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JENNIFER ABADI is a graphic designer, illustrator, and the author of the highly acclaimed A FISTFUL OF LENTILS, a collection of recipes from her grandmother's kitchen. She teaches classes at the JCC, among others, and has appeared on the Today show.

DANIEL G. ABEL is an attorney, a former proprietor and executive chef of the Chicory Farm Café in New Orleans, the director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School, and a founder of the Trout Point Lodge, a cooking school and resort in Nova Scotia. His first cookbook, written with Charles L. Leary and Vaughn J. Perret, is THE TROUT POINT LODGE COOKBOOK: CREOLE CUISINE FROM NEW ORLEANS TO NOVA SCOTIA.

MICHAEL ABLEMAN is the founder and executive director of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, a non-profit organization located on one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in Southern California. He is an author and photographer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the world as well as at solo exhibitions. His most recent book is FIELDS OF PLENTY: A FARMER'S JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF REAL FOOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT.

CINDY ADAMS has written a daily column for the New York Post since 1981. She has appeared on numerous television shows and was a founding member of A Current Affair. She has written several books, including IRON ROSE: THE STORY OF ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AND HER DYNASTY with Susan Crimp, and is a frequent lecturer. She is also the author of the bestselling THE GIFT OF JAZZY, about her best friend, a Yorkshire Terrier. A classy line of Jazzy Couture products is available from the Park Avenue Pooch. Her new book, LIVING A DOG'S LIFE: JAZZY, JUICY, AND ME, is about her grief over Jazzy's untimely death and her newfound joy with Jazzy Jr., and Juicy.

KENNETH M. ADAMS, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director of Kenneth M. Adams Associates, a practice in Royal Oak, Michigan, devoted to treating trauma-induced addictive and intimacy disorders. An internationally recognized expert in these areas, Dr. Adams frequently gives lectures and leads workshops sponsored by national treatment programs such as the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center, The Meadows, and The Life Healing Center.  He is the author, with Alexander P. Morgan, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

TERI AGINS has been a Senior Special Writer for the Wall Street Journal for over 10 years. She is the author of THE END OF FASHION: THE MASS MARKETING OF THE CLOTHING BUSINESS as well as numerous in-depth articles about style makers and their industry.

MAX ALEXANDER is a prolific journalist and former editor at People magazine and Variety. He currently writes for various publications, including Reader's Digest, Bon Appétit, and Saveur and has edited books by authors such as George Plimpton. He lives on a farm in Maine and is the co-author, with Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, based on the beloved restaurant Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine. He is also the author of MAN BITES LOG: THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF A CITY GUY IN THE WOODS, a collection of essays about his city-to-country experience.

MATTHEW ALGEO is a reporter for Public Radio International's Marketplace, heard by 7.4 million listeners weekly. Matthew's first book, LAST TEAM STANDING, is about the temporary merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles football teams during WWII when there was a shortage of able-bodied players in the league.

SARA FAITH ALTERMAN is the head writer at Boston Improv, who studied comedy writing with the Second City Training centers in Chicago and New York. The associate director of distribution of, Sara is a regular feature writer for, and has written for publications including the Independent, Great Chefs Magazine, and Carolina Woman magazine. She is the author of MY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which will be followed by TEARS OF A CLASS CLOWN.

BOB ANDELMAN has co-authored books with some of the biggest names in business, including Al Dunlap on MEAN BUSINESS, Adrian Slywotzky on THE PROFIT ZONE, and Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank on BUILT FROM SCRATCH. Bob's most recent title is WILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE, the authorized biography of the comic book and graphic novel pioneer. He is currently at work on THE POWER OF WOW! with Vernon Hill.

GIGI ANDERS is a freelance writer. She has written for the Washington Post, Glamour, Allure, Mirabella, USA Today, Hispanic, and Latina. Her first book, JUBANA!, is a frank and funny account of growing up Jewish and Cuban in the U.S. Gigi's latest book, MEN MAY COME AND MEN MAY GO, BUT I'VE STILL GOT MY LITTLE PINK RAINCOAT: LIFE AND LOVE IN AND OUT OF MY WARDROBE, is a humorous and poignant tale about the search for true love, inevitable loss, and snagging the perfect article of clothing.

KIM ANTIEAU received her M.L.S. degree from the University of Arizona in 1987, and she has both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Eastern University. She is the author of three novels and more than 20 stories, including the recent COYOTE COWGIRL. She is the author of two critically-acclaimed young adult novels, MERCY, UNBOUND and BROKEN MOON.  She is currently at work on another book for teens, RUBY'S IMAGINE, about a young girl's adventure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

REED ARVIN began his career as one of the most innovative producers, lecturers, and authors in the Christian media. His music productions include work with Amy Grant, Jars of Clay and many others. He is also an award-winning composer of television music and the author of three novels: THE WIND IN THE WHEAT; THE WILL; and the critically acclaimed THE LAST GOODBYE. His latest novel is BLOOD OF ANGELS, a gripping legal thriller set in Nashville. He is currently working on a new novel titled ST. ANDREWS.



HOUSTON BAKER is currently the Susan Fox and George D. Beischer Professor of English, African, and African American Studies at Duke University, as well as the Editor of American Literature, the oldest and most prestigious journal in American Literary Studies. He has written and/or edited more than 20 books, including MODERNISM AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE and CRITICAL MEMORY AND TURNING SOUTH AGAIN: RETHINKING MODERNISM/REREADING BOOKER T. He is working on two new titles, THE BETRAYAL OF THE BLACK INTELLECTUALS and I DON'T HATE THE SOUTH: REFLECTIONS ON FAULKNER, FAMILY, AND THE SOUTH.

KEN BAKER is the Editorial Director of, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a former hockey player for Colgate University. He is the author of MAN MADE, which chronicles his battle with a brain tumor that, over a period of 10 years, gradually sapped his masculinity, and THEY DON'T PLAY HOCKEY IN HEAVEN, which describes the season he spent playing hockey for a minor league team. His latest book is HOLLYWOOD HUSSEIN: HOW THE U.S. REALLY CAPTURED THE WORLD'S WORST CELEBRITY, a political satire about the capture of Saddam Hussein.

BENJAMIN BALINT is a literary journalist, who has written for Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, the American Scholar, the Weekly Standard, National Review, Wilson Quarterly, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, the Forward, and the Claremont Review of Books. He is currently writing his first book, RUNNING COMMENTARY, a narrative history of Commentary, the influential journal that has stood as a flagship of neoconservatism.

ADRIENNE BARBEAU is a star of film, television, theater, and the concert stage and made her Broadway debut as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. She was nominated for a Tony for the role of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease and played Bea Arthur's daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude. She also starred in HBO's Carnivale as Ruthie the Snake Dancer. Her first book, a memoir, is THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO. She is currently at work with Michael Scott, one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, on VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD, a paranormal mystery, to be followed by a sequel entitled VAMPYRES OF BROADWAY.

CHARLES BARKER is a writer and a geologist who has worked in the environmental consulting field for over 20 years, involved in issues ranging from water supply contamination to air quality. He also teaches at Wayne State University. He is currently working on a book titled SOLVING THE MAPMAKER'S PUZZLE about the theory of continental drift and plate tectonics. JUDITH BARRETT is a freelance reporter and food writer, the co-author of the bestselling RISOTTO, as well as the author of RISOTTO RISOTTI; SAVED BY SOUP; and WELL DONE: A COOK'S EDUCATION. Her most recent title is FAGIOLI: THE BEAN CUISINE OF ITALY.

SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS is a true media star. She is the author of several best-selling books and has been the subject of both a television movie and an A&E Biography. She is at work on her debut novel, a roman à clef about a group of "working girls" who use their unique connections and expertise to break up an international crime ring.

JOSEPH BASTIANICH became the wine buyer at his mother Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia. With her, he opened Becco and Lidia's in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, and with Mario Batali, Babbo, Lupa, and Otto. His latest venture with Mario and chef Mark Ladner is Del Posto, which he describes as "the ultimate expression of what we think an Italian restaurant can be." With David Lynch, Joe wrote James Beard nominee and IACP award-winner VINO ITALIANO: THE REGIONAL WINES OF ITALY and its follow-up, VINO ITALIANO BUYING GUIDE: THE ULTIMATE QUICK REFERENCE TO THE GREAT WINES OF ITALY.

LIDIA BASTIANICH is widely regarded as the "First Lady" of Italian cuisine in the U.S. Through her lectures, cookbooks, and restaurants—Felidia, Becco, and Lidia's, in both Kansas City and Pittsburgh—she has brought authentic Italian cooking to America. Her groundbreaking first book was LA CUCINA DI LIDIA, followed by LIDIA'S ITALIAN TABLE and LIDIA'S ITALIAN-AMERICAN KITCHEN, based on a 39-part television series. She is also the author of LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE, featuring classic Italian recipes prepared in Lidia's own Mediterranean-style kitchen, surrounded by her family and based on her television series of the same name. Her latest book, LIDIA'S ITALY: 140 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM THE TEN PLACES IN ITALY LIDIA LOVES MOST, was written with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich -Manuali.  They are currently at work on a follow up.

JOY BAUER is a noted nutritionist whose latest book is JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES with Carol Svec.  She is also the author of THE 90/10 WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN, which details a revolutionary approach to dieting, COOKING WITH JOY, with Rosemary Black, and 3-2-1 WEIGHT LOSS PLAN with Prevention magazine. In addition to her successful book publishing career, Joy is a columnist for Self magazine, a frequent guest on the Today show, Live! with Regis and Kelly, The View, VH1, and Good Morning America, and she is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Joy started and maintains one of the biggest nutrition centers in the country, Joy Bauer Nutrition, located in New York City and Westchester, NY.

KENNETH BAUM is one of the premier sports performance consultants in the U.S. He conducts seminars throughout the country and addresses thousands of people every year in his lectures. He is the author of THE MENTAL EDGE and METABOLIZE: THE PERSONALIZED PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS. Both are co-authored with Richard Trubo.

PETER BAYLIES is the creator of the At-Home Dad Newsletter, which he started for other at-home fathers after he was laid off from his job in 1992. His first book is THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Jessica Toonkel.

SUSAN BEAL is a jewelry designer, writer, and editor, as well as a contributor to a number of craft books. She writes about art, craft, and fashion for Cutting Edge, JoAnn Crafts, BUST, ReadyMade, Venus, Art Access,, and Her “West Coast Crafty” column runs monthly on She’s also taught jewelry making and craft classes in her studio, at bead shops, at the DIY Lounge, and for Church of Craft. She is at work on BEADING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY.

PHILIP BEARD is a partner in a law firm and an English teacher. He has studied fiction writing with Frederick Busch, and his first novel, DEAR ZOE, was published in Spring 2005. His latest is titled LOST IN THE GARDEN, a family drama about a man who is losing his wife to golf.

DR. GLORIA BEIM is one of a very small group of female orthopedic surgeons. She is the physician to the U.S. Olympic Training Camp, as well as the U.S. National Track Cycling Team. With Ruth Winter, she is the author of THE FEMALE ATHLETE'S BODY BOOK. JIM BELL is an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and the leader of the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) color imaging investigation on the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover missions. His first book is POSTCARDS FROM MARS, a gorgeously illustrated journey onto the surface of Earth's closest neighbor.

JOAN BELOFF, ACC, ALA, a specialist in the field of gerontology, serves as the New Vitality and Community Outreach Director for Chilton Memorial Hospital, where she coordinates outreach programs for the hospital and surrounding community.  She also supervises the Gerontology, Community Health, Parent Education and Corporate Wellness personnel at Chilton Memorial Hospital.  She is currently at work with Cynthia Green on A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS, a workbook for memory challenged adults, including those with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers.

GARY BELSKY is a deputy editor for ESPN The Magazine, on the faculty at New York University's Department of Journalism, and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Business 2.0; Self; Time Out New York; This Old House; My Generation; and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of ON SECOND THOUGHT and, with Thomas Gilovich, WHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM. His new book is SHOULD YOU REALLY BE A LAWYER? THE GUIDE TO SMART CAREER CHOICES BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER LAW SCHOOL with Deborah Schneider.

PAULA STONE BENDER is a clinical psychologist who specializes in family practice, as well as the author of two parenting books: HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY and HOW TO KEEP YOUR TEENAGER FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY.

LEE BENSON is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience as a newspaper writer, columnist, and book author. He is the renowned sports columnist for the Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News, where he was named Sportswriter of the Year 15 consecutive years. His new book, co-authored with Elizabeth Smart's uncle Tom Smart, is IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE STARTLING TRUTH BEHIND THE ELIZABETH SMART INVESTIGATION.

JOSEPH BERGER is a features writer at the New York Times and the author of THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS. His most recent book is DISPLACED PERSONS, a highly praised memoir of growing up in America after the Holocaust. Joe's new book is THE WORLD IN A CITY: TRAVELING THE GLOBE THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE NEW NEW YORK.

ANAT BERKO, Ph.D., Lt. Col. (ret.), is an advisor to Israel’s Council for National Security, the governmental team dealing with Counter-Terrorism.  She serves as an advisor to senior echelon decision makers in efforts to counter suicide bombers and their dispatchers and is a research fellow with the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Inter-Disciplinary Center, Herzliya.  Her book, THE PATH TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN, already published in Hebrew in Israel, is forthcoming in English.

ALAN BERNSTEIN, CSW, P.C., has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. He is a consultant with Outward Bound, the author of Princeton Review's GUIDE TO YOUR CAREER, and has been quoted extensively in the print media including USA Today, Money and Vogue. He and John Trauth are currently working on YOUR RETIREMENT, YOUR WAY, a guide to figuring out what's best for an individual's retirement needs.

JEN BERVIN comes from a long line of pie makers in the Midwest and learned to love pie the old-fashioned way—by eating it regularly. She has worked at Bubby's Pie Co. in Tribeca since 2002, when she was hired to bring "beauty and grace" back to the bakery and to invent and test new recipes for seasonal specials, as well as improve upon old ones. She is the co-author, with Ron Silver Jr., of the upcoming BUBBY'S PIE COMPENDIUM.

LINDA BLADHOLM is the author of four books on Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine. She also writes a weekly column called "Fork in the Road" in the Miami Herald. She is currently working on a new comprehensive Indian cookbook titled A HANDFUL OF SPICES: A CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA.

KENNETH BOCK, M.D., is board certified in family medicine and, along with Dr. Steven Bock and Nancy Faass, the author of THE GERM SURVIVAL GUIDE, a practical plan for keeping you and your family germ-free.

JANE BOGART, M.A., CHES, is the Coordinator of Health Outreach and Promotion at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly the Director of Health Promotion at NYU, she also taught at Columbia University's Teacher's College. Known to her students across the country as "Sex Jane," she has appeared on MTV as a "Sexpert." She is the author of SEXPLORATION: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FEELING TRULY GREAT IN BED, a practical, human, humorous, and informative guide for any and every sexual encounter.

WALT BOGDANICH is one of only a few journalists to receive two Pulitzer Prizes for individual achievement—one at the Wall Street Journal and the other in 2005 at the New York Times for "Death on the Tracks," his series on corporate cover-ups of train accidents. He has also been honored with four George Polk Awards as well as many other accolades in print and broadcast journalism. A television producer, journalism professor, and guest on some of today's top TV shows, including the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN, and PBS, he has also served as the on-air correspondent for investigative stories broadcast on PBS and Discovery Times Channel. He is the author of THE GREAT WHITE LIE, an examination of the inner workings of America's medical system.

ESTHER WACHS BOOK has written business articles for Forbes, Fortune, and Working Woman and has served as the career expert at Marie Claire magazine. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and speaks fluent Chinese. Her most recent book is WHY THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB IS A WOMAN.

CLAIRE BOOTH is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Philadelphia Inquirer. As a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, she began covering the Taylor Helzer murder case and is now at work on an account of Helzer's life and crimes, THE FALSE PROPHET: CONSPIRACY, EXTORTION AND MURDER IN THE NAME OF GOD.

DOUGLAS BORTON is a talented novelist whose work has been praised by the likes of Stephen King. His titles include MANSTOPPER; DREAMHOUSE; and KANE. Using the pseudonym Brian Harper, he has also written SHIVER; SHUDDER; and SHATTER; as well as BLIND PURSUIT; MORTAL PURSUIT; and DEADLY PURSUIT. Under the nom de plume Michael Prescott, he has written COMES THE DARK; STEALING FACES; SHADOW HUNTER; LAST BREATH; NEXT VICTIM; IN DARK PLACES; and DANGEROUS GAMES. His latest is MORTAL FAULTS, and he is currently at work on FINAL SINS.

FRED BOST is an ex-Army and Pentagon investigator and has won two consecutive awards for investigative journalism from the North Carolina Press Association. With Jerry Allen Potter, he co-authored FATAL JUSTICE: REINVESTIGATING THE MACDONALD MURDERS.

NEAL BOWERS is currently Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University.  He is the author of a novel, LOOSE ENDS; a collection of poems OUT OF THE SOUTH; and a volume of nonfiction, WORDS FOR THE TAKING: THE HUNT FOR A PLAGIARIST.  He is currently at work on his second novel, THE GOODBAD MAN.

WAYNE BRACHMAN has been named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design and Choclatier magazines. He is the author of CAKES AND COWPOKES; RETRO DESSERTS; and AMERICAN DESSERTS. His latest is SEE DAD COOK: THE ONLY BOOK A GUY NEEDS TO FEED FAMILY AND FRIENDS (AND HIMSELF).

RICHARD R. BRADLEY III, was the Director of the Occupational Health and Fitness Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for over twenty years. His first book, QUICK FIT: THE COMPLETE 15-MINUTE NO-SWEAT WORKOUT, lays out his unique and effective fitness program.

FLO BRAKER, a former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, is a food writer, and cooking teacher. She is the author of THE SIMPLE ART OF PERFECT BAKING and SWEET MINIATURES, which won the IACP Cookbook Award for best single subject cookbook. She has appeared on the public television series Baking with Julia and on the Food Network's Baker's Dozen. She is currently at work on THE OCCASIONAL BAKER.

HEATHER BREWER is the author of EIGHTH GRADE BITES and NINTH GRADE SUCKS, the first two books in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, ayoung adult book series about a half-boy, half-vampire.  A contributing member of the writer’s organization Backspace, Heather’s work has appeared in DarkMoon Rising and Descending Darkness.  Heather lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, two children, and one very evil hamster.

CHRISTOPHER BROWN is a political and financial consultant who has formulated campaign strategies for gubernatorial, state, and municipal candidates, and advised investment banks on strategies for gaining new clients in public finance. He is now working on A SIMPLE MAN: ROBERT MCNAMARA IN VIETNAM, based on his extensive interviews with the former Secretary of Defense.

TODD DAVID BROWN is the author of ENTRIES FROM A HOT PINK NOTEBOOK, a superb first novel about a gay high school kid coming of age in a blue-collar town in Maine.

GARY BROZEK has been a senior editor with a major New York publishing house. He is the co-author of DIVORCED FROM THE MOB and FINANCIAL BLISS with Bambi Holzer. He is currently working on THE MILLION DOLLAR DECISION, with Michael Farr, and THE TEEN WHISPERER, with Mike Linderman.

LINDA BUCH and Seth Anne Snider-Copely, both fitness professionals, are the authors of THE COMMERCIAL BREAK WORKOUT, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

STEVE BUCKLEY has been a columnist with the Boston Herald since 1995. He has written extensively for Boston Magazine, Yankee, Sporting News and many other magazines. Buckley is a co-host on "The Big Show" on Sportsradio 850 WEEI and also co-hosts a popular Sunday baseball show on the station. Buckley is a co-founder of the Oldtime Baseball Game, an annual charity game featuring top amateur players who wear old-style uniforms from virtually every era in baseball history. He is currently working, with Jim Caple, on THE BEST BOSTON SPORTS ARGUMENTS.

DOROTHY BULLITT is the Pacific Coast based author of FILLING THE VOID. She is the co-author, with renowned mountaineer Jim Wickwire, of his memoir, ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT AFFIRMING LIFE IN THE FACE OF DEATH.

JAY BURRESON is the author, with Penny Le Couteur, of NAPOLEON'S BUTTONS: HOW 17 MOLECULES CHANGED HISTORY. Here, they explain how often small, seemingly insignificant molecules have changed the course of world events. Jay has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship for his work with marine life and chemical compounds.

JENNIFER BUSHMAN is the founder of the successful Nothing to It! Cooking School and Culinary Center and has been nominated for IACP and James Beard awards. Her 90-second television segments can be seen throughout the western United States. She is the author, with Sallie Y. Williams, of a series of three KITCHEN COACH cookbooks: WEEKNIGHT COOKING, WEEKEND COOKING, and FAMILY MEALS.




BARRY CADISH is a former copywriter, freelance writer, and television commercial producer, writer, and director. DAMN! REFLECTIONS ON LIFE'S BIGGEST REGRETS is based on a website he created to collect people's regrets from around the world.

BIBA CAGGIANO is a world-renowned Italian chef and host of more than 100 episodes of her international cooking show, Biba's Italian Kitchen. The author of seven bestselling cookbooks, she is a recipient of the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, and in 1999 was named Northern California Chef of the Year. Her restaurant, Biba, is an internationally known gourmet restaurant. Her latest cookbook is BIBA'S ITALY: FAVORITE RECIPES FROM SPLENDID CITIES.

JOHN CALDERAZZO is the author of the popular WRITING FROM SCRATCH: FREELANCING and has also written the children's book 101 QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLCANOES. His most recent book is RISING FIRE: VOLCANOES AND OUR INNER LIVES. His work has appeared in Audubon, USA Today, Writer's Digest, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.

