Richard Gehr has been an editor at the Los Angeles Reader, Spin, and MTV Interactive. He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, The Comics Journal, and elsewhere. He is the author of I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists and co-author of The Phish Book. He lives in Brooklyn.
Robert Kolker is the author of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family (2020), an instant #1 New York Times best-seller and Oprah’s Book Club selection; and Lost Girls (2013), also a New York Times best-seller and Notable Book, as well as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Books of the year and Slate’s best non-fiction books of the last 25 years. His journalism has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times Magazine, Wired, and The Marshall Project. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and host of the podcast, The Last Archive. Her many books include, These Truths: A History of the United States, an international bestseller and was named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of the decade. Lepore is the recipient of many honors, awards, and honorary degrees, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award; the National Magazine Award; and, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2012, she was named Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching.
Judith Mizrachy is the producer of the documentary The Booksellers. She has been part of the New York independent film community for over fifteen years. She’s produced award-winning documentaries, features and shorts which have screened at festivals including SXSW, DOC NYC and New York Film Festival. Previously, she led the marketing and outreach teams at Women Make Movies and First Run Features. She holds a master’s degree in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.: A Novel. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Parker Posey is the executive producer the documentary The Booksellers. Posey can currently be seen starring in the iconic role of “Dr. Smith” in the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. One of the most acclaimed actresses in American independent film, Parker has appeared in over 90 films and television productions. Parker also just wrapped production on the scripted podcast Hunted: Texas, which she stars in and executive produces with Dick Wolf. Parker’s first book You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir is a national best seller and has received critical acclaim from Vogue, Elle Magazine, Esquire and other magazines. Parker’s film, Columbus, premiered at Sundance in 2017 to rave reviews. She stars alongside John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. The film was nominated for Best Screenplay and Breakthrough Director awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and has also received Independent Spirit Awards’ nominations for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Earlier she starred in films directed by Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, and co-starred with Louis CK in the critically-acclaimed series Louie.
Jacqueline Rogers is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated books for children for over 35 years. Some of her most notable books are Beverly Cleary’s backlist, including the beloved Ramona series, Our Great Big Backyard, written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hagar, a New York Times bestseller, and the Little Ree books, written by the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Her latest author illustrated picture book, Goblin Moon, was published in 2019 by Harper Collins. jacquelinerogers.com
Ed Ward was the rock-and-roll historian on NPR’s Fresh Air for more than 30 years, reaching 14 million listeners. His music writing career began in the mid-60s with rock magazines Crawdaddy!, Rolling Stone and Creem, among others, then continued on the music desk of the Austin American-Statesman. He also was director of panels and international coordinator for Austin’s SXSW music festival. During his expat years, primarily in Berlin, he was a cultural correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe while also contributing to and eventually editing several English-language magazines. Back in Austin in 2013, Ward began writing The History of Rock & Roll (1920-1963 and 1964-1977). He’s now researching a book that has nothing to do with rock history.
Dan Wechsler is the producer of the documentary The Booksellers. A native New Yorker, Wechsler is a rare bookseller, publisher and filmmaker. His documentary More Than the Rainbow premiered at DOC NYC in 2012 and later screened as the opening night film at the Coney Island Film Festival where it won the award for Best Documentary. It was released in 2013 by First Run Features. In 2015, Wechsler and George Koppelman wrote and published Shakespeare’s Beehive, an account of an extraordinary annotated dictionary.
D.W. Young is the director of the documentary The Booksellers. His films have screened at festivals around the world including New York Film Festival, SXSW, Vancouver International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and many more. His features A Hole in a Fence and The Happy House were released by First Run Features. His short A Favor for Jerry, filmed on election night 2016, premiered at IFF Boston.