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Brian Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of City Journal, author of the acclaimed South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias (Regnery, 2005).

Mark Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University and a Senior Editor at First Things. He is the author of the national bestseller The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Tarcher, 2008; rights with publisher), which Harold Bloom has called “an urgent and pragmatic book on the very dark topic of the virtual end of reading among the young.” He is also the author of Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (Encounter Books, 2002). He is the editor of The Digital Divide: Arguments For and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking (Tarcher, 2011; rights sold in China; UK and remaining translation rights with agent). His essays have appeared in Partisan Review, The Wilson Quarterly, The Yale Review, and TLS, and his reviews and commentaries have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Weekly Standard, Reason Magazine, and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Shlomo Ben-Ami is the former Foreign Minister of Israel from 1999-2001. He now serves as the vice-pres >Prophets Without Honor: The Untold Story of the 2000 Camp David Summit and the Making of Today’s Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2022; translation rights with agent).

Morris Berman is well known as an innovative cultural historian and social critic. He is the author of The Twilight of American Culture (Norton, 2000), which was named a “Notable Book” by the New York Times Book Review and Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (Norton, 2006), as well as Coming to Our Senses (Bantam, 1989). His most recent book is Why America Failed: The Roots of American Imperial Decline (John Wiley, 2011; Spanish rights have been sold; remaining rights with publisher).

David Bernstein is the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he has been teaching since 1995. A leading constitutional scholar, Professor Bernstein blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy, the premier law professors’ blog, hosted at the Washington Post. He is also an adjunct follow of the Cato Institute. In addition to his prolific blogging, which has attracted the attention of media outlets worldwide, Bernstein has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times,, National Review Online,, and many other publications. He has appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, CNN, Fox Business News, and other television programs, and has been a guest on many of the nation’s top radio talk shows. He is a graduate of Yale Law School. He is the author of Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law (Encounter, 2016; rights with publisher).

Suzanne Preston Blier is an historian of African art and architecture in both the History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies Departments at Harvard University. She is the author of Picasso’s Demoiselles: Africa, Sex, Origins, and Creativity (Duke University Press, 2018), The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art (co-edited with Dav >

David Callahan is the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy. Formerly the director of research at the think tank Demos, has written extensively about American history and politics. His latest book is The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age (Knopf, 2017; rights with publisher). He is also the author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (Harcourt, 2004; rights sold in Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam; remaining rights with agent) and The Moral Center: How to Reclaim Values from the Right and Find America’s Heart (Harcourt, 2006). Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School’s Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business, (Wiley, 2002), which was a New York Times Business bestseller; and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the New Rich and the Remaking of America (Wiley, 2010; UK and translation rights with agent). He also written for The New York Times, The American Prospect, The Washington Post and The Washington Monthly, among other publications, and is a frequent commentator on television programs, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Carl M. Cannon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and Executive Editor of RealClear Media Group. He was formerly White House correspondent for National Journal. He is the author of Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees, coauthored with Patrick Dillon (Broadway, 2010; rights have been sold in China; remaining translation rights with agent). He has written for numerous magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, Brill’s Content, Mother Jones, National Review and the Weekly Standard. He has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio and wrote the presidency column for George magazine.

Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, amateur historian and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts two popular independent podcasts: Common Sense and Hardcore History. In 2012, Hardcore History was nominated for a Stitcher Award in the Best Educational & Learning Podcast category. In addition, Carlin has received the Best Classic Podcast in iTunes’ Best of 2014 awards with more than 3 million downloads. He is currently writing Hardcore History: History at the Extremes (HarperCollins, 2019; rights with publisher).

Patrick Dillon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Lost at Sea: An America Tragedy (Dial, 1998). He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Forbes ASAP, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, and an editor and columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He is the author of Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees, coauthored with Carl M. Cannon (Broadway, 2010: rights have been sold in China; remaining translation rights with agent).

Tamara Draut is formerly Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos. She is the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead (Doubleday, 2006; sold in Korea; remaining translation rights available), which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as a notable book of the year and Sleeping Giant: The Untold Story of the New Working Class and Its Impact on America (Doubleday, 2016; translation rights with agent). Her research and writing have garnered extensive media coverage, including columns in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, The Chicago Sun Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Des Moines Register, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor and others.

Cara Drinan is a Professor of Law at Catholic University of America. She is a graduate of Oxford University and Stanford Law School, and a past recipient of a Truman Scholarship and a Marshall Scholarship. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and contemporary criminal justice reform. Her next book will be The War on Kids: The Untold Story of Being Young In America’s Criminal Justice System (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Emily Flitter is a reporter on the Business desk of the New York Times. She was formerly a correspondent for Reuters in New York where she wrote about politics, finance and crime since 2009. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies and Journalism from New York University. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, The American Banker and Barron’s.

Larry Flynt is the legendary publisher of Hustler Magazine who has been a famous crusader for first amendment and privacy rights for over three decades. His landmark Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell is taught in law schools throughout the US. His most recent book One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents and First Ladies Shaped America, coauthored by David Eisenbach, Ph.D. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; rights with publisher).

Ron Fournier is the former Associate Publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business ​and formerly the Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. Starting with a Little Rock posting, covering Bill Clinton’s second term as governor, Fournier moved to Washington to report on the Clinton White House. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections and a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award. His 2012 piece on the decline of U.S. institutions, “In Nothing We Trust,” was awarded an honorable mention in David Brook’s essay contest, the Sidney Awards. In 2005, Fournier co-wrote Applebee’s America, a New York Times best seller that examined the shared attributes of successful political, business and religious leaders. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations (Crown, 2016; all rights with publisher).

John A. Gans, Jr. was formerly the Chief Speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. He is currently a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS and an instructor at the Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Program where he teaches courses on American national security and the politics and process of American foreign policy. In addition to leading the writing team for Defense Secretary Carter, Gans has also served as senior speechwriter for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. Over the course of his career, he has also worked with Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gans is also a reserve Navy Public Affairs Officer (PAO). Gans has published widely, with articles, reviews and opinion pieces for The Atlantic, The International Herald Tribune, The Times of London Literary Supplement, Survival, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and The Baltimore Sun. He is currently writing White House Warriors: How the National Security Council has Transformed the American Way of War (Liveright, 2019; translation rights with agent).

Jamal Greene is the Vice Dean and Professor, Law School, Columbia University, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, the First Amendment, federal courts, and constitutional theory. He is the author of more than 25 law review articles and book chapters, with works appearing in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Columbia Law Review, among numerous other publications. He is a frequent media commentator on the Supreme Court and constitutional law. Professor Greene has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was awarded the Burton H. Brody Prize for best paper on constitutional privacy (2005); Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Prize (2004); and Edgar M. Cullen Prize for best paper by a first-year law student (2003). From 1999-2002, Professor Greene was a reporter for Sports Illustrated. Professor Greene is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College. He is currently writing The Rights Epidemic: How the Addiction to Absolute Justice is Dividing America, and What We Can Do About It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019; rights with publisher).

Professor Kevin R. C. Gutzman is a Professor of American History at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Regnery, 2007), and the coauthor, with Thomas Woods, of Who Killed the Constitution? (Crown Forum, 2008; all rights with publisher). He is the author of James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin’s, 2012; UK and translation rights with agent). His next books will be Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America (St. Martin’s, 2017: UK and translation rights with agent), and another on the early days of the Republic (St. Martin’s, 2020; UK and translation rights with agent).

Ian Haney Lopez is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. He is author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2014; rights with publisher). He has published ground breaking books on the social, and specifically legal, construction of race, including Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice (Harvard/Belknap 2003) and White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (NYU 1996, revised ed. 2006). His numerous articles have appeared in, among others, the Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, and Pennsylvania Law Review. His work has also been featured in more than two dozen anthologies and encyclopedias, and he has published opinion pieces in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Haney-Lopez previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, visited at Yale Law School, and was a Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Humanities at Stanford University. He is currently writing The Profits of Racism: Racial Division, Class Warfare and the Reuniting of America (The New Press, 2019; rights with publisher).

Valerie Hansen is a professor of Chinese and world history at Yale University. She is the author of The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600 (W. W. Norton, 2000; second edition, 2016) and The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford University Press, 2012; expanded college edition 2015). Since 2000, she has been the co-author with Kenneth R. Curtis, of the world history textbook Voyages in World History (Cengage). She is currently writing The Year 1000: When Globalization Began (Scribner, 2019; rights with publisher).

Lee Harris is the author of The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt Against the Liberal Elite (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; rights with publisher), The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West (Basic Books, 2007; rights have been sold in Italy; remaining rights with publisher) and Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History (Free Press, 2004). He has written for Policy Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard.

Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher and public figure. He is currently President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. Hazony is the author The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (Basic Books, 2000), the award-winning The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge, 2012) and The Virtue of Nationalism (Basic Books, 2018; rights with publisher), which was ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year winner. He is a frequent contributor to both print and broadcast journalism in the U.S.,including The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, The New Republic, Commentary, First Things, Tablet and others. He has been interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, NPR Interfaith Voices, John Batchelor, and many other nationally syndicated programs. In 2016, Hazony appeared with Morgan Freeman in two episodes of the National Geographic miniseries “The Story of God.” Best known in Israel for establishing Shalem College, Israel’s first liberal arts college, Hazony is a member of the Israel Education Ministry’s commission on liberal arts programs at Israeli universities. Hazony has a B.A. from Princeton University in Japanese language and literature, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers in political theory. ​

Michael Hirsh is a journalist who has served as the national editor at Politico, the national chief correspondent at National Journal, and Economics Correspondent for Newsweek; he had also been the magazine’s award-winning Foreign Editor and chief diplomatic correspondent. He is the author of Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over to Wall Street (John Wiley, 2010; UK and translation rights with publisher). He is a lecturer and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on Fox news, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. In addition to Newsweek, he has also written for Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and The Washington Monthly.

Brian Katulis is Director of Democracy and Public Diplomacy on the National Security Team at the Center for American Progress. His previous experience includes work in the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council and the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State during the Clinton administration. He has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. He is the author, with Nancy Soderberg of The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America – and What We Need in Return (John Wiley, 2008; rights with publisher).

LeeAnna Keith teaches history at Collegiate School in New York City. She is the author of The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror and the Death of Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2008; rights with publisher). She is currently writing The Radical States of America: War, Emancipation and the Lost History of the Grand Old Party (FSG, 2020; rights with publisher).

James Kitfield has written on defense, national security and foreign policy issues for over two decades as the senior correspondent for National Journal. His reporting from conflict zones such as the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan has won numerous awards. He is the only three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, most recently in 2008 for his first-hand reporting on the Afghan War and coverage of other conflicts and threats. The Military Reporters and Editors Association and the Medill School of Journalism have awarded Kitfield their top prize for excellence in reporting five times, most recently in 2011 when he won top honors in both the overseas and domestic reporting categories for his first hand coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the impact of those conflicts on the home front. The National Press Club has honored him with its Edwin Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence in 2000, and the German Marshall Fund awarded Kitfield its Peter R. Weitz Prize in 2001. Kitfield is the author of two critically acclaimed books on national security, Prodigal Soldiers, How the Generation of Officers Born of Vietnam Revolutionized the American Style of War (Simon & Schuster, 1995) and War & Destiny (Potomac Books, 2005). He has appeared numerous times on CNN, Fox, BBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, the McLaughlin Group and other broadcast outlets. He is the author of Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War (Basic Books, 2016; rights with publisher). He is currently writing In the Company of Heroes: The Inspiring Stories of Medal of Honor Awardees from America’s Longest Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Center Street, 2021; rights with publisher).