DR. GERALD N. CALLAHAN is an Associate Professor of Immunology at Colorado State University. He has more than 30 years of experience in modern biomedical research. His science articles have appeared in Nature, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Journal of Immunology. Also a poet and essayist, his writings have been published by Creative Nonfiction, Southern Poetry Review, and Cream City Review. He is the author of FAITH, MADNESS, AND SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION: WHAT IMMUNOLOGY CAN TEACH US ABOUT SELF-PERCEPTION. His latest book is INFECTION: THE UNINVITED UNIVERSE, the story of the influence germs have had on human history.  He is currently at work on APHRODITE’S CHILDREN, in which he turns his probing eye to the baffling field of human sexuality, the relationship between sex and genitalia, and the inadequacy of two sexes to cover the range of humanity.

ROGER CALLAHAN is on the cutting edge of psychotherapy and the creator of Thought-Field Therapy. He is also the author of IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU: THE FIVE-MINUTE PHOBIA CURE and WHY DO I EAT WHEN I'M NOT HUNGRY? His latest title, co-authored with Richard Trubo, is TAPPING THE HEALER WITHIN: USING THOUGHT-FIELD THERAPY TO INSTANTLY CONQUER YOUR FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

DR. C. WAYNE CALLAWAY is one of the nation's leading experts in nutrition and weight control. He is also the author of THE CALLAWAY DIET and SURVIVING WITH AIDS, which considers nutrition in conjunction with medical treatment to combat AIDS, both co-authored with Catherine Whitney.

ANN CAMPBELL has written a charming mystery series featuring the irascible German Shepherd/Husky Claudius and his unfortunate owner, Annie O'Hara. WOLF AT THE DOOR; WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING; and WOLF TRACKS are the three titles in the series.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN CAMPION is the frontman / raconteur / songwriter of the seminal downtown NYC indie rock band Knockout Drops.  He is currently at work on ESCAPE FROM BELLEVUE AND OTHER STORIES, based on his autobiographical one-man show of the same name.

PETER CANNING was working as an aide to Senator Lowell Weicker when he decided to become an Emergency Medical Technician. His first book, PARAMEDIC: ON THE FRONT LINES OF MEDICINE, is a memoir of his experiences in knee-buckling emergencies. His most recent title is RESCUE 471, which recounts more memorable tales from the work of Emergency Medical Services.

JIM CAPLE is currently a senior writer at and a former writer and reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His first book, a funny look at all there is to hate about the Yankees, is THE DEVIL WEARS PINSTRIPES. He is currently working, with Steve Buckley, on THE BEST BOSTON SPORTS ARGUMENTS.

JACQUELINE CAREY's amazing first novel, KUSHIEL'S DART, and its sequels, KUSHIEL'S CHOSEN and KUSHIEL'S AVATAR, compose a blockbuster fantasy epic, the Kushiel's Legacy series. Comparable to Dune in scope and magnificence, the novels are set in a medieval world on the brink of extinction, whose fate lies in the hands of an unlikely courtesan spy. She is also the author of a two-part series entitled The Sundering, composed of BANEWREAKER and GODSLAYER, which explores the world of the Seven Shapers and their battles with good and evil. Her new trilogy begins with KUSHIEL'S SCION, which picks up the story of Imriel de la Courcel from Kushiel's Avatar. The second book will be the upcoming KUSHIEL'S JUSTICE, and the third will be KUSHIEL’S MERCY.

MARY CARTER is a freelance writer and Sign Language Interpreter whose first novel, SHE'LL TAKE IT, is a hysterical look at a kleptomaniac's search for love.  She is also the author of ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED, a romantic comedy about a tarot reader.

LORENE CARY is the celebrated author of BLACK ICE, a memoir of her experiences as a black student at the predominantly white St. Paul's prep school; THE PRICE OF A CHILD, a stunning first novel about slavery in the pre-Civil War South; and PRIDE, an exuberant tale of lifelong friendships. She is also the founder of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, an African-American arts and letters organization devoted to presenting regional and national talent in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Her first children's book, FREE!: GREAT ESCAPES FROM SLAVERY ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, is a collection of slave escape narratives. She is at work on a new novel, BLACKFACE, the story of a family striving to remain whole in the face of racial tensions, inequality, and violence in 1930s and 40s North Carolina and New York.

PIA CATTON is a food and lifestyle writer at the New York Sun. She was the author and creator of the New York Post's weekly "Chef Tells" column, which featured an interview with a different chef every Sunday. Her work has appeared in People, the Wall Street Journal, and the Weekly Standard, among others. She is the co-author, with Ira Freehof, of THE COMFORT DINER COOKBOOK.

MORRIS CHAFETZ, M.D., is the President of the Health Education Foundation, founder of the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the author of 16 books and hundreds of articles in professional journals and the popular press. His latest book is BIG FAT LIARS: HOW POLITICIANS, CORPORATIONS AND THE MEDIA USE SCIENCE AND STATISTICS TO MANIPULATE THE PUBLIC.

IRENA CHALMERS is a pioneer of single subject cookbooks. Her publications have sold more than 18 million copies and received 12 national cookbook awards. She worked as consultant to the late, great Joe Baum during the restoration of The Rainbow Room and rebuilding of Windows on the World. She currently teaches at the Culinary Institute of America and is a frequent keynote speaker at food conferences. Her new book, FOOD JOBS, is a guide to employment opportunities in the culinary world.

KURT CHANDLER is the author of PASSAGES OF PRIDE: LESBIAN AND GAY YOUTH COME OF AGE, which originated as a year-long newspaper series for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His most recent book is SHAVING LESSONS: A MEMOIR OF FATHER AND SON, about his relationship with his teenage son.

MELANIE CHARLTON is the founder and face of the home organizing firm, Clos-ette, and a former stylist and PR director who has worked for, and Anne Klein, among others. She has written for or been profiled in magazines from Vogue to In Style, is developing a television show, and is currently at work on her first book, SHOP YOUR CLOSET!

CECILIA CHIANG was the longtime chef and owner of The Mandarin, the first restaurant in San Francisco to serve the authentic flavors of the Beijing-Shandong and Sichuan-Hunan regions. Her first book was THE MANDARIN WAY. She is currently at work, with Lisa Weiss, on THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER: RECIPES AND REMINISCENSES.

ADAM CHRISTING founded The Clean Comedians, a comedy group that plays to over 1.3 million people annually, without the use of vulgar language or dirty jokes. He is also the author of two books of family-oriented comedy, COMEDY COMES CLEAN VOLUMES I & II.

WAI HON CHU is a seasoned chef who has worked in the kitchens of March and The Russian Tea Room. He also founded a successful truffle company, El Eden Chocolates. He currently works as a personal chef and is writing his first cookbook, with Connie Lovatt, THE GREAT BOOK OF GREAT DUMPLINGS.

DR. ARTHUR CIARAMICOLI Ed.D., Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in full time private practice and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of THE POWER OF EMPATHY and a co-author of BEYOND THE INFLUENCE. His latest title is PERFORMANCE ADDICTION: THE DANGEROUS NEW SYNDROME AND HOW TO STOP IT FROM RUINING YOUR LIFE, which explores how readers can get beyond simple material reward to obtain genuine, healthy accomplishment.

EDIE CLAIRE is the author of LONG TIME COMING and MEANT TO BE, just two titles in her long list of exciting, uplifting, and wholesome mystery and romantic suspense novels. She worked as a veterinarian, a freelance medical writer/editor, and finally a corporate technical writer before devoting herself to fiction.

ROY PETER CLARK's influence in the world of journalism reaches far and wide. The author of many books about the craft of writing and hundreds of newspaper and journal articles, he is one of the foremost authorities in his field. A long-time faculty member of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, his next book is a compendium of the most effective rules for good writing: WRITING TOOLS: 50 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR EVERY WRITER.

JAIME CLARKE is a co-founder of Post Road literary magazine and teaches creative writing at Emerson College. His first book was WE'RE SO FAMOUS, a biting satire of our obsession with celebrity culture. He is the editor of the forthcoming DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME: CONTEMPORARY WRITERS ON THE FILMS OF JOHN HUGHES. He is currently at work on a memoir.

DEBORAH COATES is the author of CAT HAIKU, a hilarious book of Japanese poetry written from the perspective of a witty house cat.

B.D. COLEN is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous health and science related titles including O.R.: THE TRUE STORY OF 24 HOURS IN A HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOM; KAREN ANN QUINLAN: DYING IN THE AGE OF ETERNAL LIFE; and "MR. KING, YOU'RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK": HOW A HEART ATTACK AND BYPASS SURGERY CHANGED MY LIFE, with famed television personality Larry King.

THERESA COLLINS has worked for the Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Organization in theater management for more than 25 years. She managed the Golden Gate, Orpheum, and the Curran Theater in San Francisco. She is also the author of THE LAW OF REVENGE, a fast-paced thriller set in the "Hollows" of Kentucky, and its sequel, THE LAW OF THE DEAD.

DR. EDWARD CONLEY is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, a Board Certified Family Physician, and the host of the PBS Special, "Ten Secrets to Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk." He has worked with over 50,000 people to reduce cancer risk, improve immunity, and restore energy. His current title is THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PLAN, a guide to how women can cut their risk of Breast Cancer by 50-90%.

TOM CONNOR is the author, with his life-long friend Jim Downey, of several hilarious parodies including the best-selling Martha Stuart series of humor titles such as MARTHA, REALLY AND CRUELLY: A COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY. With Paulo Vincente, he is also the author of THE LANGUAGE OF DOORS, a look at the architecture of entrances.

EILEEN CONSIDINE-MEARA is the author of AT HOME WITH KATE: GROWING UP IN KATHARINE HEPBURN'S HOUSEHOLD, a collection of memories and recipes she's culled over the years from Katharine Hepburn's kitchen. Her mother, Norah, was Ms. Hepburn's long time cook. The author is also an entrepreneur, creating her own line of freshly-prepared, elegant soups called Dishes and Tales.

PAMELA CONSTABLE is a Washington Post staff writer and the co-author, with Arturo Valenzuela, of the critically acclaimed A NATION OF ENEMIES: CHILE UNDER PINOCHET. Her latest book is FRAGMENTS OF GRACE, an account of her four years on assignment for the Post in South Asia.

DR. DAVID COOK owns Cook Vision Therapy, in Marietta, Georgia. His first book, VISUAL FITNESS, is an exercise manual for the eyes.

GERALYN COOPERSMITH is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer with six fitness and personal training certifications. She appears regularly as the fitness expert on Fine Living Channel's Simplify Your Life. Her first book, FIT FEMALE, breaks down six distinct, unique body types and offers a fitness and nutritional program for each.

JOHN COSTON is a News Editor at the Wall Street Journal and a veteran journalist. He is also the author of TO KILL AND KILL AGAIN and SLEEP, MY CHILD, FOREVER, the true-crime story of a mother's unthinkable acts to collect life-insurance policies she'd taken out in her own children's names.

ANNA-LISA COX, PH.D., is an historian and scholar in residence at Chicago's Newberry Library. Her first book, A STRONGER KINSHIP: ONE TOWN'S EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF HOPE AND FAITH is the riveting, inspiring chronicle of a town Jim Crow forgot.

PATRICK CREED is an amateur historian, a volunteer firefighter, and a U.S. Army officer. When not serving in the Army, he works as a manufacturer's representative in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently at work on his first book, THE THIRD PLANE: INSIDE THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE PENTAGON ON 9-11, with Rick Newman.

THOMPSON CROCKETT is the author of THE ARTIST INSIDE, in which he teaches a fresh new approach to tapping into our own creativity, using the images and artifacts of our dreams. His new book is STONE AGE WISDOM: THE HEALING PRINCIPLES OF SHAMANISM, about finding a more balanced way to live based on the wisdom of Stone Age shamanic ancestors.

MICHAEL CROW is the pseudonym for a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist whose work has been translated and published in nine languages. Using this nom de plume, he has published RED RAIN and THE BITE, noir-thrillers about Luther Ewing, a street cop with a shadowy past. The most recent novel in the Ewing series is NO WAY BACK.

KIERAN CROWLEY is an award-winning reporter for the New York Post whose investigative skills led to his deciphering of the Zodiac Killer's secret code. His first book was SLEEP MY LITTLE DEAD: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ZODIAC KILLER. He is also the author of BURNED ALIVE and THE SURGEON'S WIFE, about plastic surgeon Robert Bierenbaum, accused of murdering his wife in 1985. His most recent title is ALMOST PARADISE, about the murder of Ted Ammon. He is currently at work on 1787, a thriller.

MARK CURRIDEN is Senior Communications Counsel at Vinson & Elkin LLP in Dallas, Texas and has served as a legal affairs writer for the Dallas Morning News. He co-authored two books, CAUSE OF DEATH and GRAVE SECRETS, with Dr. Cyril Wecht. His most recent title, written with Leroy Phillips, Jr., is CONTEMPT OF COURT: THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LYNCHING THAT LAUNCHED 100 YEARS OF FEDERALISM, about how the first case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was preempted by the brutal lynching of the black defendant.




SHIRLEY DAMSGAARD has been her town postmaster for 20 years. She comes from a literary family, has had short stories published, and is the author of a mystery series involving a town librarian and her grandmother, both of whom have "magick" powers. The first Ophelia Jensen books are WITCH WAY TO MURDER and CHARMED TO DEATH. Next up will be THE TROUBLE WITH WITCHES, followed by two more in the series.

JOIE DAVIDOW is the founder of L.A. Style magazine and co-founder of L.A. Weekly, as well as Si magazine. She is the author of INFUSIONS OF HEALING, a guide to Mexican-American herbal medicine and a frequent lifestyle commentator on many talk shows. Her current book, MARKED FOR LIFE, is a memoir about living with a large port wine stain on her face.

DAWN DAVIS is a graduate of Stanford University and a Techniques of Fine Cooking class at Peter Kump's Cooking School. She has written IF YOU CAN STAND THE HEAT, a collection of wonderful behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about chefs and restaurant kitchens. She is currently an editor at Amistad Press, a division of HarperCollins.

EDITH KUNHARDT DAVIS is a bestselling writer of children's books whose titles include PAT THE BUNNY, PAT THE CAT and a series about Danny the Alligator. Her most recent book is I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER, ANYWAY, a memoir about the tragic loss of her son.

IAN DAVIS is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for a Fortune 500 company and the author of MY BOYS CAN SWIM: THE OFFICIAL GUY'S GUIDE TO PREGNANCY, a wry, witty, entertaining book that addresses the concerns of every dad-to-be.

DORIS J. DAY, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice on New York's Upper East Side, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the New York University Medical Center, the official dermatologist of the Radio City Rocketts, and a spokesperson for Good Skin products. She is the author of FORGET THE FACELIFT, a holistic four-week program for ageless skin, with Sondra Forsyth.

JOHN DE GRAAF is an award-winning TV producer. With David Wann and Thomas Naylor, he is the author of AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain.

DIANA DELL, M.D., is a nationally known physician at Duke University, specializing in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and other women's mood disorders and health topics. With Carol Svec, she has written THE PMDD PHENOMENON, the first book to bridge the chasm between skepticism and enthusiasm, providing the latest information about PMDD.

JACQUELINE DE MONTRAVEL has been the editor of Hamptons and Country magazines. She held the position of style editor at Self and co-authored 21st CENTURY ETIQUETTE with Charlotte Ford. She is the author of the novel THE FABULOUS EMILY BRIGGS and its sequel ESCAPE FROM BRIDEZILLA.

CARA DE SILVA is a food writer for various publications and the driving force behind IN MEMORY'S KITCHEN. The book, which is both tribute and remembrance, is a collection of recipes and writings by the women interned at Terezin, the "showcase" of the infamous Nazi death camps. Cara is currently at work on an historical novel.

A. DICKEY is a celebrated hair stylist for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Minnie Driver, and Alicia Keys. His first book, HAIR RULES!, is the ultimate hair-care guide for women with kinky, curly, or wavy hair.

TINA DIRMANN is a former reporter for Us Weekly and staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her first book is about a murder that mimicked an episode of TV's The Sopranos titled SUCH GOOD BOYS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MOTHER, TWO SONS AND A HORRIFYING MURDER. She is currently working on a new true crime title about a former child actor and his wife who plot to murder a retired couple in an effort to steal the 55-foot cabin cruiser the pair worked a lifetime to buy.

PAMELA DITCHOFF is the author of SEVEN DAYS & SEVEN SINS: A NOVEL IN SHORT STORIES, a lyrical, amusing, heartbreaking, and romantic work that links the biblical seven sins to the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about the days of the week. She is currently at work on THE BOOK OF LEAVES, in which a girl is guided by her eccentric aunts, her great grandmother's spirit, and by The Book of Leaves, a family record begun in the 1700s.

ABIGAIL JOHNSON DODGE is a highly regarded pastry chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author. She is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking Magazine, where she served as founding director of the magazine's test kitchen. Her latest title is THE WEEKEND BAKER, an invaluable resource for busy bakers.

MICHAEL DOLAN works in both print and film, in addition to writing and producing documentaries for National Geographic TV and other clients. His first book is THE AMERICAN PORCH: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF AN INFORMAL PLACE, an architectural, cultural, and social history of that great institution.

DEBORAH DONNELLY is a former librarian and the author of the charming mystery series starring wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid. Her most recent titles are MAY THE BEST MAN DIE and DEATH TAKES A HONEYMOON. YOU MAY NOW KILL THE BRIDE is next, which will be followed by the final book in the series, BRIDE AND DOOM.

JIM DOWNEY has been writing partners and friends with his co-author Tom Connor for many years. In that time they have penned several hilarious parodies including the best-selling Martha Stuart series of humor titles like MARTHA, REALLY AND CRUELLY: A COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Downey also works as a successful copywriter.

LARRY DOYLE is the executive chef of the most successful Irish restaurant on the West Coast, Johnny Foley's Irish House. In 1995, Larry opened the critically acclaimed O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant. He has also worked in some of San Francisco's most celebrated venues, such as Jeremiah Tower's Stars and Stars Café, and Wolfgang Puck's Postrio, as well as serving as personal chef to actor Don Johnson. Larry's first book is IRISH PUB COOKING: TRANSATLANTIC FLAVORS.

LISA DRAYER, M.A., R.D., is a highly regarded registered dietitian who appears regularly on CNN and CBS. She has a weight loss column in Women's Health, and she has also appeared in or written for magazines and newspapers such as Elle, Marie Claire, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her first book, STRONG, SLIM AND THIRTY, will offer nutrition and health suggestions for women in their thirties.

RICHARD DREYFUSS became the youngest actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award for his work on The Goodbye Girl, just one in a long line of popular and critically acclaimed films in which he has starred. Having also found success as a stage actor, director, and social activist, Richard will be displaying his remarkable talents in yet another arena, fiction writing. His new book is JOURNEY WEST, a historical novel, written with Matthew Kalash.

WILLIAM DUGGAN, Ph.D., is an economist, novelist, strategy advisor, and management consultant. He is the author of two novels and a historical study of economic development in Africa. He is the author of NAPOLEON'S GLANCE, a history of strategy, and THE ART OF WHAT WORKS: HOW SUCCESS REALLY HAPPENS.  He is currently at work on STRATEGIC INTUITION, about the new science of business strategy.

BOB DURR, a literary scholar and award-winning author, one-time rising star in the East Coast academic world, former confidant to legendary writer H.L. Mencken, and youngest person to be named full professor at Syracuse University, gave it all up and went searching for paradise. He found it in Alaska. DOWN IN BRISTOL BAY is about his adventures and misadventures in that icy landscape. His latest is THE COLDMAN COMETH: A FAMILY'S ADVENTURE IN THE ALASKA BUSH, about the Durr Family's move from Syracuse, NY to the Alaskan Wilderness.

The late BILL DWYER was a trial lawyer and a U.S. district court judge. He was also the author of IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE: THE TRIAL JURY'S ORIGINS, TRIUMPHS, TROUBLES, AND FUTURE IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY in which he argues that rather than being easily manipulated and unable to understand complicated cases, most juries have the ability to come to sound, well-reasoned decisions.



JOHN EARLY teaches writing and literature at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He has published numerous poems and short stories and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first novel, FLESH AND METAL, is a stylish whodunit.

KELLY EASTON is the talented author of plays, fiction, and children's literature. She is the author of the Golden Kite Honor Award winning THE LIFE HISTORY OF A STAR; WALKING ON AIR; and the BETTS PETS series. She is now at work on HIROSHIMA DREAMS and THREE WITCHES AND A WART.

MIKE EDISON has worked for some of the world's most notorious magazines, including Hustler, Penthouse, and as editor and publisher of High Times. He is now the editor-in-chief of Screw magazine. He is currently at work on I HAVE FUN EVERYWHERE I GO: MY ADVENTURES AT HIGH TIMES, SCREW AND THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS MAGAZINES.

SYDNEY EDDISON is the author of many titles on gardening. In addition, she teaches courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, writes for various gardening publications, lectures widely, and offers gardening tips on a local television station in Connecticut. Her latest works are THE GARDENER'S PALETTE and GARDENING TO GO, a unique guide to designing and maintaining container gardens.

JANET EDGETTE has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 15 years, and has written two very different psychology books. The first is HEADS UP! a comprehensive guide for equestrians facing nerves and jitters, and STOP NEGOTIATING WITH YOUR TEEN, a parenting book that helps build bridges between parents and teens.

JOHN EDWARD is the star of Crossing Over with John Edward. His abilities have made him an in-demand speaker and a comfort to millions. His book, ONE LAST TIME, is about his beginnings as a psychic medium.

KEITH ELLIS is a nationally known speaker, author, columnist, and business leader whose unique insights about goal-setting have made him a featured guest on talk shows nationwide. His latest book is THE MAGIC LAMP: GOAL SETTING FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE TO SET GOALS.

MERLE ELLIS, a syndicated columnist, television personality, and cookbook author, is a self described "journeyman butcher." His tour de force is the GREAT AMERICAN MEAT BOOK, which explains everything you need to know to buy meat knowledgeably and cook it well.

