Peter Ackroyd, CBE, novelist, critic and biographer, formerly literary editor of the Spectator and chief non-fiction reviewer for the Times, has won numerous literary awards. His London: The Biography (2000) took the South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature.
George Alagiah is a widely praised journalist who works for the BBC. He lives in Stoke Newington in North London with his wife and two children.
Michael Alexander travelled widely in the Middle East and India. He was the first Westerner to ascend the lost minaret of Jham in central Afghanistan and to explore the ruins of adjacent Firuzkoh, ancient capital of the Lords of Ghor. The minaret of Jham, rivalled only by Delhi's Kutb Minar, also honours Ghiyath ud-Din (1163-1202), Ghorid conqueror of Delhi. Michael Alexander wrote several biographies, including Queen Victoria's Maharajah: Duleep Singh.
Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India.
Ian Anderson learned to surf San Diego waves while living on a nearby military base. The child of a U.S. serviceman, he spent his youth on such bases, traveling the globe from Japan to the UK, through the American South up to Washington DC. But nothing resonated so deeply for him as the Southern California lifestyle.After earning a writing degree from Pomona College, Ian continued to explore the world, yet those West Coast beaches keep luring him home-never judging him for dalliances in Hawaiian, Costa Rican, or European waters. He contributes to national publications (usually writing about beer, music, and travel) has ghost-written a number of books, and even delved into the ecological sciences to co-author An Eco-Friendly Online Shopping Guide.
Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children's book author for over thirty years, and her works include Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children's books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, School Library Journal Editor's Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Neal Aspinall is an illustrator whose work has appeared on t-shirts, patches, and mugs in National Park gift shops. He has also created art for an ad partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service. His clients include Target, Pepsi, and Macy's. He has received awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, Society of Illustrators, the Print Regional Design Annual, and has been inducted into the Institute of Art of Colorado's Hall of Fame. He lives in Wauwatosa, WI.
Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy. Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room? and the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! He is a creative director at an advertising firm.
After working in a number of countries for Reuters and THE TIMES, Gavin Bell won the 1995 Thomas Cook Travel Award for IN SEARCH OF TUSITALA. He lives in his native Scotland and works as a journalist.
Genevieve Belmaker is an American journalist and writer who worked and lived in Jerusalem and the surrounding region for more than three years.
Andrea Bennett is a bilingual journalist and poet living in Montreal. She writes and edits articles about the city and its history for Montreal's Maisonneuvemagazine, and works as a bike tour guide for the popular local bike shop Fitz & Follwell.
Samantha Berger has written numerous picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California, and she invites you to visit her online at samanthaberger.com.
Peter Biddlecombe is a travel-hardened businessman and the author of four previous, gloriously funny accounts of global business trips. He lives in Waldron, Sussex when he is not hanging around the airports of the world.
Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Sam Bowring is a stand-up comedian, television writer, game designer and author. His books include the critically acclaimed Broken Well Trilogy and the Strange Threads Duology. He also writes for children, with titles such as THE LITTLE BAD WOLF and SAM THE CAT. He lives in Sydney, and he likes croissants a lot. Too much, perhaps. For comedy clips and more info about Sam, visit www.sambowring.com.
Ann Marie Brown
Ann Marie Brown made her first solo trip to Yosemite at age 22. Like many first-time visitors, she was immediately inspired by the Valley's sheer granite walls and shimmering waterfalls. Parking her car at the first trailhead she saw, she set off on the Four-Mile Trail. Carrying nothing but a water bottle, she intended to hike only a short distance but was so wowed by the scenery that she kept on walking. Two hours later she found herself at Glacier Point, considered by many to be the grandest viewpoint in the West. Scanning the scene, she noticed tourists dressed in everything from high heels to a nun's habit, and realized that she could have driven to Glacier Point instead of walking. Ann Marie vowed she'd never again go hiking without a map. More than two decades later, Ann Marie has gained substantially more outdoor savvy and is a dedicated California outdoorswoman. She hikes, camps, and bikes more than 150 days each year. She is the author of 13 books with Moon, including several outdoors titles-101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area, Moon California Waterfalls, and Northern California Biking-and is the co-author of California Hiking with Tom Stienstra. Her work has also appeared in Sunset, VIA, and California magazines.
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children.
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.
Jeff Burlingame is the author of 30 nonfiction books. He has won several high-profile awards for his work, including a prestigious NAACP Image Award and a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Jeff spent a decade working as a reporter and editor for his hometown newspaper in the blue-collar Olympic Peninsula town of Aberdeen, where he won nearly a dozen awards for his writing and cofounded the nonprofit Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation.Jeff lives in Tacoma, Washington, and is currently working on his first novel.