Flynt Leverett is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, where he directs initiatives focused on Iran and the geopolitics of energy. Dr. Leverett also teaches international affairs at Pennsylvania State University and also holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Yale University. With Hillary Mann Leverett, he publishes He is widely recognized as a leading authority on the Middle East and Persian Gulf, global energy affairs, and U.S. foreign policy. He is the coauthor of Going to Tehran: Iran and the Future of American Power (Metropolitan Books, 2012; rights with publisher). From 1992 to 2003, Dr. Leverett had a distinguished career in the U.S. government, serving as Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council, on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a CIA Senior Analyst. Dr. Leverett has published in The New York Times, The National Interest, POLITICO, Foreign Policy, Salon, The International Spectator, andWashington Monthly.

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Her writings have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, Partisan Review, The New Criterion, Public Interest, andAcademic Questions. Her books include the New York Times Bestseller The War on Police: How the New Attack on Law and Order Make Everyone Less Safe (Encounter, 2016; rights with publisher), and the essay collections The Burden of Bad Ideas (Ivan Dee, 2001) and Are Cops Racist? (Ivan R. Dee, 2005). A non-practicing lawyer, Mac Donald has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has been an attorney-adviser in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has testified before the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights of the Committee of the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives; the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims; the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. She is a recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement, and is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned her M.A. in English. Her J.D. is from Stanford University Law School. She is currently writing The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture (St. Martins, 2018; rights with publisher).

Mike McIntire is an investigative reporter at The New York Times . As a member of the investigative unit at the Times, he shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on covert Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. Before joining the Times in 2003, he was the investigative editor at The Hartford Courant , where he was a 2001 Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting on medical malpractice and was part of a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. He has also been a national writer at the Associated Press in New York, and a reporter and editor at several Connecticut newspapers. His investigation of dangerous conditions at nuclear power plants earned him a 1997 National Press Foundation Award, and he received the 1992 Scripps Howard Foundation National Public Service Award for exposing political corruption in Connecticut. He is the author of State of Disgrace: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports (Norton, 2017; rights with publisher), which grew out of a series for the Times that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015.

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, and the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Chair of the Philosophy Department. He is the author of many books on the history of seventeenth-century philosophy, including Rembrandt’s Jews (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction) in 2004. Other books include Arnauld and the Cartesian Philosophy of Ideas (Princeton University Press, 1989), Malebranche and Ideas (Oxford University Press) and Spinoza’s Heresy (Oxford University Press, 2002). He is also the editor of the annual volume Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy . His biography Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge University Press, 1999) won the 2000 Koret Jewish Book Award for biography and has been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and Korean. His is the author of The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, Gods and Evil (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008; rights have been sold in Italy, Holland, Bulgaria and France; remaining translation rights with agent) and A Book Forged in Hell”: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise (Princeton University Press, 2011; UK and translation rights with publisher). He is currently writing The Conciliator: A Life of Menasseh Ben Israel, Rabbi of the Dutch Golden Age (Yale University Press, 2019; all rights with publisher).

Ari Ne’eman is one of the nation’s leading disability rights advocates. Over the course of the last decade, Ari Ne’eman has worked at the center of the disability rights movement. From 2009-2016 he served on President Obama’s National Council on Disability, where he worked on elevating the disability rights voice in deliberations over the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Social Security and other crucial public policy issues. From 2006 to 2016, he served as President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a national advocacy organization run by and for Autistic Americans. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MySupport, a national initiative working with state governments to expand Medicaid-funded home care. Ari also serves as a consultant to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on disability policy and activism. Ari has written on disability as a contributor to Vox, the Guardian, Bloomberg View and a variety of other publications. His work on disability rights has been covered in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Mashable, Vox, Ha’aretz, Globes, Quartz, the Pacific Standard, the Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Roll Call, the Hill, CNN, Le Monde, the Establishment, Yediot Ahronot, Ma’ariv, Rock Center with Brian Williams, and many other outlets. He is currently writing The Right to Live In This World: The Untold Story of Disability in America (Simon and Schuster, 2020; rights with publisher).

Kathleen Parker is the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and is one of the most widely syndicated female columnists in the nation. She is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, and her twice-weekly column runs in more than 400 newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post and 60 percent of the top markets. She is the author of Save the Males: Why Men Matter and Why Women Should Care (Random House, 2008; UK and translation rights with agent; first serial sold to the London Sunday Times ). Parker also writes a separate, occasional opinion column for USA Today as a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors.

Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and Lead Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford. He has over a decade of on-the-ground experience following the economic and political impact of China’s rise in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and Europe. Patey is author of The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan (Hurst/Harper Collins, 2014), short-listed for the Africa-Asia Book Prize. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in commerce from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and MSc and PhD from the Copenhagen Business School. He is currently writing How China is Losing the World: Big Business, Messy Politics and the Global Pushback Against China’s Ambitions (Oxford University Press, 2020: rights with publisher).

Ron Paul is the former Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, a physician and a 2008 U.S. presidential candidate. He represented Texas’s 14th congressional district (1997-present) and its 22nd district (1976–1977, 1979–1985) in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Revolution: A Manifesto (Grand Central Publishing, 2008; rights with publisher), a personal account of his constitutionalist and libertarian beliefs. He is currently the Chairman of the Campaign for Liberty.

Craig Pittman is an award-winning journalist for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times , and the author of three previous books on Florida. In 2013, he wrote a popular blog for Slate called “Oh Florida!”. His work has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice he has won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, a national organization. Stories he has written for Sarasota magazine have won three first-place Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (St. Martin’s, 2016; rights with publisher). He is currently writing Cat Fight!: The Wild, Weird Tale of How the Endangered Florida Panther Was Saved from Extinction (Hanover Square Press, 2019; rights with publisher).

John Prevas is a New York Times Bestselling author, adventurer, and a teacher of classics, whose books include Hannibal Crosses the Alps: The Enigma Re-Examined (Da Capo, 2009) Xenophon’s March: Into the Lair of the Persian Lion (Da Capo, 2002), Envy of the Gods: Alexander the Great’s Ill-Fated Journey Across Asia (Da Capo, 2004) and the New York Times bestselling Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn , co-authored with Steve Forbes (Crown Business, 2009). He has taught Latin, Greek, Government, Law and History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Towson University, and from 2001 until 2011 he was scholar in residence and assistant professor of classics at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently writing Hannibal’s Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome’s Greatest Enemy (Da Capo, 2017; rights have been sold in Russia, Spain and Holland; remaining translation rights with agent).

Nomi Prins is a journalist and Senior Fellow at Demos. She is the author of It Takes A Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street (Wiley, September, 2009) and Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America (The New Press, October 2004), a devastating exposé into corporate corruption, political collusion and Wall Street deception. Other People’s Money was chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron’s and The Library Journal . She is the author of All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power (Nation Books, 2014; rights sold in Japan and China; remaining translation rights with agent). Before becoming a journalist, Nomi worked on Wall Street as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and running the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London. She has appeared on numerous TV; internationally on BBC World, BBC and Russian TV, and nationally on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, CSPAN, Democracy Now, Fox and PBS. She has been featured on hundreds of radio shows globally including for CNNRadio, Marketplace, Air America, NPR, regional Pacifica stations, New Zealand, BBC, and Canadian Programming. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Newsweek ,, The Guardian UK, The Nation, The American Prospect , Alternet, LaVanguardia, and other publications. She is currently writing Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World (Nation Books, 2017; rights have been sold in China and Japan; remaining translation rights with agent).

Barry Rubin was Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He was the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Syria (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; translation rights with agent); The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley, 2005; rights with publisher); Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography (Oxford University Press, 2003); Paved with Good Intentions: The American Experience and Iran (Oxford University Press, 1994); The Transformation of Palestinian Politics (Harvard University Press, 1999)and Assimilation and Its Discontents (Times Books, 1995). He was the author, with Wolfgang G. Schwanitz of Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press, 2014; rights sold in Holland, Poland and Hungary; remaining translation rights with agent).

Erin Gloria Ryan is a senior editor at The Daily Beast, covering politics and culture. Previously, she was a writer and editor at the feminist-leaning news and culture site Jezebel , where she cofounded the site’s political vertical The Slot , much to the chagrin of her parent company’s marketing department. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Playboy , and other publications. She’s written for VH1’s Best Week Ever and appeared as a cast member on TruTV’s Greatest Ever. She currently hosts the podcast Girl Friday from , and cohosts Truther from The Daily Beast . In addition, she’s a regular on Race Wars with Kurt Metzger and Sherrod Small. Erin has appeared as on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, Cheddar, ABC, and CBS, as well on BBC Radio, NPR, CBC Radio, WNYC, and other radio stations. Erin grew up in rural northern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. She’s served as an Americorps volunteer on the south side of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, hiking, reading, and undoing all of those healthy habits by drinking. She currently lives in Manhattan.

Kevin M. Schultz is Assistant Professor of History and Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties (Norton, 2015; UK and translation rights with publisher).

Fred Siegel is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership, a City Journal contributing editor, and an expert on market-friendly public-policy solutions for urban governance. Siegel has been a Mellon Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. One of the original editors of City Journal , Mr. Siegel is author of The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism has Undermined the Middle Class (Encounter Books, 2014; rights with publisher), The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life (Encounter Books 2005) and T he Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A. and the Fate of America’s Big Cities (Free Press, 1996), which was named by Peter Jennings as one of the 100 most important books about the United States in the 20th century. His articles and commentary frequently appear in publications including The Claremont Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Public Interest, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Weekly Standard , and the Washington Post .

Jesse Singal is a staff writer-at-large at New York Magazine, where he covers social science, internet culture, and politics, and where he was the founding editor of “Science of Us”,’s social-science vertical. Formerly the Boston Globe’s video-game columnist and a contributing writer at The Daily Beast, Singal has also written for Slate, The New Republic, Politico, Washington Monthly and a variety of other outlets. His feature article on the unraveling of the Michael Lacour scandal was submitted as part of a package of stories which won New York Magazine the 2016 Best Website award from the American Society of Magazine editors, and in 2016 he was also the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s annual award for excellence in coverage of the psychology of technology and media. Singal is a 2013 graduate of the Master’s in Public Affairs Program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and spent nine months in Berlin as a 2013 – 2014 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. He is currently writing The Quick Fix: How Social Psychology Conquered the World (FSG, 2020; rights sold in the UK and China; remaining translation rights with agent).

