Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling THRONE OF GLASS series–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and its sequel A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. She wrote the first incarnation of the THRONE OF GLASS series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-two languages. EMPIRE OF STORMS, the fifth THRONE OF GLASS novel, was released in September 2016.
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Blue and Gold Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware. In 2011, Professor Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her first book, A FRAGILE FREEDOM: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND EMANCIPATION IN THE ANTEBELLUM CITY was published by Yale University Press in 2008.
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, NEVER CAUGHT is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
Once a New York City lawyer, Marie Benedict long dreamed about a job unraveling the larger mysteries of the past as an archaeologist or historian—before she tried her hand at writing. While drafting her first book, she realized that she could excavate the possible truths lurking in history through fiction, and has done so in THE OTHER EINSTEIN, the story of Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein's first wife and an acclaimed physicist herself. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also authored THE CHRYSALIS, THE MAP THIEF, and BRIGID OF KILDARE. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, and lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the SELECTION series and THE SIREN. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. You can learn more about Kiera’s books, videos, and love of cake online at www.kieracass.com.
Actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch’s most recent book I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT (Penguin/Random House) was one of three finalists for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing 2015. The New York Times says “Annabelle Gurwitch is a funny woman…. At the center of the book is a serious question: How are we supposed to age? She convincingly argues that there is no longer a template.” I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT was also named one of Kirkus Reviews’ 10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh.
Annabelle gained a loyal following during her numerous years co-hosting Dinner & a Movie on TBS and as a regular commentator on NPR. Her other books are YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP and FIRED! Annabelle’s essays and satire appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Magazine, Glamour, and The Nation.com. WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE (about family, of course) was released in April 2017.
Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of middle grade series WHATEVER AFTER, the MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series), as well as GIMME A CALL, TEN THING WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE), DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, and THINK TWICE. With Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, Sarah also wrote HOW TO BE BAD, and the UPSIDE-DOWN MAGIC series.
Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Courtney Sheinmel is the author of dozens of books for kids and teens including EDGEWATER, POSITIVELY, and the STELLA BATTS series for young readers. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Sequoyah Award, a National Parenting Publication Awards honorable mention, and have appeared on recommended lists, including the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teenage, and the ABC Best Books for Children. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. Bloomsbury USA published the first book in Courtney's new series, THE KINDNESS CLUB, this fall. Courtney lives in New York City.
Angelo Acquista, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and tropical diseases. He is a clinical instructor in medicine at North Shore-LIJ University Hospital. He grew up eating the quintessential Mediterranean diet in his native Sicily and lives in New York City with his wife and children.
Robin Constantine is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved south so she could wear flip-flops year-round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene.
Born, bred, and buttered in Harlem, Melba Wilson's restaurant, Melba's, is a hot spot for celebrities, locals and tourists from around the world who crave unbeatable American comfort food. She began her career at Sylvia’s Restaurant, where she launched the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch, and has received numerous accolades and awards for her entrepreneurship and her original and family recipes. She won on an episode of the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, was featured on The View, and appears regularly on television, most recently on CNBC’s reality show, Consumed. She lives in New York with her son and recently published MELBA'S AMERICAN COMFORT.
Bryan Denson is a veteran journalist who specializes in telling hard-to-get stories in long-form narratives. Bryan has been awarded scores of national and regional journalism honors. He is a winner of the George Polk Award, the Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award, and was named a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. Denson was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, a second-place finisher in The Society for Features Journalism for news series and projects, and an honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. THE SPY'S SON, Bryan's first book, was a finalist for the William E. Colby Award.
He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his son, Holden.
FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE:
They're more than their problems.
Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she's okay.
Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band.
Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality.
Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot.
And Stella just doesn't want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy.
As these five teens get to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future.
Vern Kousky was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as an adjunct professor of English for Touro College. His first book, OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY, was released by Nancy Paulsen Books in 2015 and received Frostburg State University's CLC Book Award as well as a Parent's Choice Award.
His next book, THE BLUE SONGBIRD, will be published in April 2017 by Running Press Kids. And this third picture book, HAROLD LOVES HIS WINTER HAT, will be published by Random House/Schwartz & Wade in summer 2018.
Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: STOLEN SONGBIRD, HIDDEN HUNTRESS, and WARRIOR WITCH.
Danielle L. Jensen graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance and from Mount Royal University with a degree in English literature. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her partner and their daughter.
