New York Times-bestselling author Geraldine Brooks writes impeccably researched historical novels. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her novel, March. Other novels include Caleb’s Crossing, Year of Wonders and People of the Book, as well as non-fiction works. Her new novel, The Secret Chord, about the life of King David, will be published this fall.
Dawn Davis is the Vice President and Publisher of 37 Ink, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group of Simon & Schuster. Founded by Ms. Davis in 2013, 37 Ink publishes books from a diverse array of cultures and viewpoints. Prior to launching 37 Ink, Davis was Editorial Director and then Publisher of Amistad books.
Steve Fischer is the Executive Director on the New England Independent Booksellers Association. NEIBA’s mission is to further the success of professional independent booksellers in New England to foster a vital and supportive bookselling community.
George Gibson is the Publishing Director of Bloomsbury USA and is responsible for the acquisition and publication of all books in the adult division of Bloomsbury USA, as well as being a working editor. Gibson began his career in the book business in 1972 as a clerk at The Old Corner Bookstore in Boston, which was then the oldest continuously running bookstore in America.
Author Tony Horwitz began his career as a newspaper reporter in Indiana, later working as a foreign correspondent and winning a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. His books include Boom, an ebook about the Keystone pipeline, Midnight Rising, Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, Baghdad Without a Map, and A Voyage Long and Strange.
An award winning journalist, Hunter-Gault was CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, National Public Radio’s chief correspondent in Africa, and PBS NewsHour’s national correspondent. She is the author of four books, including In My Place, the memoir of her historic role as one of two African-American students who desegregated the University of Georgia.
A novelist, Ward Just began his career as a reporter and served as The Washington Post’s war correspondent in Vietnam. He is the author of 16 novels including the 2014 American Romantic, the National Book Award Finalist, Echo House, and An Unfinished Season, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks including her most recent, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks in 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine and Bon Appétit magazines. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine. Her renowned, Jewish Cooking in America won the James Beard Award for the best American cookbook.
Journalist Michele Norris is an NPR host and special correspondent. She leads The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, which won a Peabody Award in 2014. She hosted NPR’s evening news program, All Things Considered for many years. Her 2010 memoir, The Grace of Silence, sheds new light on America’s complicated racial history.
Richard Russo is the author of seven novels, two short story collections and the memoir, Elsewhere. In 2002, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls. He is a master of rich characters and pitch-perfect descriptions of small-town America.
Sharon Shaloo is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Center for the Book, which sponsors programming to connect readers with books. Its mission is to promote interest in reading as a cultural activity and support the literary economy of Massachusetts.
Alexandra Styron is the author of the memoir, Reading My Father, and the novel, All the Finest Girls. She teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College. In Reading My Father, Styron provides a compelling look at the experiences that shaped her father, William Styron’s life and his novels.
Patricia A. Sullivan
Professor Sullivan is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina where she specializes in modern US history. Her particular areas of interest are African American history; race, reform and politics in the US; the South since the Civil War; and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Her books include Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era and Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years.