Justin E. H. Smith is University Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, and a member of the SPHERE Laboratory for Research in the History of Science. He is the author of Irrationality: An Alternative History of the Modern World (Princeton University Press, 2019; rights with publisher). He is the author of The Philosopher: A History in Six Types (Princeton University Press, 2016); Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference (Princeton University Press, 2015); Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life (Princeton University Press, 2011); and has translated and edited several other volumes. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Chronicle Review, n+1, and other publications, and is an editor-at-large of the award-winning Cabinet Magazine. He is a 2019-20 Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. In 2015 a main-belt asteroid was named after him: 13585 Justinsmith.

Nancy E. Soderberg was formerly the third-ranking official of the National Security Council from 1993-1996, and a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997-2001. She is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might (Wiley, 2005; sold in South Korea; remaining rights with publisher), a look at the evolution of foreign policy over the last ten years and the challenges America faces in the post-9/11 world. The Prosperity Agenda: Why America Needs the World — and Why the World Needs Us (Wiley, 2007; rights with publisher).

Paul Starobin is a former contributing editor to The Atlantic and a former staff correspondent for National Journal . From 1999-2003 he served as the Moscow bureau chief for BusinessWeek . His writings have also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times , The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times . In 1998, he was awarded a Knight International Press Fellowship to advise independent media in the former Soviet Union. He is the author of After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age (Viking, 2009; rights with publisher), published in paperback as Five Roads to the Future: Power in the Next Global Age, and Madness Rules the Hour: Charleston, 1860 and the Mania for War (Public Affairs, 2017; translation rights with agent). He is currently writing Age of Impunity: William McKinley, Alexander McKenzie, and the Epic Plot to Steal Alaska’s Gold (Public Affairs, 2019; translation rights with agent).

Katherine Stewart is a journalist and writer. She is the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Future (Public Affairs, 2013; rights with publisher). She is currently writing The Power Worshippers: The Untold Story of the Religious Right’s Global Threat to Democracy (Bloomsbury, 2020; rights with publisher). She has contributed to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines such as the The Guardian , The New York Times , Reuter s , The Atlantic, Bloomberg View , Newsweek International , Rolling Stone , The New York Observer , The Nation , AlterN et , The Daily Beast , and The Village Voice . She is also the author of the novels The Yoga Mamas and Class Mothers (Berkley, 2005, 2006; rights sold in Germany; remaining UK and translation rights with agent).

Matthew Stewart is the author of the The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza and the Fate of God in the Modern World (Norton, 2006; Yale University Press UK, 2006; rights have been sold in Holland, Italy, Brazil and Korea; remaining rights with publisher). The book was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is also the author of The Management Myth (Norton, 2009; rights have been sold in Korea, China, Spain, Brazil, Russia and Holland; remaining rights with publisher); and Monturiol’s Dream: The Extraordinary Story of the Unlikely Genius Who Invented the First Submarine and Found the Spirit of Barcelona (Pantheon, 2004; Profile UK, 2003; rights sold in Spain and Japan). He received his D. Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University and his B.A from Princeton University in politics. His most recent book is Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (Norton, 2014; translation rights with publisher), which was longlisted for the National Book Award. Matthew is a recipient of The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship. He is currently writing The 9.9% Solution: Why America is Breaking Apart and What to Do About It (Simon and Schuster, 2021; rights with publisher).

Professor Eliezer Tauber was the founder and first chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in Bar Ilan University, Israel, and a former dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies there. He is currently the director of the Menachem Begin Institute for the Study of Underground and Resistance Movements. He is a world expert on the early phases of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the emergence of Arab nationalism and the formation of the modern Arab states. He has published 8 books and more than 50 articles in leading journals on these topics. He is the author of The Massacre that Never Was: The Myth of Deir Yassin and the Creation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem (The Toby Press, 2019; translation and UK rights, except Hebrew, with publisher).

David C. Unger has worked for the Editorial Board of the New York Times for more than 30 years and is currently the board’s Senior Foreign Policy Writer. The New York Times has published over 3,500 of his opinion articles on national security strategy, foreign policy, terrorism and economic development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a part-time faculty member at the Bologna Center of The Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of The Emergency State: How to End America’s Obsessive Quest for National Security and Reclaim our Democracy (Penguin Press, 2012; UK and translation rights with agent).

Benjamin van Rooij, PhD, is a Professor in Law and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Law at the University of Amsterdam and Global Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine (UCI). He is the director of the Graduate School of Law, at Amsterdam University, and the convener of ComplianceNet, an international network of leading compliance scholars across academic fields. His findings have been featured in leading academic journals as well as in the popular press, including the New York Times, NPR, and the Huffington Post. His research on law and behavior was awarded a highly competitive and prestigious 2 million-Euro grant by the European Research Counsel. He is currently writing, with Adam Fine, The Invisible Code: Why Law Fails to Improve Behavior (Beacon, 2021; translation rights with agent).

Michael Sean Winters is the author of the forthcoming God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right (HarperOne, 2012; rights with publisher). He is also the author of Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats (Basic Books, 2008). He writes the daily political blog for America and is the political columnist for The Catholic World . His writing has also appeared in The Washington Post , The New Republic , the New York Times Magazine ,, City Paper , and I Tempi .

Alan Wolfe is a political scientist who was formerly Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is the author of Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It (Knopf, 2011; rights with publisher). His most recent books include At Home In Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews (Beacon, 2015; rights with publisher), The Future of Liberalism (Knopf, 2009), Does American Democracy Still Work? (Yale University Press, 2006), Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What It Needs to Do to Recover It (Princeton University Press, 2005), and The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Practice Our Faith (Free Press, 2003). He is the author or editor of more than ten other books including Marginalized in the Middle (1997), One Nation, After All (1998), Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice (2001) and School Choice: The Moral Debate (editor, 2002). Both One Nation, After All and Moral Freedom were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Professor Wolfe has written for The New Republic, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post , The Washington Monthly, The Wilson Quarterly, Commonwealth , and other magazines and newspapers. He is currently writing The Politics of Petulance: America in an Age of Immaturity (University of Chicago, 2019; translation rights with agent).

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (Regnery, 2009; rights with publisher), which spent 13 weeks on the list. His most recent book is Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse (Regnery, 2011; rights with publisher). He is also the author of the NewYork Times Bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (Regnery, 2004). His other books include Who Killed the Constitution? , coauthored with Kevin R.C. Gutzman (Crown Forum, 2008; rights with publisher); The 33 Questions about American History You’re Not Allowed to Ask (Crown Forum, 2007; rights with publisher); The Great Façade (with Christopher Ferrara, on the Catholic Church), The Church Confronts Modernity (Columbia University Press, 2004); and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Michele Wucker is the author of the upcoming The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore ( St. Martin’s, 2016: rights with publisher). She is also the author of Lock Out: How American Paranoia is Driving Away the World’s Best and Brightest, Stifling our Businesses, and Threatening the Global Economy (Public Affairs, 2006; rights with publisher), which was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best nonfiction books of 2006, and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999), widely praised by publications including the New York Times Book Review , Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus . A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2007, she is the President of the World Policy Institute, specializing in Latin America, immigration and global financial issues. Formerly Latin America bureau chief for International Financing Review , Michele has written for many publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, The Washington Post, World Policy Journal, Civilization, Tikkun, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel .

Michael Young is opinion editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon and a contributing editor at Reason magazine in the United States. He is the author of The Ghosts of Martyr’s Square: A Memoir of Lebanon Found and Lost (Simon & Schuster, 2010; rights with publisher). He has published in American and European publications, including the Wall Street Journal , the New York Times , the New York Times Magazine , the Los Angeles Times , Newsweek, Slate, Reason , the San Francisco Chronicle , The Spectator (London), The Times (London), and many others. Young is also a regular blogger at the Washington Post ’s PostGlobal international affairs weblog.

Culture/Belle Lettres

Steve Almond is the author of Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America (Algonquin, 2004) and My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories (Grove Atlantic, 2005). He teaches creative writing at Boston College. He is the author of an essay collection about American culture entitled Not That You Asked (Random House, 2008; translation rights with agent) and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life (Random House, 2010; translation rights with agent).

Dr. Daniel Baxter is a board-certified internist with special expertise in HIV medicine. He worked at St. Clare’s Hospital, in the Spellman Center for HIV-Related Diseases, for a decade. From September 2002 through December 2008, he worked in Botswana under the aegis of the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership, where he was responsible for a major revision of the country’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines in 2008. He currently works at the Ryan Community Health Center as Clinical Coordinator, responsible for supervision of HIV care, teaching, and direct patient care. He is the author of The Least of These My Brethren: A Doctor’s Story of Hope and Miracles on an Inner-City AIDS Ward (Crown/Harmony Books, 1997, Harvest paperback 1998) and the upcoming The Doomed and the Spared: A Doctor’s Memoir of AIDS in Africa (Pan Macmillan South Africa, 2017; Skyhorse, 2018; all rights with publisher).

Eric Berkowitz is a writer, lawyer and journalist. He is the author of Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (Counterpoint, 2012). He is the author of Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire (Counterpoint, 2011) and The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities (Counterpoint, 2015: rights with publisher). He has a degree in journalism from University of Southern California and has published in The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and The Los Angeles Weekly , and for the Associated Press. He was an editor of the West Coast’s premier daily legal publication, The Los Angeles Daily Journal . He is currently writing Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship from Socrates to Censorship (Beacon Press, 2021; UK rights sold. to Saqi Books; remaining rights with Saqi).

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Self Storage (Ballantine), Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers), which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a Read On Wisconsin pick. Her essays, poems and short fiction have been widely published and have achieved numerous honors, including the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award and the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award. She teaches at Sierra Nevada College, Antioch University, and the Incarcerated Student Program through Lake Tahoe Community College. She was named a Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine . She is currently writing her memoir The Art of Misdiagnosis (Beacon Press, 2017; rights with publisher).

David Brog is former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and former staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (Strang Communications, 2006) and In Defense of Faith: Secular Myths About Religion and the Future of the West (Encounter, 2010; translation rights with agent). A graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University, he lives in Washington D.C.

Edward Castronova is a Full Professor of Telecommunications and Cognitive Science at Indiana University. Castronova has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the first to calculate the economic value of virtual goods. He is a founder of scholarly online game studies and an expert on the societies of virtual worlds. He is the author of Synthetic Worlds (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and Exodus to the Virtual World (Palgrave, 2007; rights have been sold in Japan and Russia; UK and remaining translation rights with agent). Professor Castronova teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the design of games, the game industry, and the management of virtual societies. His research and game development has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation and The National Science Foundation. Outside his academic work, Professor Castronova makes regular appearances in mainstream media (60 Minutes, the New York Times , NPR, the Economist ) as well as cutting-edge forums (TED, PopTech). His most recent book is Wildcat Currency: The Virtual Transformation of the Economy (Yale University Press, 2014; rights have been sold in China, Taiwan and Japan; remaining translation rights with agent).

Rachel S. Cox is a contributing writer for CQ Researcher, the award-winning weekly backgrounder published by Congressional Quarterly . She is the author of Into Dust and Fire: Five Young Americans who Went First to Fight the Nazi Army (NAL, 2012; rights with publisher). Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Preservation , Landscape Architecture, and other national magazines.

