on cosmology and religion, The Prophet and the Astronomer and The Dancing Universe. His third book, Imperfect Creation: Cosmos, Life, and Nature’s Hidden Code, is coming from Free Press in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and the National Science Foundation.

Margaret Fishback Powers

Margaret Fishback Powers is the creator of the world-famous Footprints poem, an inspirational message inscribed on cards, calendars, and posters that is treasured by millions of people. As itinerant evangelists, she and her husband Paul travel throughout the world. They live in British Columbia.

Mark Fuhrman

Retired LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman is the New York Times best-selling author of Murder in Brentwood, Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Spokane, Death and Justice and A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963.

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is the author of "The Basque History of the World;" the "New York Times" bestseller "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World; A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry;" and "A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny." During the past twenty years he has spent a great deal of time in the Caribbean, including seven years as the "Chicago Tribune's" Caribbean correspondent, and has written numerous works of short fiction and journalism about the region. He lives in New York City.

Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn is the bestselling author of the bookAmerica Alone. His writings on war, politics, the arts, and culture can be read around the world from The Atlanticto The Australian. In the United States he isNational Review’s Happy Warrior, and a contributor to theNew Criterion. His work often appears in theWall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Sun, and Washington Times. Steyn has guest hosted top-tier radio and TV shows, such as Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Hugh Hewitt. Currently he lives in New Hampshire.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. Following careers as a printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, and a brief stint in the Confederate militia, Twain wrote such American classics as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Martin Greenberg

Martin Greenberg

Martin H. Greenberg was an academic and anthologist. He had a 1969 doctorate in Political Science and taught at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay since 1975, holding the position of Professor of Regional Analysis, Political Science, and Literature and Language, from which he retired in 1996.

Greenberg received four genre Lifetime Achievement Awards: the Milford Award in science fiction, the Solstice award in science fiction, the Bram Stoker award in horror, and the Ellery Queen award in mystery. Working solo and with notable colleagues including Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, Greenberg edited scores of science fiction anthologies, as well as works in other genres and reference works. He died in 2011.

Mary Birdsong

Mary Birdsong

Mary Birdsong is an actress (and sometime writer) who has appeared on Reno 911, The Daily Show, the films Killers, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Adventureland, and Made of Honor.  For her Broadway debut (in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me!), she won a Theatre World Award.  Off-Broadway she starred opposite Jane Lynch in Love, Loss and What I Wore, (by Nora & Delia Ephron), and in Elaine May's Adult Entertainment. Obsessed with Judy Garland, Mary wrote the one-woman show Judy Speaks in which she starred as the woman. (Guess who.)  Mary is writing a rock musical called 99 Cent Whore. She lives in two cities (NY and LA) with two pussies.

Max Depree

MAX DE PREE is chairman emeritus of Herman Miller, Inc., the primary innovator in the furniture business for sixty years and regularly included as one of "Fortune"'s 25 Most Admired Companies in the United States. The author of the bestselling "Leadership Jazz,"" "as well as "Leading Without Power," "Called to Serve,"" "and" Dear Zoe,"" "De Pree has been mentoring emerging leaders in both the profit and non--profit sectors for more than twenty years, and was elected by "Fortune" magazine to the National Business Hall of Fame.

Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie was a struggling single parent of two children and writer, cranking out stories for a small-town daily newspaper in 1986 when she came up with a book idea. She wanted to write a book about what happens to people when they love someone who is addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Twenty publishers turned down Beattie's book proposal, but Hazelden, a treatment center and recovery publisher based in Minnesota, saw a need for the book. The publisher understood how families of alcoholics suffer and believed Beattie's book would help people. Beattie went to the welfare department, asked for enough financial help to make it through the three months it would take to write the book, then locked herself in a basement office and cranked out Codependent No More. Codependent No More has now sold over 4 million copies. Since then, Beattie has written nine more books, appeared in the pages of Newsweek and People, and has been a regular guest on Geraldo and Oprah.

“Melody Beattie is an American phenomenon.”


