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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of Private Vegas

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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Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau
author of One Nation, Under Gods

Peter Manseau is the author of Vows, Rag and Bone, and the novel Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, winner of prizes including the National Jewish Book Award and the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution, Manseau holds a doctorate from Georgetown University and has written on religion, history, and culture for publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He lives with his family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Harriet Lane

Harriet Lane
author of Her

Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and writer at Tatler and the Observer. She has also written for the Guardian, the Telegraph and Vogue. Her debut novel, Alys, Always, was published in 2012. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.

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George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos
author of The Martini Shot

George Pelecanos is the bestselling author of nineteen novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is also an independent film producer, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer on the HBO series The Wire and Treme. He lives in Maryland.

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Edith Pearlman

Edith Pearlman
author of Honeydew

Edith Pearlman's last collection, Binocular Vision, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Story Prize. The author of three other story collections, she has also received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story. Her stories have been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. Pearlman lives with her husband in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Scott Blackwood

Scott Blackwood
author of See How Small

Scott Blackwood is the author of two previous books of fiction, In the Shadow of Our House and We Agreed to Meet Just Here, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award. He's also the author of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a book of narrative nonfiction. A long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Blackwood now lives in Chicago and teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University.

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William Shaw

William Shaw
author of The Kings of London and She's Leaving Home

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. Shaw lives in Sussex, England.

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Thomas O'Malley

Thomas O'Malley
author of Serpents in the Cold

Thomas O'Malley was raised in Ireland and England. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches on the faculty of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the novels In the Province of Saints and This Magnificent Desolation. He lives in the Boston area.

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Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen
author of Operation Paperclip

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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Deborah Carlisle Solomon

Deborah Carlisle Solomon
author of Baby Knows Best

Deborah Carlisle Solomon is the executive director of RIE. She has presented at various national and international conferences and workshops. She lives in Studio City, California.

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Stephen Lloyd Jones

Stephen Lloyd Jones
author of The String Diaries

Stephen Jones studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London and is the director of a major London media agency. He is the author of The String Diaries.

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Timothy D Wilson

Timothy D Wilson
author of Redirect

Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has written for Science and the New York Times, among other publications, and is the author of Strangers to Ourselves. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson
author of The Land of Steady Habits

Ted Thompson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House and Best New American Voices, among other publications. He was born in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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Simon Rich

Simon Rich
author of Man Seeking Woman

Simon Rich spent four years as a staff writer for "Saturday Night Live," where he earned four Emmy nominations. He is the author of The Last Girlfriend on Earth, What in God's Name, Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, and Elliot Allagash. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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