Ken Cummings was a former senior adviser to U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a Capitol Hill veteran. His almost two decades in American politics have taken him from the White House to the Maryland State House to the halls of Congress. He is the recipient of the John C. Stennis Fellowship for Emerging Congressional Leaders, the Bertelsmann Fellowship and the Council on Foreign Relations Congressional Fellowship. He is the author of The Rise of the Right Hand Man: The Untold Story of How Presidential Advisers Have Shaped America (Prometheus, 2018; rights with publisher)

Mark Dery is a cultural critic best known for his essays on Afrofuturism (a term he coined) and culture jamming (a phenomenon he popularized). His byline has appeared in a broad range of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Elle, Bookforum, Wired, The Washington Post, and The LA Review of Books. A frequent lecturer in the U.S. and Europe, he has been a professor of journalism at NYU, taught in the Yale School of Art, was appointed Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Dery’s books include two critiques of cyberculture, the anthology Flame Wars, which he edited, and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century (translated into eight languages); two studies of American mythologies (and pathologies), The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink and the essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams (University of Minnesota Press, 2012; rights have been sold in Brazil; remaining translation rights with agent); and a biography, Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey (Little, Brown, 2018; rights have been sold in the UK and China; remaining translation rights with agent), which was a NPR and Boston Globe Best Book of 2018.

Christoph Irmscher teaches American literature at the University of Indiana Bloomington, where he is Provost Professor of English. He is the author of several previous books, including the highly acclaimed Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), which was an Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review in 2013. He also edited John James Audubon’s Writings and Drawings for the Library of America. Writing about Louis Agassiz in the New York Times , Rebecca Stott observed: “Irmscher is a richly descriptive writer with an eye for detail, the complexities and contradictions of character, and the workings of institutional and familial power structures.” He regularly writes book reviews for The Weekly Standard. He is currently working on When Love Was Red: The Lives and Loves of Max Eastman (Yale University Press; 2017; rights with publisher).

John L. Jackson Jr. is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology in the Standing Faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication and the Standing Faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Penn, Jackson taught in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University in Durhamis. Previously, he was assistant professor of cultural anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Racial Paranoia: The Paradox at the Heart of Black and White (Basic Books, 2008; rights with publisher). He is also the author of Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is Professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Recent honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of three poetry collections: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the gold medal in Poetry from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize for Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize,ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the Global Filipino Award and a finalist for The Glasgow Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares,and Tin House. Aimee is the 2016-2017 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing. Her next work is a collection of illustrated essays/nature writing entitled World of Wonder (Milkweed Editions, 2018; rights with publisher).

James Parker is a correspondent for The Atlantic and writes a weekly column for the “Ideas” section of the Boston Globe . He was a 2012 National Magazine Award Finalist in “Columns and Commentary”. He was formerly a staff writer for the Boston Phoenix . He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Christopher Phillips is the founder and director of the nonprofit Society for Philosophical Inquiry, and the author of Socrates Café (Norton, 2001) and Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy (Norton, 2004). He is also the author of Socrates in Love (Norton, 2006; rights with publisher). His most recent book is Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution (Norton, 2011; rights with publisher). He is the author of The Philosophy of Childing: Re-Imagining Adulthood Through the Wisdom of Our Youngest (Skyhorse, 2016; rights with publisher). He is a Senior Fellow with the acclaimed Critical Writing Program at University of Pennsylvania.

Jed Rasula is the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He previously taught at Queen’s University in Canada and Pomona College in California. His PhD is from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Destruction Was My Beatrice: Cabaret Voltaire, Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century (Basic Books, 2015; rights with publisher).

Nick Romeo writes frequently on education and culture for The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, The Christian Science Monitor , and The Chicago Tribune . His articles and criticism have also appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Newsweek , and The San Francisco Chronicle . He is the author of 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams, 2009), which has sold a total of 35,000 copies. He holds a BA in English from Northwestern and an MA in Classical History and Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Gavriel D. Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of History at Fairfield University. He specializes in the history and memory of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. He is the author of Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and Jewish Memory since the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2011), The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments and the Legacy of the Third Reich (University of California Press, 2000). He is currently editing a collection entitled If Only We Had Died in Egypt!”: What-Ifs of Jewish History from Abraham to Zionism (Cambridge University Press, 2014; rights with publisher). His work has appeared in such newspapers as The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Hartford Courant . He is a frequent contributor to the Jewish weekly newspaper, The Forward .

Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody is a translator who has translated the work of French and Belgian poets, including Paul Valéry and Benjamin Fondane for whose Ulysses he was awarded the 2013 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation. He is currently working on a new translation of Valery’s poetry, including all his published lyric poems and a selection of prose poems, entitled The Poetry of Paul Valery (FSG, 2017; rights with publisher). ​

Christopher Sandford is the critically acclaimed biographer of 19 books. Some of his titles include Roman Polanski (US Palgrave Macmillan, UK Random House; 2007); Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and John F. Kennedy (Prometheus, 2014); Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini (Palgrave Macmillan; Duckworth; 2011); Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool (St Martin’s Press; Gollancz; 1993); Kurt Cobain (Carroll & Graf; Gollancz; 1995). A graduate of Cambridge, he has written on postwar affairs for a range of publications including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, Seattle Times , Women’s Journal , Cosmopolitan , Rolling Stone , and the Daily Mail. He is currently at work on An Exceptional Tourist: John F. Kennedy in Great Britain, 1935-1963 (UPNE, 2017; rights with publisher).

Jared Yates Sexton is an author and political correspondent whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, The Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction, a crime-novel, over sixty stories published around the world, and has received international attention for his coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage (Counterpoint Press, 2017).

Wendell Wallach is a lecturer at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. The question that pervades Mr. Wallach’s work at the Center is: how will we navigate the promise, perils, and bioethical challenges posed by new technologies? He has been active in developing the new field of inquiry known as Machine Ethics, Machine Morality, or Artificial Morality, which explores the prospects for developing artificial agents capable of making moral decisions. He is co-author of Machine Morality: From Aristotle to Asimov and Beyond (MIT Press, 2008) . In addition to chairing the Center for Bioethics working research group on “Technology and Ethics,” he also leads a seminar for the Bioethics Center Summer Intern Program, coordinates activities for a study group on religious and spiritual issues in bioethics, and is a member of the Center’s “Neuroethics” study group. He is a recognized leader in the new field of Machine Ethics for which he was first to design a course. He is the author of A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control (Basic Books, 2015; rights with publisher).

Peter Westwick is a Professor in History at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Aerospace History Project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. He received his BA in physics and PhD in history from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held fellowships at Yale and Caltech. He is the coauthor of The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing (Broadway, 2013; translation rights with agent). He has written two books: Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004 (Yale University Press, 2006), which won the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and The National Labs: Science in an American System, 1947-1974 (Harvard University Press, 2003), which won the Book Prize of the Forum for the History of Science in America. He has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History, Technology and Culture, Minerva, and Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences , and popular articles in Physics Today and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . His next book is Stealth: The Secret Race to Invent the Invisible Airplane (Oxford University Press, 2018; UK and translation rights with agent).

Science and Psychology

Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University, her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Burnett-Zeigler’s research has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, and The Hill. She has given a TEDx talk. She is currently writing Unbreakable: Trauma, Love and the Emotional Lives of Black Women(Amistad, 2021; rights with publisher).

Robert Burton, M.D. is a clinical neurologist . He is the author of On Being Certain: Believing You are Right Even When You’re Not (St. Martin’s, 2008; rights sold in China (simple and complex), Russia, Korea, Holland, Brazil and Japan; UK and remaining translation rights with agent). His medical career has combined private practice, clinical teaching at UCSF as well as NIH projects in stroke prevention. He served as the Chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF hospital, where he subsequently became Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. He has also been a lecturer in the Medicine and Literature program at Stanford University. He has been the subject of feature articles in the San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Examiner , and People . His most recent book is A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves (St. Martin’s, 2013; rights sold in Russia and China; remaining translation and UK rights with agent).

Dr. Arri Eisen is a Professor of Pedagogy in Biology, the Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He has taught and done research at Emory University for more than 25 years, after obtaining a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in 1990. He founded and has directed for over a decade Emory’s Program in Science & Society, which develops innovative programs for the public and students in and out of the classroom in science and religion, science and ethics, and science and art. Dr. Eisen has won numerous awards, including Emory’s top honor in teaching, the Emory Williams Award, and was for a year a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. As well as publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, Dr. Eisen writes in the popular media, including on,, and in The Chronicle of Higher Education . He is the author, with Geshe Yungdrung Konchok, of The Enlightened Gene Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World (UPNE, 2017; rights sold in Korea; remaining translation rights with agent).

Douglas Fields, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of The Other Brain: The Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs That Will heal Our Brains and Revolutionize Our Health (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit In Your Brain (Dutton, 2016; rights with publisher). He is currently writing Electric Brain: The Revolutionary New Science of Brainwaves that Will Transform Our Minds and Shape the Future (BenBella, 2018; rights sold in China; remaining translation rights with agent). In 2004 Dr. Fields founded the scientific journal Neuron Glia Biology , where he is the Editor-in-Chief, and he serves on the editorial board of several other neuroscience journals. The author of over 150 articles in scientific journals, Dr. Fields also enjoys writing about science for the general public. He is a scientific advisor to Scientific American Mind and Odysse y magazines. He has written articles for Outside Magazine, the Washington Post and other, and he writes on-line columns for the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Scientific American . He has spoken at TED. Dr. Fields received advanced degrees at UC Berkeley (B.A.), San Jose State University (M.A.), and in 1985 he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, jointly from the Neuroscience Department, in the Medical School and the Neuroscience Group, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health before starting his research laboratory at the NIH in 1994.

Dave Goldberg is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics at Drexel University. He is the author, along with Jeffrey Blomquist, of A User’s Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty (John Wiley, 2010; rights have been sold in Russia, China (simple and complex), Korea, Poland, Turkey, Greece and Italy; remaining translation rights with agent). He ghostwrote Stephen Hawking’s commentary on Einstein’s original works, in A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion . (Running Press, 2007). He is the recipient of the prestigious Rothwarf Award for excellent in teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University. He is also the author of The Universe in the Rare View Mirror: A High Speed Tour of Antimatter, Evil Twins and Symmetries (Dutton, 2013; rights with publisher) and A Short Introduction to the Standard Model (Princton University Press, 2017; rights with publisher).

Ken Kamler, M.D., is a microsurgeon and a Vice President of the prestigious Explorer’s Club. He is the author of the national bestseller Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Landscape of Survival (St. Martin’s, 2004; rights with publisher), a unique collection of gripping medical adventures that span the globe to shed light on how the body holds up in extreme environments, and what this tells us about the nature of survival. He has been the team doctor on numerous expeditions all over the world. Of Surviving the Extremes , Oliver Sacks has said: “Ken Kamler is a natural writer, as well as an adventurer and a prober into how much human beings can stand. In he brings personal experience and scientific knowledge together beautifully, giving us narratives which are powerful, moving, and very real.” Dr. Kamler is also the author of Doctor on Everest (Lyons, 2000).