WILLIAM ELLIS is the author of GLASS: FROM THE FIRST MIRROR TO FIBER OPTICS, THE STORY OF THE SUBSTANCE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, a narrative history of glass and glassworks. He was also a former assistant editor and senior writer for National Geographic for over 27 years.

DEBRA LANDWEHR ENGLE, a contributing writer and editor for County Home and Country Gardens magazines, is the author of GRACE FROM THE GARDEN: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE GARDEN AT A TIME, a collection of 20 profiles of gardeners who have made a difference in their own lives, in the lives of those around them, and in their communities.

MARY ANN ESPOSITO, the producer and host of the long-running PBS television series Ciao Italia, is the author of nine cookbooks, including her most recent CIAO ITALIA PRONTO.  She has also appeared on many shows other than her own, including Today and Live with Regis and Kelly, and on QVC, Lifetime and the Food Network.  She is currently at work on her tenth book, CIAO ITALIA BIG FIVE: FIVE INGREDIENT RECIPES FROM AN ITALIAN KITCHEN.

MARY ELLEN EVANS is the founder of The Write Cook and a former cooking school director. She has authored many cookbooks for companies such as Pillsbury and Land O'Lakes, and is the author of a charming collection of authentic Parisian poultry recipes titled BISTRO CHICKEN. Her most recent work is THE ONE-DISH CHICKEN COOKBOOK, with one-pot recipes from around the world.



FLORENCE FABRICANT is a well-known columnist and food writer for the New York Times. Her book, NEW HOME COOKING: FEEDING FAMILY, FEASTING FRIENDS, won both James Beard and IACP awards. She is also the author of THE GREAT POTATO BOOK, a book of essays about the endlessly versatile and always satisfying potato, and THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM THE DINING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

DAN FAGIN is a professor of journalism at New York University, a two-time Pulitzer finalist, and one of the nation’s most prominent environmental reporters.  He has worked for or contributed to publications including Newsday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Mademoiselle, Nieman Reports, and Family Circle.  He is the co-author with Marianne Lavelle of TOXIC DECEPTION: HOW THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY MANIPULATES SCIENCE, BENDS THE LAW, AND ENDANGERS YOUR HEALTH.  He is currently at work on TOMS RIVER, which will intertwine the centuries-long scientific quest to link pollution and cancer, the compelling story of the Toms River, New Jersey, childhood cancer cluster, and exciting new research that is at last deciphering the intricate relationship between genetics, environmental pollution, and cancer.

JOE FAMULARO is the author of many Italian cookbooks, including two James Beard winners. Craig Claiborne referred to him as a "natural-born and inspired cook." His most recent book is the A COOK'S TOUR OF ITALY, which offers wonderful menu combinations from the many regions of Italy.

DIANE FANNING is a former writer of television and radio commercials.  She co-edited RED BOOTS & ATTITUDE: THE SPIRIT OF TEXAS WOMEN WRITERS. Her titles include THROUGH THE WINDOW; INTO THE WATER; WRITTEN IN BLOOD; GONE FOREVER; BABY BE MINE: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO MURDERED A PREGNANT MOTHER TO STEAL HER CHILD; and UNDER THE KNIFE: A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, A PHONY DOCTOR, AND A SHOCKING HOMICIDE on plastic surgeon Dean Faiello.  She is at work on two new true crime books:  one on the bizarre case of astronaut Lisa Nowak and another on the murder of Tennessee preacher Matthew Winkler, allegedly by his wife Mary. She is also currently writing BITE THE MOON, a cozy mystery.

KATHY FARRELL-KINGSLEY has held various positions in the food industry for over 15 years, most recently as the food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine. She has written a number of cookbooks, including THE VEGETARIAN HANDBOOK, a must-have resource for all vegetarians, and THE BIG BOOK OF VEGETARIAN. Her latest project is one most of us can relate to: CHOCOLATE THERAPY.

EDWARD FAYS is the author of A GRANDPARENT'S GIFT OF LOVE, a charming collection of short stories inspired by grandparents eager to share their greatest lessons with younger generations. He also created THE GRANDPARENT'S TREASURE CHEST, a journal for grandparents to capture in words and pictures the special moments they enjoy with their grandchildren.


JOE FENTON has worked in the film industry as a concept designer and sculptor on films including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Brothers Grimm.  He is currently at work on his first picture book, WHAT’S UNDER THE BED?

GAIL FERGUSON is an educational psychologist and psychic who has worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard, and the Israeli police, among others, in helping to crack previously unsolved crimes. She is the author of CRACKING THE INTUITION CODE: UNDERSTANDING AND MASTERING YOUR INTUITIVE POWER.

GABRIEL FISCHBARG is an attorney and the author of THE GUIDE TO PICKING UP GIRLS, the definitive guide to one of the world's most mysterious art forms.

BOBBY FLAY is the chef and owner of three of Manhattan's hottest restaurants, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, and Bolo, as well as Mesa Grill at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He also has four shows on the Food Network, Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, Food Nation, BBQ with Bobby Flay and Boy Meets Grill. He is the author, with Joan Schwartz, of BOBBY FLAY'S BOLD AMERICAN FOOD; FROM MY KITCHEN TO YOUR TABLE; and BOY MEETS GRILL: WITH MORE THAN 125 BOLD NEW RECIPES, and with Julia Moskin, BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY GETS GRILL: 125 REASONS TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE!. His most recent book is BOBBY FLAY'S GRILLING FOR LIFE: 75 HEALTHIER IDEAS FOR BIG FLAVOR FROM THE FIRE written with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson.

MICHAEL FLEEMAN is a staff correspondent for People magazine covering entertainment. He is the author of IF I DIE; THE STRANGER IN MY BED; OVER THE EDGE; LACI; and DEADLY MISTRESS, about the murder of Kenneth Stahl. His latest is THE OFFICER'S WIFE, about U.S. Air Force Captain Marty Theer's murder by his wife, Michelle, and her lover, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Diamond. He is currently at work on a book about the murder of Melissa James, allegedly by her employers, professional bodybuilders Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan.

CHRISTOPHER FLETT, CEO and founder of Think Tank Communications Ltd. and a sought-after speaker, has worked one-on-one with over 1,600 business women around North America.  He has lectured for professional women’s groups in international firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, RBC Dominion Securities, HSBC, CIBC, Intel, and Women in Communications/Global Television.  He is currently at work on a book entitled WHAT MEN DON’T TELL WOMEN ABOUT BUSINESS.

CLAIRE FONTAINE is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter who writes in a variety of genres. She also coaches parents and kids in crisis. Her first book, COME BACK, is an emotionally powerful memoir written with her daughter Mia Fontaine, of the time spent trying to save Mia from a path of self-destruction.

MIA FONTAINE has interned at National Geographic, volunteered with inner city kids, and worked with scientist Dr. Carol Baldwin at the Smithsonian. She is the co-author with her mother, Claire Fontaine, of COME BACK, which recollects her harrowing experiences in a lock-down boot camp school both here and in the Czech Republic.

THOM FORBES is a journalist, editor, speaker, and consultant specializing in new media content and marketing. He is the author, with Robert McMath, of WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?: MARKETING LESSONS I'VE LEARNED FROM OVER 80,000 NEW-PRODUCT INNOVATIONS AND IDIOCIES and is working on ROI MARKETING: THE ARTFUL SCIENCE OF BUILDING AND SELLING BRANDS.

SONDRA FORSYTH is an award-winning writer and co-author with 30 years experience in magazine and book publishing. A contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal, she has authored or co-authored nine nonfiction books, including FORGET THE FACELIFT with Dr. Doris J. Day.

DEAN FOSTER is the author of several business-travel books, including BARGAINING ACROSS BORDERS and the GLOBAL ETIQUETTE GUIDE series, which includes books on Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America.

ERIC FRANCIS is a journalist from Vermont and the author of THE DARTMOUTH MURDERS and BROKEN VOWS, about the trial of Rabbi Fred Neulander, who was accused of hiring a hit man to murder his wife. His latest true crime book is A WIFE'S REVENGE: THE SUSAN WRIGHT CASE, and he is hard at work on two additional titles.

ZOË FRANÇOIS trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has been the pastry chef at several of the Twin Cities' top restaurants, including The Local, D'amico & Sons, D'amico Catering, and Bravo. She teaches baking and pastry at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul and works as a restaurant consultant. She is currently working with Jeffrey Hertzberg on BETTER THAN CAKE: ARTISAN-STYLE BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY.

EMILY FRANKEL is the author of the novel THE SPLINTERED HEART and several plays. She is currently working on a number of projects, among them a series of novels aimed at the growing market of older women.

MARK FRANZ is the head chef and a partner at Farallon in the heart of San Francisco. The restaurant has received numerous accolades and awards since its opening in June 1997. His first book, written with Lisa Weiss, is THE FARALLON COOKBOOK.

CLARK FRASIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Mark Gaier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

JACKIE FREDERICK-BERNER is cofounder of The Good Birth Company. She has been an award-winning writer and video producer for over 15 years. Her most recent, BabySafe, a child safety video for new parents, won first place in the American Medical Association's International Health and Medical Film Competition, and received a Parent's Choice Award, the nation's highest honor given to children's toys, media and parenting information. She is the co-author, with Dr. Amen Ness and Lisa Gould Rubin, of THE BIRTH THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

LYNN FREDERICKS is a well-respected journalist whose book, COOKING TIME IS FAMILY TIME: COOKING TOGETHER, EATING TOGETHER, AND SPENDING TIME TOGETHER, teaches parents and children to work together in the kitchen. In addition to writing, she is a restaurant consultant and culinary instructor known for her highly creative approach to food preparation.

IRA FREEHOF is the owner and founder of The Comfort Diner restaurants in New York. He has appeared in print and on television promoting the simple comfort food he serves and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's largest milkshake. His first book is THE COMFORT DINER COOBOOK, written with Pia Catton.

THOMAS FRENCH, a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, is the author of UNANSWERED CRIES, a literary true-crime story about a small-town murder, and SOUTH OF HEAVEN, a compelling look at the lives of a group of high school kids in Florida. In 1998, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his feature series titled "Angels & Demons."

S. MORGAN FRIEDMAN is a freelance writer, and his first book, with Michael Malice, is OVERHEARD IN NEW YORK, based on the popular website of the same name which marvels at the funny and surprising things overheard on the streets, buses, and subways of New York City. He and Michael are currently at work on two new titles, OVERHEARD IN THE OFFICE and OVERHEARD AT THE GAME.

JACQUELINE FRIEDRICH is a food writer currently living in Paris and the author of A WINE AND FOOD GUIDE TO THE LOIRE which won several awards, including the James Beard Best Wine & Spirits Book Award. Her most recent book is entitled WINES OF FRANCE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR SAVVY SHOPPERS.

DAVE FROMM is an attorney in Los Angeles whose work has been featured in a number of literary magazines.  He is currently at work on his first book, AWAY GAMES: A SEASON WITH THE BOHEMIANS, a hilarious chronicle of a season spent playing semi-professional basketball in Prague on a whim.



MARK GAIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Clark Frasier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

JON & EILEEN GALLO are the authors of THE FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT PARENT, wherein they combine their respective areas of expertise; Jon is an Estate Planner and Eileen is a psychologist. Their first book was SILVER SPOON KIDS.

GALE GAND has been the host of her own show on the Food Network, Sweet Dreams. She is an owner of Chicago's Tru, and the author, with Rick Tramonto and Mary Goodbody, of TRU: A COOKBOOK FROM THE LEGENDARY CHICAGO RESTAURANT. With Rick Tramonto and Julia Moskin, she has written AMERICAN BRASSERIE; BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS; and JUST A BITE; and with Julia Moskin, SHORT AND SWEET. Her latest, written with Lisa Weiss, is CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA.

ARLEN GARGAGLIANO, acclaimed writer of English language textbooks, has co-authored chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino's cookbooks, VIVA LA VIDA; NUEVA SALSA; and FIESTA LATINA. She is the author of MAMBO MIXERS, and her latest book is CALYPSO COOLERS which takes the reader on a trip through the islands, one cocktail and appetizer at a time.

MARK GARVEY is an editor of Writer's Market and a contributor to various other publications. His first book is WAITING FOR MARY, a personal report on the apparitions of the Virgin Mary that he has attended throughout the U.S.

GLENN GARVIN's first book, EVERYBODY HAD HIS OWN GRINGO: THE CIA AND THE CONTRAS, received universal praise. He is also the co-author of DIARY OF A SURVIVOR, with Cuban exile Ana Rodriguez, about her 19 years in a Cuban's women's prison.

G.D. GEARINO has been with the Raleigh News & Observer for over ten years and writes a biweekly column for the Life Etc. section. He is the author of WHAT THE DEAF-MUTE HEARD, which was turned into a hugely successful Hallmark Television movie. He is also the author of COUNTING COUP and BLUE HOLE. His latest novel is THE WRONG GUY, a darkly comic look at racism in the South. He is currently at work on a new novel entitled SEVENTEEN WOMEN.

CATHERINE GEIER began working at Café Flora in 1993 and became Executive Chef four years later. She is now heading the café's special projects and publications and has taken on the role of Chef and Director of Food Services for Tierra Learning Center retreat, a Café Flora affiliate. Most recently, she worked on THE CAFÉ FLORA COOKBOOK with the late Scott Glascock.

RON GERACI has been the writer of the popular "This Dating Life" column in Men's Health magazine since 2000. He has also as served features editor for Men's Health and AARP: The Magazine. His current project is THE BACHELOR CHRONICLES, about his quest for love in New York City, one date at a time.

RABBI MATTHEW GEWIRTZ is the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey.  He also serves on the Wellness Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Golden Rabbinic Recruitment Committee at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is currently at work on THE LIGHT AT OUR CORE: THE TRANSCENDENT POWER OF GRIEF, GOD AND THE PATH TO WHOLENESS.

D.B. GILLES has taught in the undergraduate film and television department of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for over 15 years and is the author of THE SCREENWRITER WITHIN: HOW TO TURN THE MOVIE IN YOUR HEAD INTO A SALEABLE SCREENPLAY. With Sheldon Woodbury, he is the co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander in chief. His new book is THE PORTABLE FILM SCHOOL: EVERYTHING YOU'D LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVER GOING TO CLASS), and he is at work on a novel.

LYNN GINSBURG is a freelance writer with a longtime interest in nutrition and health. She has contributed to a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Walking. She is the author, with Mary Taylor, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg conduct Women, Food and Spirituality workshops nationwide.

AARON GLANTZ is a reporter for the Pacifica Radio Network and many other media outlets. He spent several months in 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, and his first book, about his time there, is HOW AMERICA LOST IRAQ.

PHYLLIS GLAZER is the only American-born food journalist living in Israel who writes in both Hebrew and English. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, Saveur and the AP, holds a regular column in Yediot Aharonot, and is the author of several books. Her most recent, written with her sister, Dr. Miriyam Glazer, is THE ESSENTIAL BOOK OF JEWISH FESTIVAL COOKING. She is at work on an exciting new cookbook.

TAEGAN GODDARD has served in government at the state and federal level, as policy advisor to Senator Donald Riegle and as a strategist in Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker's budget office. His first book, co-authored with Chris Riback, is YOU WON, NOW WHAT? : HOW AMERICANS CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FROM CITY HALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE, which suggests the way to governmental reform is not through fixing the system but by fixing the politicians.

SUZANNE GOLDENSON is a freelance food writer and restaurant critic. She is the author of numerous books on food and wine, and her latest, written with Max Hansen, is SMOKED SALMON: DELICIOUS INNOVATIVE RECIPES.


ANDREW GOLDSTEIN, M.D., is a noted gynecologist who has lectured extensively on female sexuality and has been interviewed as an expert for CBS Healthwatch and Talk magazine. With Dr. Marianne Brandon, he is a co-founder of the Sexual Wellness Center in Annapolis, Maryland, and co-author of RECLAIMING DESIRE: FOUR KEYS TO FINDING YOUR LOST LIBIDO.

MARY GOODBODY is the author or co-author of over 60 books, including New York Times bestseller and 2003 James Beard award winner TASTE PURE AND SIMPLE, with chef Michel Nischan, with whom she also wrote HOMEGROWN PURE AND SIMPLE. Her other collaborations include, with Rick Tramonto, AMUSE-BOUCHE, TRU, and two upcoming titles FANTASTICO! LITTLE ITALIAN PLATES AND ANTIPASTI FROM RICK TRAMONTO'S KITCHEN and RICK TRAMONTO’S OSTERIA COOKBOOK; LOBEL'S PRIME CUTS, LOBEL'S MEAT AND WINE and the forthcoming LOBEL'S MEAT BIBLE with the Lobel family; KITCHEN LIFE with Oprah's personal chef Art Smith; MORTON'S STEAK BIBLE with Klaus Fritsch; and THE FAMILY KITCHEN with Debra Ponzek.  She worked on ZONE PERFECT COOKING MADE EASY with Gloria Bakst; and RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND with Brooke Dojny and Martha Greenlaw. She is currently at work on a book with Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar owners Andrew Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz. Mary has also edited Jamie Oliver's and Nigella Lawson's respective bestselling cookbooks for the American market and was the founding editor of Cooks magazine. She is currently the food and content editor for

SANDRA J. GORDON is a talented health writer whose work has been seen in numerous magazines, such as Self, Redbook, and Family Circle. She is also the author, with Dr. Steven Jonas, of 30 SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST CUISINES: GLOBAL EATING TIPS AND RECIPES FROM CHINA, FRANCE, JAPAN, THE MEDITERRANEAN, AFRICA, AND SCANDINAVIA; and her latest, THE SHY SINGLE: A BOLD GUIDE TO DATING FOR THE LESS-THAN-BOLD DATER, written with Dr. Bonnie Jacobson.

RICHARD GRAUSMAN is the former exclusive U.S. representative to the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris. He is the author of AT HOME WITH THE FRENCH CLASSICS and the founder of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which brings the fundamentals of French cooking to high school students.

CYNTHIA GREEN, Ph.D., is the author of TOTAL MEMORY WORKOUT: 8 EASY STEPS TO MAXIMUM MEMORY FITNESS.  She is also a nationally recognized expert in memory and memory fitness training as president of Memory Arts, LLC, and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  She is currently at work with Joan Beloff on A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS, a workbook for memory challenged adults, including those with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers.

TERISA GREEN, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at UCLA and the author of THE TATTOO ENCYCLOPEDIA and INK: THE NOT-JUST -SKIN-DEEP- GUIDE TO GETTING A TATTOO.

MURRAY GREENBERG is a former litigator and graduate of Brandeis University, as well as Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Forward, among others. He is currently researching and writing a popular biography entitled THE HEBREW QUARTERBACK, about Benny Friedman, a Jewish pro football player in the 1920s and 1930s who is known for perfecting the sport’s forward pass. Friedman was also Brandeis’ first athletic director and only football coach and was recently posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

GAEL GREENE helped change the way New Yorkers (and many Americans) think about food through her role as the restaurant critic for New York magazine. She is an award-winning journalist who is credited with elevating the professional level of restaurant criticism and food writing. As co-founder with James Beard of Citymeals-on-Wheels, she has made a significant impact on the city of New York. She is the author of six books, and two of her novels, BLUE SKIES, NO CANDY and DOCTOR LOVE, were bestsellers in hardcover and paperback. Her latest work is INSATIABLE: TALES FROM A LIFE OF DELICIOUS EXCESS, a memoir of her life and loves.

RICK GREENSPAN teaches auto mechanics at the College of Alameda, and is an expert camper and backpacker. With Hal Kahn, he is the author of BACKPACKING: A HEDONIST'S GUIDE; FOGHORN OUTDOORS: CAMPER'S COMPANION; and their latest, THE LEAVE-NO-CRUMBS CAMPING COOKBOOK.

ALISA GRIFFIS is an award-winning educator and author of WRITE WELL, WRITE NOW, a guidebook that outlines a new way to teach creative and analytical writing to children.

FRED GRIFFITH and LINDA GRIFFITH have written many cookbooks together, including GARLIC, GARLIC, GARLIC and ONIONS, ONIONS, ONIONS, winner of a James Beard Award. Their latest collaboration is NUTS! RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT FEATURE NATURE'S PERFECT INGREDIENT.

BLYTHE GROSSBERG, PSY.D, is an organizational psychologist and professional career counselor. She is also the author of MAKING ADD WORK: ON THE JOB STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER.

RICHARD GROVES founded the Sacred Art of Living Center which offers spiritual programs and retreats focusing on action and contemplation. His first book, THE AMERICAN BOOK OF DYING combines his background in ministry, theology, and hospice care to guide those providing support for a dying loved one.

TOMAS GUILLEN, a professor of journalism and former investigative reporter, is the co-author, with Carlton Smith, of the bestselling THE SEARCH FOR THE GREEN RIVER KILLER. He is also the author of TOXIC LOVE: THE CHILLING TRUE STORY OF TWISTED PASSION IN THE "MURDER BY CANCER" CASE.

BILL GURSTELLE is a professional engineer and the author of BACKYARD BALLISTICS, a guide to building ballistic devices such as the potato cannon, paper match rockets and tennis ball mortars and THE ART OF THE CATAPULT. His latest, ADVENTURES FROM THE TECHNOLOGY UNDERGROUND: CATAPULTS, PULSEJETS, RAIL GUNS, FLAMETHROWERS, TESLA COILS, AIR CANNONS, AND THE GARAGE WARRIORS WHO LOVE THEM, explores Bill's travels in the subculture of amateur inventors. He has recently completed WHOOSH BOOM SPLAT: THE GARAGE WARRIOR'S GUIDE TO BUILDING PROJECTILE SHOOTERS, a fun and informative hands-on sequel to BACKYARD BALLISTICS.



KIM HAASARUD has worked in the food & beverage industry since graduating high school, bartending her way through college in New York City.  Haasarud eventually formed her own company, Liquid Architecture, creating original beverage and bar concepts for a wide range of clients from beverage companies to marketing groups to weddings.  Her first two books are 101 MARGARITAS and 101 MARTINIS, which will be followed by 101 SANGRIAS and 101 CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS.