Melody Beattie

Beattie was a struggling single parent of two children and freelance author and journalist cranking out stories for a small-town daily newspaper in 1986 when she came up with a book idea. She wanted to write a book about what happens to people when they love someone who is addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Twenty publishers turned down Beattie's book proposal. Hazelden, however, a treatment center and recovery publisher based in Minnesota, saw a need for the book. The publisher understood how families of alcoholics suffer and believed Beattie's book idea would help people. Beattie marched to the welfare department, asked for enough financial help to make it through the three months it would take her to write the book, then locked herself in a basement office and cranked out Codependent No More. Codependent No More has now sold over 4 million copies. Beattie has since written nine more books, five for major publishing houses. She relocated from Minnesota to California, and she has long-since paid back the welfare department. Beattie has appeared in the pages of Newsweek and People and has been a regular guest on Geraldo and Oprah.

Michael Connelly

MICHAEL CONNELLY is a former journalist and the author of over a dozen bestselling books, including the Harry Bosch novels and Blood Work, which was a major motion picture. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, as well as an Edgar Award, a Nero Wolfe prize, a Macavity Award, and an Anthony Award for his books. Michael Connelly lives in Florida.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore's first book, Downsize This!, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. The award-winning director of the groundbreaking documentary Roger & Me, which became the largest grossing nonfiction film of all time, Moore is the creator and host of the Emmy-winning series TV Nation and The Awful Truth. Also the coauthor (with Kathleen Glynn) of Adventures In A TV Nation, he lives in New York City.

Natalie McLennan

Natalie “Natalia” McLennan was born in Montréal in 1980. An aspiring actress, she moved to New York and in 2004 started to work for New York Confidential as an escort, where she commanded rates as high as $2,000 an hour.

Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a writer of internationally best-selling books on spirituality and personal development. His books have sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 37 languages. Walsch lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of seven Anna Pigeon mysteries: Track of the Cat, A Superior Death, III Wind, Firestorm, Endangered Species, Blind Descent, and Liberty Falling.

Niccolo Machiavelli

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI was born in Florence in 1469. In 1498, he was appointed Second Chancellor of the Florentine Republic; in 1501, he was imprisoned and tortured when the Medici returned to Florence. Upon his release, he retired to his farm to study and write.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is the author of Ender's Game and many other New York Times bestsellers. His latest novels include Shadow of the Giant and Magic Street. Card is the only writer to have won science fiction’s top prizes, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, two years in a row.

This recording features Stefan Rudnicki, who has narrated around 100 audiobooks. He earned an Audie for his solo narration on Orson Scott Card's Lost Boys and Earphones Awards for his productions of Card's Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Crystal City.

Paula Forman, Ph. D.

Paula Forman, Ph.D., became an adjunct sociology professor after her 25-year advertising career.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely read authors in the world. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 68 languages, and have been published in 150 countries. He was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2007.

Paul Reps

Paul Reps was the author of several books of poems and prose inspired by Zen, including "Zen Telegrams,"
Nyogen Senzaki, an internationally renowned Buddhist scholar, was a homeless monk, studying and wandering the land from monastery to monastery. His wandering eventually brought him to the United States, where he lived for over 50 years.

Penny Vincenzi

PENNY VINCENZI is the author of several novels, including "No Angel," "Something Dangerous," and "Into Temptation," Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a journalist for "Vogue, Tatler," and "Cosmopolitan. "She lives in London.

Peter Golenbock

Peter Golenbock is one of the nation's best-known sports authors and has written some of the bestselling sports books of the last thirty years. He recently completed cowriting an autobiography of Tony Curtis and is currently working on a biography of George Steinbrenner. Five of his books have been "New York Times" bestsellers. Golenbock's first job was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Peter Spiegelman

Spiegelman is the Shamus Award-winning author of Black Maps (Knopf, 2003), Death's Little Helpers (Knopf, 2005), and Red Cat (Knopf, 2007), which feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Mr. Spiegelman is a twenty-year veteran of the financial services and software industries, and has worked with banks, brokerage houses and central banks in major markets.

P. G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975) was born in Surrey, educated in London, and spent much of his life in Southampton, Long Island, becoming an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he published more than ninety books, twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies.

P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse, (1881-1975) was born in Surrey, educated in London and spent much of his life in Southampton, Long Island, becoming an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than 70 years, he published more than 90 books, 20 film scripts and collaboratated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies.

Philip Kearney

Philip Kearney

Phil Kearney is an Assistant United States Attorney in his native San Francisco, California.  During 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Justice Department loaned him to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  From his post in The Hague, Netherlands, Kearney helped prosecute the former prime minister of Kosovo for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Before that, Kearney was hired as one of a handful of “international prosecutors” for the UN Mission in Kosovo.  While serving in that post in 2001 and 2002, he prosecuted war crimes and human trafficking offenses in the district courts of Kosovo and Belgrade.