Satoshi Kanazawa is Reader of Management and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Watching Porn, Going to War, and Becoming a Billionaire—Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do (Perigee, 2007 ; rights have been sold in Japan, Korea, China (simplified and complex), Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Macedonia and Brazil; UK and remaining translation rights with agent), which David P. Barash has called “an exuberant, accessible, exhilarating, intellectually aerobic workout of an introduction to the new science of human nature.” He received his MA from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, both in sociology. He was the first sociologist to introduce modern evolutionary psychology into sociology. His work has been widely featured in mass media round the world, including the New York Times , the Washington Post , the Los Angeles Times , the Boston Globe , the Times (London), Time , Psychology Today , the Times Higher Education Supplement , and he has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and the National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, among other TV and radio shows. His most recent book is The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One (John Wiley, 2012: rights have been sold in Japan, Russia, Brazil, Greece and Korea; remaining translation rights with agent).

Joe Kirschvink is the Nico and Marilyn Van Wingen Professor of Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He has challenged conventional wisdom about our planet in a number of ways, such as his claim that the entire Earth once resembled a giant snowball, causing a crisis for biology that stimulated biodiversity. Another example is his idea that the Earth experienced a period of true polar wander, rotating about the equator, which led to the Cambrian explosion. He runs a lab devoted to paleomagnetism, and is an authority on the use of magnetism as a diagnostic of the turbulent history of the planet. He is a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Asteroid 27711 is named after him. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is the author of A New History of Life: The Radical Discoveries about the Origin and Diversification of Life on Earth (Bloomsbury, 2013: rights with publisher), cowritten with Peter Ward.

Justin J. Lehmiller is the Director of the Social Psychology Graduate Program at Ball State University and an internationally recognized expert on human sexuality. He is currently writing Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life ​(Da Capo, 2019; rights with publisher). He formerly served on the faculty at Harvard University, where his course on the Psychology of Human Sexuality earned him Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Teaching Excellence. He writes for major publications, including Playboy, Psychology Today, and and is frequently interviewed by outlets such as The Wall Street Journal , The New York Times , The Chicago Tribune , and CNN. He was recently named one of 5 “Sexperts” You Need to Follow on Twitter by Men’s Health and one of the “modern-day masters of sex” by Nerve . Dr. Lehmiller has appeared on several episodes of the television program Taboo on the National Geographic Channel and is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and RadioMD . He has authored dozens of scientific publications and a popular sexuality textbook ( The Psychology of Human Sexuality ) that is used in college classrooms around the world.

Susan Linn, Ed.D., is Associate Director of the Media Center of the Judge Baker Children’s Center and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (The New Press, 2004, Anchor, 2005; rights with publisher). She is also the author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World . (The New Press, 2008). A psychologist, writer and award-winning producer, she has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. Most recently, her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe , the Christian Science Monitor , the Los Angeles Times , Washington Post , and The American Prospect.

Hara Estroff Marano is former Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today , and now the magazine’s Editor at Large. She has been writing about psychological issues for more than twenty years, and is the author of A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting (Broadway Books, 2008; rights with agent), a big-picture investigation of overparenting in America, and how it is making our children more fragile.

Joseph Mazur is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history and philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from M.I.T., is a Guggenheim Fellow and has authored many educational software programs, including Explorations in Calculus, the first interactive, multimedia CD package of simulations for calculus. He is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics (Dutton, 2005), which was a Finalist of the 2005 PEN/​Martha Albrand Award and chosen as one of Choice’s 2005 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year, and The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space (Dutton, 2008) . His latest book is What’s Luck Got To Do With It? , a book on the history, mathematics and psychology of gambling (Princeton University Press, 2010). He is also the author of Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Symbols and Their Hidden Powers (Princeton University Press, 2013; rights sold in Japan, Italy, Korea, Turkey, China [simple and complex] and the Czech Republic; remaining translation rights with agent) and Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence (Basic Books, 2016; rights with publisher). He is currently writing Zeno’s Quiver: The Story of Time and Its Effects (Yale University Press, 2019; rights sold in China and Italy; remaining translation rights with author).

Alyson J. McGregor, MD, MA, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Co-Founder and Director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine (SGEM) at Brown University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. McGregor is also a Co-Founder for the national organization Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative. She has written or co-written over sixty peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals on the topic of sex and gender. She’s also the lead editor for the medical textbook, Sex and Gender in Acute Care Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her TEDx talk, “Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women,” has been viewed by almost 1.5 million people. She is currently writing Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine is Jeopardizing Women’s Health, and What Women Can Do About It (Da Capo, 2021; rights with publisher).

Mark Moffett is a research scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and a research associate in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has been a regular contributor to the National Geographic . He has won the Yale Poynter Journalism Fellowship, Harvard’s Bowdoin Prize for writing, and the Lowell Thomas Medal from the Explorers Club, among others. He earned a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology under E.O. Wilson at Harvard, where he later served as a curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and a research associate in the Department of Human Evolution. Before joining the National Museum of Natural history at the Smithsonian he was Scholar in Residence at Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California at Berkeley. He just received a Journalism-in-Residence fellowship at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke to work on this book. His previous works include Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions (University of California Press, 2011) and The High Frontier: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy (Harvard University Press, 1994). His prose has been included in the series Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is the author of the upcoming The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive and Fail (Basic Books, 2019; rights have been sold in Germany, Japan, Italy, Korea, China, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands; remaining rights with agent).

Peter Neushul has a PhD in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has published dozens of articles and book-length histories. He has over fifteen years experience teaching history of technology and environmental history at Caltech and UCSB. He is the coauthor of the upcoming The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing (Broadway, 2013; translation rights with agent).

One of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death, the state of the human mind-brain, and near-death experiences, Dr. Parnia divides his time between hospitals in the United Kingdom and Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, where he is a Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Erasing Death: The Science that is Erasing the Boundaries Between Life and Death (HarperOne, 2013; translation rights with publisher). He is the Founder and Director of the Human Consciousness Project at the University of Southampton. Dr. Parnia currently leads a new and innovative scientific study, AWARE (AWAreness during Resuscitation) aimed at studying the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. Dr. Parnia has published numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific journals in the field of pulmonary medicine as well as near-death experiences, and is a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine . He has also served as a member of the Southampton University Trust Hospital Resuscitation Committee, where he launched the first ever study of near-death experiences in the UK. Dr. Parnia is the author of What Happens When We Die? (Hay House, 2002), and his groundbreaking research has been featured on the BBC and Discovery documentary, “The Day I Died” and in the National Geographic episode entitled “Explorer: At the Moment of Death.”

Dr. Stanton Peele is a world-renowned addiction expert, therapist and author (his books collectively have sold over one million copies), who has remained prominently at the forefront of the addiction field for four decades, challenging and changing the way people understand addiction and recovery. (The prominent addiction magazine The Fix , recently included him among the top ten in their article on “America’s Most Influential Addiction Experts.”) He has guided thousands of addicts to freedom through his private practice and his Life Process Program (formerly the basis of treatment at the St. Gregory Treatment Center, in Des Moines, Iowa), and his ground-breaking self-help books, including: Love and Addiction (Penguin, 1975, 1991), The Meaning of Addiction (Jossey-Bass, 1985, 1998), The Diseasing of America (Houghton-Mifflin, 1989; Jossey-Bass, 1995); The Truth About Addiction and Recovery (Simon & Schuster, 1991; Fireside, 1992); and 7 Tools to Beat Addiction (Three Rivers Press, 2004). He maintains a public presence on his regularly updated, and often featured, blogs at The Huffington Post and Psychology Today (which has had 2 million hits over four years), contributing op-ed pieces to publications like the Wall Street Journal and LA Times , and submitting papers to top professional journals. His most recent book is Recover! A Revolutionary Guide to Reclaiming Your Life from Addiction (Da Capo, 2014; rights with publisher).

Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Psychiatrist’s Notebook (Basic Books, 2007; sold to Kosel Verlag in Germany, Scriptum in Holland and Commonwealth in Taiwan; remaining rights with publisher). Andrew Vachss called it “Bruce Perry’s finest achievement… it gives us all the opportunity to unlock the deepest mystery of our species: why some children turn out to be heroes, and others to be predatory sociopaths. Anyone who wants to understand childhood trauma and its heartbreaking consequences must read this book.” He is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization that promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Perry is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in ChicagoDr. Perry has been on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University Of Chicago School Of Medicine, and served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas as well as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children’s Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children. These include the Branch Davidian siege, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. Dr. Perry is the author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, recently including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award and the 2000 Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare from the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. Dr. Perry has been featured on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” His work has been featured in documentaries produced by “Dateline NBC,” “20/20,” the BBC, “Nightline,” CBC, PBS, as well as Japanese, German and French Public TV. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post , the New York Times and Rolling Stone . He is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Loving Brain: Saving Our Children from the Empathy Deficit (Morrow, 2010; rights with publisher).

Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher, and author. Together with Cacilda Jethá, M.D., he is a co-author of the New York Times best seller, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (HarperCollins, 2010). He is currently writing Civilized to Death: Charting a Prehistoric Path Into the Future (Simon & Schuster, 2019; rights sold in Japan, Spain and Russia; remaining translation rights with agent). Based in Barcelona since the mid-1990s, Christopher has lectured at the University of Barcelona Medical School and consulted at various local hospitals. He speaks about human sexuality to audiences around the world (in both English and Spanish). His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines in many languages, scholarly journals, and a text book used in medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout Spain and Latin America. He writes regularly for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post .

Mark G. Shrime, MD MPH PhD FACS is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Research Director at the Program in Global Surgery and Social at the Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is an otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and associate faculty at Ariadne Labs. His academic pursuits focus on surgical delivery in low- and middle-income countries, where he has a specific interest in the intersection of health and impoverishment. Dr. Shrime graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in molecular biology, and he received his MD from the University of Texas. To date, he has worked and taught in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Benin, Togo, Congo, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, and Madagascar. He graduated with an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a finalist for both the Albert Schweitzer award and the HSPH Student Recognition award, and he received his PhD in health policy from Harvard University, with a concentration in decision science. When not working, he is an avid photographer and rock climber, and has competed on Seasons 8 and 9 of American Ninja Warrior. He is currently writing Solving for Why: Lessons from the Field on Life, Work and the Transformative Power of Purpose (Twelve, 2021; translation rights with agent)

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is a popular science/skeptical podcast, and is one of the most popular science podcasts on iTunes. It is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, reason, and the public understanding of science through online and other media. Founded in 2005, the SGU has been honored with a number of awards and recognitions over the years and has attracted over a million followers on Facebook. It is currently at work at the book version
of the podcast, entitled The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; rights with publisher).

