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Adam Gopnik

ADAM GOPNIK has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995-2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his 'witty and Voltairean picture of French life.' He now lives in New York with his wife, Martha Parker, and their two children, Luke and Olivia.

Adyashanti

Foreword writer Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti is author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, he lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live Internet radio broadcast.

Alan Barclay

Dr Alan Barclay is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist and has a PhD on the association between glycemic index and glycemic load and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Glycemic Index Foundation. Prior to that he worked at Diabetes Australia, most recently as Head of research. In addition, he has maintained a private practice for nearly twenty years. Alan is an official Media Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia and has appeared frequently in local newspapers, magazines, radio and television news. His articles have been published widely in scientific journals and he is co-author of The Low GI Diet Diabetes & Pre-diabetes Handbook and The Ultimate Guide to Sugars and Sweeteners.

Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday is a film critic at the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. Hornaday lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz is an Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. He's starred in the television shows House of Lies and Parks and Recreation as well as the films This Is Where I Leave You and The Walk. He is the co-author of the national bestseller Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals and its two sequels.

Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper is the go-to survival man for ABC radio and television. He has delivered outback safety and survival courses since 1990 and is considered the leading desert survival instructor in the country. He has also featured in several major television documentaries produced for National Geographic America, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, THE WORLD AROUND US and 60 MINUTES. For more information about Bob visit his website (http://www.bobcoopersurvival.com/index.asp).

Brian DeFehr

Brian DeFehr is a personal chef and teaches market-based cooking classes in Paris. Brian was raised on the prairies of Canada and struck out to greener pastures, cooking in restaurants in Winnipeg, Chicago, and Montreal, finally settling in Paris. He lives with his family in Paris, France.

Bruce Pandolfini

Bruce Pandolfini is one of the world's most sought-after chess teachers and one of the most widely read chess writers working today. His role as analyst for PBS's coverage of the 1972 match between chess superstars Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky first launched him into the public eye. His coaching of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin was portrayed in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life, the bible of the chess world, and continues to coach young players professionally and to consult with CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies. He lives in New York City.

Carter Cast

Carter Cast, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, was selected by his students three years running to receive the Faculty Impact Award. When not teaching, Cast is a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he invests in early stage technology companies such as the Dollar Shave Club and Honest Company. He is a lead mentor for TechStars Chicago, one of the country's leading technology start-up accelerators, and has been featured in "The Accelerators," a Wall Street Journalforum in which start-up mentors discuss strategies for and challenges of creating a new business.

Catherine Cerveny

Catherine Cerveny was born in Peterborough, Ontario. She'd always planned to move away to the big city but the small town life got its hooks in her and that's where she still resides today. Catherine is a huge fan of romance and science fiction and wishes the two genres would cross paths more often.

Chip Carter

Chip Carter began his trek into the written world with numerous STAR TREK trading cards. After selling a story pitch to STAR TREK: VOYAGER, he wrote the Obsessed With Star Trek trivia book, gift books highlighting Star Trek technology, and continues to work on other licensed products including thousands of questions for licensed Trivial Pursuit sets for THE WALKING DEAD, HARRY POTTER and of course, STAR TREK.

Colleen Kelly Alexander

Colleen Kelly Alexander is a lifelong athlete and motivational speaker. With her indomitable spirit and amazing story of survival, Colleen teaches others how to aim higher, be stronger, and use adversity as a catalyst to make themselves and the world better. She was the executive director of the Common Ground Youth Center in Vermont for eight years, and a regional program manager for PeaceJam, where Nobel Peace Laureates mentor youth. She continues to volunteer for the organization. She has also worked for, volunteered for, and is heavily involved with the Red Cross. She lives in Clinton, CT with her husband and their two dogs and cat.

Dustin Kidd

Dustin Kidd is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Kidd is the author of two previous books: Legislating Creativity: The Intersections of Art & Politics and Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society. He has also published articles and essays in The Hedgehog Review, AfterImage, Research in Political Sociology, The Journal of Popular Culture, Contexts, Sociology Compass, and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

Emily Toman

Emily Toman came of age in the same Dallas neighborhood where her parents met, and today she lives in the same house where her grandparents grew old together. Although a passion for outdoor adventure has carried her from Texas to California to Patagonia, her family's strong connection to Dallas ensures the city will always be "home."After earning her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington, Emily began her writing career at a small-town Central Texas newspaper. She quickly made her way back to Dallas and became the senior editor of the Advocate, a news and lifestyle magazine dedicated to neighborhood issues. No one knows the dynamics of Dallas like these reporters, who always manage to learn something new about their city. Emily now works as a freelance journalist and a Dallas ISD middle school writing teacher. The rest of the time, she's enjoying happy hour at her favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, exploring the woods around the Trinity River or absorbing the burgeoning literary scene.

Erich Lessing

Erich Lessing has been documenting the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He is arguably today's leading independent photographer of the arts in the Western World. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world, including a thorough coverage of such institutions as: The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Uffizi in Florence, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Prado in Madrid, and many more. Having worked as a photographer all over the world for more than six decades, he has published more than 40 books with his art photography. He lives in Vienna and travels regularly to Paris and other art capitals of the world.

Fiona Palmer

After writing eight bestselling novels set in rugged rural Australia, Fiona Palmer set herself the challenge of writing a story that takes place on Western Australia's gorgeous coastline, which she regularly visits. SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS contains the same engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters as the books Fiona's passionate readers know and love, only it is set on this wider landscape. Before becoming an author, Fiona was a speedway driver for seven years and now spends her days writing both women's and young adult fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth.

Grace Smith

Grace Smith is a hypnotherapist and stress-relief expert. She is the founder of GraceSpace.co, the world's fastest growing online community committed to personal freedom, and the #CloseYourEyesGetFree movement. Grace is a certified Master Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Instructor with the International Hypnosis Federation and has a dozen additional certifications in hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming. Grace lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California.

James Barron

James Barron is a reporter on the metropolitan staff of The Times.  He wrote the minute-by-minute stories on the 9/11 attacks for The New York Times on the web and the front page lead story on the 2003 blackout.  He initiated the 'Public Lives' column (later called 'Boldface Names') and currently writes a podcast for The Times's Web site summarizing the next morning's front page.  Barron wrote the timeline summaries for The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages :1851 - 2008, and is the author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.

Jennifer Kramer

A Baja California-based tour guide, travel planner, and writer, Jennifer Kramer has been immersed in Baja's culture, history, and natural wonders for over 30 years. From childhood excursions down the peninsula, to her work today as marketing director for her family's company, Discover Baja Travel Club, Jen has made it her life's mission to explore and share all that Baja California has to offer. In this book, her first comprehensive work on the region, Jen not only unlocks Baja's hidden gems, she offers a pragmatic guide for the traveler seeking an adventure off the beaten path.

John B. Boles

John B. Boles is the William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and the former editor of the Journal of Southern History. Boles lives in Houston, Texas.