JOSEPH T. HALLINAN is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He has worked for a number of prominent publications and is currently a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. His first book, GOING UP THE RIVER: TRAVELS IN A PRISON NATION, offers an explosive and eye-opening account of the American prison system.  He is currently at work on WHY THINGS GO WRONG: EXPLAINING EVERYDAY MISTAKES.

MAX HANSEN is the owner of Max & Me, a catering company in Pennsylvania. He is nationally known for his signature smoked salmon, served by many of the country's finest dining establishments, including Thomas Kellers' French Laundry. SMOKED SALMON: DELICIOUS INNOVATIVE RECIPES, written with Suzanne Goldenson, is his first book.

JAMES HARMON is the author of TAKE MY ADVICE, a collection of letters from the smartest, most creative people on the planet, written for the discerning, critical, and savvy young people of today. Contributors include Katharine Hepburn, Joe Dallesandro, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and Bette Davis.

MARGARET HARMON is a teacher, writer, artist, and avid birdwatcher. Her FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN BIRDERS is a warmhearted, illustrated look not at birds, but at the birdwatchers themselves. She has written 200 short stories, fables, book reviews and feature articles for California, national publications, and public radio. Her previous book was THE MAN WHO LEARNED TO WALK IN SHOES THAT PINCH: CONTEMPORARY FABLES.

BETH HARPAZ is an AP reporter and author of the critically-acclaimed THE GIRLS IN THE VAN, a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Clinton's historic Senate run. Her latest book is FINDING ANNIE FARRELL, a memoir about growing up with an emotionally fragile mother.  She is currently at work on 13 IS THE NEW 18, a humorous chronicle of a year in the author's life as the mother of a 13-year-old boy.

VALERIE HARPER is best known us as the beloved sitcom character Rhoda Morgenstern on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Her first book, written with Catherine Whitney, is TODAY, I AM A MA'AM: AND OTHER MUSINGS ON LIFE, BEAUTY, AND GROWING OLDER.

ERIC HARR is a world-class triathlete with more than 20 major triathlon victories around the world. He is the CBS fitness expert on Weekend Edition and hosts a weekly 2-hour radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio. He writes a nationally-syndicated fitness column and is the CEO of Eric Harr Omnimedia, a fitness company. The author of THE PORTABLE PERSONAL TRAINER and TRIATHLON TRAINING IN FOUR HOURS A WEEK, his latest is a book aimed at helping readers improve their cycling skills titled RIDE FAST.

JENNY HART is a talented and innovative craft artist and creator of the successful website, She specializes in embroidered portraits and designs. Her first published work is STITCH-IT KIT, a beautifully designed kit containing a book and all the makings for unique embroidered handmade designs. Her next kit will be STITCH 'EM UP.

A.J. HARTLEY is the Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also a screenwriter, theatre director and dramaturg. Despite his background in academia, he has a talent for commercial fiction, and his first novel, an international thriller entitled THE MASK OF ATREUS, is being published in 12 countries, and is a USA Today bestseller. His next novel, ON THE FIFTH DAY, will probe into proof of evolution as evidenced by a large, extinct fish, and a priest who is killed while trying to research it.

JOHN HEMINGWAY is a writer and translator who lives with his wife and two children just outside of Milan. His forthcoming memoir, A STRANGE TRIBE, is about his father Gregory's relationship with his own father, Ernest Hemingway, and about growing up the son of a schizophrenic mother and a father who was the family "black sheep."

TOM HENDERSON is an award-winning reporter whose book A DEADLY AFFAIR chronicles the Detroit "Love Triangle Murder" case. He is also the author of BLOOD JUSTICE, about convicted serial killer Jeffrey Gorton. His latest is DARKER THAN NIGHT, about the 1985 murder of two hunters in rural Michigan and the trial 18 years later that would eventually put the killers behind bars. He is currently at work on two books:  one about the 1979 murder of Janet Chandler and the documentary about this unsolved case that led to its reopening; and a second on the murder in February of Tara Grant, allegedly by her husband, stay-at-home dad Stephen Grant.

JEFFREY HERTZBERG has been a physician, university professor, information technology consultant, and amateur cellist, but he is decidedly not a food professional. Nevertheless, he has developed and perfected a rapid method for recreating handmade European artisanal breads at home during busy years of career and personal transition. That technique is the subject of his first book, with pastry chef and baker Zoë François, BETTER THAN CAKE: ARTISAN-STYLE BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY.

VERNON HILL is the founder and chairman of Commerce Bank, the most exciting and fastest growing retail bank in the United States. He is currently at work on his first book THE POWER OF WOW! with Bob Andelman.

LAXMI HIREMATH is a food writer and cooking teacher. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle's food section. She is also the founder and creator of Laxmi's Delights, a product line of spiced nuts available nationwide. LAXMI'S VEGETARIAN KITCHEN was her first book, and she is now working on CLASSIC INDIAN, CONTEMPORARY TASTE.

PHAEDRA HISE has been a contributing writer for Inc. and Inc. Online and is currently a contributor to Fortune Small Business. Her work has also appeared in Prevention, Smithsonian Air & Space, and Ladies Home Journal. She is the author of several nonfiction books, including GROWING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE. Also an experienced pilot, she is the author of PILOT ERROR: THE ANATOMY OF A PLANE CRASH, about Ron Sinzheimer's fatal light-craft crash and how even a well-trained pilot can easily slip into trouble.

SUSAN TYLER HITCHCOCK is the author of GATHER YE WILD THINGS; WILDFLOWERS ON THE WINDOWSILL; and COMING ABOUT: A FAMILY PASSAGE AT SEA. Another of her titles, MAD MARY LAMB: LUNACY AND MURDER IN LITERARY LONDON, is about Mary and Charles Lamb, and her WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY MONSTER? is about the origin and evolution of the Frankenstein myth is forthcoming in 2007.

The late MARJORIE HOLMES was the adored, bestselling author of I'VE GOT TO TALK TO SOMEBODY, GOD; TWO FROM GALILEE; STILL BY MY SIDE; and AT CHRISTMAS THE HEART GOES HOME, among many, many other inspirational titles. Four of her classic titles, including WHO AM I, GOD? and LORD, LET ME LOVE will be reprinted by Putnam.

EVANDER HOLYFIELD is the beloved, renowned boxer and four-time Heavyweight Champion of the World whose life lessons of faith, hard work, and determination are the basis for his longtime attorney, Jim Thomas' memoir, THE HOLYFIELD WAY.

BAMBI HOLZER has been a financial consultant for over 20 years, championing a balanced, comprehensive approach to wealth management. Founder of Bambi Holzer Financial Group, she is the author of three books including GETTING YOURS: IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO HAVE THE WEALTH YOU WANT. Her fourth project is FINANCIAL BLISS, a guide for couples on how to increase their assets.

DANA HORNIG is a journalist with over 30 years of experience working as a reporter and photographer. For 20 years, he was editor and co-owner of the Register newspaper on Cape Cod, where he wrote an acclaimed weekly column, editorials, and feature stories. RETURNING FRANKIE'S ROCKS, a memoir about his mother's secret collection of stolen historical rocks, is his first book.

DOUG HORNIG's previous novels include FOUL SHOT; THE DARK SIDE; DEEP DIVE; and STINGER. His short fiction, poetry, and articles have been published in numerous magazines, including Playboy and Business Week. His nonfiction includes, THE BOYS OF OCTOBER, about the 1975 Boston Red Sox.

JOHN HUBNER is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with the San Jose Mercury News. He is the author of BOTTOM FEEDERS, and he co-authored MONKEY ON A STICK: MURDER, MADNESS, AND THE HARE KRISHNAS with Lindsey Gruson and SOMEBODY ELSE'S CHILDREN with Jill Wolfson. His latest title is LAST CHANCE IN TEXAS: THE REDEMPTION OF CRIMINAL YOUTH, about a reform school in Texas with an amazing success rate and one of the best athletic programs in the country.

DAN HURLEY invented Sixty-Second Novels in 1983. He has since created the "Amazing Instant Novelist" section of America Online that drew millions of visitors and authored THE SIXTY-SECOND NOVELIST: WHAT 22,613 PEOPLE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE. He is also an award-winning journalist, and his latest book is NATURAL CAUSES: DEATH, LIES AND POLITICS IN AMERICA'S VITAMIN AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY.



RAGHAVAN IYER is the owner of The Essence of Thyme, an in-home food consulting business specializing in teaching Indian cooking and vegetarian cuisine of all cultures. He is the author of BETTY CROCKER'S INDIAN COOKING and THE TURMERIC TRAIL: RECIPES AND MEMORIES FROM AN INDIAN CHILDHOOD. His newest work is CURRY IT UP, a comprehensive cookbook with 801 curry recipes.



KATHI JACKSON is a native Texan who has had articles and essays published in Navy Medicine, the Seattle Times, the Denver Post, and Everett's the Herald. Her first book, THEY CALLED THEM ANGELS, tells the heroic stories of American military nurses during World War II.

BONNIE JACOBSON, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and author with over 30 years of experience. She is also an adjunct professor of psychology at NYU and the director of the New York Institute for Psychological Change. She is the author of several books, and her latest title is THE SHY SINGLE: A BOLD GUIDE TO DATING FOR THE LESS-THAN-BOLD DATER, written with Sandra J. Gordon.

STEVE JACOBSON started his career at Newsday in 1960 and wrote a sports column from 1979 until retirement in 2004. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, he is the author of THE BEST TEAM MONEY COULD BUY and THE PITCHING STAFF. His current project is CARRYING JACKIE'S TORCH, about Jackie Robinson's effect on baseball and the plight of black baseball players from 1947 to the mid-'60s.

SHAUNA JAMES is the face behind the award-winning blog, glutenfreegirl. She is considered one of the best food bloggers in the world, as well as one of the most authoritative sources about gluten-free living on the Internet. She is at work on her first book, GLUTEN-FREE GIRL, which will share her stories, recipes and tips for healthy eating and living.

JOHN JANOVY, JR., is a Varner professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, director of the Cedar Point Biological Station, and the author of the naturalist classics KEITH COUNTY JOURNAL and YELLOWLEGS. His other titles include DUNWOODY POND; 10-MINUTE ECOLOGIST; TEACHING IN EDEN: LESSONS FROM CEDAR POINT; and ON BECOMING A BIOLOGIST, a revised edition of which was recently published.

DEBRA JAY is a nationally renowned interventionist. Debra has counseled alcoholics and addicts for the Hazelden Foundation, been a guest on Oprah several times, and has been a columnist for the Grosse Pointe News for the past eight years. She is the author of LOVE FIRST and her latest is NO MORE LETTING GO, about the proactive tactics families and loved ones of addicts can use to aid recovery. She is currently at work on ALCOHOL: THE WHOLE STORY.

JOHN A. JENKINS is the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Congressional Quarterly Press, the leading publisher of books on American politics and government. He is also the author of THE LITIGATORS and LADIES' MAN: THE LIFE AND TRIALS OF MARVIN MITCHELSON.

STEVE JENKINS is the first American to be awarded France's prestigious Chevalier du Taste-Fromage and has personally re-vamped the cheese counters at Dean & DeLuca, the Fairway Market, Balducci's, and other specialty shops. He is currently working on THE FAIRWAY MARKET FOOD BOOK, with recipes by Mitchel London.

NED JOHNSON is the founder and president of PrepMatters, Inc., a company of remarkably cool test-prep geeks based in Bethesda, Maryland. Since college, he has spent some 25,000 hours preparing others to grapple with various standardized tests and their own reactions to them. His first book is CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED, written with Emily Warner Eskelsen.

TAYARI JONES is the recipient of the Hurston/Wright Foundation's annual award for an excerpt from her first novel, LEAVING ATLANTA, based on the 1979 Atlanta Child Murders. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in several anthologies and periodicals. Her most recent novel is THE UNTELLING, about a family traumatized by a fatal accident that claims a father and his infant child.

THOMAS HENRY JONES has written FEAR NO EVIL, a riveting account of a barbaric and inexplicable murder, committed by likable local kids in Huntington, Indiana, in 1989.



HAL KAHN is a retired Chinese history professor from Stanford and an expert camper and backpacker. With Rick Greenspan, he is the author of BACKPACKING: A HEDONIST'S GUIDE; FOGHORN OUTDOORS: CAMPER'S COMPANION; and their latest, THE LEAVE-NO-CRUMBS CAMPING COOKBOOK.

MAYA KAIMAL wrote CURRIED FAVORS: FAMILY RECIPES FROM SOUTH INDIA, which won the 1996 IACP Julia Child Best First Cookbook Award. She continues to explore the fabulous cuisine of the tropical, coastal state from which her family hails with SAVORING THE SPICE COAST OF INDIA: FRESH FLAVORS FROM KERALA. She has recently founded her own line of foods called Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods and is at work on her next Indian cookbook.

ROBERT BLAIR KAISER is the author of 10 books, including CLERICAL ERROR, and the bestsellers POPE, COUNCIL AND WORLD; R.F.K. MUST DIE; and MELVIN BELLI: MY LIFE ON TRIAL. His most recent book is A CHURCH IN SEARCH OF ITSELF: BENEDICT XVI AND THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE, about the changes facing the Catholic Church after the death of Pope John Paul II.

MICHAEL KANE is a features writer at the New York Post, where he pens the weekly humor column Male Room. Thus far his greatest contribution to tabloid journalism is giving Arnold Schwarzenegger the title "Governator." Previously, Mr. Kane wrote for the Denver Post and ESPN The Magazine. He is at work on his first book, where he follows several of the best teams of competitive videogamers through a dramatic year of tournaments.

DAVID KARP is widely known for his articles about fruits, exotic and otherwise. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Gourmet, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been written about in The New Yorker. He is working on his first book, FRUIT CONNOISSEURSHIP, which survey's 35 different fruits, analyzing the factors that affect their quality in an effort to understand the difference between the finest full-flavored fruit and mediocre commercial offerings.

LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER is a well-known and widely admired author and NPR radio host. THE SPLENDID TABLE, her first cookbook, won Best Cookbook of the Year awards from both the James Beard Foundation and the IACP in 1992. Her most recent book project, THE ITALIAN COUNTRY TABLE, was also published as an audiobook. Lynne's next book, with Sally Swift, will be THE SPLENDID TABLE GUIDE TO WORK-NIGHT MENUS, the first in a series of titles based on her eponymous radio show.

MARYANN KELLER is the author of COLLISION, a book about the three most powerful global car makers. An internationally renowned automotive industry analyst, she is also the author of RUDE AWAKENING: THE RISE, FALL AND STRUGGLE FOR RECOVERY OF GENERAL MOTORS.

STEVEN KESLOWITZ is a University Scholar in the CUNY Honors College at Brooklyn College. He is currently employed as a writing and classics tutor in the Brooklyn College Learning Center and writes for the Brooklyn College Newspaper, The Excelsior. His first book, which he originally self-published, is THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE SIMPSONS.

GURMUKH KHALSA, an internationally renowned teacher of Kundalini yoga, is a pioneer in the field of mind-body-spirit connection. She has been a popular speaker all over the world and has many prominent and devoted students, including Courtney Love, David Duchovny, Judith Light, and Madonna, among others. THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS, co-authored with Cathryn Michon, distills her nearly 40 years of practice into a single guide to living a more spiritually centered life. Her latest title is BOUNTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BLISSFUL, with Samantha Dunn, a book about pregnancy and yoga.

LOU KILZER, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist with the Rocky Mountain News, is the author of CHURCHILL'S DECEPTION: THE DARK SECRET THAT DESTROYED NAZI GERMANY and HITLER'S TRAITOR: MARTIN BORMANN AND THE DEFEAT OF THE REICH.

JEANNE KING, a journalist for Reuters since 1980, won the Newswomen's Club Deadline Award in 1994 for her breaking exclusive story on the defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing who testified for the government. She is the author of DEAD END, a true crime book on the murder trial of Sante and Kenny Kimes, which was adapted for the Lifetime TV movie "A Little Thing Called Murder." She is currently at work on two new true crime books: one on Perry March's murder of his wife Janet in 1996 and the subsequent cover up and conspiracy and another on Olga Rutterschmidt, 73, and Helen Golay, 75, charged for murder and conspiracy for allegedly killing two homeless men they had befriended in order to collect more than $2 million in life insurance.

MARVIN KITMAN, a well-known syndicated columnist, is the author of THE MAKING OF THE PREFIDENT 1789, a tongue-in-cheek look at the first president's campaign strategy, and GEORGE WASHINGTON'S EXPENSE ACCOUNT, which uses a great deal of original source material and illuminates the creative accounting practices used during George Washington's presidency.

ELLEN KLAGES co-wrote four books of hands-on science activities for children while a staff writer at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Her debut young adult novel, THE GREEN GLASS SEA, won the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  She is currently at work on a sequel, WHITE SANDS, RED MENACE.

MARLENE KOCH, RD, is a culinary nutritionist, cooking instructor, nutrition educator, and the author of a best-selling healthy, low-sugar cookbook series which includes the recent MARLENE KOCH’S 375 SENSATIONAL SPLENDA RECIPES. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Cooking Light, Men’s Fitness, and Diabetic Cooking.  She is currently at work on MARLENE KOCH’S EVERYDAY FAMILY DIABETES COOKBOOK.

J. A. KONRATH, who regularly speaks at mystery and horror conventions, is the author of a series of thrillers starring Lt. Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels including WHISKEY SOUR, BLOODY MARY, and RUSTY NAIL. He is currently working on the next three in the series: DIRTY MARTINI, FUZZY NAVEL, and PINK LADY.  He is also the editor of the anthology THESE GUNS FOR HIRE: 31 SHORT STORIES ABOUT HITMEN.

CAROLE KOTKIN is currently the director of the Ocean Reef Culinary Center in Key Largo, Florida and compiled the first Zagat guide to south Florida restaurants. With Kathy Martin, the food editor of the Miami Herald, she has written MMMMIAMI, a zesty cookbook which brings tropical tastes to home cooks everywhere.

ELLIE KRIEGER is a registered dietician and well known nutritionist who can be seen on the Food Network on Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger. She was also the health and nutritional advisor for the nationally syndicated wellness and fitness television series Living Better and is the owner of InBalance, a nutrition consulting company. Her first book is SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS, with co-writer Kelly James-Enger. A new book, based on her television show of the same title, will be published in 2008.

MICHAEL KRIEGER is the author of three books and numerous articles, all concerned with ships and the sea. His latest is ALL THE MEN IN THE SEA, the true story of one of the greatest sea rescues in modern history, which has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox Television.

MICHAEL KRONDL is a food writer, culinary historian, and artist. He teaches cooking at New School University and writes on food and travel for New York Newsday. He has translated Alain Senderen's FIGUES SANS BARBARIE, authored AROUND THE AMERICAN TABLE and THE GREAT LITTLE PUMPKIN BOOK and contributed to ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN FOOD AND DRINK. He is currently working on THE SPICE BOOK, a narrative history of spices and their significance in Western culture.



FRED "CHICO" LAGER is a member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. He is the author of BEN & JERRY'S: THE INSIDE SCOOP, a first-hand account of the development of the multi-million dollar company.

LOUIS LAGRAND has been a teacher and counselor dealing with death and bereavement for over 25 years. He was active in the emergency response network and debriefing team for the Nassau County (NY) Medical Examiner's office for the TWA Flight 800 disaster. The author of several books on the unusual experiences of the bereaved including AFTER-DEATH COMMUNICATION: FINAL FAREWELLS and MESSAGES & MIRACLES, his next work is titled EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTERS.

DOUG LANSKY's work can now be seen on the back page of Esquire. He is the author of LAST TROUT IN VENICE; THERE'S NO TOILET PAPER ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED; FIRST-TIME AROUND THE WORLD; and FIRST-TIME EUROPE. His most recent books are THE ROUGH GUIDE TO TRAVEL SURVIVAL, based on Doug's experiences traveling in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, and SIGNSPOTTING, a collection of funny signage from around the world based on the website of the same name. He is currently at work on a sequel to the latter.

KRISTIN HUNTER LATTANY is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, and children's book author. Her titles include GOD BLESS THE CHILD; GUESTS IN THE PROMISED LAND; and THE LAKES TOWN REBELLION. More recent novels are KINFOLKS and DO UNTO OTHERS. Her latest is BREAKING AWAY, and she is currently at work on a new novel.

VICTORIA LAURIE is a professional psychic intuitive who lives in Austin, Texas. She is the author of the Psychic Eye mystery series that includes ABBY COOPER, PSYCHIC EYE; BETTER READ THAN DEAD; A VISION OF MURDER; KILLER INSIGHT; and the upcoming CRIME SEEN and DEATH PERCEPTION. She also contributed the novella Blind Sighted to the anthology DROP DEAD BLONDE and has just begun a new series about ghosthunting sleuth M. J. Holliday, beginning with WHAT'S A GHOUL TO DO? Her young adult debut, THE ORACLES OF DELPHI KEEP will arrive next year.

CHARLES L. LEARY, Ph.D. has traveled and lived around the world, researched cheese production in France, and written articles for numerous publications. He is also a partner at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, a cooking school and resort. His first cookbook, written with Daniel J. Abel and Vaughn J. Perret, is THE TROUT POINT LODGE COOKBOOK.

JACK LEBEWOHL and SHARON LEBEWOHL are the brother and daughter of slain restaurateur Abe Lebewohl who was killed outside the famed New York City eatery, The Second Avenue Deli. THE SECOND AVENUE DELI COOKBOOK is a tribute to Abe's memory and to the wonderful Jewish food served at the restaurant.