Maia Szalavitz is a science journalist. A health writer at , she is the coauthor, with Dr. Bruce Perry, of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Psychiatrist’s Notebook (Basic Books, 2006; rights with publisher) , and the author of Help at any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006; rights with publisher), a searing expose of today’s draconian treatment programs for troubled teens. She is also the coauthor, with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D., of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide: How You and Your Loved Ones Can Understand and Treat Alcohol and Other Drug Proble ms (Wiley, 2000). She has written for the New York Times (magazine and op-ed), the Washington Post , Newsday, Newsweek, New York Magazine , Redbook, McCall’s, New Scientist , Salon, Brill’s Content and Spin . She also coauthored, with Dr. Bruce Perry, The Loving Brain: Saving Our Children from the Empathy Deficit (Morrow, 2010; rights with publisher), and she also coauthored, with Brent Jeffs, the nephew of FLDS founder Warren Jeffs, a memoir of life in the notorious polygamy cult entitled Lost Boy (Doubleday, 2009; rights with publisher). Her most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction (St. Martin’s, 2016; rights have been sold in Germany, China, Taiwan and Russia; remaining translation rights with agent). She is currently writing Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction (Da Capo, 2021; rights with publisher).

Peter D. Ward, Ph.D., is a paleontologist and professor in the Departments of Geology and Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also serves as an adjunct professor of zoology and astronomy. His research specialties include the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event and mass extinctions generally. His books include the best-selling Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, with Donald Brownlee (Springer, 2000), named by Discover Magazine as one of the ten most important science books of 2001, Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future (Smithsonian, 2007), The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? (Princeton University Press, 2009), listed by the New York Times as one of the “100 most important ideas of 2009”, and The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps (Basic Books, 2010). In 2003 Ward was awarded the Jim Shea medal for popular science writing, by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, its highest annual award. In 2009 he was invited to give the 2010 University of Washington Annual Faculty Lecture (the 33rd), the most prestigious award that this University can give to one of its Faculty. His most recent book, coauthored with Joe Kirschvink, is A New History of Life: The Radical Discoveries about the Origin and Diversification of Life on Earth (Bloomsbury, 2015; rights with publisher). His next book is Lamarck’s Revenge: How the Epigenetic Revolution is Changing Our Understanding of Evolution and Human History, from Deep Time Into the Future (Bloomsbury, 2017; rights sold in Holland, remaining rights with publisher).


Allen Adamson is managing director of the New York office of Landor Associates and author of BrandDigital: Simple Ways Top Brands Succeed in the Digital World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep It Simple and Succeed (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and The Edge: 50 Lessons from Brands that Have the Lead, including Amazon, Coke, GE, Zappos and even Justin Bieber (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; rights with publisher) Responsible for all aspects of the New York office’s operations, Allen has overseen branding efforts for a broad spectrum of corporate and consumer brands in industries ranging from technology to health care to fashion. Under his leadership, Landor’s New York office partners with a wide array of clients, including Citi, Dell, Diageo, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, New York Life, Pfizer, and Verizon. Additionally, he counsels professional organizations including 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Children Oncology Group, CFR, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Allen is a sought-after industry commentator and writes a bimonthly column for He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, and the Fox Business Network. He is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post . He regularly lec­tures at numerous universities and business schools. His next book, written with Joel Steckel, is Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World (Amacom, 2017; rights sold in China and Korea; remaining translation rights with publisher).

Daniel Alpert is a founding managing partner of investment bank Westwood Capital, LLC. He is widely quoted in the business media and was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary “Inside Job”. Alpert is a also a fellow in economics of the Century Foundation. He is widely quoted in print outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times , Reuters, AP and Bloomberg wires, Forbes, Fortune and many other periodicals. He is the author of The Age of Oversupply: Overcoming the Greatest Challenge to the Global Economy (Portfolio, 2013; rights with publisher).

Jake Bright is a writer, consultant, and Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association focusing on global finance, business, and Africa’s transformation. He contributes as an editor and independently for publications including Fortune , The Financial Times This Is Africa, Bloomberg LP , and U.S. News & World Report . Bright speaks frequently on international business topics in media and thought leadership forums. He is the author, with Aubrey Hruby, of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016; rights with publisher). ​

Aubrey Hruby is an advisor to investors and companies doing business in Africa. In her decade of working across 20 plus African countries as the former Managing Director of the Whitaker Group and through her own companies, she helped to facilitate over $2 billion in investment and capital to the region. She is a Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and speaks regularly on African business issues. She is the author, with Jake Bright, of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016; rights with publisher).

Helaine Olen writes “The Bills” column for Slate . Her work on parenting, families, books, feminism, politics, personal finance and career strategy has been published in numerous print and on-line publications, including the New York Times, Slate, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Salon, AlterNet and the Los Angeles Times , where she wrote and edited the popular “Money Makeover” feature. She is the author of the national bestseller Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry (Portfolio, 2012; rights with publisher), and with Harold Pollack, of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be So Complicated (Portfolio, 2016; rights with publisher). She has appeared on “The Daily Show”, MSNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, “CBS Early Morning” and numerous other media outlets.

Andrew Palmer is the finance editor of The Economist . He was previously the banking correspondent at the magazine, covering the industry from the first signs of distress in credit markets through the collapse of Lehman Brothers to the efforts of governments to stabilise the financial sector. Prior to joining The Economist , Andrew spent several years working for other parts of The Economist Group, including a spell in Vienna covering business in Eastern Europe. He has an undergraduate degree in classics from Oxford University and a Masters in international relations from the London School of Economics. He is the author of Smart Money: How High-Stakes Financial Innovation is Reshaping Our World – for the Better (Basic Books, 2014; rights with publisher).

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Admin­istration at the Univer­sity of Chicago, where he researches health and urban policy concerns and is a nonresident fellow at the Century Foundation. He writes regu­larly for the Washington Post, Politico, Atlantic Monthly,, and other publications. He is the author, with Helaine Olen, of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be So Complicated (Portfolio, 2016; rights with publisher).

Tim Staples is an entrepreneur at the forefront of digital marketing. In 2016, he was named one of “11 Innovators Who Are Disrupting Hollywood” by The Wrap. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Shareability, and also Co-Founder of ROC, a consumer electronics company in partnership with global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the author of The Sharing Code: Eight Rules for Sharing Content Online That Will Connect You to Millions of People, Shape Opinion and Transform Your Brand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020; rights have been sold in China, Taiwan and Russia; translation rights with author).

Tom Wainwright is the Britain editor of The Economist . Until 2013 he was the Mexico City bureau chief of The Economist , covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as parts of South America and the United States border region. He has been a commentator on the drugs business on CNN, the BBC and NPR, among others. He has a first-class degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. He is the author of Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel (Public Affairs, 2016; rights have been sold in the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, France, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Taiwan and Poland; remaining rights with agent).

Stephen L. Weiss is the author of The Billion Dollar Mistake: Learning the Art of Investing Through the Missteps of Legendary Investors (John Wiley, 2010; rights sold in China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan; remaining translation rights with publisher). The book was named by Forbes as one of the top 9 investment books for 2010. A regular contributor to CNBC, he has spent much of his career on Wall Street working for some of the industry’s most prestigious firms. He is currently a Senior Managing Director and Head of Equities at LeeRink Swann. He has also worked at Oppenheimer & Co., Salomon Brothers, SAC Capital, and Lehman Brothers.

Pop Culture and Lifestyle

Mark Beech is a senior editor at The Players’ Tribune and was a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated for more than 18 years. He is the author of
When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013). He is currently writing The People’s Team: One Hundred Years of Green Bay Packers Football (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019; rights with publisher).

Jay Bentley is one of America’s legendary chefs who, through his Montana restaurants The Continental Divide and, currently, The Mint Bar and Café, has made his name with his unique approach to New West cooking. He is the author, with Patrick Dillon, of Open Range: A Civilized Guide to Steaks, Chops, and other Tender Hunks from a Happy Montana Carnivore: New West Cooking from Montana’s Famed Mint Bar & Café (Running Press, 2013; rights with publisher). He started as a chef by apprenticing himself to two of America’s foremost French chefs. His first mentor was the famed New Orleans chef, transplanted Parisian, Daniel Bonnot, of the Louis XVI, La Tour Eiffel, Chez Daniel, Bizou, and then Michel Bourdeaux, of Maxwell’s Plum, Café Lafitte, Potomac etc. His first Montana restaurant, The Continental Divide, which he sold in 1999, attained legendary status amongst critics nationally. In addition to running The Mint, he also oversees a restaurant and food service consulting business and is the consulting chef to the Schott Glass Corporation of Mainz, Germany.

Cheree Berry is the author of Hoorah for the Bra: A Perky Peek at the History of the Brassiere (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006), a pop-up history of the bra, which won a First Place Award in the category of “Special Trade, Gift Books” from the New York Book Shows competition. Formerly a senior designer at kate spade, where she worked on the kate spade paper line, and a designer at Pentagram Design, one of the world’s most successful design firms, she now has her own personal paper line, Cheree Berry Paper.

Leigh A. Bortins is the founder and CEO, of Classical Conversations, Inc, one of the country’s leading institutions for home schooling education. She is the author of the forthcoming The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; rights have been sold in Korea and Croatia; remaining translation rights with agent). She hosts Leigh for Lunch! , a radio show, where she interviews authors and thought leaders that promote the classical model of education for both home schools and institutions. She has written numerous publications including K-12 curriculum guides for classical educators and literature guides for high school students. Mrs. Bortins speaks to audiences of interested parents and educators around the country twelve weeks a year, trains classical educators four weeks a year, and interviews authors and educational leaders weekly on her own radio show. She has completed her Doctoral Theses for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on Global Education, and has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mike Tornabene and Gian Hunan are the creators of the YouTube channels “Dom Mazzetti “(2011) and “BroScienceLife” (2012). Both channels have steadily grown since their inception, with the “BroScienceLife” channel now boasting 1.4 million YouTube subscribers (with an average 1.8 million views per video), 570K Facebook likes and 80K Twitter followers. The “Dom Mazzetti” channel follows suit with 365K YouTube subscribers (averaging 805K views per video), 190K Facebook likes, 100K Twitter followers, and 243K Instagram followers. The channels took in over 1 million dollars in gross merchandise sales in 2014 and are projected to double that by the end of 2015. They are currently writing The Swoly Bible: The BroScience Way of Life (Plume, 2016; rights with publisher).

Mike Burg is one of America’s leading trial lawyers. Mike is the recipient of numerous legal awards, including the Clarence Darrow Award, the American Association for Justice Heavy Lifting Award, and the Weidemann Wysocki Award. He was also named one of the Top 50 Trial Attorneys in America by the Legal 500 from 2012 through 2015, and was named Lawyer of the Year in Products Liability by Best Lawyers in America in 2015. Additionally, Law Week Colorado named Mike the Lawyer of the Decade from 2000-2010. He is Past President of the National Trial Lawyers (2010). Mike has been appointed to numerous leadership positions by Federal Judges around the country in a variety of high-profile Multi District Litigations, including being co-lead attorney in the Ortho Evra and Yaz/Yasmin litigations, which resulted in settlements of over $3 Billion dollars. He continues to actively practice law in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and commercial litigation and has won numerous verdicts for his clients, over twenty of which have been in excess of $1M. He is the author, with Josh Young, of Trial By Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives (BenBella Books, 2016; rights with publisher).

