Literary novelist and author of THE ARSONISTS' CITY and SALT HOUSES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which was the winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and Arab American Book Award, among many other notices. Alyan is also an award-winning poet, whose most recent collection is THE TWENTY-NINTH YEAR.
Author of two memoirs: SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN: An Emergency Room Doctor's Story and BEAUTIFUL EYES (Norton).
Katherine Benton Cohen
Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She is the author of INVENTING THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEM: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy and BORDERLINE AMERICANS: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press).
Documentary filmmaker and author of the critically-acclaimed VISIT SUNNY CHERNOBYL: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places (Rodale).
Author of YOU ARE HERE: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves (Basic Books), Bray is is a technology reporter for the Boston Globe. He has also written for Wired, Black Enterprise, and Fast Company.
Nancy Marie Brown
Author of THE REAL VALKYRIE: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women; IVORY VIKINGS: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them; SONG OF THE VIKINGS: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths; THE ABACUS AND THE CROSS: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages; and THE FAR TRAVELER: Voyage of a Viking Woman.
Cabinet is a non-profit quarterly dedicated to creating a new culture of curiosity about the world and has been described by The New York Times as "voracious, omnivorous, and playful." PRESIDENTIAL DOODLES (Basic Books) grew out of a whimsical idea tossed out during an editorial meeting at the magazine.
One of the most published pet photographers in the world, Seth Casteel is author of the New York Times' best-selling UNDERWATER DOGS, UNDERWATER PUPPIES and BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG.
Marcia Chatelain is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. She is a leading public voice on the history of race, education, and food culture. The author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book FRANCHISE: The Golden Arches in Black America (Norton) and SOUTH SIDE GIRLS: Growing up in the Great Migration.
Marla Cilley aka The Flylady
Author of THE CHAOS CURE (Seal Press) and the ever popular SINK REFLECTIONS (Bantam) in which Cilley helps hundreds of thousands of her fans combat overwhelming household C.H.A.O.S. (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). She is also the co-author (with Leanne Ely) of the New York Times' best-selling book, BODY CLUTTER.
Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His nine books have been translated into eleven languages, and include NOT EVEN WRONG: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism, THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars, and BLOOD & IVY: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard. He is a 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction.
Journalist and author of THE BOOK OF ISAIAS: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America (St. Martin's). For more than a decade, Connolly has reported on Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock, and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. The winner of numerous journalism prizes, he has received grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Center for Journalists and the Fulbright program.
Matthew F. Delmont
A distinguished professor of history at Dartmouth and author of the forthcoming book HALF AMERICAN: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad (Viking). He has also published three other books on African American history, including MAKING ROOTS, WHY BUSING FAILED, and THE NICEST KIDS IN TOWN.
Frans de Waal
New York Times' best-selling author, one of the world's most renowned primatologists, and one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People. de Waal's books include MAMA'S LAST HUG: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves, a finalist for the 2020 Pen American Award and a Best Book of 2019 according to the New York Times, Science News, Amazon and others; ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?; THE BONOBO AND THE ATHEIST: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates (Norton); and OUR INNER APE, among others.
Harper's contributor, anthropologist and social critic. Author of MEDIATED: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It (Bloomsbury).
Certified nutritionist and author of PART-TIME PALEO (Plume) and the successful SAVING DINNER series. Co-author, with Marla Cilley, of the New York Times' best-seller, BODY CLUTTER.
Larrie D. Ferreiro
Historian and author of Pulitzer Prize finalist BROTHERS AT ARMS: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It (Knopf) and MEASURE OF THE EARTH: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World (Basic).
Flowers is the founder and director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, and since 2008, the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of the Equal Justice Initiative. She is the author of WASTE: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret (The New Press).
A science writer whose work has appeared in Discover, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Health, and Real Simple, Freinkel is the author of PLASTIC: A Toxic Love Story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and AMERICAN CHESTNUT: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree (University of California Press).
Sensory psychologist and author of WHAT THE NOSE KNOWS: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life (Crown), a finalist for the LA Times' Book Prize and the Royal Society Prize.
Award-winning journalist and social critic. Author of SHANGHAI GRAND: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue in a Doomed World; STRAPHANGER: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile; BOTTOMFEEDER: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood ; and THE DEVIL'S PICNIC: Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit. Winner of Canada's Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize.
Staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. A specialist in defense and national security, Hodge is the author of ARMED HUMANITARIANS: The Rise of Nation Builders and co-author (with Sharon Weinberger) of A NUCLEAR FAMILY VACATION (Bloomsbury). A longtime contributor to Wired's Danger Room, his work has appeared in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Jane's Defense Weekly and many other newspapers and magazines.
Dr. Vincent Houghton is the author of NUKING THE MOON: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board (Penguin). He is Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. and host of the Museum's podcast, SpyCast.
Author of ON THE GRID: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make our World Work (Rodale); DEFINING THE WIND: The Beaufort Scale and How a 19th Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry (Crown); and NO MAN'S LANDS, retracing the steps of Odysseus (Crown). Huler's essays are often heard on NPR.
Author of GOOD TALK: A Memoir in Conversations (One World), a finalist for the National Critics Circle Book Award; one of the top non-fiction titles of 2019 (according to the New York Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Esquire, Chicago Tribune, Library Journal, and others); and longlisted for the 2020 PEN American Award. Jacob is also a literary novelist of the critically-acclaimed debut THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING (Random House).
Author of the acclaimed book SLIME: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); A GARDEN OF MARVELS: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of the Way Plants Work and PARADISE UNDER GLASS: The Education of an Indoor Gardener (William Morrow). Kassinger's science and health writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Explorer, Health magazine, Science Weekly, and other publications.
Literary novelist and author of THE HOUSE ON FRIPP ISLAND (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), THE GUNNERS (a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick), and ANOTHER PLACE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN (Counterpoint) which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.
Named a "Top Young Historian" by History News Network, Kohn is the author of HEIR TO THE EMPIRE CITY: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt and HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt (Basic Books).
Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Randolph-Macon College, Lambert is the author of WELL GROUNDED: The Neurobiology of Rational Decisions and LIFTING DEPRESSION: A Neuroscientist's Hands-On Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power.
Author of APPLIED MINDS: How Engineers Think (Norton), Madhavan is a biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser. He conducts research at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. He is a vice-president of IEEE-USA, the world's largest professional society for engineering and technology.
Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurring Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Utah, McDannell's books include SISTER SAINTS: Mormon Women since the End of Polymory (OUP) and THE SPIRIT OF VATICAN II: A History of Catholic Reform in America (Basic).
Author of the New York Times' Notable Book THE DISTANCE TO THE MOON and the critically acclaimed IF THESE WALLS HAD EARS: The Biography of a House as well as CHASING MATISSE: A Year in France Living My Dream.
Author of THIRSTY DRAGON: China's Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World's Best Wines (Henry Holt) and a contributing editor at Wine Spectator.
Author of THE MILK LADY OF BANGALORE: An Unexpected Journey (Algonquin), a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, and MONSOON DIARY: A Memoir with Recipes.
Author of WAYFINDING: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World and RESURRECTION SCIENCE: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things (St. Martin's). O'Connor is a graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism whose reporting has appeared in Foreign Policy, Slate, Global Post, Wall Street Journal and NPR, among others. She has received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
One of the South's most exciting new voices in fiction, Paddock is the author of the acclaimed A SECRET WORD, which Jay McInerney called "a remarkably nuanced novel," POINT CLEAR, and the last in the trilogy, THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY.
Authof of BIBLIOTECH: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic), INTEROP: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Basic) (with Urs Gasser), among others. Palfrey's research and teaching focus on new media and learning. He has written extensively on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world.
Gary Andrew Poole
Journalist for Time, The Atlantic, and Esquire, Poole is the author of two sports biographies: THE GALLOPING GHOST: Red Grange, An American Football Legend (Houghton Mifflin), and PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao (Da Capo).
Author of THE AUTHENTICITY HOAX: Why the "Real" Things We Seek Don't Make Us Happy (Harper/McClelland Stewart) and co-author of the international best-seller THE REBEL SELL (called NATION OF REBELS in the United States) with Joseph Heath.
Science journalist and author of GENIUS AT PLAY: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway and KING OF INFINITE SPACE: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry (Walker). Roberts contributes to numerous publications including The New York Times, Seed, and Smithsonian.
