Our authors have won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award, Financial Times Book of the Year Award, and McKinsey Business Book of the Year, PEN/Hemingway, Pushcart Prize, Whiting Writer’s Award, Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy awards.
Born in Iran and raised as a member of the Baha’i faith, Payam Zamani is the founder, chairman, and CEO of One Planet, a socially responsible hybrid tech firm that owns and operates a suite of online technology and media businesses and is an early stage investor. He is also the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of BahaiTeachings.org.
Matt Abdoo was the Chef de Cuisine of Del Posto, under whose tenure the restaurant received a coveted four-star review from The New York Times and the Relais & Chateaux distinction. Prior to opening his own restaurants, Matt first earned his BBQ chops during his time working on America's highly competitive barbecue circuit with team Salty Rinse, who received the 2nd place medal for Whole Hog in 2015 and the 1st place medal for Best Sauce (Mustard) at the annual Memphis in May World Championship. Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show, has appeared on many national cooking shows, and is the Executive Chef and a Co-Owner of Pig Beach.
The "Grandmother of Performance Art," Abramović has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video, and sculpture in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the U.S. and Europe. She was also the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, "The Artist is Present," in 2010.
The How to: Academy provides compact books and courses for people who think big. They run day workshops, evening events, midnight master-classes, business breakfasts, dinner-debates, weekend courses, three-month writing groups and will shortly be streaming many courses on-line.
An award-winning journalist and writer, Ruthie Ackerman is an in-demand book coach and teaches writing workshops for individuals and corporations. She was most recently the Deputy Editor at ForbesWomen. The recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Writing Fellowship and Johns Hopkins International Reporting Fellowship, her work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle among others.
Tim Adams is Lead Feature Writer at the Observer. He has written cover stories for TheNew York TimesMagazine, Granta and Bloomberg Businessweek. He received the One World Media press award last year and in 2014 was named ‘Arts and Culture Writer of the Year’ by the Foreign Press Association.
William Lee Adams is a Vietnamese-American broadcaster and journalist based in London, where he currently presents the BBC Minute — the flagship youth news program from the BBC World Service. He is best known as the founder and face of Wiwibloggs, the world’s most-followed independent Eurovision blog and YouTube channel. Wild Dances is his first book.
Char Adams is a reporter for NBC News’ BLK, covering race, gender, and class. She has thoughtfully covered everything from the criminal legal system to racial discrimination in big tech. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Teen Vogue, People Magazine and elsewhere. She hosted COVID University New York, one of the first podcasts to chronicle the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. She is from Philadelphia and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Michael Addis is the Director of the Psychology Department at Clark University. He is the author of a book on male psychology titled Invisible Men (Henry Holt).
Ron Adner is an award-winning professor of strategy at the Tuck School and the author of The Wide Lens. His research and teaching focus on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship and his work introduces a new perspective on the relationship among firms, customers, and the broader "innovation ecosystems" in which they interact to create value.
Lauren Aguirre is a science journalist with more than thirty years of experience as a staff member for the PBS series NOVA, where she served as a documentary producer, science editor, and director of digital content. Aguirre has covered topics as diverse as art restoration, human origins, and cybersecurity, but her abiding fascination is neuroscience. Her written work has appeared online in STAT, Undark, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and the PBS website. She graduated from MIT and lives in the Boston area.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Lords of Finance, Ahamed is a former economist at the World Bank. Lords of Finance was a New York Times Bestseller and was chosen as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 nonfiction books of 2009, and one of the New York Times’s top 10 books of 2009.
Emma Ahlqvist is an artist and writer born in Sweden and based in Scotland. She is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and mother to a four-year-old son, Tor, and two-year-old daughter, Runa. Her illustrations have appeared in The Guardian and elsewhere, and her work on motherhood, which she shares on Instagram at @emmajahlqvist, has been featured by myriad websites and social media feeds. In 2017, Emma published a graphic novel in Swedish, Ta mig härifrån (I'm Leaving Soon). Her first book in English is forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press.
Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, Aaron Ahuvia is one of the leading experts in the world on consumer behavior. The winner of the Consumer Brand Relationships Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Industry Impact, he studies how and why we love our favorite possessions, brands and activities.
Fouad Ajami, an internationally renowned scholar and writer, was Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, a recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, a founding member of The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and author of several books including, most recently, The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis (Free Press).
Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. Her satirical first novel, FashionVictim, drew rave reviews and acclaim, and was covered in TheWall Street Journal, Forbes, Martha StewartLiving, Fashionista, Entertainment Weekly, BookRiot, Crime Reads and more. Amina’s worked at Vogue, Elle.com, Style.com, NYTimes.com, and NYMag.com, where she was the founding editor of The Cut blog. She’s written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard, and more. She currently lives not too far from the Sedona vortexes. This is her second novel.
Daniel Akst is an author, critic and journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other leading publications. He is the author of four previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel St. Burl’s Obituary, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Akst has worked on staff at the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Newsday and served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. He is a visiting instructor in the humanities at Bard College, where he’s also taught as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley.
Saher Alam is the author of the novel The Groom to Have Been, which Publishers Weekly called “an absorbing debut…delicately crafted and multi-layered.” She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, and she was a fiction fellow at Emory University.
Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth (2015), The Book of Dahlia (2008), How This Night is Different (2006), and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot (2010). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. Albert grew up in Los Angeles and received an MFA from Columbia University. Her next novel, Human Blues, is forthcoming from Avid Reader Press in 2022.
Mary Beth Albright is a food expert and writer with The Washington Post, and a Food Network Star and Iron Chef America Finalist. Before working at the Post, she worked with legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop on health and food issues, and attended Georgetown Law School (graduating cum laude), where she advised on food systems and managed a White House initiative. She also worked at the D.C law firm of Williams & Connolly and Roll Call, the oldest Capitol Hill newspaper. Mary Beth is a frequent panel moderator, including for the U.S. State Department and the Smithsonian, and her food-judging expertise is sought regularly, including the time she ate 2,000 foods in three days to judge the Outstanding New Products Awards. She is an elected member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an esteemed group of women in the culinary professions, which counts Julia Child among its alumnae. Mary Beth lives in Washington, D.C.
Beloved author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote her first novel, The Inheritance, when she was seventeen. The discovery and publication of the lost manuscript was a literary cause célèbre and became the basis for a CBS Sunday Night Movie. Aevitas Creative Management represents Louisa May Alcott’s literary estate.
Jacqueline Alcántara is the award winning illustrator of The Field and its companion Climb On!, both written by Baptiste Paul, Freedom Soup, written by New York Times bestselling author Tami Charles, Jump at the Sun, written by Newbery honoree Alicia D. Williams, and Your Mama, written by NoNieqa Ramos, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Her works have received multiple starred reviews and been named Best Books of the Year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and The Horn Book, among others. Forthcoming books including Jam, too? written by JaNay Brown-Wood, Ordinary Days, written by Angela Joy, Wifredo’s Jungle, written by Newbery honoree Margarita Engle, and Tíos and Primos her debut as author and illustrator.
Jacqueline created the artwork for the Chicago Women’s March “Ladies Marching” poster, and has done editorial work for the Obama Foundation, NPR, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Foundation for Women, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Elle Decor, and the University of Chicago, among others. She spends her days drawing, teaching, rehabbing houses, and adventuring with her dogs. She is fueled by dance music, carbs and coffee, and has a boundless interest in learning new skills and taking on new challenges.
James Aldred is the celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees, and EMMY winning documentary wildlife cameraman. He works with TV and production companies around the world including the BBC and National Geographic. He has worked with Sir David Attenborough on numerous projects including Life of Mammals and Planet Earth and been nominated for BAFTA/RTS awards many times.