In 1981, Kearney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, followed by a doctorate in law from the Hastings campus of the University of California in 1984. After law school, he joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney.  He served there for 17 years, finishing a distinguished career on the homicide team. Kearney is married with one son.

Philip Kearney

Philip Kearney worked as a United Nations trial attorney and prosecuted the former prime minister of Kosovo for crimes against humanity. A fourth generation San Franciscan, Kearney graduated from the University of California at Davis and went on to earn a doctorate in law at the Hastings campus of the University of California. He spent seventeen years working as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office before joining the U.N. mission in Kosovo in 2001 as an international prosecutor. This is his first book.

Philip Roth

In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for AMERICAN PASTORAL. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA received the Society of American Historiansa (TM) prize for a oethe outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004.a Recently Roth received PENa (TM)s two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.

Phil Rosenthal

PHIL ROSENTHAL was the creator and executive producer of CBSs Emmy Award winning "Everybody Loves Raymond," He also directed a video with Bill Clinton, cowrote the Writers Guild Awardwinning telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes," and appeared in "Spanglish" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Randy Sklar

Randy Sklar

Randy Sklar is part of a comedy team along with his twin brother, Jason.  The Sklars have appeared in television shows such as Law & Order, Becker, Providence, The Oblongs (as conjoined twin brothers Biff and Chip Oblong), Entourage, Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  They also regularly appear on VH1 specials such as I Love the '80s. Most recently, they hosted the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic.

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer is an American standup comedian, writer, and actor, who played Sgt. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Richard has written many books, including  UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe. Richard has a wonderful wife, two awesome children, and a whole bunch o’ dogs.

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis is now appearing in the sixth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and traveling nationwide on his "Misery Loves Company Stand-up Tour." He lives in Los Angeles.

Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review).

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

Robert Littell

Bestselling author Robert Littell has been ranked amongst John Le Carre and Graham Greene for his masterful spy fiction. A "Newsweek" journalist in a previous incarnation, Littell has been writing about the Soviet Union and Russians since his first novel, the espionage classic "The Defection of A.J.Lewinter". Among his numerous critically acclaimed novels are "The October Circle, Mother Russia, The Debriefing, The Sisters, The Revolutionist, The Once and Future Spy, An Agent in Place, The Visiting Professor, "the "New York Times" bestselling "The Company "(adapted for a TNT mini-series"), " and" Legends ("winner of the Los Angeles Times" Book Award for Best Thriller of 2005") "and "For the Future of Israel", a book of conversations with Shimon Peres"." Littell is an American who makes his home in France.

Robert Ludlum

ROBERT LUDLUM’s novels have been published in thirty-two languages and forty countries. Read by hundreds of millions worldwide, his books include The Bourne Identity, The Scarlatti Inheritance, and The Chancellor Manuscript.

Rory Freedman

Rory Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models, is a self-taught "know-it-all" who has studied diet, health, traditional, and holistic nutrition for more than ten years.

Roshi Philip Kapleau

Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester Zen Center, has studied and taught Zen for more than 50 years, after first encountering Zen Buddhism as a reporter at the war crimes trials in Japan in 1946. While there he met D.T. Suzuki and in 1950 began to study Buddhist philosophy, completing over sixteen years of study and practice in both Japan and America. Roshi Kapleau lives in Rochester.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, was an English novelist, short story writer, and poet. His sweeping tales of adventure won him wide popularity during his lifetime and have been beloved by generations.

Russ Kick

Russ Kick is the all-star editor of five previous Disinformation Guides and three Disinformation books. He has been labeled as an "information archaeologist" by the New York Times in a major profile. He runs the popular blog and is well known for his intelligent and successful FOIA requests and unveilings.

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writers' Association. Time Magazine dubbed Rendell "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Born in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus), the celebrated Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski is the author of, among others, "Shah of Shahs, Imperium, Shadow of the Sun" and, most recently, the memoir "Travels with Herodotus". His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He died in 2007.

Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is the author of fifteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association.

Shannon Tweed

Born in, Canada, Shannon Tweed rose to stardom as Miss November 1981 for Playboy magazine. In 1982, she began her movie career and also appeared in the soap opera Falcon Crest. Tweed became Playmate of the Year in 1982 and was briefly involved with Playboy magazine founder Hugh M. Hefner. Since 1983, she has carried on a long-term relationship with KISS member Gene Simmons. The couple have two children together and finally married in 2011. The family starred on the reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels for seven seasons.