PENNY LE COUTEUR and Jay Burreson are the authors of NAPOLEON'S BUTTONS, a book about the role of chemistry in human history. In it they explain how often small, seemingly insignificant molecules have changed the course of world events. Penny has been with Capilano College in British Columbia for over thirty years and is now the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

GUS LEE is the author of CHINA BOY, the inaugural selection for San Francisco's One City, One Book program, and its sequel, HONOR AND DUTY, as well as TIGER'S TAIL and NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. He is also the author of a memoir about his parents' tumultuous relationship titled CHASING HEPBURN. His most recent is COURAGE: THE BACKBONE OF LEADERSHIP, a nonfiction book about fostering and sustaining courageous action in the business world.

DOROTHY LEEDS is an internationally known business, sales, and communications consultant, media commentator and motivational speaker. Her 10 books include POWERSPEAK; MARKETING YOURSELF; the original SMART QUESTIONS; and seven titles in the SMART QUESTIONS series. Her most recent title is THE SEVEN POWERS OF QUESTIONS.

PETER LEFCOURT is a writer and producer of film and television with credits that include Cagney and Lacey, for which he won an Emmy.  He is the author of numerous books including The Deal, The Dreyfus Affair, Di and I, Abbreviating Ernie, The Woody, Eleven Karens, and The Manhattan Beach Project.  He is currently at work on a new novel and short story collection.

PRUE LEITH is a renowned food writer and editor in the U.K. She has also been a restaurateur, caterer, telly-cook, and broadcaster, and has written many cookbooks. In addition, she is an acclaimed novelist and the author of LEAVING PATRICK; SISTERS; and, A LOVESOME THING, about a woman who uproots her life and children to become the head gardener to a billionaire after her heart wrenching divorce.

MIKE LEONARD is a feature correspondent for NBC News, and his stories appear regularly on Today and NBC Nightly News. He has covered political conventions, inaugurations, the World Series, Super Bowls, and the Olympics, but most often he can be found contemplating everyday life, from "Why Dogs Bark" to "Who Invented Chewing Gum?" His first book is THE RIDE OF OUR LIVES: ROADSIDE LESSONS OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, about his cross-country RV trip with his eccentric and wonderful elderly parents.

BARRY LEVENSON is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Wisconsin and founder and curator of the Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. His first book was HABEAS CODFISH, a humorous account of the many strange, funny, scary, and frustrating intersections between food and the law. His latest is THE SEVENTH GAME: THE 35 WORLD SERIES THAT HAVE GONE THE DISTANCE, about great Game Sevens in baseball history.

DEB LEVINE is the editorial director at, the web site for the kids' TV network, Nickelodeon. She also writes freelance magazine pieces for a variety of publications and as well as short fiction. She is the author of PARKER PICKS, a wonderfully gross picture book about a kid whose finger gets stuck up his nose.

RABBI ROBERT N. LEVINE is the leader of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom, one of New York's most dynamic Reform synagogues. He is also the author of WHERE ARE YOU WHEN I NEED YOU? BEFRIENDING GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS. His most recent book is THERE IS NO MESSIAH AND YOU'RE IT. He is at work on GOD VS. GOD, about fundamentalism in our culture.

FAYE LEVY is an award-winning author and a cooking columnist for the Jerusalem Post. She has written cookbooks in three languages and is the author of FAYE LEVY'S FEAST FROM THE MIDEAST. She is at work on FAYE LEVY'S HEALTHY KOSHER COOKING.

BILL LIEDERMAN is the founder of the New York Restaurant School, as well as Mickey Mantle's Restaurant in New York City. He was the co-host of The Stadium Sports Show on WFAS radio with Maury Allen. Together, they wrote OUR MICKEY: CHERISHED MEMORIES OF AN AMERICAN ICON. His new book is MICKEY MANTLE’S: BEHIND THE SCENES IN AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS SPORTS BAR.

DAVID LIFTON is the author of BEST EVIDENCE: DISGUISE AND DECEPTION IN THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. His next book is FINAL CHARADE, which presents a unique and sure to be controversial view of that assassination.

PAUL R. LINDE is a board-certified psychiatrist who works as an emergency psychiatrist at San Francisco General Hospital and has a private outpatient practice at the same hospital. His first book is OF SPIRITS AND MADNESS: THE EXPERIENCE OF AN AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIST IN ZIMBABWE, an exploration of his time spent with patients in a Third World hospital.

SCOTT LINQUIST was born in Los Angeles and raised on exceptional Mexican food. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and former instructor at the California School for the Culinary Arts, he has worked at Boulevard in San Francisco, Gotham Bar and Grill in New York, and as executive chef at California's renowned Border Grill and New York's Arizona 206. He is currently at work with Joanna Pruess on MOD MEX: VIBRANT FIESTA FLAVORS AT HOME.

THE LOBEL FAMILY owns M. Lobel & Sons, the renowned New York butcher shop. They have written five books together, as well as two syndicated columns. Their most recent books are LOBEL'S PRIME CUTS: THE BEST MEAT AND POULTRY RECIPES FROM AMERICA'S MASTER BUTCHERS and LOBELS' MEAT AND WINE, and the forthcoming LOBEL'S MEAT BIBLE, all written with Mary Goodbody.

ELIZABETH LOFTUS is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the University of California, Irving, and an expert researcher on the intricacies of human memory. She is also the author of THE MYTH OF REPRESSED MEMORY: FALSE MEMORIES AND ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE which argues that in many cases, people are prompted by their psychotherapists to create false memories of nonexistent abuse.

MITCHEL LONDON was the chef for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and is currently the owner of Mitchel London Foods. He has consulted with and created menus for, among others, The Café and The Steakhouse at Fairway Market, the Montauk Yacht Club in New York, and Jakarta's B.A.T.S. Steakhouse in the Shangri La Hotel. His first book, with Joan Schwartz, was THE MITCHEL LONDON GRACIE MANSION COOKBOOK. He is currently at work on recipes for Steve Jenkins' THE FAIRWAY MARKET FOOD BOOK.

LORRAINE LÓPEZ is an assistant professor of English in the Creative Writing department at Vanderbilt University. Her first book, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories was selected by Sandra Cisneros as the winner of the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for Fiction. López's work has also appeared in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is currently at work on THE GIFTED GABALDON SISTERS, which won the First Prize for the Novel from the Sand Hills Writers Conference and praise as a finalist for the Michigan Literary Novel Prize.

CONNIE LOVATT is a writer, editor, vegan chef, and literary consultant for projects that include AT&T: OnStage and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She is writing her first book, with Wai Hon Chu, currently titled THE GREAT BOOK OF GREAT DUMPLINGS.

EMILY LUCHETTI is the executive pastry chef at Farallon and spent seven years as the pastry chef at Stars restaurant, both in San Francisco. She is also the author of STARS DESSERTS and FOUR STAR DESSERTS. Her most recent titles are A PASSION FOR DESSERTS, A PASSION FOR ICE CREAM and the forthcoming CLASSIC STARS DESSERTS.

WENDY LUSTBADER is a well-known keynote speaker and expert media commentator on aging. She is the author of WHAT'S WORTH KNOWING, in which 70-, 80-, and 90-year-olds share the single most important piece of knowledge each has gained in their lifetimes. She is currently working on a novel.

MICHAEL LYNBERG is the author of several highly acclaimed books that convey the strength, resilience, and creativity of the human spirit, including MEOW TE CHING; THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN; and MAKE EACH DAY YOUR MASTERPIECE.

DAVID LYNCH is a former senior editor at Wine & Spirits, where he received a 2001 James Beard Journalism award. He is currently the General Manager at the acclaimed restaurant, Babbo, and the author, with Joe Bastianich, of VINO ITALIANO: THE REGIONAL WINES OF ITALY and VINO ITALIANO BUYING GUIDE.

DEBORAH LYTTON is a writer, attorney and actress who had a recurring role as Melissa Anderson on Days of Our Lives. She has appeared in many television shows and films, and has written articles for magazines including Fit Pregnancy. She is also the talented author of the upcoming middle grade novel, ALICE IN WANDERLAND.



JAY MACLARTY is a successful entrepreneur who has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows. He also spent nearly a year working inside the administration of a presidential campaign. His novels include THE COURIER; BAGMAN; LIVE WIRE; and CHOKE POINT, a series of fast paced thrillers starring Simon Leonidovich, an international courier of dangerous packages.

SASA MAHR-BATUZ, a native of Argentina and longtime resident of Spain and Portugal, has been in the food industry since 1989 when he started a wholesale fresh pasta company called Nuovo Pasta Productions. He opened Baang and Splash restaurants in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, respectively, with the Signature Entertainment Group, and managed at both before starting work on Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar.  He and Andrew Pforzheimer are currently at work on an entertainment, lifestyle, and cooking book that celebrates the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, with Mary Goodbody.

GLORIA MALLETTE is the bestselling women's fiction author of SHADES OF JADE; WHEN WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE; WEEPING WILLOWS DANCE; PROMISES TO KEEP; THE HONEY WELL; and DISTANT LOVER. Her latest, WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK, tells the story of two estranged sisters whose sordid past brings them back together. Her next explosive book will be, IF THERE BE PAIN.

CATHY MANTUANO is the author, with Tony Mantuano, of THE SPIAGGIA COOKBOOK: ELEGANZA ITALIANA IN CUCINA, which was chosen as one of the best cookbooks of 2004 by Food & Wine.  Cathy served on the Editorial Advisory board at Santé magazine for several years and retains honorary Editorial Advisory membership. Working again with her husband Tony, Cathy is writing an untitled book about wine bar food, based on the couple’s extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean. 

TONY MANTUANO is the executive chef at Chicago’s renowned Spiaggia restaurant and is the author, with Cathy Mantuano, of THE SPIAGGIA COOKBOOK: ELEGANZA ITALIANA IN CUCINA, which was chosen as one of the best cookbooks of 2004 by Food & Wine. His national acclaim is heralded by his nominations for Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2002, 2003 and 2004.  Working again with his wife Cathy, Tony is writing an untitled book about wine bar food, based on the couple’s extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean.

JESSICA TOONKEL MARQUEZ has spent the past several years as a reporter covering international business and finance. She is the co-author of THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Peter Baylies.

SCOTT MARTELLE is a writer for the Los Angeles Times and has covered everything from the war in Kosovo to presidential elections. He is currently at work on BLOOD PASSION: THE STORY OF LUDLOW AND THE WAR ON THE COLORADO PLAIN, about a landmark strike in the Colorado coal mines, and also a mystery series introducing reporter Adam Becklund.

KATHY MARTIN is the food editor of the Miami Herald and is the co-author, with Carole Kotkin, of MMMMIAMI, a cookbook that offers the exciting flavors of that multicultural city in easy-to-prepare recipes.

SARAH BETH MARTIN began her writing career with a story that appeared in Mostly Maine: A Writer's Journal. Since then, she has been published in Pearl, West Wind Review, and Animus, among others, and ran the literary journal Foliage. Her first novel is THE ONE TRUE OCEAN.

ANDRES MARTINEZ is the Editorial Page Editor of the Los Angeles Times and is the author of 24/7: LIVING IT UP AND DOUBLING DOWN IN THE NEW LAS VEGAS, an impressionistic account of a 21-day gambling spree. He is at work on a novel.

ZARELA MARTINEZ is the owner of the very popular Manhattan restaurant Zarela and the author of the acclaimed FOOD FROM MY HEART and, with Anne Mendelson, THE FOOD AND LIFE OF OAXACA. Their most recent collaboration is ZARELA'S VERACRUZ, which focuses on the cuisine of the Mexican Gulf Coast region.

TILAR MAZZEO is a well-published historian and biographer. She teaches English at Colby College, is President of the International Society for Travel Writing, and is a devoted student of wine and culture. She is working on biography about the fascinating life of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin entitled THE WIDOW CLICQUOT: THE HISTORY OF A CHAMPAGNE EMPIRE AND THE WOMAN WHO RULED IT.

CHRISTIE MATHESON is a writer for such magazines as Cooking Light, Glamour, Fitness, Elegant Wedding, Yoga Journal, and Home & Garden. She is the co-author of VINEYARD HARVEST, with Tina Miller and Alison Shaw, which is a collection of simple, seasonal recipes, menus and photos for eating and entertaining Martha's Vineyard style. She is now working with Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes on SUGAR STILETTOS, as well as a second book with Elisa, and with Tracy Stern on TEA PARTY.

BRIAN MCDONALD is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Newsday, the New York Post, and the New York Times. MY FATHER'S GUN, his first book, a dramatic memoir about three generations of New York City cops, was made into a documentary for the A&E Network. He is also the author of INDIAN SUMMER, about Native American baseball player Louis Francis Sockalexis, and a true crime book titled SAFE HARBOR: A MURDER IN NANTUCKET. He is currently at work on a memoir titled BIG MOMMA AND ME.

ROBERT S. McELVAINE is the Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and Chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. McElvaine’s articles and opinion pieces appear frequently in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal, and he has been a guest on many television and radio programs. Bob is the author of six books and is currently at work on two others: OH! FREEDOM, the definitive book about America in the 60s, and GRAND THEFT JESUS, a stinging indictment of what the author terms “ChristianityLite.”

WILLIAM MCKEEN is a professor of journalism at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His published works include HIGHWAY 61: A FATHER-AND-SON JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF AMERICA along with many appearances in regional and national newspapers and magazines. His next book is AMERICAN DREAMER: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON, and he is currently working on RIP THIS JOINT, a coffee table book on the importance of performance in the development of rock-n-roll.

LISA McMANN is a full-time writer, social activist, wife, and mom. Lisa is an award-winning short story writer, and her first novel for young adults is JANIE HANNAGAN: DREAM CATCHER, which will be followed by a sequel.

KEVIN MCMURRAY is a scuba diver, journalist, and photographer—not necessarily in that order. His first book, DEEP DESCENT, told the story of his many dives to the Andrea Doria, the legendary Italian cruise ship that foundered off the coast of New England and now lies in treacherously deep waters. He is also the author of DARK DESCENT, an account of the loss and rediscovery of the Empress of Ireland. His latest is about teen murderer Holly Harvey titled IF YOU REALLY LOVED ME. He is currently at work on a book about the murder of Michael and Cathy Borden by their daughter's boyfriend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and another about the 2003 murder of millionaire Robert Kissell by his wife Nancy in Hong Kong and the ensuing battle for custody of their children.

MICHELE MCPHEE, the first female Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, is the award winning author of the bestselling true crime book MOB OVER MIAMI.  She is a weekly columnist and Police Bureau Chief for the Boston Herald, a radio personality on 96.9 FM Talk, and a contributor to Boston magazine.  Her work has appeared in magazines including Maxim, Stuff, New York, ESPN the Magazine, and Gotham. She is currently at work on two new true crime books: the first is a book on the murder of Rachel Entwistle and her nine-month-old daughter Lillian, the second on the murder of Cape Cod fashion writer Christa Worthington.

KELLY MCWILLIAMS is a student and the author of the young adult novel, DOORMAT, about a teen struggling with the issues of identity, friendship, and trust which she wrote at age 13. Her stories also appear in a number of online publications, and she is now at work on a new novel.

RICHELLE K. MEAD holds an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Her debut novel, SUCCUBUS BLUES, features a modern-day succubus living in Seattle who prefers her normal life to the alluring, shape-shifting life of legend and myth. Two sequels will follow. She is also the author of the upcoming DARK SWAN about a contemporary shaman who travels between worlds to save a kidnapped child.  Her debut young adult novel, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, will be published later this year.

ALICE MEDRICH is the author of several award winning cookbooks including COCOLAT, which won James Beard Foundation and IACP Best Cookbook awards, and CHOCOLATE AND THE ART OF LOW-FAT DESSERTS, also named Best Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and BITTERSWEET, which won the prestigious IACP Cookbook of the Year award in 2004. She is also the author of COOKIES AND BROWNIES; A YEAR IN CHOCOLATE; and CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS: UNFORGETTABLE DESSERTS FOR EVERY SEASON.

ANNE MENDELSON is a freelance writer, editor, and literary consultant specializing in cookbooks and culinary history, and the author of an acclaimed biography of the creators of THE JOY OF COOKING entitled STAND FACING THE STOVE. She has also collaborated with Zarela Martinez on three cookbooks and is currently working on DAIRY FRESH, about cooking with milk and fresh dairy products.

The late CONSTANTINE MENGES, Ph.D. was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and the author of INSIDE THE NSC. His final book is CHINA: THE GATHERING THREAT, in which he explores the newly established strategic alliance between China and Russia, warning that unless something is done, war between the U.S. and China could be a very real possibility in the near future.

TIM METZ is the founder of and partner in Hullin Metz & Co., a company that specializes in a full range of corporate and financial communications services. He spent 23 years at the Wall Street Journal beginning as a staff reporter and eventually becoming the markets group news editor and stock market columnist. He is the author of BLACK MONDAY: THE CATASTROPHE OF OCTOBER 19, 1987…AND BEYOND, a critically acclaimed report and analysis of the events that produced the stock market crash and its immediate aftermath. He is currently at work on a memoir.

PERLA MEYERS is an award-winning cookbook author and cooking instructor. Her previous titles include PERLA MEYERS' PEASANT KITCHEN and THE SEASONAL KITCHEN: A RETURN TO FRESH FOODS. Her most recent book is HOW TO PEEL A PEACH AND 1,001 OTHER THINGS EVERY GOOD COOK SHOULD KNOW. She is currently at work on a Barcelona cookbook.

JAMIE MICHAELS is the debut author of the forthcoming KISS MY BOOK, a young adult novel about a teen writing sensation who gets caught plagiarizing her first book but finds redemption and romance when she escapes to a small town.  Jamie is currently at work on BITE YOUR TONGUE, a follow-up that tackles first amendment issues.

CATHRYN MICHON has written for some of television's most prestigious programs. With Pamela Norris, she created JANE AUSTEN'S LITTLE ADVICE BOOK, a charming collection of the English writer's bon mots. She also co-authored, with Gurmukh Khalsa, THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS. Her most recent books are THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO LIFE, based on her popular stand-up comedy show, and its follow-up, THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO SEX (WITH OTHER PEOPLE).

LESLIE MILK is the lifestyle editor of the Washingtonian, and a former columnist for the Washington Post. Her articles have appeared in Glamour and Shape, among others. Her first book is IT'S HER PARTY BUT I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.

DARCY MILLER is the Senior Vice President and Weddings Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a leading authority in the wedding industry. She is the creator of OUR WEDDING SCRAPBOOK, a beautiful, lasting keepsake for brides.

TINA MILLER is an accomplished chef and the former owner of Café Moxie on Martha's Vineyard. Her first book is VINEYARD HARVEST, co-authored with Christie Matheson and Alison Shaw, a collection of simple, seasonal recipes, menus, and photos for eating and entertaining, Martha's Vineyard style.

KATHLEEN MILMORE, writing as Kaitlin O’Riley, is the author of the historical romance SECRETS OF A DUCHESS.  She is currently at work on a second novel.

ANNE MINI is a former professor of political theory and social fiction who now owns a book doctoring business, First Reader Editing. She has won several prominent fellowships and writing awards for her fiction and nonfiction writing. Her memoir, A FAMILY DARKLY, tells of her unique relationship with her mother's former husband, Philip K. Dick.


THE MONKS are Michael Lane and Jim Crotty, the irrepressible founders of the mobile magazine, Monk. Their first book, MAD MONKS ON THE ROAD, was followed by quirky travel guides to California and New York. Separately, Michael is the author of PINK HIGHWAYS: TALES OF QUEER MADNESS ON THE OPEN ROAD, and Jim of HOW TO TALK AMERICAN: A GUIDE TO OUR NATIVE TONGUES.

PATRICK MOORE has worked extensively on gay issues both as an activist and author. He is the author of two novels, IOWA and THIS EVERY NIGHT, and he was the founding director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS in New York City. Patrick's first nonfiction book is BEYOND SHAME: RECLAIMING THE ABANDONED HISTORY OF RADICAL GAY SEXUALITY, and his latest is the Book Sense pick TWEAKED, a memoir about his crystal meth addiction.

THOMAS MORAN is a former managing editor of W magazine and was a founding editor of M magazine. A gifted writer with a captivating prose style, he is the author of THE MAN IN THE BOX, which won the Book-of-the-Month Club's coveted first fiction award. Other critically acclaimed novels include THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER; WATER, CARRY ME; and WHAT HARRY SAW. His most recent is ANJA THE LIAR, about survivors of WWII who became executioners in order to live.

ALEXANDER P. MORGAN is a scientist and writer specializing in technical subjects. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University.  He is the author, with Kenneth M. Adams, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

DAVID MORRELL is the bestselling, award-winning author of such action classics as FIRST BLOOD (the basis for the blockbuster Rambo movies); THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE; THE FIFTH PROFESSION; EXTREME DENIAL; THE PROTECTOR; and dozens of other titles that have won him passionate fans around the world. Stoker Award-winning CREEPERS is a gripping, suspenseful thriller about urban explorers. Creepers protagonist Frank Balenger returns in SCAVENGER, an old-fashioned cat and mouse game with a modern technological twist. He has penned nonfiction titles including FIREFLIES: A FATHER'S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS and LESSONS FROM A LIFETIME OF WRITING: A NOVELIST LOOKS ON HIS CRAFT. David has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Penn State and was formerly a professor in the English department of the University of Iowa. He is currently at work on a new thriller entitled THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS.

COLIN MORTENSEN was attending UC Berkeley when he was cast in MTV's The Real World Hawaii. He is an active public speaker on the college lecture circuit and has contributed to Kim Kirberger's Teen Love series, including TEEN LOVE: A JOURNAL and TEEN LOVE: ON FRIENDSHIP. He is also the author of A NEW LADIES' MAN: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GETTING, KEEPING, AND PLEASING THE GIRL.

JULIA MOSKIN is a staff writer at the New York Times. She is also the co-author of AMERICAN BRASSERIE and BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS with chefs Gale Gand and Rick Tramonto, as well as JUST A BITE and SHORT AND SWEET, with Gale Gand. In addition, she has collaborated with chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino on BISTRO LATINO; with Patricia Yeo on PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z; and with Bobby Flay on BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY MEETS GRILL.

