Vani Hari is a food activist and the creator of foodbabe.com. In her work, Hari has influenced how food giants like Kraft, Subway, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and Starbucks create their products, steering them toward more healthful policies. She lives in North Carolina and travels around the world to speak about health and food awareness.
Michael Ruhlman started writing about the lives of chefs 20 years ago, and he soon found an interest in becoming a chef himself. After his success with the narrative books The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef and The Reach of a Chef, he has more recently taken his own skills in cooking to write innovative and successful food reference books including Egg, Ratio, The Elements of Cooking, and Charcuterie.
C.J. Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed Matthew Sharlake series, as well as the runaway #1 international bestsellers Dominion and Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex, England.
Rob Dunn is an ecologist in the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University, where he teaches and studies extinction and patterns of plant and animal diversity. His magazine work is published widely, including in National Geographic, Natural History, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.
Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers including Canary and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot). He currently writes the monthly comic series Judge Dredd for IDW, X for Dark Horse, and has written various bestselling comics for Marvel and DC. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 trilogy. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.
Richard Lange is the author of the story collection Dead Boys, which received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the novels This Wicked World and Angel Baby. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime first novel and won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service. Cameron's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Globe & Mail, and The Millions. She worked as a wilderness instructor in Ontario's Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.