Asian Business Correspondent for Time Magazine. Author of SUPERPOWER INTERRUPTED: The Chinese History of China (Public Affairs); CONFUCIUS and the World He Created (Basic Books); and THE MIRACLE: The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth (Harper Business).
Literary novelist and author of THE PAINTING (Algonquin), which was named a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Shawver is the author of two novels, AFTERMATH (Nan A. Talese Books/Doubleday) and THE CUBAN PROSPECT (Overlook).
Literary novelist and author of the THE END AS I KNOW IT (Doubleday). Shay's humor writing has appeared in print and online in McSweeney's, eCompany Now, Salon, Modern Humorist, and the anthology 101 Damnations. He co-edited CREATED IN DARKNESS BY TROUBLED AMERICANS (Knopf), a collection of humor pieces from McSweeney's.
Acclaimed paleoanthropologist and science writer. Author of, among others, THE INVADERS: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction; THE ANIMAL CONNECTION: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human; and coauthor of the award-winning THE APE IN THE TREE.
Jeremy N. Smith Journalist and author of BREAKING AND ENTERING: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" and EPIC MEASURES: One Doctor, Seven Billion Patients and GROWING A GARDEN CITY. Smith contributes to The Atlantic, Discover, and the New York Times, among many other publications.
Literary novelist and author of LIME TREE CAN'T BEAR ORANGE, an Oprah Summer Pick (Harmony).
New York Times best-selling author of THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST; WICKED PLANTS; WICKED BUGS; and FLOWER CONFIDENTIAL: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers (Algonquin). Backlist includes THE EARTH MOVED and FROM THE GROUND UP. And in fiction, a historical detective series that includes GIRL WAITS WITH GUN, LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE, MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, among others. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
New York Times' best-selling author of THE ORIGINAL BLACK ELITE: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era (Amistad) and A SLAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Paul Jennings and the Madisons (Palgrave).
Amanda Eyre Ward
New York Times' best-selling author of THE JETSETTERS (A Reese Book Club Pick); THE SAME SKY (A Target Bookmarked Pick); CLOSE YOUR EYES (Elle Magazine Fiction Book of the Year); HOW TO BE LOST (a Target Bookmarked Pick); SLEEP TOWARD HEAVEN; LOVE STORIES IN THIS TOWN; and FORGIVE ME, among others. Co-author of THE SOBER LUSH.
A national security writer focusing on science and technology issues, Weinberger is the author of THE IMAGINEERS OF WAR: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (Knopf); IMAGINARY WEAPONS: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (Nation Books) and the co-author (with Nathan Hodge) of A NUCLEAR FAMILY VACATION: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (Bloomsbury).
Science journalist and author of PHYSICS ON THE FRINGE: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything (Walker & Company), among others. Wertheim has contributed to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, TLS and many others.
New York Times' best-selling author of THE HORSE and THE LANGUAGE OF BUTTERFLIES (Simon & Schuster), among others. Williams is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.
David Sloan Wilson
Renowned biologist and anthropologist. Author of THIS VIEW OF LIFE: Completing the Darwinian Revolution (Pantheon); EVOLUTION FOR EVERYONE: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (Bantam), and DARWIN'S CATHEDRAL: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society. Terry Lecturer at Yale.
Guy Winch, PhD
Licensed psychologist and author of EMOTIONAL FIRST AID: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries (Hudson Street Press) and THE SQUEAKY WHEEL: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem (Walker & Company). Winch also writes the popular Squeaky Wheel Blog on Psychologytoday.com. Just released: HOW TO FIX A BROKEN HEART. Guy Winch's Ted Talks are rated among their most inspiring.
Larry Young, PhD
Larry Young is one of the world's leading experts in the field of social behavioral neuroscience and the author of THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN US: Love, Sex and the Science of Attraction, co-written with Brian Alexander (Current/Penguin).
RJ Young is the author of the acclaimed LET IT BANG: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Muhammad H. Zaman, PhD
Muhammad H. Zaman, PhD, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. He is the author of BIOGRAPHY OF RESISTANCE and BITTER PILLS. His work has been published in Nature, Science, and Lancet. Scientific American named a technology from Zaman lab among 10 technologies that will change the world.