Author Wesley Brown

Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels, Tragic Magic, Darktown Strutters, Push Comes to SHOVE; a short story collection, Dance of the Infidels; four produced plays, Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, A Prophet Among Them, and Dark Meat on a Funny Mind. He co-edited the multicultural anthologies, Imagining America (fiction), Visions of America (non-fiction), edited the Teachers & Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass and wrote the narration for a segment of the PBS documentary, W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. He is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, currently teaches literature and creative writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and lives in Chatham Center, New York.

Author Jonathan GouldJonathan Gould is a former professional musician who studied with the eminent jazz drummer Alan Dawson and spent years playing in bands and recording studios. His first book, Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain & America, was published to critical acclaim in 2007. His last book,Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, was published by Crown Archetype in May 2017. Written with the cooperation of Redding’s family and many of his closest associates, it combines a detailed narrative of Redding’s life and professional career with a comprehensive overview of social, cultural, and political forces that contributed to the mass popularity of soul music in the 1960s.

Author Rebecca Morgan FrankRebecca Morgan Frank is the author of three collections of poetry: Little Murders Everywhere; The Spokes of Venus; and Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Guernica, and elsewhere, and her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the U.S. She is the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine

Author Sulome AndersonSulome Anderson is a journalist based out of Beirut, Lebanon. She writes for Newsweek, NBC News, The Atlantic, Harpers, New York magazine, Foreign Policy, and VICE. Her book The Hostage’s Daughter, an investigation into her father Terry Anderson’s kidnapping and six-year captivity by terrorists, won a Nonfiction Book Award and two International Book Awards. She hopes to remind readers with her work that people marked by faraway conflicts, whether victims or villains, are as human as they are.

Author Michael D. LemonickMichael D. Lemonick is Opinion Editor at Scientific American magazine. Prior to that, he spent nearly 21 years as a Senior Writer at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on about science and the environment. He has also written seven books—five about space and astronomy, one on climate change and the most recent, The Perpetual Now, about amnesia and the neuroscience of memory. He has written on a freelance basis for Discover, Slate, Audubon, Smithsonian, National Geographic, the New Yorker and other magazines. He teaches science journalism at Princeton University.


Author Greg MitchellGreg Mitchell has edited leading magazines, authored more than a dozen books, written hundreds of articles for national publications and served as co-producer or chief consultant to major documentary films. His latest book, The Tunnels, published by Crown in October 2016, drew acclaim in the Washington Post, New York Times Books Review, NPR and numerous other media, and has been optioned by FilmNation for a motion picture with Paul Greengrass attached as director.

He was the editor of Editor & Publisher magazine in New York from 2002 to 2009 and won more than a dozen national awards during that period. He is co-producer of the acclaimed 2014 documentary, Following the Ninth, on Beethoven’s final symphony, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Bill Moyers’ PBS show, and co-wrote the book Journeys With Beethoven with director Kerry Candaele.

Mitchell’s previous books, include The Campaign of the Century (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize and one of five finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), on Upton Sinclair’s race for governor of California in 1934 and the birth of modern media politics; Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady (a New York Times Notable Book); and with Robert Jay Lifton, Hiroshima in America and Who Owns Death? His book on the media and Iraq, So Wrong for So Long, featured a preface by Bruce Springsteen. His memoir Joy in Mudville, on coaching his son in Nyack Little League, was optioned by Universal for Tom Hanks.

He is also the author of three recent e-books: Atomic Cover-up, Hollywood Bomb and Vonnegut and Me. Other books or e-books written by Mitchell in the past three years include: Journeys With Beethoven; The Age of WikiLeaks, and Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning.

Before Editor & Publisher, Mitchell served as the editor of Nuclear Times magazine for four years, and he was executive editor at the legendary Crawdaddy for most of the 1970s, interviewing some of the leading musicians and writers of that era. His articles have appeared in dozens of leading magazines and newspapers and he has served as chief adviser for acclaimed documentaries on the atomic bomb and The Great Depression (for a PBS series). He blogs at Huffington Post and wrote a daily blog for The Nation from 2010-2014. Mitchell lives in Nyack, N.Y. His Twitter feed, with more than 26,000 followers, is @GregMitch.

Author Elinor LipmanElinor Lipman is the author of 14 books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel’s Bed, I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays, and her latest, On Turpentine Lane. Her rhyming tweets were published in 2012 as Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She has taught at Simmons, Hampshire and Smith colleges, and was the 2011-12 Elizabeth Drew professor of creative writing at Smith. Her novel, Then She Found Me, was adapted into a 2008 feature film starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth and Bette Midler. She served on the 2006 literature panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a fiction judge for the 2008 National Book Awards. She lives in New York City.

Author Louie CroninLouie Cronin’s debut novel, Everyone Loves You Back, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a finalist for an Indie Excellence Award. For 10 years, Louie Cronin (a.k.a. “Cronin the Barbarian”) served as Car Talk’s traffic cop, producing the show and ensuring that every call was entertaining. With an MFA in creative writing from Boston University, Louie is a recipient of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston and has had fiction and essays published in Writer Unboxed, Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, The Boston Globe Magazine, and on Her short stories have been finalists for both Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings awards. Louie has been awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she works as a technical director for PRI’s radio show, The World.

Author Patricia ParkPatricia Park is the author of the novel, Re Jane (Viking, 2015) and has written for The New York Times, Guardian, Salon, and others. She received fellowships from Fulbright, Sewanee, and the Center for Fiction. She is Assistant Professor in the MFA program at American University. A New York City native, she lives in Brooklyn and DC.



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