TARA COTTRELL is a writer, digital strategist, and mom. She consults and writes for lifestyle and wellness brands in Silicon Valley and is a well-being advocate for at-risk and foster youth. She is currently the web content manager at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and lives in Menlo Park, CA.
DAN ZIGMOND is a writer, data scientist, and Zen priest. He advises startups and venture capital firms about data and health. He is a contributing editor at Tricycle, the largest Buddhist magazine in North America, and teaches at Jikoji Zen Center, a small Buddhist temple in the Santa Cruz mountains. In May 2015, he was named one of “20 Business Geniuses You Need to Know” by Wired Magazine, as he frequently reminds his kids. He lives in Menlo Park, too.
There’s a lot you probably don’t know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the “Enlightened One,” he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried dieting once and didn’t like it any more than the rest of us. Instead, he sought a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple.
Fast forward to today, and modern science confirms what Buddha knew all along. It’s not what you eat that’s important, but when you eat. You don’t need to follow the latest fads or give up your favorite foods. You just have to remember a few guidelines that Buddha provided—guidelines that will help you lose weight, feel better, and stop obsessing about food. Sure, Buddha lived before the age of doughnuts and French fries, but his wisdom and teachings endure, providing us with a sane, mindful approach to achieving optimum health.
Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney Gloria Allred. Lisa is currently the CBS News and the CNN Legal Analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime-time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. Lisa has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, the National Law Journal, and many more. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
A Texas native, Mark Wheaton studied English at the University of Texas at Austin and playwriting at Indiana University. In addition to writing novels, he has worked as a journalist, screenwriter, comic-book creator, and video game scribe. He lives in Los Angeles.
Carol Alt is the author of the three raw lifestyle books EATING IN THE RAW, THE RAW 50, and EASY SEXY RAW. As one of the world's first supermodels, Carol has graced the covers of more than seven hundred magazines, including two Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She has been featured in calendars, posters, and exercise videos, and has appeared on stage and television, and in more than sixty-five movies. Carol is an accomplished spokesperson and actress, a healthy lifestyle expert, and one of the raw food movement's most recognized advocates. Most recently, she is the author of A HEALTHY YOU.
Laura Andersen has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. After more than thirty years spent west of the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.
Her debut novel, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, will be published by Philomel in Fall 2017.
Andy Marino was born and raised in upstate New York. After graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in English, he dedicated himself to writing fiction. His first novel, UNISON SPARK, sends us into the future with two teens fighting the manipulative, all-consuming social network of the future. His second, UNCRASHABLE DAKOTA, takes us into the past that we might not entirely recognize. His next novel, AUTONOMOUS, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2017.
Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of the KRICKET series and the PREMONITION series. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.
Nina Berry is the author of the PAGAN JONES series and the OTHERKIN series. Born and raised in Honolulu, educated at the University of Chicago and Northwestern, Nina now works in television by day and writes books by night in Los Angeles.
Scott Farris is an experienced political journalist, speechwriter, adviser, and political candidate. A former bureau chief for United Press International and a political columnist, Farris has interviewed most of the men and women who have sought the presidency over the past thirty years. He managed several political campaigns, and was the Democratic Party's 1998 congressional nominee for Wyoming's at-large district, the seat once held by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Farris worked as a senior policy and communications adviser to a U.S. senator, the governors of Wyoming and California, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, two university presidents, and the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne. He worked closely with three presidential administrations and as a volunteer on multiple presidential campaigns. The first American journalist selected to participate in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's prestigious International Leadership Seminar, Farris has a master's degree in history from the University of Wyoming, where his thesis focused on President Kennedy's battle with the radical right. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.
The #1 New York Times bestselling SKINNY BITCH was not your typical boring diet book when it took the category by storm in 2005. Both a wake-up call and a kick in the ass, SKINNY BITCH exposed the horrors of the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. The tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call went on to inspire almost a dozen brand extensions, from SKINNY BITCH IN THE KITCH to BUN IN THE OVEN. From SKINNY BASTARD to several cookbooks, a book of vegan swaps, and even the novels SKINNY BITCH IN LOVE and SKINNY BITCH GETS HITCHED.
Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin started a movement when they wrote their bestselling manifesto.
Bonnie Hearn Hill is the author of a dozen books, including thrillers like LAST WORDS, INTERN, and IF IT BLEEDS. With Christopher Allan Poe, she wrote DIGITAL INK: Writing Killer Fiction in the e-book Age, a guide for writers. She speaks at conferences across the country, leads a successful writing workshop in Fresno, CA, and mentors numerous writers. Visit her at www.bonniehhill.com.