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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of 14th Deadly Sin

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
author of It's a Long Story

Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Jon Pessah

Jon Pessah
author of The Game

Jon Pessah was a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, managed the sports departments for Newsday and the Hartford Courant, and edited, wrote, and ran the investigative team for ESPN the Magazine.

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
author of A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, Started Early, Took My Dog, and Life After Life. She lives in Edinburgh.

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Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer

Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer
author of Honey & Co.

Itamar Srulovich was born and raised in Jerusalem, cooking since the age of five and trained on the job in various places in Tel-Aviv. Itamar worked as the head chef under successful restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi before opening Honey & Co. He is very happily married.

Sarit Packer has been cooking and baking since she was five, trained at Butlers Wharf and at the Orrery under Chris Galvin. Sarit is married quite happily to Itamar Srulovich but keeps her maiden name for obvious reasons.

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Polly Dugan

Polly Dugan
author of The Sweetheart Deal

Polly Dugan lives in Portland, is a former employee of Powell's Books, and is a reader at Tin House magazine. She attended the Tin House Writers Workshop for the past three years where she worked with Joy Williams, Steve Almond, Elisa Schappell and Meg Storey. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner (June 2012), and "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 30, 2012). "Kitten Season," was an Honorable Mention Recipient in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers (August 2009). All three stories are from the collection.

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Stephen Lloyd Jones

Stephen Lloyd Jones
author of Written in the Blood

Stephen Lloyd Jones studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London and is the director of a major London media agency. He is the author of The String Diaries.

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Sally Mann

Sally Mann
author of Hold Still

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America's most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), Proud Flesh (2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.

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Robert Weintraub

Robert Weintraub
author of No Better Friend

Robert Weintraub is a sports columnist for Slate, and his writing has also aired on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and dozens of other outlets. He is the author of The House That Ruth Built and The Victory Season and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times sports pages.

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Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo

Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo
author of SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox

Don Mann (CWO3, USN) is the author of the national bestseller Inside SEAL Team Six and a former Navy SEAL. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen).

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Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch
author of The Black Snow

Paul Lynch was born in 1977 and lives in Dublin. He was the chief film critic of Ireland's Sunday Tribune newspaper from 2007-2011. He has written regularly for the Sunday Times on film and has also written for the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Daily Mail and Film Ireland. He is the author of Red Sky in Morning.

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Sarah Leipciger

Sarah Leipciger
author of The Mountain Can Wait

Sarah Leipciger was born in Peterborough, Canada. She spent her teenage years in Toronto, later moving to Vancouver Island to study Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Victoria. Leipciger left Canada in 2001 for Korea and South East Asia, and currently lives in London with her husband and three children, where she teaches creative writing to men in prison.

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Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera
author of The Closer

MARIANO RIVERA was a New York Yankee for nineteen seasons. He is Major League Baseball's all-time saves and postseason ERA leader, a thirteen-time All-Star, and a five-time world champion. He and his wife, Clara, have three sons and live in New York.

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Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt
author of Neverhome

Laird Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Fiction. A former United Nations press officer currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

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Kimberley Meyer

Kimberley Meyer
author of The Book of Wanderings

Kimberly Meyer teaches literature as well as the flagship ten-hour Great Books course at the Honors College at the University of Houston, and it is there that she first read about Brother Felix Fabri's pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 1483-1484. Fabri becomes Kimberly's guide in her modern-day pilgrimage - her search for home. With a timely significance, their journey to Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Egypt, provide a unique perspective on this landscape, both literal and figurative - the Middle East now and then.

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Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott
author of The Fever

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of seven novels, including The Fever, Dare Me and The End of Everything . She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Statesman, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Guardian and the Believer. She lives in New York City.

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Simon Rich

Simon Rich
author of Spoiled Brats

Simon Rich spent four years as a staff writer for "Saturday Night Live," where he earned four Emmy nominations. He is the author of The Last Girlfriend on Earth, What in God's Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby
author of Michael Jordan

Roland Lazenby is the author of the definitive and bestselling biographies Michael Jordan: The Life and Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon, among other books. He has spent the past three decades interviewing NBA players, coaches, staff members, and other figures while writing about the league.

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Johanna Lane

Johanna Lane
author of Black Lake

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland, studied English Literature in Scotland, and earned her MFA at Columbia University. She teaches writing in New York City.

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Christopher Kimball

Christopher Kimball
author of The Cook's Bible

Christopher Kimball serves as the publisher and editor of the magazines Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country. He also hosts the public television cooking shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. Kimball is a regular contributor to The CBS Early Show and has been featured in many publications, including The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and People.

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