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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of The Games

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 300 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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Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
author of Here's to Us

Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children and singing "Home Sweet Home" at the Club Car piano bar. Here's to Us is her seventeenth novel.

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Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley
author of Before You Judge Me

Tavis Smiley is the host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show. Smiley is also the bestselling author of 17 books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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David Ritz

David Ritz
author of Before You Judge Me

David Ritz is an American author who has written more than 50 books.

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John Gregory Brown

John Gregory Brown
author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

Born and raised in New Orleans, John Gregory Brown is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon's Watch. For two decades he has taught and directed the creative writing program at Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, where he serves as the Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English. He and his wife, the novelist Carrie Brown, have three children.

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David Swinson

David Swinson
author of The Second Girl

David Swinson is a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. Before joining the DC police Swinson was a record store owner in Seal Beach, California, a punk rock/alternative concert promoter in Long Beach, California, and a music video producer and independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, California. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon.

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Alice Adams

Alice Adams
author of Invincible Summer

Alice Adams is half Australian but has lived in England for most of her life, growing up in a house without a TV and as a result becoming a voracious reader. Career-wise, she's done everything from waitressing to investment banking, and in addition to a BA in philosophy, she has a multitude of geeky math, finance, and computer qualifications. She lives in North London but escapes into the wilderness as often as possible. Invincible Summer is her first novel and she's hard at work on a second.

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John Powell

John Powell
author of Why You Love Music

Scientist and musician John Powell holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College (London University) and a Master's degree in music from the university of Sheffield (UK). He is the author of How Music Works.

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Bryan Calvert

Bryan Calvert
author of Brooklyn Rustic

Bryan Calvert opened James restaurant in 2008 on a residential corner of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, after cooking for years in fine restaurants. His food quickly became synonymous with new Brooklyn dining. Calvert is also a co-founder of Cecil & Merl, a national brand of artisanal home and kitchen goods.

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Daniel O’Malley

Daniel O’Malley
author of Stiletto

Daniel 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, where he works for the Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.

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Thomas O’Malley

Thomas O’Malley
Foreword author of We Were Kings

Thomas O'Malley is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches on the faculty of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He lives in the Boston area.

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Douglas Graham Purdy

Douglas Graham Purdy
author of We Were Kings

Douglas Graham Purdy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and currently works in Film & Media Studies at MIT. This is his second novel.

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Elizabeth Bard

Elizabeth Bard
author of Picnic in Provence

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist and author based in Provence, France, where her second book, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir With Recipes, took place. Her first book, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes has been a New York Times and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick, and the recipient of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best First Cookbook (USA).

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Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen
author of The Pentagon's Brain

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and The Pentagon's Brain and was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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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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Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard
author of Altruism

Born in France, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas over forty-five years ago. He is an internationally bestselling author whose previous books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Ricard is celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED, where more than seven million people have viewed his talks. He lives in Nepal and devotes much of his time to humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal.

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Joshua Gaylord

Joshua Gaylord
author of When We Were Animals

Jason Hewitt is a novelist, playwright and actor. He was born in Oxford, and lives in London. He is the author of The Dynamite Room.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt
author of Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

Steven Hyden has written for Grantland, The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Slate, and Salon. He lives in Minnesota.

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Robert Mazur

Robert Mazur
author of The Infiltrator

Robert Mazur was a federal agent for 27 years. During 5 years of his law enforcement career he was a long-term undercover agent operating in deep cover within the underworld as a high-level money launderer for senior members of Colombian drug cartels. He not only dealt directly with cartel leaders, but also functioned as their counduit to corrupt international bankers around the world. He is court-certified in both the U.S. and Canada as an expert in money laundering. Mr. Mazur has been a significant contributor to news and media outlets, including The New York Times, PBS, ABC and NBC.

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