RAY MUNGO is a '60s counterculture icon whose first book, FAMOUS LONG AGO, has become a cult classic and is currently being made into a feature film. His other titles include PALM SPRINGS BABYLON; QUESTIONS THAT DEFINE YOU; and SAN FRANCISCO CONFIDENTIAL. His latest is an update of his financial classic, NO CREDIT REQUIRED.



NATHAN NAPARSTEK Ph.D., Ph.D., is a child psychologist and the author of two previous books. His first book, with Marilyn Wallace, is IS YOUR CHILD DEPRESSED? ANSWERS TO YOUR TOUGHEST QUESTIONS, which describes the warning signs of childhood depression and provides parents and other caregivers with the skills needed to treat its symptoms.

THOMAS NAYLOR, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, along with John De Graaf and David Wann, is the author of ENCOUNTERS WITH AFFLUENZA: ONE MAN'S SEARCH FOR THE REAL WEALTH, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain.

AMY NEBENS is a former magazine editor and lifestyle expert who has worked at Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and YM, among others. She is also the author of several books, including BAR MITZVAH, BAT MITZVAH, PLANNING THE PERFECT DAY. She is currently working on a hip new guide for moms with Jara Negrin, entitled LIVING THE POSH MOM LIFE.

JARA NEGRIN has a diverse background in publishing, home design, entrepreneurial endeavors, and marketing. She is also a former child actress who appeared in numerous commercials. She is working with Amy Nebens on the hip, fun LIVING THE POSH MOM LIFE.

DR. AMEN NESS has been delivering babies for more than 20 years and has a specialty in High-Risk Obstetrics. He is the co-author, with Lisa Gould Rubin and Jackie Frederick-Berner, of THE BIRTH THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

RICK NEWMAN is a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report, where he was the chief Pentagon correspondent from 1995 to 2001. In 1996, Rick won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He is the co-author, along with CNN military analyst Don Shepperd, of BURY US UPSIDE DOWN: THE MISTY PILOTS, THE VIETNAM WAR, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL. With Patrick Creed, he is currently working on THE THIRD PLANE: INSIDE THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE PENTAGON ON 9-11.

MICHEL NISCHAN is the acclaimed former chef of Heartbeat. His cuisine focuses on pure ingredients and clean, clear flavors. His first book, written with Mary Goodbody, TASTE: PURE AND SIMPLE, hit the New York Times bestseller list after Oprah declared him her favorite chef on her show, and it also won the James Beard Award for Best Healthy Focus and Vegetarian. His new book is HOMEGROWN PURE AND SIMPLE: GREAT HEALTHY FOOD FROM GARDEN TO TABLE, also with Mary Goodbody. He is currently at work MICHEL NISCHAN'S DIABETIC FAMILY COOKBOOK: A FAMILY'S JOURNEY TO HEALTH MANAGEMENT THROUGH DIET, which offers realistic ways to incorporate foods appropriate for controlling diabetes into a busy family's daily life.

ERIC NUZUM is a pop-culture critic and contributor to National Public Radio, Public Radio International's Marketplace and several VH1 documentaries. He won the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for News writing and is currently at work on THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST: STALKING THE VAMPIRE FROM NOSFERATU TO COUNT CHOCULA, a look at vampire lore throughout time.



BRIAN O'CONNELL is a former Wall Street bond trader and current freelance business writer. He is the author of many books, including THE 401(k) MILLIONAIRE and CNBC'S CREATING WEALTH. His latest titles are BUILD YOUR OWN MUTUAL FUND and FREE YOURSELF FROM STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

BRIAN PATRICK O'DONOGHUE is a broadcast journalist and sledding enthusiast. MY LEAD DOG WAS A LESBIAN recounts his adventures and mishaps during the 1991 Iditarod. His follow-up is HONEST DOGS, the story of his return to dog sled racing.

BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.

T. LYNN OCEAN is a television producer who writes, shoots and edits commercials and video projects. She is also a lifelong southerner. She is the talented author of the charming southern novels FOOL ME ONCE, and, SWEET HOME CAROLINA.

BEATRICE OJAKANGAS is a well known food writer, cookbook author, and consultant who has worn various hats in the food industry since 1960. Her newest book is COOKING WITH CONVECTION. Beatrice won the 2005 Kitchenaid Cookbook Hall of Fame award from the James Beard Foundation for THE GREAT SCANDINAVIAN BAKING BOOK. She is currently working on COOKING UNDER COVER: 555 NEW CASSEROLE RECIPES, which will include updated casserole classics that make them easy to use for entertaining, family meals, and celebrations.

EUGÉNIE SEIFER OLSON is a former toy developer whose first novel, BABE IN TOYLAND, is about a young woman who works for a toy company and is looking for love in all the wrong places. Her new fiction includes THE PAJAMA GAME, about a young woman who works in a lingerie store, and LOVE IN THE TIME OF TAFFETA about an aspiring photographer who lands a job working for a cute (taken) photographer doing the prom circuit.

SPENCER OVERTON is a tenured professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he currently teaches civil rights law, and his commentaries on democracy have appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, and several other publications. He has also provided insights on various radio talk shows and news programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and The Tavis Smiley Show. His first book is STEALING DEMOCRACY: THE NEW POLITICS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION.



ANTONIO PAGLIARULO, author of the gritty young-adult novel A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEAT, is currently at work on The Celebutantes,  a young-adult mystery series about the Hamilton triplets—Madison, Park and Lex—heiresses to a billion dollar media empire.  The first book in the series will be ON THE AVENUE, followed by IN THE CLUB and TO THE PENTHOUSE.  He is also at work on NIGHT OF IAGO, a wholly original and suspenseful novel exploring the darker side of young adulthood, set against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Othello.  Under the pseudonym Anthony Paige he wrote ROCKING THE GODDESS, which explores the widespread practice of Wicca on college campuses, and AMERICAN WITCH, about the history of witchcraft in America. 

SOYUNG PAK won the 1999 Ezra Jack Keats award for children's literature. She is the author of DEAR JUNO, hailed as "a new classic" by the Boston Globe, and A PLACE TO GROW, about a family that chooses to move to another country.

RAFAEL PALOMINO is the acclaimed chef Pacifico and Sonora in Port Chester, NY. His first cookbook, co-authored with Julia Moskin, was BISTRO LATINO: HOME COOKING FIRED UP WITH THE FLAVORS OF LATIN AMERICA. His most recent titles are VIVA LA VIDA, and NUEVA SALSA, both co-authored with Arlen Gargagliano. The next Palomino/Gargagliano collaborative effort is FIESTA LATINA.

JULIET PAPA is an award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS radio in New York and a regular weekly freelance reporter at WCBS-TV in New York. She is the author of LADYKILLER, about the Argentinian serial killer Ricardo Caputo, and the co-author of THE MAFIA HANDBOOK, with Douglas Le Vien.

JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the author of the modern classic VOODOO DREAMS, a novel about famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. CELEBRATING OURSELVES and FREE WITHIN OURSELVES are, respectively, her fiction and nonfiction writing manuals for African Americans. She is also the author of MAGIC CITY, a novel about the race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early 20th century. DOUGLASS' WOMEN is a fictional account of Frederick Douglass and the two women who loved him. Her most recent works are VOODOO SEASON, which tells the story of Marie Laveau's modern day descendant, and PORCH STORIES: A GRANDMOTHER'S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS, about Jewell's relationship with her grandmother. She is currently at work on a new Marie Laveau mystery titled VOODOO JAZZ.

JOEL PATRAKER is the former Senior Manager and Special Project Coordinator of the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, where he worked for over 20 years. His book, with co-author Joan Schwartz, is THE GREEN MARKET COOKBOOK, which advises readers on how to shop seasonally and how to prepare the most tantalizing fare year-round.

PAUL PEARSALL, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized, board-certified neuropsychologist, an award-winning researcher, a New York Times bestselling author, and a sought-after speaker. His latest book is THE LAST SELF-HELP BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED, and he is currently at work on AWE, a startling look at the delights and dangers of our eleventh emotion.

VAUGHN J. PERRET is an attorney, an expert in wild edible foods, a cheese developer, and a member of the prestigious French Guilde des fromagers. He is also a partner at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, a cooking school and resort. His first cookbook, written with Charles L. Leary and Daniel G. Abel, is THE TROUT POINT LODGE COOKBOOK.

COLETTE PETERS is the creator of Colette's Cakes, a specialty cake company she has owned for over 20 years. She is the author of four books on cake decorating, and her most recent is CAKES TO DREAM ON: A MASTER CLASS IN DECORATING. In 2004, Colette won first place in the Beaver Creek Wedding Cake Extravaganza, sponsored by the TV Food Network.

DR. RUTH PETERS has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and is a frequent contributor to the Today show, Oprah, and Good Morning America. She writes a weekly parenting column for MSNBC's Today show web site and is the author of numerous books on the subject. Her latest, LAYING DOWN THE LAW, gives parents the 25 most important rules for raising kids of all ages.

CHRIS PETERSON is a single father, editor, writer, and "cook by necessity." As a former book packager, he created full-color coffee table books for publishers such as Hearst Books, Dorling Kindersley, and Reader's Digest. His new book is called A MAN'S WHIRLED: EVERY GUY'S GUIDE TO COOKING WITH THE BLENDER, a cookbook that describes how to make an entire meal in a blender.

MAI PHAM is the chef/owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant and Lemon Grass Cafes in Sacramento, California. Her award-winning cuisine is featured in THE BEST OF VIETNAMESE AND THAI COOKING. Mai is the author PLEASURES OF THE VIETNAMESE TABLE.

ANDREW PFORZHEIMER has worked as a chef, consultant, and restaurateur in France, California, and New York City.  After his stint as food editor for Martha Stewart Living, he and Sasa Mahr-Batuz opened their own restaurant.  Today, the two own five Barcelona restaurants in the state of Connecticut, with plans to open more on the East Coast in the next several years.  He and Mahr-Batuz are currently at work on an entertainment, lifestyle, and cooking book that celebrates the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, with Mary Goodbody.

LARRY PHILLIPS is a journalist and writer whose first book was ZEN AND THE ART OF POKER, which dealt with the psychology of poker players. His follow-up, THE TAO OF POKER, dealt with "the truth" of the game itself.

DR. CHARLOTTE PIERCE-BAKER holds a Ph.D. in Speech and Sociolinguistics and is a professor of Women's Studies and English at Duke University. Her first book, SURVIVING THE SILENCE, is an important document about black women and rape, and she is currently at work on the memoir MIXED BLESSINGS: A FAMILY'S STRUGGLE WITH A BIPOLAR SON.

DEBRA PONZEK is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, an award-winning chef and, with her husband, owns Aux Délices, a café and catering company in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the author of FRENCH FOOD, AMERICAN ACCENT, which she co-authored with Joan Schwartz, and THE SUMMER HOUSE COOKBOOK with Geralyn Delaney Graham. Her latest is THE FAMILY KITCHEN, which will inspire families to cook together. With Christie Matheson, she is currently working on THE AUX DÉLICES COOKBOOK which includes favorite recipes for everyday cooking and entertaining.

JOACHIM DE POSADA is a bilingual international motivational speaker, radio and TV personality, author, and newspaper columnist who has spoken in more than thirty countries about leadership, team-building, sales and management. He is the author of HOW TO SURVIVE AMONG PIRANHAS: MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED. His latest book is DON'T EAT THE MARSHMALLOW…YET!: THE SECRET TO SWEET SUCCESS IN WORK AND LIFE, co-authored by Ellen Singer. They are currently at work on a sequel.

PATRICIA S. POTTER-EFRON is a clinical psychotherapist and co-owner with her husband, Ron Potter-Efron, of First Things First Counseling Center. She is the author and editor of a number of books with her husband, and their latest is RECLAIM YOUR RELATIONSHIP, a practical and accessible workbook designed to help individuals improve connections in their relationships with those they love.

RON POTTER-EFRON is a clinical psychotherapist and co-owner with his wife of 37 years, Pat Potter-Efron, of First Things First Counseling Center. He is a presenter of seminars for professional counselors and the author of several books about anger management. He and his wife are the authors of a workbook for couples entitled RECLAIM YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

NORA POUILLON ranks with Alice Waters as an outstanding chef and advocate of using organic, seasonal, and locally produced products. Her restaurants Asia Nora and Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., are consistently rated among the finest places to eat in the United States. She is the author of COOKING WITH NORA, which was nominated for the Julia Child Cookbook Award and received an Award of Excellence from the IACP.

DENNIS POWELL is an award-winning investigative reporter who has worked for Knight Ridder, Gannett, and Gore newspapers, as well as WOR Radio, CBS Radio, and FOX Television. He is working on THE UNSAVORY JUDGE CRATER.

ALICE LECCESE POWERS is a freelance writer and editor who also teaches writing. She is a co-editor, with Andrea Wyatt Sexton, of THE BROOKLYN READER. She also edited the anthologies ITALY IN MIND; IRELAND IN MIND; and FRANCE IN MIND. Her next book is TUSCANY IN MIND, and she is working on SPAIN IN MIND.

BALASA PRASAD, M.D., opened his behavior management clinic in Mount Vernon, NY in 1980 and became the chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at Mount Vernon Hospital in 1983. Since opening his private practice, he has helped people break free of destructive habits, like smoking, gambling, and compulsive shopping. His first two books, STOP SMOKING FOR GOOD and STOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD, will teach readers how to overcome addiction using his techniques. He is also at work on a third book in the series, entitled STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD.

JOANNA PRUESS is a food journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Food Arts, and Food & Wine. She is also the author of D'ARTAGNAN'S GLORIOUS GAME COOKBOOK. She is currently working with Michael White on THE ESSENCE OF CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN FOOD IN AMERICA and with Scott Linquist on MOD MEX: VIBRANT FIESTA FLAVORS AT HOME.



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RICHARD RAPPORT, M.D., is a practicing neurosurgeon, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington, and an award-winning essayist. He is the author of a biography of physician Paul Beeson, as well as NERVE ENDINGS: THE DISCOVERY OF THE SYNAPSE, which details the discovery of neurons and how understanding the ways a synapse transmits information leads to diagnosing illness.

A.J. RATHBUN is a kitchen, housewares and entertainment editor at and the author of PARTY DRINKS! and the forthcoming PARTY SNACKS!, WINE COCKTAILS, and LUSCIOUS LIQUEURS. His next book is GOOD SPIRITS, a 500-recipe compendium of cocktails that spans nearly all of human history.

ROSS RECK, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned consultant whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling book THE WIN-WIN NEGOTIATOR has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into four languages. His most recent title is THE X-FACTOR: GETTING EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FROM ORDINARY PEOPLE.

DR. LEE REICHMAN is the author, with Janice Hopkins Tanne, of TIMEBOMB, which chronicles the frightening emergence of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. He is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Medical School's National Tuberculosis Center, widely considered the world's leading TB research facility.

MICHAEL REYNOLDS is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Playboy, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek, as well as on television shows such as 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. Working for Reuters, he broke the story on Aileen Wuornos's killing spree in 1989 and 1990, on which he based his first book DEAD ENDS. He is currently at work on a book on the Religious Right, conservative politics, and the 2008 presidential election entitled BAD FAITH.

CHRIS RIBACK has worked as a journalist for ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS Sports, and 20/20. His writings on government and politics have been published in numerous newspapers nationwide, and he is the co-author, with Taegan Goddard, of YOU WON, NOW WHAT?: HOW AMERICANS CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FROM CITY HALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

RONDA RICH is the bestselling author of WHAT SOUTHERN WOMEN KNOW (THAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD) and MY LIFE IN THE PITS, about her time as a reporter covering NASCAR. Ronda's new books are WHAT SOUTHERN WOMEN KNOW ABOUT FLIRTING and her first novel, THE TOWN THAT CAME A COURTIN', about lucky in life, but unlucky in love, Abby Houston and the whole town of Bliss, Mississippi, who are determined to find her a soul mate. She is at work on a prequel titled MAMA AND ME IN MISSISSIPPI and a sequel titled THE TOWN THAT GOT ENGAGED.

RENÉE RICHARDS, M.D., successfully sued the US Tennis Association after they barred her from participating in tournaments following the discovery of her sexual reassignment surgery in the 1970s. In her new memoir, NO WAY RENÉE, she tells of the 30 years since she became famous for fighting for transsexual rights and her experiences as a woman, her continuing work as a renowned ophthalmologist, and her relationship with her son.

AKASHA RICHMOND has devoted most of her life to her passion for using healthy and organic ingredients in mainstream cooking. She is known as the "chef to the stars" for her work in Hollywood as a private chef and caterer. She is the author of THE ART OF TOFU, has a monthly trends column in Vegetarian Times, and is the national spokesperson for White Waves' Silk Soy Milk. Her latest cookbook is HOLLYWOOD DISH: MORE THAN 150 DELICIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FROM HOLLYWOOD'S CHEF TO THE STARS.

DAVID RICKETTS has worked in the Food Department of Family Circle and has appeared in or contributed to many other publications such as Cooking Light, Fitness, Shape, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Reader's Digest. He is currently working on EAT TO BEAT PROSTATE CANCER, inspired by his own successful battle with the disease.

MARY RISLEY founded Tante Marie's Cooking School in 1973. She was awarded the Cooking Teacher of the Year award from Bon Appétit magazine, as well as the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation for her work to alleviate hunger. She has also taught as a guest instructor at many schools and gourmet cookware shops across the country and has been featured on various television programs. Her first cookbook is THE TANTE MARIE'S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK.

MICHELLE RIVERA is a humane educator and the founder and executive director of Animals 101, Inc., a Florida non-profit organization. Her previous books include HOSPICE HOUNDS: ANIMALS AND HEALING AT THE BORDERS OF DEATH; CANINES IN THE CLASSROOM: RAISING HUMANE CHILDREN THROUGH ANIMAL INTERACTIONS; and THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN SLOW COOKER. She has been published in The Latham Letter, Veterinary Technician magazine and Animal Sheltering magazine. She is currently at work on DO DOGS HAVE BELLY BUTTONS?, a fun and informative book of dog trivia.

MELISSA RIVERS is well known for her fashion critiques on award show red carpets, where she has reported with her mother, Joan Rivers, since 1995, first for E! and now for the TV Guide Channel. She's at work on her first book, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDESMAID DRESS, a fun and funny look at the worst that bridesmaid dresses have to offer, with assists from Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Pamela Dennis, Marc Jacobs, and Mitzi from the Brooklyn Bridesmaid Dress rental service.


JAN ROBERTS-DOMINGUEZ is a newspaper food columnist and the author of THE MUSTARD BOOK and, most recently, THE ONION BOOK. She is also a talented artist whose illustrations appear in both her books.

JON ROBERTSON is the managing editor of Venture Inward magazine and a former senior editor and writer for A.R.E. Press. He is the author of several books, including APOCALYPSE CHOW!, a clever collection of anecdotes, tips and delicious recipes (from his wife, Robin Robertson) to use when faced with a power outage. His next book is FIRE & LIGHT, about one man's search for the Spirit of God.

ROBIN ROBERTSON is a chef, cooking teacher, speaker, and a vegetarian food expert. She is the author of numerous books on vegetarian and vegan subjects, including CARB-CONSCIOUS VEGETARIAN, VEGAN PLANET and FRESH FROM THE VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER, and PEANUT BUTTER PLANET. She is also the co-author, with her husband, Jon Robertson, of the successful APOCALYPSE CHOW!, and she is working on two new titles: QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN and the definitive resource on vegan cooking, 1,000 VEGAN RECIPES.

DAN ROCHE, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers Workshop, is the author of LOVE'S LABORS: A MEMOIR OF A FIRST MARRIAGE. The book chronicles one man's experience with a "starter marriage" and his search for a new definition of the institution itself.

ALICIA ROCKMORE, a former accountant and marketing expert, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives.  She and company co-founder Sarah P. Welch are currently at work on GET BUTTONED UP.

ANNE ROCKWELL is an author and illustrator whose name is well known to everyone who brings young children and books together—parents, booksellers, teachers, and librarians around the world. Her work has won countless awards and her recent, critically-acclaimed titles include WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN; BECOMING BUTTERFLIES; THEY CALLED HER MOLLY PITCHER; and AT THE FIREHOUSE. She is currently at work on a picture book about preschool, as well as her first young adult novel.

BARRY ROSENBERG and CATHERINE MACAULAY are the writing team behind MAVERICKS OF THE SKY, a riveting nonfiction account of the early pilots of the U.S. Air Mail Service. Barry is a long-time journalist specializing in aviation, technology, and issues of national defense. Catherine is a former newspaper reporter and columnist who writes about nature and the environment.

BERNADETTE ROSSETTI-SHUSTAK is the author of I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH, a board book for babies and toddlers. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.

The late JUDGE HAROLD ROTHWAX was on the bench during some of the most notorious trials in recent history. GUILTY: THE COLLAPSE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE is his indictment of the justice system.

MICHELLE ROWEN is a self-confessed bibliophile, reality TV junkie, the proud owner of an evil cat named Nikita, and the author of the paranormal romances BITTEN AND SMITTEN; ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE; and FANGED AND FABULOUS. She is currently at work on LADY AND THE VAMP.

LISA GOULD RUBIN has been a certified childbirth educator and doula since 1985 and an active member of Doulas of North America (DONA). She helped establish the doula program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and is the founder of the Good Birth Company, which specializes in training doulas. Her first book, written with Dr. Amen Ness and Jackie Frederick-Berner, is THE BIRTH THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

ANTHONY RUBINO is the author of LIFE LESSONS FROM ELVIS as well as two other "life lessons" books based on Melrose Place and The Brady Bunch. His next two titles are LIFE LESSONS FROM DOGS and LIFE LESSONS FROM CATS.

MARK RUDD was the leader of the 1968 Columbia University strike against racism and the Vietnam War, the last National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, and a founder of the Weather Underground.  He spent 7 ½ years as a fugitive after a bomb intended for a social dance at the army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey, exploded in a Greenwich Village townhouse.  He is currently at work on WEATHERMAN: AN ANTI-MEMOIR OF THE SIXTIES.