James Aldred is an Emmy-award winning documentary cameraman specialising in natural history and filming at height on ropes. He regularly works for the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery, often with Sir David Attenborough. He is the author of acclaimed book The Man Who Climbs Trees, about which the Times Literary Supplement wrote, "He is that best of things, a romantic realist... clearly a master of his craft, he has the matter of fact tone of true adventurers." James also writes and makes natural history radio programmes.
Muhammad Ali's core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality guided him and made him one of the most beloved symbols of peace and well-being in America and the world.First known for boxing, and later for his conscientious stance on the Vietnam War draft, Ali focused his awareness of the needs of his fellow citizens and those in the developing world to direct his good work. In addition to challenging racial and religious preconceptions at home, he served as a symbol of hope and a catalyst for constructive international dialogue, delivered sorely-needed medical supplies to an embargoed Cuba, provided more than 22 million meals to the world’s hungry, and helped secure the release of fifteen U.S. hostages from Iraq during the first Gulf War. The United Nations named him a Messenger of Peace, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as Amnesty International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In September 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious National Constitution Center Liberty Medal.Among his many projects, Muhammad cofounded the Muhammad Ali Center with his wife Lonnie, and contributed substantially to the awareness and research efforts regarding Parkinson’s disease.
Samina Ali is recognized as one of the most influential voices in Muslim America, a powerful advocate for Muslim women’s rights and interfaith understanding, with an international profile: featured speaker at the International Conference of the Nobel Women’s Initiative; curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices; and Cultural Ambassador for the U.S State Department abroad. Her TEDx talk “What Does the Qu’ran Really Say about a Muslim Woman’s Hijab?” has more than eight million views. Ali’s award-winning novel Madras on Rainy Days was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Étranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Samina is currently at work on a memoir about her recovery from a fatal illness, which led to rediscovering and redefining her own identity as a mother, daughter, wife, and Muslim woman.
Jonathan Allen is a senior political analyst with NBC News digital. A winner of the Dirksen and Hume awards for reporting, he was previously the White House bureau chief for Politico and the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News.
John Allore is the co-author of the Canadian true crime best seller Wish You Were Here and has worked in victim advocacy since 2002. His website, Who Killed Theresa, is one of the first crime blogs on the internet. It began as an investigation into the unsolved murder of his sister, Theresa Allore. The website is widely consulted by police agencies, public officials, academics and students for its volume of information. In 2017 John started the podcast, Who Killed Theresa, which focuses on unsolved murders, as well as other issues of criminal and social justice. John is currently the Acting Director of Budget & Management Services for the city of Durham, North Carolina.
Dur e Aziz Amna is the author of the debut novel American Fever, named one of the Must Read Books of 2022 by Harper’s Bazaar and a Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Bustle. In its starred advance review, Kirkus called it “a funny and affecting novel,” and bestselling author Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of the New York Times bestseller A Place for Us, hailed Amna’s “brilliant new voice.”
Amna’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and Dawn, the largest and oldest English language newspaper in Pakistan and the country’s newspaper of record. She is the recipient of the 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize and the 2021 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction. A graduate of Yale University, she received her MFA in creative writing from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. Raised in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, she now lives in Newark, New Jersey.
Shawn Amos is a world-renowned Blues musician. Cookies & Milk is his debut middle grade novel, inspired by real-life events of growing up in a cookie store with his father Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos Cookies.
Jenny Anderson is an author, reporter and the current host of the Learnit podcast. She spent 10 years at the New York Times covering finance and Wall Street, then five years at Quartz, a digital media company, covering the science of education, the neuroscience of infancy and early childhood, the future of schools, and a beat she called "Being Human" (use your imagination). At the Times she won a Gerald Loeb award for her reporting on Merrill Lynch. She co-wrote a book on marriage and behavioural economics called "It's Not You, It's the Dishes" (Random House 2010) which won a Books for a Better Life award. Her LearnIt newsletter, produced with the podcast, reaches nearly 90,000 global education leaders.
