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emma donahue

Emma Donoghue
author of Frog Music

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. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes.

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Nicole Mary Kelby

Nicole Mary Kelby
author of The Pink Suit

Nicole Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of White Truffles in Winter, In the Company of Angels, Whale Season, and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among other works. She divides her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, the UK, and Ireland.

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Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman
author of Egg

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 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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Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers
author of Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Kevin Powers is the author of The Yellow Birds, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and was a National Book Award Finalist. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. This is his first collection of poetry.

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Zachary Lazar

Zachary Lazar
author of I Pity the Poor Immigrant

Zachary Lazar is the author of three books--the novel Sway, chosen as a Best Book 0f 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Publisher's Weekly, and Newsday, and the memoir Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder, a Best Book of 2009 in the Chicago Tribune. Lazar is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009-10), and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University (2009-10). He lives in New Orleans where he is on the creative writing faculty at Tulane University.

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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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Gail Collins

Gail Collins
author of When Everything Changed

Gail Collins is a columnist for the New York Times. From 2001-2007 she was editorial page editor of the paper--the first woman to have held that position.

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Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent
author of Burial Rites

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.

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Andrew Weil, MD

Andrew Weil, MD
author of True Food

Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a partner of True Food Kitchen. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Spontaneous Happiness, The Healthy Kitchen (coauthored with Rosie Daley), Healthy Aging, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and Spontaneous Healing. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

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Robert Weintraub

Robert Weintraub
author of The Victory Season

Robert Weintraub is the author of The House That Ruth Built and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times sports pages. He is a sports columnist for Slate, and his writing has also aired on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and dozens of other outlets. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman
author of The Liars' Gospel

Naomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.

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Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea
author of The Devil's Highway

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Devil's Highway, winner of a Lannan Literary Award, Across the Wire, winner of the Christopher Award, and the forthcoming The Hummingbird's Daughter. He is also the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, and a Colorado Book Award, and he has been inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

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