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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of Private Berlin

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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
author of Standing in Another Man's Grave

Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer, and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

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Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis
author of Gun Machine

Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as Fell, Ministry of Space, Planetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of Crooked Little Vein. He is personally adapting his graphic novel Gravel into a screenplay for Legendary Pictures, producers of The Dark Knight, Inception, The Town, Watchmen, Where the Wild Things Are, and more. He lives in London.

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Bill Streever

Bill Streever
author of Heat

Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He lives in Alaska.

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William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon
author of Here, There, Elsewhere and Blue Highways

William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the bestselling classics Roads to Quoz, Blue Highways, River Horse, and PrairyEarth. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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Simon Rich

Simon Rich
author of The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at "Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God's Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

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Lara Santoro
author of The Boy

Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master's degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.

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Nicholas Montemarano

Nicholas Montemarano
author of The Book of Why

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection, If the Sky Falls (a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice) and a debut novel, A Fine Place. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize (2003) and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories four times. He is Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
author of The Host

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.

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Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil
author of Spontaneous Happiness

Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others.

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Dr. Sears

Dr. William Sears
author of The Baby Book

William Sears, MD, has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. They are the authors of more than 30 books and live in southern California. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. James Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors.

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Charlotte Rogan

Charlotte Rogan
author of The Lifeboat

Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1975. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. This is her first novel.

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Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark
author of Help! For Writers

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level--to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors--for more than thirty years, and has spoken about the writer's craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR, and The Today Show; at conferences from Singapore to Brazil; and at news organizations from the New York Times to The Sowetan in South Africa. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books about writing and journalism, including his most recent, Help! For Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Denise Mina

Denise Mina
author of The End of the Wasp Season

Denise Mina is the author of Deception, the Garnethill trilogy, and Field of Blood. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her family.

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John Ratey

John Ratey
author of Spark

John Ratey, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, including Spark, Driven to Distraction and A User's Guide to the Brain. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Donato Carrisi

Donato Carrisi
author of The Whisperer

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.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
author of Harlem Is Nowhere

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts's articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Essence, Harper's, Transition, and Vogue. She has received a Lannan Foundation fellowship and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. Rhodes-Pitts was born in Texas and educated at Harvard University.

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