Shari Arison

Shari Arison

Shari Arison is an Israeli-American businesswoman and the daughter of Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines. Following the death of her father in 1999, Arison assumed the chairmanship of the Arison Group, a business and philanthropic group headquartered in Tel Aviv. Since that time, Arison has led significant business processes in the group, including the acquisition of the sole controlling equity stake in Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest global bank, Shikun & Binuy, one of Israel’s most reputable real estate and infrastructure companies, and Israel Salt Industries Ltd, the largest salt manufacturer in Israel. In 2008, Arison founded Miya, a global water company providing water loss prevention management solutions to municipalities and utilities around the world. Arison is also a major beneficiary shareholder of Carnival Corporation, and has served two terms on its Board.

Arison is also the chairperson of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, the largest private philanthropic foundation in Israel, which has spearheaded and funded major social initiatives in Israel in the fields of Healthcare, People with Disabilities, Education, Children and Youth, Distressed Populations, and Arts, Culture and Sports. During her leadership of the Foundation, Arison has also been the driving force behind the establishment of several unique and innovative social initiatives in Israel. Arison led the foundation of Matan, Israeli affiliate of United Way International, which encourages Israeli corporations and their employees to raise funds for charitable causes and be directly involved in non-for-profit activities in their communities. In 2001, Arison founded Essence of Life, an organization promoting awareness and providing tools for individuals for finding inner and social peace. Arison also initiated the Good Deeds Day, a day held annually in which people are encouraged to perform good deeds.

In 2005, Arison was named Honorary Fellow of the Decade by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and she has been serving on the institution’s board since 2007. Arison is repeatedly ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s wealthiest women, and was also ranked by Forbes among the top 50 most influential women in the world in 2008. Arison was also elected by Globes financial magazine as the most influential businesswoman in Israel in both 2007 and 2009.

Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills and many other acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature in 2008. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

Shunryu Suzuki

The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki was an unassuming, much-beloved spiritual teacher. Born the son of a Zen master in 1904, Suzuki began Zen training as a youngster and matured over many years of practice in Japan. After continuing to devote himself to his priestly life throughout the Second World War (when priests often turned to other occupations), Suzuki came to San Francisco in 1959. While some priests had come to the West with "new suits and shiny shoes," Suzuki decided to come "in an old robe with a shiny [shaved] head." Attracting students over several years, Suzuki established the Zen Center in San Francisco, with a training temple at Tassajara-the first in the West. After a lengthy illness, he died of cancer in December 1971.

Sidney Sheldon

As a legendary storyteller, novelist, and screenwriter, Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top bestselling authors and is the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. He was also the recipient of the prestigious French Prix Littraire de Deauville award. All eighteen of Sheldon's novels reigned at the top of the "New York Times" bestseller list. His second, "The Other Side of Midnight", held the "Times"'s then-record of fifty-two weeks on the list. Sheldon was the creator of TV's classic hit programs "The Patty Duke Show", "I Dream of Jeannie", and "Hart to Hart". Additionally, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. He twice won the Screenwriters Guild Award for Best Musical--for "Easter Parade" and "Annie Get Your Gun". "The Guinness World Records 2004" heralded him as the most translated author in the world.

Squire Rushnell

Squire Rushnell is the president and CEO of Goodlife TV Network. For 20 years he was an executive with the ABC television network, where his work earned him more than 75 Emmys. He is a popular public speaker and has been seen on such national programs as Nightline, NBC News, CBS This Morning, and, as the show’s producer, led Good Morning America to the number-one spot.

Stephen Back

Steven Bach is the author of two previous biographies, "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend "and "Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart," He was in charge of worldwide production for United Artists, where he was involved in such films as "Raging Bull, Manhattan, The French Lieutenant's Woman, "and "Heaven's Gate," about which he wrote the bestseller "Final Cut," He teaches at Bennington College and Columbia University and divides his time between New England and Europe.

Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark No StarsBlockade BillyUnder the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.  He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Steven Bach

Steven Bach is the author of two previous biographies, "Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend "and "Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart," He was in charge of worldwide production for United Artists, where he was involved in such films as "Raging Bull, Manhattan, The French Lieutenant's Woman, "and "Heaven's Gate," about which he wrote the bestseller "Final Cut," He teaches at Bennington College and Columbia University and divides his time between New England and Europe.

