Julie Andrews Edwards
Julie Andrews is one of the most recognised figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and, more recently, The Princess Diaries. Julie is the author of many beloved children's books
Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other countries. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.
Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Following a number of award-winning novels for younger readers, The Water Knife marks his return to adult fiction. He is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, and lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
Isabelle Brent studied graphics at Loughborough College of Art and the College des Beaux Arts at Troyes.
Anne Carson is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics, at McGill University. She was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been the recipient of a 1996 Lannan Award and a 1997 Pushcart Prizem both for poetry. She was the recipient of the 2002 T.S. Eliot prize for poetry.
Carlo De Vito
Carlo De Vito the author of more than 15 books, including A Mark Twain Christmas and biographies of D. Wayne Lukas, Wellington Mara, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto. He was the publisher at Running Press Book Publishers and VP, Editorial Director at Sterling Epicure. He lives with his wife and two sons on their farm, the Hudson-Chatham Winery, in Ghent, New York.
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She has published 7 collections of poetry and won numerous awards, including a Somerset Maugham Award in 1988, the Dylan Thomas Award in 1989 and the 1993 Whitbread Award. She was awarded an OBE in 1995.
Sally Emerson has written and worked for various publications, including the Sunday Times and Washington Post. NEW LIFE is the third of Sally's Emerson's remarkable anthologies for the great challenges in life, following on from IN LOVING MEMORY and BE MINE
Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review's Aga Kahn Prize and John Train Prize for Humour, and the O. Henry Award. He died in 2008.
Jill Foulston is a former commissioning editor for the Virago Modern Classics. She lives in London and Italy.
Christopher Golden is an award-winning author whose original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.
Dr Germaine Greer first came to international attention thirty years ago with the publication of The Female Eunoch. She is Professor of English at Warwick University and a respected columnist and cultural commentator. She lives in Essex.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two attack pugs, three birds, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Josephine Hart (1942-2011) was the bestselling author of Damage, Sin, Oblivion and The Reconstructionist. She was a Director of Haymarket Publishing and founded Gallery Poets before going on to produce a number of West End plays. As well writing novels, she was a `poetry evangelist' and her Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library inspired two edited poetry books: Catching Life By the Throat and Words that Burn. She was married to Maurice Saatchi and had two sons.
Nancy Holder is the author of a number of popular and highly successful tie-in novels, including projects for Buffy, Angel and Highlander. She has been an LA Times bestseller and won four Bram Stoker awards for fiction. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, two cats and a dog.
Marlene Koch is the award-winning author of numerous cookbooks including Eat What You Love and the New York Times bestseller, Eat More of What You Love. A regular guest on QVC, Marlene is a registered dietitian and culinary expert known for her extraordinary ability to deliver good health, with great taste! Marlene and her recipes have been featured in Cooking Light, Woman's World, Men's Fitness, and Diabetes Health magazines, as well as on Today and the Food Network. At home you'll find Marlene cooking and baking for her big food-loving family.
Christopher Matthew is the author of Now We Are Sixty, When We Were Fifty, The Man Who Dropped the Le Creuset on his Toe and Dog Treats. He lives in London and Suffolk.