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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of Hope to Die

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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Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly
author of The Burning Room

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-seven previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Gods of Guilt and The Black Box. His books, which include the bestselling Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than fifty-eight million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of the forthcoming series Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana
author of The Universal Tone

Carlos Santana was born in Mexico and is one of the most important rock musicians of our time. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd
author of The Stranger

Chuck Todd is NBC News Political Director and the moderator of Meet the Press" the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and longest-running broadcast in television history. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent (2008-2014) as well as host of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown (2010-2014). Todd has held the role of Political Director since March 2007, leading all aspects of the news division's political coverage and analysis across every platform. He is also the editor of First Read, NBC's must-read guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, D.C.

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David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace
author of The David Foster Wallace Reader

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

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Vahram Muratyan

Vahram Muratyan
author of About Time

Vahram Muratyan is a graphic artist based in Paris. In the fall of 2010, during a long stay in New York, Vahram launched his first blog, Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities which was viewed more than 4 million times, covered by the New York Times, spurred exhibitions at Colette in Paris and The Standard in New York, and eventually became the book Paris Versus New York. His new projects include a weekly column in M Magazine, and the Prada Spring/ Summer 2012 special collaboration, Parallel Universes.

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The Onion

The Onion
author of The Onion Magazine

Since it was founded in 1988, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Its home offices are in Chicago.

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Hugh Howard

Hugh Howard
author of Houses of Civil War America

Hugh Howard is the author of more than a dozen books on architecture, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War. His writings have also appeared in Smithsonian, New York Times, Washington Post, House Beautiful, Preservation, Early American Life, Traditional Homes,and many other publications. He lives in East Chatham, New York, with his wife and two daughter.

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Robert Hilburn

Robert Hilburn
author of Johnny Cash

Robert Hilburn was the chief music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades. The author of the bestselling memoir Cornflakes with John Lennon, Hilburn has reported extensively on most of pop music's legends, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Johnny Cash.

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Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe
author of Love, Nina

Nina Stibbe, after leaving her work as a nanny and attending university, worked in publishing. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and their two children.

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Walter R. Borneman

Walter R. Borneman
author of Iron Horses

Walter Borneman is the author of eight works of nonfiction, including The Admirals, 1812, The French and Indian War, and Polk. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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