Alan Andres is the co-author of Chasing the Moon, the companion volume to the PBS American Experience documentary series about the Space Race directed by Academy Award nominated director Robert Stone. A publishing veteran, he is a frequent collaborative writer for works of history, business, and psychology.
Armand D’Angour is a British classical scholar and classical musician. He is a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford. His research embraces a wide range of areas of ancient Greek culture; his publications deal with ancient Greek music and metre, the Greek alphabet, innovation in ancient Greece, and Latin and Greek lyric poetry. His is the author of the acclaimed study The Greeks and the New (2011). He is also conducting an international scholarly research project to reconstruct the sounds and effects of ancient Greek music.
Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative reporter for ProPublica and the author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House) and Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance (Times Books). She previously wrote for The Wall Street Journal, where she led a team of journalists that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010 and was on of a team of reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for their coverage of corporate corruption.
Christina Anstead is best known as the co-host of the hit HGTV show Flip or Flop. Since the show debuted in 2013, it has aired 8 seasons and over 100 episodes. Christina on the Coast Season 2 premiered January 2, 2020. Alongside her busy roles within the property and television sectors, and on top of being a busy mama, she is a huge advocate for leading a balanced lifestyle of mind, body, and spirit. With Cara Clark, she is the author of The Wellness Remodel.
Carl Sferrazza Anthony is a writer, screenwriter, and journalist, an expert on Presidents and their families, the former historian of the National First Ladies’ Library, and the author of over a dozen works of history and biography.
Dr. Dale Archer, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and frequent commentator on CNN, is author of the New York Times bestseller Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional (Crown Broadway) as well as The ADHD Advantage (Penguin Random House).
Author of the nationally-syndicated column "Ask a Mexican," Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and The Colbert Report. He lectures widely and is represented by Verbatim.
Isa Arsén is a bleeding heart based in Austin, TX, where she lives with her spouse and a comically small dog. She has work featured in several independent anthologies (Not One of Us Magazine, Agapanthus Collective, Stone of Madness Press) and developed her 2019 short story Pygmalion Lied as an interactive visual novelette. Outside of writing, Isa records and mixes music and audio for various platforms.
Erin Arvedlund, a leading financial journalist who has written for Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, is the author of Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff and Open Secret: The Conspiracy to Fix Libor (Penguin/Portfolio).
James Ashton is a business writer, commentator and consultant. His journalism appears regularly in the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph (where he writes the ‘Questor’ column) as well as CEO interviews for the Mail on Sunday, Times and Telegraph. He was City Editor and Executive Editor of the Evening Standard and Independent and before that City Editor of the Sunday Times. His podcast series Leadingwith James Ashton brings together people from the top of very different organisations in the worlds of business, charity, the arts and beyond to discuss their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names and multi-million-pound enterprises. Take a listen here. Through Lingmell Media, his content and consulting business, James helps companies and individuals tell great stories. He also runs Oscar’s Book Prize, a competition to find the best pre-school book of the year.
The first digital-only magazine to win a National Magazine Award for feature writing, The Atavist Magazine produces one blockbuster nonfiction story a month and has been nominated for eight National Magazine Awards and an Emmy for News and Documentary.
Kendra Atleework is the author of the award-winning Miracle Country: A Memoir of a Family and a Landscape, winner of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writer Award, the Sigurd F. Olsen Nature Writing Award, and the Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Award. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Miracle Country as “Powerful… reminds us to hold our loved ones close [and] treat the land as sacred.” In the Los Angeles Times: “A vivid picture of a place, and a family… sure to make readers fall in love with Miracle Country.” From bestselling author Luis Alberto Urrea, Miracle Country is “radiant with light and shadowy as midnight… [Atleework] flies with burning wings.”Kendra Atleework received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and now lives in her hometown of Bishop, California.
Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and Benue meet, but hails from Edo State. He studied Journalism at the Times Journalism Institute, Lagos and is now a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Abuja. World rights to Atogun’s first novel, Taduno’s Song, were acquired by Canongate and sold in the United States, Germany, Italy and Turkey. It was chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
Ayesha Harruna Attah is a Ghanaian-born writer living in Senegal. She was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University. She is the author of the Commonwealth Writers Prize-nominated Harmattan Rain, Saturdays Shadows, The Hundred Wells of Salaga, currently translated into four languages, The Deep Blue Between, a book for young adults, and Zainab Takes New York. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Elle Italia, Asymptote and the 2010 Caine Prize Writers’ Anthology. Ayesha Harruna Attah is the 2022 protegé of Bernardine Evaristo in the Rolex Arts Initiative.
Andrew Auseon is the author of acclaimed novels for young people, including Funny Little Monkey, Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot, Alienated (with David O. Russell) and Freak Magnet, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, the Cybils, and state book awards. Auseon has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College and a BA from Ohio University.
An illustrator from New York, Avillez has illustrated for clients such as Vogue, Vice, Bon Appetit, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and New York magazine, among other publications. She also illustrated Lena Dunham’s 1 New York Times Bestseller, Not That Kind of Girl.
Federico Axat was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. His novels include Benjamín, The Meadow of the Butterflies, Kill the Next One and Amnesia. They have been translated into 35 languages and sold over 250,000 copies worldwide, making him one of the most important thriller writers in Spanish. Axat’s novels stand out for their high dose of suspense, plot twists and unexpected endings.
Aaron Ayscough is an American wine journalist based in Paris and one of the foremost experts on natural wine. His articles about wine and restaurants have been included in The Financial Times, The New York Times: T-Magazine, PUNCH and more. Aaron is the author, since 2010, of the wine blog Not Drinking Poison In Paris (2015 and 2018 Saveur Blog Awards Finalist for Best Wine Blog; Food & Wine’s “Up & Coming Blog” 2015).
Michael Azerrad is an acclaimed music journalist and bestselling author who has written for such publications as TheNew Yorker, Rolling Stone (where he was contributing editor), Spin, The New York Times, Musician, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard and MTV News, among many others. Michael’s first book, the acclaimed Nirvana biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana (Doubleday/Main Street, 1993) as well as his next book, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 (Little, Brown, 2001), are considered to be two of the greatest music books of all time by most media outlets.
Chris Babits is an Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his Ph.D. in History in 2019. His book, titled To Cure a Sinful Nation: A History of Conversion Therapy in the United States, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
Internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, screenwriter and memoirist Jimmy Santiago Baca is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, and the International Hispanic Heritage Award. While serving a maximum security prison sentence for drug possession, Mr. Santiago Baca taught himself to read and write and discovered poetry, experiences documented in his brilliant memoir A Place to Stand (Grove Press), which went on to win the prestigious 2001 International Prize. His most recent poetry collection, Singing at the Gates, was also published by Grove Press.
Iyad el-Baghdadi is a prominent Arab Spring intellectual, writer, and activist. He is resident fellow at Civita, Norway’s leading liberal think tank and participates regularly in the Oslo Freedom Forum and the Global Tolerance Forum.Iyad el-Baghdadi is a self-styled ‘Islamic libertarian’, and writes on issues related to Islam and liberty; the Arab Spring; and Middle Eastern and world affairs. He also writes about radicalization, jihadist ideology, and populism. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Prospect and the International Business Times. He is a regular interviewee on Al-Jazeera and other global news media. He also sits on the board of The Munathara Initiative, the Arab world’s leading society-run debate platform & TV show.Before becoming a writer, Iyad el-Baghdadi was a serial tech entrepreneur, with over a decade’s experience working with start-ups. When the Arab uprisings started in 2011, his Twitter account, which promoted democracy and human rights, became hugely influential and respected. In 2014, this led to him being arrested, jailed and eventually exiled from the United Arab Emirates. He recounted his tale in July 2019 on BBC HARDtalk.Iyad now lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He is a skilled and eloquent public speaker, and is available to speak at events and conferences.