Randy Cassingham is a humorist and the creator of the popular website devoted to outrageous true lawsuits, The Stella . He is the author of the upcoming The Stella Awards: Honoring Real Cases of Greedy Opportunists, Frivolous Lawsuits and the Law Run Amok (Dutton, 2005; rights have been sold to Hayakawa in Japan; remaining rights with publisher), which features stories from the website as well as commentary on America’s litigation craze. It does for American law what The Darwin Awards does for human stupidity. He is also the creator of This is True , a weekly news commentary column featuring bizarre-but-true stories from newspapers all over the world.

Bernie Chowdhury is the author of The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths (HarperCollins, 2000; sold in 12 countries; remaining rights with publisher), which explored the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving through the tragic deaths of Chris and Chrissy Rouse on a dive to a WWII German U-boat off the New Jersey coast in 1992. The founder and publisher of Immersed: The International Technical Diving Magazine , Chowdhury is a recognized expert on extreme sports diving and an Explorers Club Fellow. The book sold in 14 countries. “Bernie Chowdhury has written a book that seems to explore diving and the deep, cruel sea; in reality, he has written a book about exploring a place even deeper and far crueler — the human psyche and our often unfulfilled souls.” – Homer Hickam, Jr., author of the No.1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys.

Wendy Northcutt is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action (Dutton, 2000), which spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection (Dutton, 2001), which spent three months on the list. The two collections of stories honor those who continue to improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it in a sublimely idiotic fashion.

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning journalist based in Seattle. She is the author of Murder in Italy: The Story Behind the Murder of Meredith Kercher, the Case Against Amanda Knox, and the Strange World of an Italian College Town (Berkley, 2010; rights sold in Vietnam; remaining translation rights with agent; film rights have been optioned to Sony Television). Her blog “Italian Woman at the Table”, which is hosted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has been featured on She has covered the police beat and the courts for The Spokesman-Review, and written about women’s issues for The Chicago Tribune and MSN . Her travel tales appear in numerous anthologies, including Travelers’ Tales: A Woman’s Passion for Adventure.

Michelle Ebbin is a leading touch therapy and wellness expert and the founder of Basic Knead. Her best-selling massage books, dvd’s and products have helped thousands of men, women, babies and even dogs to relax, reduce stress and stay healthy. Michelle’s goal is to help people achieve optimal health and well-being through the healing power of touch. She is the author of The Touch Remedy: Hands-On Solutions to De-Stress Your Life (HarperOne, 2016; rights with publisher). The Touch Remedy: Hands-On Solutions to De-Stur Life

P.T. Elliott is an art director and production designer who has worked on many Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, “Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water”, “In Time”, “The Box” and Seth Rogen’s “Preacher” series on AMC. She is currently production designing Richard Kelly’s (Donnie Darko) film “Soulmates”, and is currently developing Gus Van Sant’s only novel, Pink, into a film. She also has worked as a visual researcher for fantastical films including “Star Wars Ep.VIII”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Fantastic Mister Fox” and “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”.
She’s the author of two works of satire, 100 Proof (Dutton) and Cracker Ingenuity (St. Martin’s), and the forthcoming The Sociopath’s Gu >

Mike Freeman is a national NFL columnist for Bleacher Report (the nation’s second largest sports site with 4 million pages views a month). He is the author of eight books, including Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season (It Books, 2012), Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of An American Hero (It Books, 2007) and Bloody Sundays: Inside the Rough and Tumble World of the NFL (HarperCollins, 2004), which was a New York Times notable book. He is a regular contributor to Jim Rome’s radio and television shows, and a regular on the highly popular Tony Kornheiser podcast. He is also a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC speaking on sports issues. He has reported on the NFL for 25 years and written for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. His most recent book is Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler (Harper/Dey Street, 2016; rights with publisher).

Jonathan Greenberg is a professor of English at Montclair State University. He is the author of Modernism, Satire and the Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the editor of The Cambridge Introduction to Satire (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Jim Huber was a four-time Emmy winner, and an essayist and interviewer for Turner Sports. He was also the winner of the 1999 Edward R. Murrow Award for writing. He was the author of Four Days In July: Tom Watson, the 2009 British Open, and One of the Most Improbable Stories in Sports History (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011; rights with publisher).

In a career spanning more than fifty years, Olivia Hussey has portrayed leading roles in films (Romeo and Juliet, Death on the Nile, Psycho IV) and
celebrated television miniseries (Jesus of Nazareth, The Bastard, Ivanhoe, The Last Days of Pompeii, Lonesome Dove, It). She also has appeared in
Murder, She Wrote and Boy Meets World and has done voice work for Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and the Star Wars video game franchise. For her performance in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, she won the Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer and the David di Donatello Award (the Italian Academy Award) for Best Actress. She is the author of Girl on the Balcony (Kensington, 2018, rights with publisher).

Scottie Jones is the executive director of the U.S. Farm Stay Association, an organization she founded in 2010 with a goal to build a new travel market in the U.S. focused on farm vacations. She is a nationally recognized expert on farm stays and is an invited speaker at both tourism and farm conferences around the country. Scottie has written for Country, Dressage Today and Southern Farm & Garden, and been interviewed on national TV, radio and podcasts. She is currently writing Country Grit: A Farmoir of Finding Purpose and Love (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018; rights with publisher).

Fred Levin is one of the most successful trial attorneys in the country. He has been listed in every edition of the publication “Best Lawyers in America.” Mr. Levin has managed the careers of many champion boxers, including Roy Jones, Jr. In 1995, he was selected as National Boxing Manager of the year by the National Boxing Writers Association. In 1999, the law school name was officially changed to the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. In 2007, Mr. Levin was voted the #1 most influential and powerful man in Northwest Florida by the Independent News. In 2009, Mr. Levin was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2012, Mr. Levin was selected as a trustee for the Florida Democratic Party. He partnered with Josh Young to write And Give Up Showbiz!: The Extraordinary Life of Fred Levin, and the Transformation of American Law (BenBella Books, 2014; rights with publisher).

Paul Lewis teaches American literature and writing workshops at Boston College. Currently the president of the Poe Studies Association, from 2010 through 2015, Lewis served as the chairman of the Poe Foundation of Boston, which succeeded in installing a statue of Poe near his likely birthplace. A student of gothic humor, cruel humor, and gallows humor, Lewis has written extensively on these strains in US popular culture. He is the author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict and “What’s So Funny about a Dead Terrorist: Toward an Ethics of Humor in Digital Age”. The neologist who coined the word “Frankenfood,” Lewis has also published op-ed, feature, and humor pieces in leading newspapers. He is currently working on a satirical “children’s” book for adults, A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book About the Coming Apocalypse, illustrated by Kenneth Lamug, (Andrews McMeel, 2017; rights with publisher).

Dr. Robi Ludwig is a psychotherapist and nationally recognized expert on relationships and criminal violence who is a frequent panelist on “Larry King Live,” Court TV’s “Catherine Crier” program, “Montel” and other shows. Robi is an expert on criminal behavior, and is the author of Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage and the Mind of the Killer Spouse (Atria, 2006) (UK and translation rights with agent), a look at the profiles of the ten types of killer spouses. She was the host of “1 Week to Save Your Marriage” on TLC. Her most recent book is Your Best Age is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergeize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life (HarperOne; 2016; rights with publisher).

Mike Medavoy is one of Hollywood’s legendary studio heads. Over the past 40 years, he has built an unparalleled record, first as an agent and then as an executive. He ran United Artists in the 70s; Orion Pictures in the 80s; Sony TriStar Pictures in the late 80s and early 90s; and now Phoenix Films. He has been involved with more than 300 films, including 8 best picture Oscar winners, among them “The Sting”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Rocky”, “Annie Hall”, “Amadeus”, “Platoon”, “Dances With Wolves”, and “The Silence of the Lambs”. He is the author of the national bestseller You’re Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for Which I Should be Shot (Pocket, 2002), a deeply personal history of four decades in American film. “The best book on Hollywood I’ve ever read.” – Larry King; “I cannot think of anyone who could have more faithfully chronicled the history of the movie business.” – Marlon Brando.

Actor and comedian Larry Miller is the humor columnist for The Weekly Standard. Larry’s television credits include being a regular on ABC’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter”, and “My Wife and Kids”, NBC’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and ABC’s “Life’s Work” and recurring roles on two series “Law and Order” and “Mad About You.” He has regular guest appearances on “Bill Maher’s Real Time”, and “Late Night with David Letterman”, and has had two of his own critically acclaimed specials for HBO. He has appeared on numerous shows including “Seinfeld”, “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “The Larry Sanders Show”, among many others. Other film credits include “Pretty Woman”, “”The Nutty Professor”, “Corrina, Corrina”, “Waiting for Guffman”, “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind”, among many others. He was the voice of the Boss on the animated series “Dilbert.” He is the author of Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life (Regan Books, 2006; rights with publisher), a collection of humorous essays on life in modern America.

Whit Missildine is the creator of the podcast This Is Actually Happening. The podcast was founded in 2011 and has over 100 published episodes. It has 60,000 subscribers and currently has 3 million downloads. In the past two years, four episodes were broadcast on NPR. This Is Actually Happening was ranked #40 on a list of the “Best Factual Podcasts of 2015” published by Cool Tools, and it ranked #22 on a list of “Best Podcasts of 2016” in The Atlantic.

D.S. Moss is the host of the podcast “The Adventures of Memento Mori,” which explores the science, mysticism, culture and mystery of death. The show, which the Atlantic included on its list of the best podcasts of 2017, follows D.S as he attempts to reconcile his own impermanence and live a more meaningful life. Home-schooled by Evangelical Christians in Idaho, rebelled as a teenager in the grunge scene of Seattle, trained as a spy in the United States Marine Corps, educated as a screenwriter in Austin, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Ryan Parsons ( is a veteran MMA coach, manager, and consultant. He has a doctorate in Chiropractic Medcine and is a frequent lecturer at the Center for Sport Performance at Cal-State Fullerton. He was an assistant coach on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, serves as a consultant to the entertainment industry, and helped Kevin James lose eighty pounds in preparation for the film “Here Comes the Boom.” He is currently writing, with Chael Sonnen, The Four-Pack Revolution: How You Can Aim Lower, Cheat on Your Diet, and STILL Lose Weight AND Keep It Off (Rodale, 2017; rights with publisher). The site for the book is

Sharon Peters is an award-winning newspaper journalist who was formerly the pet columnist for USA Today for the last four years. Peters has worked as a reporter or editor for several newspapers throughout the United States, as well as a management consultant for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. She is currently writing Trusting Calvin: The Touching Story of a Man Who Survived History and the Guide Dog That Unlocked His Heart (Globe Pequot, 2013; rights sold in Brazil; remaining translation and UK rights with agent)

Joe Ray is a journalist writing and shooting food and travel stories from Europe for major dailies and magazines around the world since 2001. His stories and photos have appeared in The New York Times, Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Corriere della Sera Magazine, The Daily, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, The Houston Chronicle, The Montreal Gazette, The Star-Ledger, The San Jose Mercury News, Time Out, Cigar Aficionado and many other publications. In 2007 and 2008, he was nominated by The Boston Globe‘s Travel editor for multiple awards with the Society of American Travel Writers and in 2009, he was awarded their top prize: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of The Year. He is the author, with Blaine Wetzel, of Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest (Running Press, 2015; rights with publisher).

