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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of First Love

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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Rachel Urquhart

Rachel Urquhart
author of The Visionist

Rachel Urquhart's nonfiction has been published in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and she is the author of three Chic Simple lifestyle books (Knopf). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
author of Saints of the Shadow Bible

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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Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore
author of Find It in Everything

Drew Barrymore has been a favorite of film audiences since her role in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. In the following decades she earned praise from both critics and audiences for her performances in a wide range of comedies and dramas. She has become a major force not only in front of the camera but also behind the scenes, as a successful producer and director under her own Flower Films banner, with such hits as Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, 50 First Dates, He's Just Not That Into You, and Whip It. Outside of her film career, Barrymore currently serves as the Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). In addition, she recently launched the cosmetics line FLOWER Beauty and the wine label Barrymore Wines. Her photography has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York and has appeared in fashion campaigns.

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Rosemary Mahoney

Rosemary Mahoney
author of For the Benefit of Those Who See

Rosemary Mahoney is the author of The Early Arrival of Dreams, a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book; and two other books. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award.

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
author of Life After Life

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written seven more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently Started Early, Took My Dog. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Lucinda Rosenfeld

Lucinda Rosenfeld
author of The Pretty One

Lucinda Rosenfeld is the author of the novels What She Saw..., Why She Went Home, and I'm So Happy For You. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Creative Non-Fiction, Slate.com, Glamour, and other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.

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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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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 Pixarr.

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