John Bainbridge Jr. is an attorney, freelance writer, and former newspaper reporter and coauthor of American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shoot-out That Stopped It (Simon & Schuster 2005).
April Balascio is the star of the 2019 true crime podcast, The Clearing, which has nearly 17 million downloads to date and is currently being developed as a major television series. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Michael.
A poet, novelist, and an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball won the Plimpton Prize in 2008 for his novella, The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp and Carr. The Way Through the Doors was chosen as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction and poetry books of 2009. His most recent novel, A Cure for Suicide was longlisted for the National Book Award in the Fiction category.
David Banks is the inspirational founder of the Eagle Academy for Young Men and the president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, a network of all-boys public schools in New York City, and the author of Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character.
Daniel Barbarisi is the author of the critically acclaimed Dueling with Kings. A veteran sports and news journalist, he has written for the Boston Globe, Providence Journal and The Wall Street Journal and is a Senior Editor at The Athletic. Gay Talese has called him “one of the best young talents working in sports journalism today.”
Theo Barclay is a barrister based in London. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, he can often be found around the Royal Courts of Justice in his wig and gown. He started writing about politics in 2010 after developing an unhealthy obsession with the autobiographies of minor Blair-era ministers. He has written extensively about the blurred line between politics and law for several industry journals and for The Times’s Red Box politics website, and given lectures at King’s College, London.
Bruce Barcott is a four-time author, an environmental journalist, and a contributing editor at Outside magazine. His articles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Magazine, and others. His most recent book is Weed the People: A Journey Into America’s Legalized Future (Times Books).
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter, Bareilles has been nominated for a Grammy Award five times. Her hit single “Love Song” reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007. Bareilles also wrote the songs and music for the hit Broadway musical, Waitress.
Hannah Barnes is an award-winning senior BBC journalist, currently at the BBC’s flagship programme ‘Newsnight’. Over the past decade and a half, she has specialised in investigative and analytical journalism. Prior to joining the ‘Newsnight’ team in 2016, Hannah was a daily programme editor at Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, and spent many years reporting and producing documentaries and other long-form programmes for BBC Radio 4, 5 Live and the World Service.
Thomas P. M. Barnett is a highly sought after military strategist, a contributor to Esquire magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller The Pentagon’s New Map (Putnam) as well as Blueprint for Action and Great Powers (Putnam).
Ross Barnett is a palaeontologist with a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford. He specialises in seeking, analysing and interpreting ancient DNA, but his area of expertise is the genetics and phylogeny of cats, especially extinct sabretooths. Barnett's research has led to many remarkable findings in recent years and involved investigating escaped lynx in Edwardian Devon, rubbishing claims that the yeti is an ice-age polar bear and seeking the ancestral home of the enigmatic Orkney vole. In 2018, he received the Palaeontological Association's Gertrude Elles Award for Public Engagement. Ross lives in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and two daughters.
A former Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Barofsky is a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and a partner in the Litigation Department of national law firm Jenner & Block LLP. His book Bailout was a New York Times Bestseller.
An author, journalist, and broadcaster, David Baron is a former science correspondent for NPR whose work has been honored by the National Academy of Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. His first book, The Beast in the Garden, won the Colorado Book Award, and his second, American Eclipse, received the American Institute of Physics book prize. David’s wildly popular TED Talk has been viewed more than two million times.
Jené Ray Barranco is a motivational speaker to Christian and secular groups, churches and women’s conferences, and a founder of a ministry to single moms. Her memoir, Goodnight, I Love You, grew out of her blog “A Woman’s Heart”; she now writes about purpose and faith at “Eyesstr8ahead”.
