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James Patterson

James Patterson
author of 15th Affair

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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Philip Norman

Philip Norman
author of Paul McCartney

Philip Norman is the bestselling biographer of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, and the author of the classic Beatles biography SHOUT! He is also a novelist and playwright. He lives in London.

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Tracy Barone

Tracy Barone
author of Happy Family

Tracy Barone earned her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU and has worked as a screenwriter and playwright. She has worked in Hollywood, where she was the Executive Producer on Wild, Wild, West, Rosewood, My Fellow Americans, and Money Train and was instrumental in the acquisition and development of Men in Black and Ali. In addition to an MFA, Barone holds a B.A. from NYU.

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Joshua Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo
author of The Seventh Sense

Joshua Cooper Ramo is the author of the bestseller The Age of the Unthinkable and co-chief executive and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates. A Mandarin speaker who moved to Beijing in 2002, he is a director of the Starbucks and FedEx corporations. His first book, No Visible Horizon, chronicled his experiences as a competitive aerobatic pilot.

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Walter Borneman

Walter Borneman
author of MacArthur at War

Walter R. 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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Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett
author of Imagine Me Gone

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and he has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City.

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Mary Simses

Mary Simses
author of The Rules of Love & Grammar

Mary Simses grew up in Connecticut and spent much of her life in the Northeast, where she attended college and law school. She began writing short stories as a child and was encouraged to write by her teachers. Although she loved creative writing, Mary chose to pursue the more practical paths of journalism and, later, law as careers. While working as a corporate attorney, however, she decided to enroll in an evening fiction writing class at a local university and quickly found that she was hooked again. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. Mary now lives in South Florida with her husband/law partner and their daughter. She loves taking photographs and listening to old jazz tunes. She also makes a fine blueberry muffin.

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Don Mann

Don Mann
author of SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Dragon

Don Mann (CWO3, USN) is the author of the national bestseller Inside SEAL Team Six and a former Navy SEAL. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Ralph Pezzullo

Ralph Pezzullo
author of SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Dragon

Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen) and Zero Footprint (with military contractor Simon Chase).

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Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman
author of Ruhlman's How to Saute

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. Ruhlman has also appeared on food television numerous times, notably as a judge on Iron Chef and as a featured guest on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, photographer Donna Turner Ruhlman.

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Levison Wood

Levison Wood
Foreword author of Walking The Himalayas

Levison Wood is a full time explorer and writer. Having spent ten years in the British Army , he has led expeditions on five continents and has travelled in over 80 countries. As a photographer and journalist he specialises in documenting people and cultures in remote regions and post-conflict zones. He has worked with various regional and national government departments in promoting access in developing economies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and International Fellow of the Explorers Club.

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Malcolm Mackay

Malcolm Mackay
author of The Night the Rich Men Burned

Malcolm Mackay's Glasgow Trilogy has been nominated for several international prizes. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter was shortlisted for the Edgar Awards' Best Paperback Original, the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. How a Gunman Says Goodbye won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland's Isle of Lewis, where he still lives.

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Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman
author of Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman--winner of France's Prix Fitzgerald for his prior novel--is the writer-director of five films, including Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, and Love & Friendship, a mendacious representation of this story. At university, he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson, and he later worked in book publishing and journalism. His first novel, The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, was also derived from a film story.

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James Bradley

James Bradley
author of The China Mirage

James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Imperial Cruise, Flyboys, and Flags of Our Fathers, and a son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
author of It's a Long Story

Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Jon Pessah

Jon Pessah
author of The Game

Jon Pessah was a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, managed the sports departments for Newsday and the Hartford Courant, and edited, wrote, and ran the investigative team for ESPN the Magazine.

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Polly Dugan

Polly Dugan
author of The Sweetheart Deal

Polly Dugan lives in Portland, is a former employee of Powell's Books, and is a reader at Tin House magazine. She attended the Tin House Writers Workshop for the past three years where she worked with Joy Williams, Steve Almond, Elisa Schappell and Meg Storey.

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Steven Hyden

Steven Hyden
author of Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

Steven Hyden has written for Grantland, The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Slate, and Salon. He lives in Minnesota.

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Thomas O’Malley

Thomas O’Malley
author of Serpents in the Cold

Thomas O'Malley 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 lives in the Boston area.

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