MARY JO RULNICK is a regular feature writer for Pittsburgh Parent magazine, as well as a greeting card writer, the creator of Women in History Productions, a company featuring dramatic portrayals of historical women's lives, and editor of a publication for senior citizens. She is the author, with Judith Burnett Schneider, of a book that all women can relate to: THE FRANTIC WOMAN'S GUIDE TO LIFE. Her new book is THE FRANTIC WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FEEDING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

ALLISON RUSHBY is the Australian author of IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME, ALLMENAREBASTARDS.COM, FRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAILS, HATING VALENTINE’S DAY, THE DAIRY QUEEN and the Living Blonde Trilogy. Next up for Allison is THE INNER GENTLEMAN in which a rough footballer is taught some manners and finds some love.

MARY DORIA RUSSELL is a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. She is the author of THE SPARROW, a remarkable first novel about a failed Jesuit mission to another planet, and CHILDREN OF GOD, its sequel. Her latest book, A THREAD OF GRACE, is an historical novel that tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during WWII. She is currently working on DREAMERS OF THE DAY which begins with the 1918 flu pandemic and follows a fascinating cast of characters through some of the most pivotal events of the last century.

KEVIN RYAN is the president of The Executive Writer, a business-writing training company, and has been a writing instructor and freelance writer for more than 15 years. His clients include American Express, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, United Way, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, PC Magazine, and the Iowa Review. Kevin is the former co-editor of Quarterly West magazine and taught writing for more than eight years at the University of Utah. His first book is WRITE UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, a guide for business people who want to improve their writing skills.

TERESA LEYUNG RYAN was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco. She reclaimed her Chinese heritage while writing her first novel, LOVE MADE OF HEART, about a young Chinese-American woman's search for herself following her mother's emotional breakdown. She is very involved in the writing community of the Bay area.



RACHEL SAFIER is a journalist who has written for magazines, television, and the Internet. Since breaking off her engagement two weeks before her wedding day, she has become known on as the expert on cold feet and broken engagements. She is the author of THERE GOES THE BRIDE, written with Wendy Roberts, LCSW, a self-help guide for women calling off their weddings. Her latest title is MR. RIGHT NOW: WHEN DATING IS BETTER THAN SAYING "I DO".

ELAINE ST. JAMES is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and simplicity guru, who has been featured on Oprah. Her titles include SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE; INNER SIMPLICITY; LIVING THE SIMPLE LIFE; SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WITH KIDS; SIMPLIFY YOUR CHRISTMAS; SIMPLIFY YOUR WORK LIFE; 365 SIMPLE REMINDERS and several companion "little books."

SUSANNA SALK is the Special Projects Editor at House & Garden magazine and the author of A PRIVILEGED LIFE: CELEBRATING WASP STYLE.  She is currently at work on WEEKEND RETREATS, which will be a gorgeous full-color book about the getaway homes of the wealthy.

SUSAN SANTUCCI is a writer, public speaker and mediation teacher who has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. She is the author of two books on spirituality: CONVERGING PATHS and PATHWAYS TO THE SPIRIT, which will be re-released in 2007.

MARIE SAVARD, M.D. is a nationally known internist, women's health expert, and champion for patient's rights. She is the author of HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, as well as THE SAVARD HEALTH RECORD, and her recently published THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS: THE APPLES AND PEARS APPROACH TO LOSING WEIGHT, LIVING LONGER, AND FEELING HEALTHIER, with Carol Svec.

FRANK SCATONI and PETE FORNATALE are the authors of the fun and clever WHO CAN IT BE NOW? THE LYRICS GAME THAT TAKES YOU BACK TO THE '80s...ONE LINE AT A TIME and SAY ANYTHING, the '80s movie-quote game.

JUDITH BURNETT SCHNEIDER, M.S., worked as a Research Organic Chemist for a Fortune 500 corporation. Her essays have appeared in technical journals, the mainstream market and in standardized reading tests. She also runs a successful editing/critiquing firm. She is the author, with Mary Jo Rulnick, of the very necessary and practical THE FRANTIC WOMAN'S GUIDE TO LIFE.

ED SCHOENFELD is a noted food authority, restaurant creator and operator, trendsetter and master chef. His career began at the top, working with famed Chinese chef Lo Huey Yen, and later opening New York's famed Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan, which received a four-star review in the New York Times. Since then he's opened several popular restaurants, including Café Marimba, Pig Heaven, and Vince and Eddie's. He is currently working on his first book.

ZELL SCHULMAN is a radio and television personality, a grandmother of six, and the author of SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR PASSOVER and LET MY PEOPLE EAT, which not only offers a step-by-step guide to the Seder dinner but also Seder menus to suit your religious background, diet, budget, and time.

HOWARD SCHULTZ joined Starbucks in 1982 and became its Chairman and CEO in 1987. He is the author, with Dori Jones Yang, of POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT: HOW STARBUCKS BUILT A COMPANY ONE CUP AT A TIME.

BARB SCHWARZ is internationally known as the creator of Home Staging, is the president, and hosts a weekly radio show in Seattle, Staging Life with Barb. She is the author of HOME STAGING: THE WINNING WAY TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE MONEY and BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL HOME STAGING BUSINESS.

ARTHUR SCHWARTZ is the beloved former host of "Food Talk," the popular New York City-based, nationally syndicated radio show, the current restaurant critic for BKLYN Magazine and was the longtime restaurant critic and food editor at the New York Daily News. He is the author of BETTER TIMES: HOW TO EAT BETTER FOR LESS; COOKING IN A SMALL KITCHEN; WHAT TO COOK WHEN YOU THINK THERE'S NOTHING IN THE HOUSE TO EAT; NAPLES AT TABLE: COOKING IN CAMPANIA; and the comprehensive ARTHUR SCHWARTZ'S NEW YORK CITY FOOD: AN OPINIONATED HISTORY AND MORE THAN 100 LEGENDARY RECIPES which was named Best Book of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is currently at work on THE BIG BOOK OF SOUTHERN ITALIAN FOOD.

JOAN SCHWARTZ is an accomplished writer who has co-authored cookbooks with some of the biggest names in the food business, including Bobby Flay, Debra Ponzek, Antoine Bouterin, and Joel Patraker. Her most recent collaboration, with Matthew Kenney, is BIG CITY COOKING. On her own, she is the author of MACARONI & CHEESE: 52 RECIPES FROM SIMPLE TO SUBLIME and its follow-up, MEAT AND POTATOES.

MICHAEL SCOTT, with almost 100 titles to his credit, is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors. He is primarily known in Ireland for his work on Irish mythology and folklore and is the author of IRISH FOLK & FAIRY TALES; IRISH MYTHS & LEGENDS; and IRISH GHOSTS & HAUNTINGS. His horror novels, published in Britain and the U.S. and available in translation around the world, include IMAGE; REFLECTION; IMP; and HALLOWS. He is also the author of fantasy novels, including SILVERHAND and SILVERLIGHT. He is currently at work with Adrienne Barbeau on VAMPYRES OF HOLLYWOOD, a paranormal mystery, to be followed by its sequel VAMPYRES OF BROADWAY.

DAVID SEARS is a New Jersey-based business consultant, former US Navy officer, and the author of SUCCESSFUL TALENT STRATEGIES and the military nonfiction title THE LAST EPIC NAVAL BATTLE: VOICES FROM THE LEYTE GULF. He is at work on a new narrative, AT WAR WITH THE WIND: THE EPIC STRUGGLE WITH JAPAN’S WORLD WAR II SUICIDE BOMBERS.

SUZANNE SELFORS, a native of the Pacific Northwest, holds a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Popular Culture. She worked for a local television station before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two children, Walker and Isabelle. Her first book is the oddly delightful TO CATCH A MERMAID, a quirky middle-grade novel about young siblings who find a strange creature that brings both joy and terror.  She's also at work on her young adult novel, SAVING JULIET, the story of a reluctant young actress who is magically transported into the world of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet to tragic, comic, and tragically comic results.

JONATHAN SELWOOD was born and raised in Hollywood, California. He received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in New York and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His first novel is the upcoming THE PINBALL THEORY OF THE APOCALYPSE.

JOAN SEWELL is the author of the laugh-out-loud funny memoir, I’D RATHER EAT CHOCOLATE: LEARNING TO LOVE MY LOW LIBIDO.  She has a master’s degree in philosophy and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.

GEORGE SHAFFNER is a consultant specializing in sales strategy for technology companies in the Silicon Valley. He is the author of THE ARITHMETIC OF LIFE. His first novel is IN THE LAND OF SECOND CHANCES, introducing traveling "salesman" Vernon Moore, who tries to sell hope to the residents of Ebb, Nebraska. In the second book in the series, ONE PART ANGEL, Vernon is peddling charity. His newest book is THE WIDOWS OF EDEN, where once again, Vernon makes his rounds; this time he's selling faith.

ALISON SHAW is a nationally acclaimed fine art and editorial photographer whose work appears regularly in various New England publications and whose fans and collectors include the Clintons, Tom Clancy, and David McCullough. She is the author of VINEYARD SUMMER, a collection of her photographs. Her work can be seen in VINEYARD HARVEST, with Tina Miller and Christie Mathieson, a collection of simple, seasonal recipes, menus and photos for eating and entertaining, Martha's Vineyard style.

JUDGE GERALD SHEINDLIN is a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court who, in 1989, presided over the first case to involve the admissibility of DNA evidence. He is also a former People's Court television judge. He is the author, with Catherine Whitney, of BLOOD TRAIL: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES SOLVED BY DNA DETECTIVES.

JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN is television's beloved Judge Judy whose top rated syndicated show is watched by millions. Her first book, DON'T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT'S RAINING, co-authored with Josh Getlin of the Los Angeles Times, is a prescriptive and controversial look at how the legal system affects families. She is also the author of BEAUTY FADES, DUMB IS FOREVER and KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID, both New York Times bestsellers. With Bob Tore, she has written two children's books, WIN OR LOSE BY HOW YOU CHOOSE and YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Major General DON SHEPPERD, USAF (Ret.), is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc., where he performs independent consulting on defense, strategic planning, and information technology preparation of executive teams for the 21st century. He retired in 1998 from the Pentagon where he served as head of the Air National Guard. He is currently a military analyst for CNN and a writer providing military commentary for ABC radio in Phoenix, New York, and Baltimore. With Rick Newman, he is the author of BURY US UPSIDE DOWN: THE MISTY PILOTS, THE VIETNAM WAR, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL.

KRIS SHERER is a freelance writer and chef who studied at L'Ecole des Arts Culinaires et l'Hotellerie de Lyon. She served a year-long stint as the office assistant to celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, and she is also the co-author of his debut cookbook, FLAVOR.

ALEXA JOY SHERMAN is a former senior editor at Shape and the popular teen magazine Jump. Her first book, THE HAPPY HOOK-UP, written with Nicole Tocantins, is a comprehensive guide to casual sex.

JUDITH P. SIEGEL, Ph.D., CSW, is an associate professor at New York University's Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and a marriage and family therapist in private practice. A recognized expert in her field, she is the author of two academic books and numerous articles on marital dynamics and marriage therapy, as well as the trade title WHAT CHILDREN LEARN FROM THEIR PARENTS' MARRIAGE.

RON SILVER, JR., is the owner and creator of Bubby's Pie Company, and the renowned celebrity brunch spot Bubby's in Tribeca. He is the author, with Jen Bervin, of BUBBY'S PIE COMPENDIUM, a comprehensive and authoritative guide to pie making.

NINA SIMONDS is the author of A SPOONFUL OF GINGER; CLASSIC CHINESE CUISINE; CHINESE SEASONS; CHINA EXPRESS; ASIAN NOODLES; ASIAN WRAPS; and MOONBEAMS, DUMPLINGS AND DRAGON BOATS, a children's book about Chinese folklore. She is a correspondent for Gourmet and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Her public television special, A Spoonful of Ginger: Food As Medicine, won the James Beard award for Best Television Cooking Special. Her most recent book is SPICES OF LIFE: SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR GREAT HEALTH, which won both the IACP and the James Beard Foundation Book Award for health.

ELLEN SINGER, an award-winning writer with more than two decades of top-tier experience in business promotion and creative literary work, is the founder of TenSecondSolution, a freelance writing company that provides cost-effective promotional campaigns for entrepreneurs and corporate clients. She is the author of QUICKSAND: ONE WOMAN'S ESCAPE FROM THE HUSBAND WHO STALKED HER, a memoir. She is the co-author with Joachim de Posada of DON'T EAT THE MARSHMALLOW…YET!: THE SECRET TO SWEET SUCCESS IN WORK AND LIFE. They are currently at work on a sequel.

JONATHAN SMALL is a prolific journalist and author with a monthly column called “Ask Him Anything” in Cosmo, a weekly blog, “Diary of He”, that appears on Redbook’s website.  He is also the co-author/collaborator of the bestselling LOVE SMART by Dr. Phil McGraw. He has worked or written for Glamour, Fitness, Child, the New York Times, and Maxim, among others. Jonathan has appeared as a guest on CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, UPN, and radio's WOR and CBS News Radio in New York.  Next year, he is scheduled to host his own call-in radio show, "He Said What?", which will be syndicated in over 30 markets.

ALEXANDER SMALLS is an opera singer, author, guest speaker, chef, creator of "Southern Revival" cooking, restaurateur and event coordinator. He is the author of GRACE THE TABLE, a memoir-cookbook. He is currently at work on LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER: ALEXANDER SMALLS BRINGS US BACK HOME AGAIN WITH CHURCH SUPPERS, FAMILY DINNERS, AND SUNDAY BRUNCHES.

TOM SMART is an award-winning photojournalist. He served as photo editor for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City for 18 years and returned as a staff photographer in 2001. He is also a contract photographer for the New York Times and Getty Images. His forthcoming book, IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE STARTLING TRUTH BEHIND THE ELIZABETH SMART INVESTIGATION, co-authored with Lee Benson, discusses in detail the 2003 kidnapping case of his niece Elizabeth Smart.

CARLTON SMITH is the co-author, with Tomas Guillen, of THE SEARCH FOR THE GREEN RIVER KILLER. He is also the author of BLOOD MONEY and DEATH OF A LITTLE PRINCESS, about the tragic case of JonBenet Ramsey. In addition, he has written many other true crime titles, including BITTER MEDICINE; DEATH IN TEXAS; DEATH OF A DOCTOR; BLOOD WILL TELL; and RECKLESS. His latest are THE BTK MURDERS: INSIDE THE "BIND TORTURE KILL" CASE THAT TERRIFIED AMERICA'S HEARTLAND and the forthcoming DEFENDING GARY, with Mark Prothero, who was the defense attorney for Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer. He is currently at work on three new books: one about the murder of Virginia college student Taylor Behl, one on the murder of 70-year-old psychologist Felix Polk by his 47-year-old wife Susan, and another on the 2003 murder of Kathy Augustine, allegedly by her husband, critical care nurse Chaz Higgs.

GREG B. SMITH, a journalist with the New York Daily News, has been an investigative reporter for nearly 20 years and has written for many newspapers across the country including the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Examiner. He is a frequent guest on television and radio and the author of MADE MEN, which exposes the story of New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family. His most recent book is MOB COPS: THE SHOCKING RISE AND FALL OF NEW YORK’S “MAFIA COPS.”  He is currently working on NOTHING BUT MONEY: HOW GOOD PEOPLE WENT BAD ON WALL STREET, about the frenzied trading of the 1990s which led to ballooning criminal corporate fraud cases after the turn of the century.

DR. ROBIN L. SMITH is a psychologist, motivational speaker, and favorite Oprah guest. Her #1 New York Times Bestseller LIES AT THE ALTAR: THE TRUTH ABOUT GREAT MARRIAGES shows every couple how to take the wedding vows they made in earnest and in innocence, and turn them into a promise to build a happy, healthy, satisfying and long-lasting marriage.

SETH ANNE SNIDER-COPELY and Linda Buch, both fitness professionals, are the authors of COMMERCIAL BREAK: THE COMPLETE COUCH POTATO'S GUIDE TO FITNESS, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

GARRETT SODEN, who has authored three business books and numerous magazine articles, is the author of FALLING: HOW OUR GREATEST FEAR BECAME OUR GREATEST THRILL. Mixing journalism, personal observation, history, and science, the book offers fascinating insights about a universal phenomenon.

DAVID SOLIE is the medical director and CEO of Second Opinion Insurance Services, a boutique brokerage firm that handles the needs of impaired-risk, high-net-worth elderly individuals. He is the author of HOW TO SAY IT TO SENIORS: CLOSING THE COMMUNICATION GAP WITH OUR ELDERS.

ANNE THOMAS SOFFEE has written for many music publications and held numerous jobs, from gas station attendant to voice dubber for kung fu movies. She is the author of SNAKE HIPS, a memoir about her experiences as a belly dancer, and NERD GIRL ROCKS PARADISE CITY, about her adventures and misadventures in the punk rock scene.

DAVID SOSNOWSKI's award-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Passages North, River City, The MacGuffin, and The Bridge. He is the author of RAPTURE, and, most recently, of VAMPED, an Anne Rice-meets-Nick Hornby tale about a vampire raising a human girl. He is currently working on a new novel entitled SURFACE TENSION, about Teddy Noland, born able to walk on water, who would just as soon forego his talent for one long, hot bath.

KATY SPARKS is the chef and former owner of Quilty's. Her career has spanned many kitchens, including that of the Quilted Giraffe. Her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, was written with Andrea Strong.

LYNN SPENCER works as a professional airline pilot for Continental Express Airlines, where she flies an Embraer 145 Regional Jet.  In her 11 years in aviation, she has worked as a flight instructor, flown corporately, and held a coveted position in the Flight Training department at Continental Express, where she instructed other airline pilots.  She is currently at work on TOUCHING HISTORY: 9/11 FROM THE AIR, a gripping, nonfiction thriller that tells the dramatic story of the brave men and women of the airline industry dealing with an unprecedented catastrophe.

LYN STALLWORTH is a food writer and has previously been an editor on the staff of Publisher's Weekly. Her collaborations include THE BROOKLYN COOKBOOK and THE COUNTY FAIR COOKBOOK, both co-authored with Rod Kennedy.

TOM STEELE is a prolific food writer and recipe developer who has collaborated on dozens of books. He covers arts, entertainment, and especially the restaurants for Fodor's travel publications, Time Out NY, Out magazine, and others. He is the co-author, with Rebecca Gareis-Bent, of BURGERS, and with chef Patricia Yeo, of EVERYDAY ASIAN. He is currently working with Jonathan Waxman on the celebrated chef's first cookbook, titled JONATHAN WAXMAN COOKS.

MIKE STEERE is a seasoned journalist and former syndicated columnist. He has published articles in Men's Journal, AARP Magazine, Lexus, and Outside, and is the head writer of ESPN2's 11-part series True Outdoor Adventures. He is also the author of SCOTT HAMILTON, a biography of the Olympic figure skater, and is currently working on two biographies: one of Ben and Joe Weider and another of Nicholas Popaditch, all iconic figures in the world of body-building.

ADINA STEIMAN is a former cookbook editor who earned her Cuisine Diplôme at Paris' Le Cordon Bleu, then researched and wrote for her favorite food magazine during an internship at Saveur. Her first cookbook is THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE YUMMY, a cookbook for a girl's every mood.

TRACY STERN opened The Royal Tea Room in Tampa in 1994 to critical acclaim, and after moving to New York, she opened her famed SalonTea at the City Club Hotel. Known for her classical elegance and noteworthy sense of style, Tracy runs several businesses, including her SalonTea and BeauTea product lines, as well as Tracy Stern Shoes. Her first book is TEA PARTY, written with Christie Matheson.

BRAD STERTZ is a journalist at the Detroit News and a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal. His book, TAKEN FOR A RIDE, written with his colleague Bill Vlasic, is a comprehensive account of the merger of automotive giants Daimler and Chrysler.

WILLIAM STEVENSON is a respected historian and author who has written sixteen fiction and non-fiction books, including MAN CALLED INTREPID. This espionage classic sold more than two million copies in English and has become a standard reference on World War II. With Monika Jensen-Stevenson, he has written KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE about the American government's treatment of our own POWs in Vietnam. He is currently at work on SPYMISTRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF VERA ATKINS, about the infamous spy of whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming said, "In the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss."

RON STODGHILL is a staff writer for the New York Times. His latest book is the forthcoming REDBONE: MONEY, MALICE AND MURDER IN ATLANTA, about the murder of African-American millionaire Lance Herndon.  He also collaborated with NAACP President Kweisi Mfume on his memoir NO FREE RIDE.

GEO STONE has a degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins and has completed graduate studies in medical pharmacology from George Washington University Medical School and the National Institute of Health. He worked at the medical lab of the Washington Free Clinic and taught Chemistry at Georgetown Day School. His controversial book, SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE: METHODS AND CONSEQUENCES has enlightened readers about a very difficult subject.

STEVEN STRALSER, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor and teaches Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the top ranked Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management. His first book, MBA IN A DAY, gives readers an overview of the necessary information that is required to receive an MBA, all without ever having to set foot in a classroom.

ELISA STRAUSS is the owner of Confetti Cakes, which specializes in hand-sculpted, edible works of art. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, and her work has appeared everywhere from the Food Network to the Today show, and in many magazines, including Bazaar, Time Out New York, and Modern Bride. She is working on her first book, SUGAR STILETTOS, with Christie Mathieson. The two are under contract for a second book as well.

ANDREA STRONG is an award-winning food writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among others. She also circulates a popular culinary newsletter, The Strong Buzz, and is writing her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, with chef Katy Sparks.

