Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Rob Sheffield has been a rock critic and pop culture journalist for 15 years. He is currently a staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine and also contributes to the Village Voice, Spin, Details and Slate. He appears regularly on MTV and VH1. He lives in New York City.
PAUL SIMPSON is the author and co-author of over two dozen non-fiction books including A Brief History of the Spy and The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks.
Richard Smith weighs even less than he did in 1978 when he wrote the original, bestselling Dieter's Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. And he has not given up carbohydrates.
Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her imaginative and elaborate cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, Martha: The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and the Food Network
Danny Sugerman used to manage the Doors and wrote the definitive biography of the band NO ONE HERE GETS OUT ALIVE, as well as the cult bestseller, WONDERLAND AVENUE. He lives in Los Angeles