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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of NYPD Red 4

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Middle School and I Funny. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: "PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK." He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. James will be investing his proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa
author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Sunil Yapa received his MFA from Hunter College, where he was awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship and was selected twice as the Esquire Fiction Intern. In June 2010, he won the Asian American Short Story Award. In May 2010, Yapa was the writer-in-residence at the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The son of a Sri Lankan father, and a mother from Montana, Yapa grew up in Pennsylvania, and has since traveled and lived in 48 states and 35 countries.

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Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark
author of The Art of X-Ray Reading

Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level--to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors--for more than thirty years. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books on writing and journalism, including How to Write Short, Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and Help! for Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
author of Even Dogs in the Wild

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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William Shaw

William Shaw
author of A Song for the Brokenhearted

William Shaw is an award-winning pop-culture journalist, who has has written regularly for The Observer (London), Independent, and Telegraph as well as the New York Times, Wired and Details. His previous novel, She's Leaving Home, was the first to feature Breen and Tozer. Shaw lives in Sussex, England.

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
author of A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, Started Early, Took My Dog, and Life After Life. She lives in Edinburgh.

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Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham
author of Life or Death

Michael Robotham has been an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. One of world's most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

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Jeffrey Lieberman

Jeffrey Lieberman
author of Shrinks

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Formerly the President of the American Psychiatric Association, in 2000 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York City.

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Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley
author of Death of a King

avis Smiley is the host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show. Smiley is also the bestselling author of 17 books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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James Hanaham

James Hannaham
author of Delicious Foods

James Hannaham is the author of the novel God Says No, which was honored by the American Library Association. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

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Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew
author of Born with Teeth

Kate Mulgrew is an American actress noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award, a Saturn Award, and an Obie Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

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Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe
author of Man at the Helm

Nina Stibbe is the author of Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and two children. Man at the Helm is her first novel.

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Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski
author of Canary

Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot). He's written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and IDW, and most recently wrote The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie's new Dark Circle imprint. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.

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