ANNE STUART has enjoyed a long and successful career as a romance and romantic suspense writer. She is the author of the dark, highly sensual romances THE WIDOW; SHADOWS AT SUNSET; and LORD OF DANGER; and she is a member of the Romance Writer's Association Hall of Fame. This prolific author's most recent historical romance is THE DEVIL'S WALTZ, and her latest contemporary romances are BLACK ICE, which received a Publisher's Weekly starred review, and the sequel, COLD AS ICE.


CAROL SVEC has been a consumer health writer for over 20 years and has written on a wide range of health topics. She is the author of AFTER ANY DIAGNOSIS: HOW TO FIND AND USE THE BEST MEDICAL INFORMATION; THE PMDD PHENOMENON, written with Diana Dell, MD; INFLAMMATION CURE, written with William J. Meggs, MD; and THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS: THE APPLES AND PEARS APPROACH TO LOSING WEIGHT, LIVING LONGER, AND FEELING HEALTHIER with Dr. Marie Savard. She is currently working with nutritionist Joy Bauer on JOY BAUER'S FOOD CURES.

ALISON SWEENEY plays the scheming, sassy Sami Brady on the top-rated NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives and has also appeared on Friends and Fear Factor. Her first book, with Richard Trubo, is ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE (SO FAR).



JANICE HOPKINS TANNE is the author, with Lee Reichman, of TIMEBOMB, about the frightening emergence of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. She is an award-winning medical and science writer who has contributed to such publications as New York magazine, Parade, and the British Medical Journal.

KATHLEEN TAYLOR is the author of SEX AND SALMONELLA; HOTEL SOUTH DAKOTA; FUNERAL FOOD; COLD FRONT; and FOREIGN BODY, all installments in a mystery series featuring a cast of oddball characters and a wisecracking heroine who is too smart for her own good. Proving her versatility, she is also the author of KNIT ONE, FELT TOO and YARNS TO DYE FOR, and is working on GENERATION F, another book on knitted felt.

MARY TAYLOR is a classically trained chef who studied at L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is the author, with Lynn Ginsburg, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD, AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg are frequent contributors to Yoga Journal's "Eating Wisely" column and conduct Women, Food, and Spirituality workshops nationwide. She is also the author of three cookbooks, including NEW VEGETARIAN CLASSICS.

TRUDY THELANDER is the co-founder of the popular website,, which attracts over 1.3 million page views a month. She and her partner, Ric Watson, are the authors of THE MEDITERRASIAN WAY, which offers advice and recipes for balancing these two healthful lifestyles and cuisines.

JAMES J. THOMAS, II, is a successful litigator and sports attorney based in Atlanta. Jim is the author of THE HOLYFIELD WAY, an inspiring memoir about the important life lessons learned from his longtime client and friend, Evander Holyfield.

PAM THOMAS is a former book editor who has written or ghostwritten 10 books and has had articles published in numerous magazines. She is currently at work on FATHERLESS DAUGHTERS, a book that addresses the repercussions for women of losing their fathers.

GABRIEL THOMPSON spent five years as a community organizer in Brooklyn working primarily with Mexican immigrants and is now a freelance journalist. His writings have been published in the Nation, New York, In These Times and Color Lines. His first book is THERE'S NO JOSÉ HERE, a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of immigrants. He is currently at work on a book about community organizing, CALLING ALL RADICALS.

NICOLE TOCANTINS works as a production coordinator at the music trade magazine HITS, runs her own music supervision company for film and television, and is also a stellar comedic actress. Her first book, THE HAPPY HOOK-UP, written with Alexa Joy Sherman, is a comprehensive guide to casual sex.

CRAIG TOMASHOFF is a versatile journalist and television writer who wrote I'M SCREAMING AS FAST AS I CAN and YOU LIVE, YOU LEARN: THE ALANIS MORISSETTE STORY.

SUSANNE GRAYSON TOWNSEND is a New York City Republican (believe it or not!), an award-winning advertising executive, and the author of HOW TO EAT LIKE A REPUBLICAN, OR, HOLD THE MAYO, MUFFY, I'M FEELING MIRACLE WHIPPED TONIGHT.

RICK TRAMONTO is an owner of Chicago's Tru and the author, with Gale Gand and Julia Moskin, of AMERICAN BRASSERIE and BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS. With Mary Goodbody, he wrote AMUSE-BOUCHE and his most recent cookbook, TRU, which shares recipes from the award-winning restaurant. Rick is currently working with Mary Goodbody on two new projects: FANTASTICO! LITTLE ITALIAN PLATES AND ANTIPASTI FROM RICK TRAMONTO'S KITCHEN and RICK TRAMONTO’S OSTERIA COOKBOOK.

JOHN TRAUTH is a retired management consultant who sits on four nonprofit boards. He has presented his work in American Banking Association seminars and meetings of banks and community groups hosted by the Federal Reserve, for which he received special recognition from Alan Greenspan. He and Alan Bernstein are working together on YOUR RETIREMENT, YOUR WAY, a guide to figuring out what's best for an individual's retirement needs.

DAVID DANTE TROUTT is the critically acclaimed author of THE MONKEY SUIT, a collection of short fictionalized stories loosely based on the facts of legal cases that have had great impact on African Americans. His first novel, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DANGEROUS, is forthcoming.

RICHARD TRUBO is a writer and co-author whose titles include STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: THE LED ZEPPELIN STORY, co-authored with former Led Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole; METABOLIZE: THE PERSONALIZED PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS, HEALTH, AND LONGEVITY with Kenneth Baum; and TAPPING THE HEALER WITHIN with Dr. Roger Callahan. He worked with soap star Alison Sweeney on ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE (SO FAR).

VALERIE TRUEBLOOD is a Contributing Editor to the American Poetry Review, and her short stories and essays have been published in One Story, The Northwest Review, The Iowa Review, Open Spaces, and The Seattle Times, among others. She is at work on her first novel, SEVEN LOVES.

MICHAEL TUCKER is best known for his eight-year stint as Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law. His first book, I NEVER FORGET A MEAL, is a memoir of his work and his marriage to actress Jill Eikenberry. His new book, LIVING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: UNA DOLCE VITA NUOVA, recounts his adventures with his wife as they restore a house is Umbria, Italy, after checking out of the Hollywood scene.



MYCHAEL URBAN is a national writer for, the official web site of Major League Baseball, and a regular guest on FoxSports TV, ESPN Radio, and Radio. He is the author of ACES: A SEASON ON THE MOUND WITH THE OAKLAND A'S "BIG THREE"–TIM HUDSON, MARK MULDER AND BARRY ZITO.



RUTH VAN WAEREBEEK-GONZALEZ is the Belgian-born co-owner (with her husband) of a kiwi plantation and an inn called Mapuyampay, both in Chile. She is the author of EVERYBODY EATS WELL IN BELGIUM, which introduced Belgian food to an American audience. Her most recent book is THE CHILEAN KITCHEN.

NANCY VERDE BARR worked closely in many capacities with Julia Child, serving as Executive Chef for live demonstrations as well as the culinary producer for the PBS series Baking at Julia's. Her seventh and eighth published books will be LAST BITE: A CULINARY ROMANCE and BACKSTAGE WITH JULIA: MY YEARS WITH JULIA CHILD, a memoir of their long friendship and professional collaboration.

JAMES VILLAS was Food and Wine Editor for Town and Country for 27 years and was named Best Food Writer by Bon Appétit in 2003. He is the author of MY MOTHER'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN: RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES, with Martha Pearl Villas; STALKING THE GREEN FAIRY AND OTHER FANTASTIC ADVENTURES IN FOOD AND DRINK; BETWEEN BITES: MEMOIRS OF A HUNGRY HEDONIST; and THE GLORY OF SOUTHERN COOKING. Jim is currently working on THE BACON COOKBOOK.

BILL VLASIC is a journalist with the Detroit News, and the author, with Brad Stertz, of TAKEN FOR A RIDE, an in-depth investigation into the merger between automotive giants Daimler and Chrysler.

SUSAN VOLLAND is a classically trained chef. She has published over 100 food-related articles and works with an event planning group. She is the author of the romantic comedies, LOVE & MEATBALLS and COOKING FOR MR. RIGHT.

ANYA VON BREMZEN writes for Food & Wine, the Los Angels Times and is a contributing editor at Travel & Leisure magazine, where she writes a regular restaurant column. She has co-authored several books with John Welchman, including PLEASE TO THE TABLE: THE RUSSIAN COOKBOOK, and is the author of THE GREATEST DISHES!: AROUND THE WORLD IN 8O RECIPES. Her new book is THE NEW SPANISH TABLE, which explores the regional diversity of Spanish cuisine, from classic to creative recipes, authentic to innovative fare.

LEE H. VYBORNY has been involved with the U.S. Navy submarine force for more than 30 years, serving aboard a fast attack submarine. His first book is DARK WATERS, an account of his experiences as one of the original 12 crew members on the NR-1.



DAVID WANN, formerly with the Environmental Protection Agency, along with John De Graaf and Thomas Naylor, is the author of AFFLUENZA, which uses the metaphor of disease to tackle the very serious subject of the American obsession with material gain. His follow-up book, titled FINDING REAL WEALTH, is a more personal look at this cultural disease.

EMILY WARNER ESKELSEN has worked with Ned Johnson at PrepMatters, Inc., for the past several years preparing students for the SAT, ACT and LSAT. She is the co-author with Ned of CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED.

RIC WATSON is the co-founder of the popular website,, which attracts over 1.3 million page views a months. He and his partner, Trudy Thelander, are the authors of THE MEDITERRASIAN WAY, which offers advice and recipes for balancing these two healthful lifestyles and cuisines.

COMMISSIONER ROBERT A. WATSON, with Ben Brown, is co-author of THE MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION IN THE U.S., sharing the business and leadership secrets of the Salvation Army, which Peter Drucker called "the most effective organization in the U.S." Commissioner Watson has served as an officer in The Salvation Army for over 40 years, four of them as National Commander, the highest-ranking officer in the United States.

JONATHAN WAXMAN is well-known in the food world for his groundbreaking work in New American cuisine. He is credited with bringing California fare and panache to New York in the 1980s with his restaurant Jams. His latest eatery is the celebrity-friendly Barbuto, and he is at work on his first cookbook, JONATHAN WAXMAN COOKS, with Tom Steele.

MICHAEL WEINREB is a former sports writer and columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal who has won numerous awards. He has an M.A. in fiction writing from Boston University and is an award-winning short story writer whose work is featured in the New Century Writer from Scissor Press. His first book, GIRL BOY ETC., is a collection of stories about modern-day relationships from a male perspective. His latest is THE KINGS OF NEW YORK: A YEAR AMONG THE GEEKS, ODDBALLS, AND GENIUSES WHO MAKE UP AMERICA’S TOPHIGHSCHOOL CHESS TEAM.  He is currently at work on 1986, which captures the Zeitgeist of an overconfident America, through the lens of one year in sports—and a handful of athletes in particular—to examine both what led up to this tumultuous and often-controversial era, and all that came after, from the late 1980s on into today.

FANNIE WEINSTEIN is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in a number of national publications including People magazine. Her first book, THE COED CALL GIRL MURDER, was co-authored with Melinda Wilson. She is also the author of two more true crime titles, WHERE BODIES ARE BURIED, and most recently, PLEASE DON'T KILL MOMMY!, about one man who murdered his wife and got away with it, only to marry and kill again.

NORMAN WEINSTEIN is a former professional musician and voice teacher turned cooking instructor, and he is a co-founder of the New York Association of Cooking Professionals. Norman teaches a Knife Skills Workshop at the Institute of Culinary Education and at events around the country. The author of Wok Dishes and Chinese Cooking, Norman's next book will be MASTERING KNIFE SKILLS, which brings his workshop to the page.

LISA WEISS is a freelance food and recipe writer whose work has appeared in many magazines, as well as the new JOY OF COOKING and Bruce Aidell and Denis Kelly's THE COMPLETE MEAT COOKBOOK. She has written THE FARALLON COOKBOOK with chef Mark Franz, and her most recent titles are THE BOULEVARD COOKBOOK, written with Nancy Oakes and Pamela Mazzola, and CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA with renowned dessert chef Gale Gand.  She is currently at work with revolutionary San Francisco chef Cecilia Chiang on THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER: RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES.

SARAH P. WELCH, a former advertising agency executive and independent marketing consultant, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives.  She and company co-founder Alicia Rockmore are currently at work on GET BUTTONED UP.

MICHAEL WHITE is the executive chef and a partner of Fiamma Osteria/NYC and the Fiamma Trattoria at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His numerous awards include Esquire's 2002 Chef of the Year, and Fiamma was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the Best New Restaurant of 2002 award. The New York Times awarded Fiamma three stars and New York magazine named it one of the city's "Italian top ten." His book THE ESSENCE OF CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN FOOD IN AMERICA will be co-authored with Joanna Pruess.

CATHERINE WHITNEY has co-authored book projects with Maryann Keller, Nancy Samalin, Judge Harold Rothwax, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Judge Gerry Sheindlin, and many others, including former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Her recent collaborations include the New York Times best selling series EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; COOK RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; and LIVE RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; THE EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE COMPLETE BLOOD TYPE ENCYCLOPEDIA; and EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR BABY with Dr. Peter D'Adamo. The two have collaborated on the Dr. Peter D'Adamo's Eat Right 4 Your Type Health Library, applying the blood type principles to specific health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and menopause. She has also written TODAY, I AM A MA'AM with Valerie Harper, and NINE AND COUNTING, the story of nine women who served in the U.S. Senate. She worked with Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, on TO PROTECT AND PUNISH. She is also the WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT: HOW AMERICAN WOMEN ARE QUIETLY ERASING POLITICAL, RACIAL, CLASS, AND RELIGIOUS LINES TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LIVE, with Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Conway. With Dr. Balasa Prasad, she has written a three-book series on combating addiction, including STOP SMOKING FOR GOOD, STOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD, and STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD and with actress Lorraine Bracco she wrote ON THE COUCH. Her latest collaboration is THE GENOTYPE DIET, again with Dr. Peter D'Adamo. Her solo endeavors include THE CALLING, a powerful look at the cloistered life of a group of nuns, and WOMEN OF WINDSOR which explores the lives of the women in the British Royal Family. She is currently at work with former Chrysler Corporation chairman Lee Iacocca on WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE?, his new book.

JIM WICKWIRE was one of the first two Americans to climb K-2, the world's second highest peak. His climbing career has been profiled on 60 Minutes, in the Emmy winning documentary In the Shadow of the Mountains, and in numerous books, newspapers and magazines. His first book, ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT FACING DEATH AND FINDING LIFE, is co-authored by Dorothy Bullitt.

CAROLE WILBOURN is America's first cat therapist. World renowned for her work with cats, she is a longtime contributor to Cat Fancy magazine, among others, and is the author of several books about cat behavior. She is also a consultant for the Humane Society of New York, and is at work on her latest, WHAT YOUR CAT REALLY WANTS.

MARCELLUS BEAR HEART WILLIAMS is a full-blooded member of the Muskogee Nation, Creek Tribe in Okemah, Oklahoma, where his uncles taught him traditional tribal ways and his mother taught him Christian values.  He is an advisor to and roadman in the Native American Church, an American Baptist Minister, and a multi-tribal spiritual leader.  His first book was THE WIND IS MY MOTHER: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF A NATIVE AMERICAN SHAMAN.  He is currently at work on a follow up entitled THE BEAR IS MY FATHER.

CARLA FITZGERALD WILLIAMS is a graduate of Peter Kump's New York Cooking School and has more than 20 years' experience in the food industry. She is the author of ROTISSERIE CHICKENS TO THE RESCUE!, a resource for using already-roasted chickens you buy at the market to make a variety of dishes.

JENA RENEE WILLIAMS is a master barber, braider, stylist, and dreadlock expert, whose clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Teddy Pendergrass. KINKI KREATIONS, her first book, is the definitive natural styling manual for African American children.

ROBIN LYNN WILLIAMS is a former Hollywood assistant whose debut novel, THE ASSISTANTS, takes a wickedly funny look at the lives of five miserable souls toiling in Tinseltown.

SALLIE Y. WILLIAMS is a seasoned food writer and the author or co-author of many books, including THE ART OF PRESENTING FOOD; AMERICAN FEASTS; and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SAUCES. She is working, with Jennifer Bushman, on a series of three KITCHEN COACH cookbooks: WEEKNIGHT COOKING; WEEKEND COOKING; and FAMILY MEALS.

RON WILLINGHAM is the CEO and founder of Integrity Systems, an international training and development firm. He is the author of eight business books including THE PEOPLE PRINCIPLE; INTEGRITY SELLING; and its follow up, INTEGRITY SELLING FOR THE 21st CENTURY. INTEGRITY SERVICE explores the importance of customer relations. Ron is currently at work on THE INNER GAME OF SELLING: DISCOVERING AND MASTERING THE HIDDEN FORCES THAT CONTROL YOUR SELLING SUCCESS.

SUE WILTZ has been a reporter at People and Newsweek magazines. She is the author of SLAVE MASTER, the true-crime account of serial killer John Edward Robinson.

CHRISTOPHER WINANS is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Wall Street equity analyst specializing in the insurance industry who now heads media relations for American International Group. He is the author of two biographies: THE KING OF CASH: THE INSIDE STORY OF LAURENCE TISCH and MALCOLM FORBES: THE MAN WHO HAD EVERYTHING.

R. FOSTER WINANS was a career journalist when he was fired from the Wall Street Journal in 1984 and prosecuted by US Attorney Rudolph Guiliani for leaking advance word of his stock-market columns to a broker in return for a share of the profits, for which he served nine months in a federal prison. His first book TRADING SECRETS: SEDUCTION AND SCANDAL AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL was published in 1986. He is currently a freelance writer and editor.

RUTH WINTER, M.S., is the author of 34 books in the health and science fields. She is also a syndicated columnist and frequent magazine contributor. Recent titles include THE FEMALE ATHLETE'S BODY BOOK, with Dr. Gloria Beim, and SO WHAT CAN I EAT?, written with Elisa Zied, which answers questions about the new U.S. dietary guidelines. She and Zied are at work on a book about family nutrition.

MOLLY WIZENBERG is the writer of the popular food blog, Orangette, which has received rave reviews from the Seattle Times, USA Weekend and the Chicago Tribune. She is at work on her first book, ORANGETTE: STORIES MY KITCHEN TELLS ME, an elaboration on her site of the same name.

DAVID WOOD is a corporate speaker and humorist.  He is currently at work on his first book, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY ROUNDS.  Formerly a stand-up comedian with several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, he contributes to golf publications and writes a monthly humor column called “Off the Cuff” for Grand Tour magazine.

SHELDON WOODBURY, with D.B. Gilles, is co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander-in-chief. He is a screenwriting professor at New York University, and his latest title is COOL MILLION: HOW TO BECOME A MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENWRITER, a guide to finding, writing and selling the million-dollar-idea.

SUSAN WYLER is a prolific cookbook author and packager who has worked on over 60 books while publishing four of her own including SIMPLY STEWS and TAILGATE PARTIES. She has also worked as a food editor for Food & Wine and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. She recently completed an update of her classic book COOKING FOR A CROWD and is working with Dr. Thomas Rau on THE SWISS SECRET TO OPTIMAL HEALTH and Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne on SKY HIGH: IRRESISTIBLE TRIPLE LAYER CAKES.



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DORI JONES YANG has 15 years' experience as a reporter, writer, and bureau chief for Business Week in New York, Hong Kong, and Seattle. She is the co-author, with Howard Schultz, the Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, of POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT: HOW STARBUCKS BUILT A COMPANY ONE CUP AT A TIME.

DR. THOMAS YANNIOS is a renowned expert in the field of nutrition, who currently works in critical care and nutritional support at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of THE HEART DISEASE BREAKTHROUGH and THE FOOD REPORT CARD.

JEFFREY YEAGER has been dubbed the Today Show's "Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer. He retired after working for almost 25 years in the nonprofit sector, and has established a second career as a professional cheapskate. He now lectures, teaches, appears on radio and television, and manages the website,, offering advice on how we can all live better with less. He refers to himself as a "de-motivational" speaker: de-motivating people when it comes to spending so much money. His charming, quirky, and practical advice will be compiled in the upcoming LAUGH YOUR ASSETS OFF.

PATRICIA YEO is the highly regarded chef of Sapa, formerly of the three-star AZ. Her first book, with Julia Moskin, was PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z. Her latest, with Tom Steele, is EVERYDAY ASIAN.



G. PASCAL ZACHARY is a senior writer for Business 2.0 magazine and a lecturer in the communications department at Stanford University. He was formerly a senior writer at the Wall Street Journal from 1989 to 2001. He is the author of three books: SHOW STOPPER!, about innovation at Microsoft; ENDLESS FRONTIER, a biography of Manhattan Project founder Vannevar Bush; and THE GLOBAL ME, a captivating look at the winners and losers in our global society, also published in paperback as THE DIVERSITY ADVANTAGE. His current project, MARRIED TO AFRICA, is an exploration of an interracial relationship.

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN has worked at Le Cirque, the 21 Club, and Bice, among others. He is currently co-owner and chef at Town., the critically lauded New York restaurant and his newest venture, Country. His first book is TOWN/COUNTRY: 150 RECIPES FOR LIFE AROUND THE TABLE.

SARA ZARR grew up in San Francisco and now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, where she works as an administrative assistant and as an instructor with the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning program. Her first young adult novel is THE STORY OF A GIRL, which won first place in the 2003 Utah Arts Council Original Writing Competition, and she is at work on another book for teens.

ELISA ZIED, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is a registered dietitian and New York State certified nutritionist. She is a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and appears regularly on CBS's The Early Show, among others. She is also a freelance writer and was a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine. Her first book, written with Ruth Winter, is SO WHAT CAN I EAT?, which clarifies the new U.S. dietary guidelines and helps people create a nutritious, balanced, and sustainable eating plan for life. The second, also with Ruth Winter, will be FEED YOUR FAMILY RIGHT: HOW TO MAKE SMART FOOD AND FITNESS CHOICES FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.