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Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
author of David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
author of I Am Malala

Malala was born in 1997 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her short lifetime has encompassed devastating changes in her country as it has been transformed from a once peaceful land to a hotbed of Islamic extremism. The Taliban have said Malala, who now lives in Birmingham, England, will be killed if she returns home. But she says she has been given a second life that she intends to use for the good of the people and her dream that all girls everywhere deserve an education.

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Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt
author of The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She lives in New York.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz
author of Isa Does It

Isa Moskowitz is the best-selling author of the hit books Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan With a Vengeance, and many other titles. Veganomicon has sold almost 150,000 copies with almost no publicity, cementing Isa as a key voice in vegan cooking. Her cookbook consisting entirely of vegan cupcake recipes, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, earned her considerable media attention.

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George Pelecanos
author of The Double

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

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Brad Stone

Brad Stone
author of The Everything Store

Brad Stone has covered Amazon and technology in Silicon Valley for over 14 years, for publications such as Newsweek and the New York Times. He is currently a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and lives in San Francisco, California.

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Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield
author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for six months (it was his third trip). The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006 and Chief of International Space Station Operations there from 2006-2008. The former President of the Association of Space Explorers (2007-2011), Hadfield is also a fully qualified flight engineer cosmonaut, is fluent in Russian, and is designated a "specialist" on all Space Station systems, meaning that he has earned the highest qualification level possible for every imaginable task onboard.

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Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons
author of The Abominable

Since his first published short story won the Rod Serling Memorial Award in the 1982 Twilight Zone Magazine Short Fiction contest, Dan Simmons has won some of the top awards in science fiction, horror, fantasy, and thriller genres, as well as honors for his mainstream fiction. He lives along the Front Range of Colorado.

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Michael Mast and Rick Mast

Michael Mast and Rick Mast
author of Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

Rick and Michael Mast are the co-founders, owners, and master chocolate makers of Mast Brothers Chocolate, pioneering "bean to bar" chocolate making in New York City. They were born and raised in Iowa.

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Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord

Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord
author of Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

Stephanie Stiavetti is a writer, recipe developer, and culinary media maven residing in San Francisco, California. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, KQED, Culinate, and Serious Eats. You can find her online at TheCulinaryLife.com.

Garrett McCord is a freelance food writer, writing teacher, and recipe developer. He has written for Gourmet Live, The Huffington Post, Epicurious, Cheese Connoisseur, and many other online and print publications. You can find him at VanillaGarlic.com. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his husband, Brian; their two needy cats; and a Corgi named Jack.

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Steve Rushin

Steve Rushin
author of The 34-Ton Bat

Steve Rushin has been writing for Sports Illustrated for the last 25 years and was the 2006 National Sportswriter of the Year. His work has been collected in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in Connecticut.

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Richard Koch

Richard Koch
author of The 80/20 Manager

Richard Koch is the bestselling author of The 80/20 Principle, which has sold over a million copies and been published in thirty-one languages. He is also a highly successful entrepreneur and investor, whose ventures have included Filofax, Plymouth Gin, Belgo, and Betfair. He was formerly a partner of Bain & Company and co-founder of LEK Consulting. He is British and lives in Portugal.

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Simon Rich

Simon Rich
author of The Married Kama Sutra

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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Robert Hilburn

Robert Hilburn
author of Johnny Cash

obert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has reported extensively on pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Johnny Cash.

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Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton
author of The Luminaries

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Eleanor Catton, 23, is the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City, where she now lives.

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The Onion

The Onion
author of The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

In a history spanning 24 years, 7 popular books, and 19 Webby Awards, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention.

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Jake Tapper
author of The Outpost

Jake Tapper is the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. He is the host "Political Punch with Jake Tapper," a web show the gives an inside look at the White House, and appears regularly on "Good Morning America," "Nightline," and "World News with Diane Sawyer." Prior to joining ABC News, he was the national correspondent for Salon.com and was a columnist for TALK Magazine. He has written for The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Weekly Standard, among many other publications. He is author of Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Emma Donoghue
author of Astray

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes.

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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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Pete Hamill
author of The Christmas Kid

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 17 previous books including the bestselling novel Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and lives in New York City.

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William Least Heat-Moon
author of Here, There, Elsewhere

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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