Natasha Barrett is a writer based in Los Angeles. She started her career writing for magazines including Variety, Cosmopolitan, In Style, Harper's Bazaar, Shape Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Ray Gun among others before moving to Detour Magazine as Senior Editor covering celebrity, fashion, and tech. After Detour, she continued writing for fashion brands and blogs, composing press releases and online copy, and eventually transitioning to real estate where she currently works at The Agency (Yes, the real estate firm from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, where Natasha has appeared on countless episodes).
Justin L. Barrett is Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and previously held a post as a senior researcher at Oxford University. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Cognition & Culture and the author of Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (Free Press), about how children develop religious ideas about the world.
Cathy Barrow, an award-winning cookbook author, knitter, traveler, cook, teacher, and gardener. In addition to three cookbooks (Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, Pie Squared, and When Pies Fly), for several years, Cathy has written a monthly food column forThe Washington Post Food section. She has been published in The New York Times, Serious Eats, Food 52,The Local Palate, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, NPR, and National Geographic. She has won an IACP award for best single subject cookbook for Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry and has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Baking category for Pie Squared.
Dan Barry is a longtime columnist and reporter for The New York Times and the author of four books, including The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland. In addition to sharing a Pulitzer Prize with former colleagues at The Providence Journal, Dan has received, among countless other accolades, a George Polk Award; an American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting (for his coverage of the first anniversary of Sept. 11); a Mike Berger Award for in-depth human interest reporting; and thePEN/ESPN Literary Award for Sports Writing.
Jean-Louis Barsoux is a Research Professor at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and has published extensively in Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is also the author of several books on management, including the award-winning Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People To Fail (with Jean-François Manzoni, HBSP, 2002).
Artist and writer Mira Bartók is the author of The Memory Palace (Free Press), winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and noted in The Best American Essays 1999 and other anthologies. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her art and for her writing.
Patricia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, is a certified special education teacher, early intervention provider, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Currently BCBA supervisor at a special-needs preschool, Romanowski worked for many years as senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University. She is also the coauthor of twenty-three books and four national bestsellers. Her works range in topic from popular culture and celebrity autobiography to children’s issues, parapsychology/bereavement, psychology, and self-help. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at Rolling Stone Press. She lives in Baldwin, NY.
Lucía Baskaran (Zarautz, Basque Country, 1988) is a writer and a translator. She is the author of the novels Partir (Leaving) and Cuerpos malditos (Cursed Bodies). She also writes pieces for different outlets, such as El Salto Diario and Playground Magazine.
Christian Bason, Ph.D., is CEO of the Danish Design Centre, a foundation working to advance the value of design for business and society. A political scientist and design thinker, he is the former Director of MindLab, the Danish governments innovation team, and the author of seven books on leadership, innovation and design.
Samara Bay coaches people to use their voice to communicate their thoughts in public, authentically and with great joy. She has coached clients for United Nations addresses, stump speeches on the campaign trail, award show telecasts, academic keynotes, product and creative pitches, all-hands, and media interviews. In Hollywood, she is an established speech coach for television and film, and she hosts a podcast, Permission to Speak, that is produced and distributed on the iHeartRadio network.
Amanda Becker is the Washington correspondent for The 19th and has previously worked at Reuters and CQ Roll Call. Her work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, the New Republic, and Glamour, and her political coverage has been broadcast on NPR.
Kristen Beddard is the author of Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes and a contributing author to We Love Kale. She was the founder of The Kale Project, a blog and successful initiative that reintroduced kale to France and was featured in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Self Magazine and more. She has a certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute and is currently working on a new book Roots, Shoots and Stalks about food waste and cooking with the whole vegetable. She resides in New York City with her husband and daughter. Follow her @thekaleproject and at www.kristenbeddard.com.
Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator for several children's picture books including The Wind in the Willows, A Mouse Told His Mother, and Little Mouse's Painting. She is also a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.