Elizabeth Segran, is a staff writer at Fast Company Magazine, where she writes about the fashion and retail industries, and has a weekly newsletter called Moving The Needle that has 10,000 readers, and growing. She has also written for The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Fortune, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. She has appeared on radio shows like NPR’s Marketplace and Tell Me More and regularly speaks at conferences around the country including the Fashion Tech Forum, South by Southwest, and the Fast Company Innovation Festival. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She is currently writing, with Benjamin Schneer, The Rocket Years: Better Living Through Data: How To Turn Your Twenties Into a Launchpad For Creating The Life You Really Want (Harper Wave, 2020; rights with publisher).

Chael Sonnen ( is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter and 14-time Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor currently signed with Bellator MMA. He also is a commentator for ESPN and NBC. His podcast You’re Welcome! With Chael Sonnen draws hundreds of thousands of listeners per week, and he has nearly 790,000 followers on Twitter. He is currently writing, with Ryan Parsons, The Four-Pack Revolution: How You Can Aim Lower, Cheat on Your Diet, and STILL Lose Weight AND Keep It Off (Rodale, 2017; rights with publisher). The site for the book is

Bob Tewksbury won 110 games over a 13-year career (from 1986 through 1998) with the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins, was named to the National League All-Star team, and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. Notable for incredible pinpoint control, Tewksbury had a walks-per-nine-innings rate of 1.45, which ranks No. 1 on baseball’s all-time list of starting pitchers
since the Dead Ball Era with a minimum of 1,500 innings. He earned a Master’s Degree in sport psychology and counseling from Boston University and worked as Mental Skills Coach for the Red Sox for more than a decade. He has also worked for Major League Baseball. Tewksbury appeared in the movie
“The Scout,” playing himself. He is currently writing, with Scott Miller, Ninety Percent Mental: The H >

Nina Willdorf is the author of City Chic: An Urban Girl’s Guide to Livin’ Large on Less (Sourcebooks, 2003; sold in Korea; rights with publisher) and Wedding Chic: A Girl’s Guide to Squeezing the Most Style and Creativity Out of Your Wedding Budget (Perigee, 2005; rights with publisher). She is the Editor in Chief of Budget Travel. She has also written for Glamour, Health, Blender, SELF, The Forward and The New York Observer. She was formerly an editor at Child, Worth and Budget Travel magazines and a lifestyle features writer at the Boston Phoenix.

David Wolper was one of the film and television industry’s living legends. He was the producer of over 700 films, including 4 Oscar-winners, 51 Emmy-winners, and 7 Golden Globe-winners. Some of his credits included “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, Alex Haley’s “Roots”, William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”, “The Thorn Birds”, John Jakes’ “North and South” and “L.A. Confidential.” In 1998, TV Guide chose Mr. Wolper as one of the “45 People Who Made a Difference” in television history, “…a true original whose vision and innovation shaped the medium.” His memoir, Producer (Scribner, 2003) was praised by Jack Valenti as “a superior piece of work… it gets into the entrails of making films and documentaries that is seldom illuminated.”

Josh Young is a best-selling author and journalist whose works spans entertainment, popular culture, politics, and business. Josh is the co-writer of the New York Times bestsellers Erasing Death: The Science that is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death, with Sam Parnia (HarperOne, 2013), The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor, with Colin Tudge (Little Brown, 2009), Bob Newhart’s comedic memoir I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!(Hyperion, 2006), Real Men Don’t Apologize (Hyperion, 2005) by Jim Belushi, and of national best-seller Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live by Jay Mohr (Hyperion, 2006). Additionally, Josh is the co-author with movie mogul Mike Medavoy of the national best-seller You’re Only as Good as Your Next One (Atria, 2002), and the co-author of Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with film director Mel Stuart (St. Martin’s, 2002). He also worked as a contributing writer on the No.1 New York Times best-seller The Right Words at the Right Time, edited by Marlo Thomas (Atria, 2002). As a journalist, Josh has been a contributing writer at George magazine, LIFE, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and The New York Times. His work has appeared in numerous other publications, including The New Republic, Talk, Details, and The Sunday Telegraph of London.

W.B. Belcher (Bill) grew up in a mill town in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. He attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA), and later Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) from which he received a BA in English and Theatre Arts. Belcher earned his MFA from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT), where he studied both fiction and playwriting. He is the author of Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Other Press, 2016). As a teacher, Belcher has led fiction writing and grant writing workshops for a variety of groups in New York and Massachusetts, including The Sage Colleges, Saratoga Arts, the Easton Library, and the Greenwich Library, among others. He currently serves at the Director of External Affairs for The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY.

Taylor Brown’s fiction has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The North Carolina Literary Review, The Southwest Review, The Baltimore Review, Chautauqua, The New Guard, CutBank, StorySouth and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, Wabash Prize in Fiction, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize. He is the author of In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014), Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), and The River of Kings (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). Taylor, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005.

William Dietrich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and thriller writer. He was awarded his Pulitzer for his coverage for the Seattle Times of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He is the author of a popular series of historical novels revolving around the American adventurer Ethan Gage, and beginning with Napoleon’s Pyramids (HarperCollins, 2007; rights have been sold in 25 countries). Attila: Scourge of God (HarperCollins, 2005; rights with publisher), about Attila the Hun’s final campaign; and Hadrian’s Wall (HarperCollins, 2004; rights with publisher). His thrillers include Ice Reich, Getting Back and Dark Winter, all published by Warner. The follow-up to Napoleon’s Pyramids, entitled The Rosetta Key, was published by HarperCollins in 2008, The Barbary Pirates published in 2010, The Emerald Storm in 2012, The Barbed Crown in 2013 and Three Emperors in 2014.

A native Houstonian, Mike Freedman volunteered for the Army after 9/11 and served in both the Infantry and the Special Forces as a Green Beret. He has done three combat tours with the Special Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an English Literature graduate of Tulane University and was awarded the Class of 2014’s full scholarship from Rice University Business School, where he served as President of the Rice Veterans Association and founding Chair of the Baker Institute of Public Policy’s Roundtable Young Professionals group. He is the author of the upcoming novel King of the Mississippi (Crown, 2018; translation rights with agent).

Gemma Halliday is a powerhouse in the romantic suspense/mystery genre. She has sold, cumulatively, over 1.5 million copies of her three series: High Heels Mystery series, Hollywood Headlines Mystery series, and the Jamie Bond series. The novels have won a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice Awards and three RITA nominations. Several titles of the High Heels Mystery series have hit the New York Times, USA Today and Kindle (#1) bestseller lists, cumulatively have sold over 1 million copies.

Patricia Haley is the Essence magazine bestselling author of Nobody’s Perfect, No Regrets, Blind Faith, Still Waters and Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (BET Books, 1998-2006). She is the author of Chosen, Destined and Broken (Pocket Books, 2009-11; rights with publisher).

Andrew Hilleman was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at Creighton University and his M.F.A. in Fiction from Northern Michigan University. During his time in graduate school, he taught creative writing, composition, and technical writing. He has been published in Fiddlehead magazine and was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s short fiction award. After graduation, he began work as a fiction editor for The Editorial Department based out of Tucson, Arizona. He is working on his debut novel World, Chase Me Down (Penguin, 2017). He lives in Omaha with his wife and daughter.

Gwendolyn Knapp is a sixth-generation Floridian, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina. Her fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse and Quarterly West, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Southeast Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review,, The Best Creative Non-Fiction Vol. 2, and included as a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2013 among other places. She is the editor of Eater NOLA, and has worked as a freelance food writer for Zagat, The Guardian and elsewhere. She is the author of the memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It, A Tale of Family Clutter (Gotham, 2015).

Sandra McDonald is an American science fiction and fantasy author. She is the author of The Stars Down Under (Tor, 2008) and The Outback Stars (Tor, 2007). Her short story collection Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories won the Lambda Award for LGBT SF, Fantasy and Horror works in 2011.

James Han Mattson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught creative writing, rhetoric, and business writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, the University of Cape Town, Stanford University, and the University of California – Berkeley. A Michener-Copernicus Award recipient, he has worked as a staff writer and editor for Pagoda Foreign Language Institute, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and Logogog – South Africa. His debut novel is The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves (Little A, 2017; rights with publisher).

Mary Monroe is a novelist and the author of the New York Times bestseller God Don’t Play (Kensington, 2006) and the national bestsellers, God Don’t Like Ugly, God Still Don’t Like Ugly, Red Light Wives and Borrow Trouble (Kensington, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006), as well as the critically acclaimed The Upper Room (St. Martin’s, 1985/ Kensington, 2001). She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for God Don’t Like Ugly and a Black Expressions Book of the Year Award for God Don’t Play. Other books include Family of Lies (2014), Bad Blood (2015), and Every Woman’s Dream (2016), all published by Kensington.

Marissa Monteilh is a former model, television news reporter, and commercial actress, is the author of several books, including, Erotic City, (Grand Central, 2008), Dr. Feelgood (Kensington, 2007), Hot Boyz (HarperCollins 2004), The Chocolate Ship (HarperCollins, 2003), and May December Souls (HarperCollins, 2002). Her next two books will, Sixty-Nine and The Housewives of Ladera Heights will be published by Grand Central in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

J.R. Rain is the author of 12 novels, all self-published E-books in the areas of thrillers, paranormal novels and mysteries. A #1 bestselling novelist on Kindle, collectively, his books have sold well over a million copies. He is one of America’s top vampire novelists, and his Vampire for Hire series has sold cumulatively over 170,000 copies (rights have been sold in France, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Italy, and audio rights have also been sold; remaining translation rights with the agent; BenBella Books will be publishing the print edition). He’s sold over 1,000,000 copies of all his titles. His novels The Body Departed and Silent Echo were published by Amazon Publishing in 2013 and 2014 (translation rights with agent).

Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, a novel, two books on fiction writing, and several children’s books. Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, his memoir-in-essays, was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize. His essays have won the Dana Award, the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and numerous citations in the Best American Essays Series. Peter is the prose editor of Alimentum: The Literature of Food, and nonfiction editor and art director of Arts & Letters. He teaches writing at Georgia College and lives on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. His memoir The Inventors was published by Hawthorne Books in 2016.

Charles Dodd White is a recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is author of the novels, A Shelter of Others (2014), Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015). His work has appeared in Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, Appalachian Heritage, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, The Rumpus, Tusculum Review and others. He is an Assistant Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Charles’s forthcoming novel is called In the House of Wilderness (Ohio University Press, 2018).

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