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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of Gone

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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Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent
author of Burial Rites

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnusdottir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.

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David Perlmutter MD

David Perlmutter MD
author of Grain Brain

David Perlmutter, MD, is president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and the co-founder and president of The Perlmutter Brain Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award, and he serves on the Medical Advisory Board of The Dr. Oz Show. A frequent lecturer, he writes a blog at VanguardNeurologist.com and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of The Better Brain Book, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, and Power Up Your Brain.

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Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman
author of Countdown

Alan Weisman is the author of several books, including The World Without Us: an international best-seller translated in 34 languages, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Wenjin Book Prize of the National Library of China. His work has been selected for many anthologies, including Best American Science Writing. An award-winning journalist, his reports have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, Vanity Fair, Wilson Quarterly, Mother Jones, and Orion, and on NPR. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
author of The Devil That Never Dies

aniel Jonah Goldhagen is the is author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and was named one of the two best books of 1996 by Time, A Moral Reckoning, and Worse Than War. Goldhagen's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit, Le Monde and El Pais, among many others. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent
author of The Outcasts

Kathleen Kent is the author of The Heretic's Daughter and The Traitor's Wife. She lives in Dallas.

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Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell
author of The Maid's Version

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

Gill Hornby

Gill Hornby
author of The Hive

Gill Hornby writes a column for The Telegraph and is the author of several non-fiction books. She lives in Berkshire, England with her husband and their four children.

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William M. Arkin

William M. Arkin
author of American Coup

William Arkin is one of America's premier military experts, having served in Army intelligence in West Berlin during the Cold War. Since then, he has written more than a dozen books, briefed hundreds of top military, intelligence and government officials, and been a part of countless exposes. Working for The Washington Post, he conceived and co-authored the landmark "Top Secret America" investigation, and co-wrote the national bestseller of the same name. He lives in Vermont.

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Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
author of The Urban Bestiary

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and is a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. She is the author of Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award). Her writing has appeared in Image, Open Spaces, Wild Earth, Conservation Biology Journal, Birdwatcher's Digest, and the Prairie Naturalist. Winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in West Seattle with her husband and daughter.

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Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar
author of Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, he holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of a novel, American Dervish, and numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture - Drama.

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William Sears MD

William Sears MD
author of The Healthy Pregnancy 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.

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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas
author of Ike's Bluff

Evan Thomas is the author of several bestselling works of history including The War Lovers, Robert Kennedy, Sea of Thunder and, with Walter Isaacson, The Wise Men. Currently teaching at Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski
author of The Dallas Cowboys

Joe Nick Patoski is the author of the award-winning Willie Nelson: An Epic Life as well as biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena. He has written for Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, No Depression, Country Music, TV Guide, and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in the Texas Hill Country.

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