Streeter McClure

Growing up in the Midwest, Streeter McClure spent most of his childhood far away from the kitchen. The charismatic young man preferred chasing girls, riding his dirt bike and sneaking pulls from his father's Coors. It wasn't until his college years at the University of Oklahoma that Streeter learned when income is limited, adding a beer to chili can stretch the recipe and enhance the flavor.

Streeter was introduced to the art of making beer during his college job at Coaches Micro Brewery in Norman, Okla. World famous brew master Brian Smittle taught Streeter how to properly combine water, barley and hops. After graduating with a degree in business, Streeter worked as a bartender, ski instructor and even a U.S. Senate intern before relocating to Denver and launching a company that designs and fabricates jewelry safes. His company still going strong, this young entrepreneur and "man about town" is as comfortable in the board room as he is at a bar.

It is no surprise that as a single man balancing a business with an active social life, Streeter would get hungry and very thirsty. While he is admittedly no culinary expert, one could certainly classify Streeter as a beer connoisseur.

Combining his two loves—beer and entertaining—Streeter had found yet another career, this time cooking with beer and developing his own recipes, and sharing them with the public. Several years after college and numerous rough drafts later, The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer was born. It is a compilation of well-tested, easy to prepare, delicious recipes that are guaranteed to impress guests while satisfying even the most refined palates.

Taylor Negron

Taylor Negron

An accomplished, actor, standup comedian, and playwright, Taylor Negron has starred in his own HBO special and has appeared on The Tonight Show. His films include Easy Money, Punchline, Stuart Little, and The Last Boy Scout. He wrote Gangster Planet, a domestic comedy set during the Los Angeles Riots that was "Critics Choice” by The Los Angeles Times. His essays are currently published in the anthology Love West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.  Taylor is one of the founding members of the Un–Cabaret dubbed “The Mother Show of Alternative Comedy” by the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and keeps NO PETS.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is the project director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project (the China Study), a 20-year study of nutrition and health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. In more than 40 years of research he has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

The 5 Browns

Dubbed the "Fab Five" by People magazine, The 5 Browns--Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody, and Ryan--have thrilled audiences worldwide with their thundering performances. The only five sibilings ever to attend Juilliard simultaneously, they have released three #1 albums to date, spent months at the top of the Billboard Classical chart, appeared on Oprah and The Martha Stewart Show, and they continue to be classical music's ambassadors to young America. On the rare occasions that they aren't touring, The 5 Browns live in Alpine, Utah.

Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier is the author of The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings, which was adapted for Warner Home Video DVD, and the critically acclaimed Dr. Spock, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1999. He is a special writer at Newsday. He lives in Long Island, New York.

Thomas M. Campbell II

Thomas M. Campbell II is an author and actor. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. Merton's works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. He is best known for his autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" and "New Seeds of Contemplation".

Tom Peters

Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence, the book NPR named as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century.” His other international bestsellers include A Passion for Excellence, Thriving on Chaos, Liberation Management, The Tom Peters Seminar, The Pursuit of WOW!, and The Circle of Innovation.

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins, maverick author of eight juicy, daring and sagacious novels, is one of those rare writers who approach rock-star status, attracting SRO crowds at his personal appearances in Europe and Australia as well as in the United States. He lives primarily in the Seattle area.

Vera Ramone King

Vera Ramone King was married to the legendary punk rocker and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones, from 1978-1995. Vera toured extensively with The Ramones, living the punk era firsthand.

Walter Mosely

Walter Mosley is the author of five Easy Rawlins mysteries: "Devil in A Blue Dress", "A Red Death", "White Butterfly", "Black Betty" and "A Little Yellow Dog"; three non-mystery novels, "Blue Light", "Gone Fishin'", and "R. L.'s Dream"; two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned", for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award, and which was an HBO movie, and a nonfiction book, "Workin' On The Chain Gang". He is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, a founder of the PEN American Center Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

Warren Kozak

Warren Kozak is an author and journalist who has written for televison's most respected news anchors. Winner of the prestigious Benton Fellowship at the University of Chicago in 1993, he was an on-air reporter for NPR and his work has appeared on PBS and in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Sun, as well as other newspapers and magazines.

William Cooper

Milton William Cooper (May 6, 1943 – November 6, 2001) was an American writer, shortwave broadcaster, conspiracy theorist, and political activist.

William Goldman

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

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