Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell are a mother and daughter team that have taken the world by storm with their #1 bestselling, award-winning ELF ON THE SHELF. The animated feature of ELF ON THE SHELF premiered in November 2011, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade added Elf on the Shelf as a float in 2013. Visit www.elfontheshelf.com.
The Estate of Danny Aiello
Danny Aiello is an Academy Award-winning actor with over 90 films to his credit, including Do the Right Thing, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Also a star on Broadway and television, Aiello won a Daytime Emmy Award for Family of Stranger, directed by Paul Sorvino. Aiello's memoir, I ONLY KNOW WHO I AM WHEN I AM SOMEBODY ELSE, was published by Simon & Schuster. Visit www.dannyaiello.com.
Jeff is the author of the middle-grade series ZACK DELACRUZ: ME AND MY BIG MOUTH (Sterling), JUST MY LUCK (Sterling), and UPSTAGED (Sterling). He is also the author of PATTERNS OF POWER, MECHANICALLY INCLINED, REVISIONS DECISIONS, and other educational resources (Stenhouse). You can find Jeff facilitating workshops or writing (and revising) on his deck with dogs. Visit www.writeguy.net.
Ed Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant. Asner has won more Emmy Awards than any other actor (seven, including five for the role of Lou Grant). In 1996 he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame, and in 2001 Asner was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Marcie Flinchum Atkins is the author of WAIT, REST, PAUSE: Dormancy in Nature, which was named a Best Book of the Year 2019 by Kirkus. She taught fourth grade before becoming an elementary school librarian. She holds an MA and MFA in Children's Literature from Hollins University. She lives with her family in Virginia. Visit www.marcieatkins.com.
Franco Aureliani is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who holds three Eisner Awards. His works include the series DINO-MIKE, TINY TITANS, SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, YOUNG JUSTICE, GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES, and ITTY BITTY HELLBOY, and he's the author of the graphic novel THE GHOST, THE OWL. Visit www.blindwolfstudios.com.
Maurice Benard is the author of NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT IT: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital (William Morrow), which became an instant New York Times bestseller. He is the longtime star of ABC soap opera General Hospital, a two-time Emmy Award-winning film and television actor, a member of the prestigious Actors Studio, and an advocate for mental health awareness. He lives in California with his wife, Paula, with whom he proudly raised three daughters and a son.
Susan Blackaby is the author of middle-grade non-fiction and of award winning picture books, including WHERE'S MY COW? (Sleeping Bear Press), REMBRANDT'S HAT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and NEST, NOOK, AND CRANNY (Charlesbridge), which won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Susan's middle-grade SIMONE BILES: MAKE A CASE FOR THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME (Sterling) earned a starred review from KIRKUS.
An American actress, producer, and animal rights activist, Blair is best known for her portrayal of the possessed child, Regan, in the horror film The Exorcist (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award. Blair went on the work extensively in film and television. In 2004, she founded the Lind Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which rehabilitates and adopts rescue animals. Blair is currently working on her memoir, HEAD TURNER.
Star of the iconic television series The Young and the Restless for over 40 years, Braeden won a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. He has many other television credits to his name, and has starred in films, in numerous theater productions, including Shakespeare recitals, and on Broadway. Braeden's memoir, I'LL BE DAMNED, How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama, was published by HarperCollins.
Christine Brodien-Jones is the author of several fantasy-adventure novels: THE OWL KEEPER (Random House), THE SCORPIONS OF ZAHIR (Random House), and THE GLASS PUZZLE (Random House). Her most recent novel is THE HOUSE OF WILD PARROTS. Chris studied writing at Emerson College, Boston, and has been a journalist, editor, and teacher. When she's not writing, she sails, rows, and explores distant corners of Argentina. Visit www.cbrodien-jones.com.
The Estate of Sylvia Browne
Sylvia Browne was a world-renowned psychic and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 60 books. In 2008, De Chiara negotiated a multimillion-dollar multi-book deal for Browne with HarperOne Publishers, and also the creation of Browne's own imprint, the Sylvia Browne Collection. Visit www.sylviabrowne.com.
Joanna Cacao is a Canadian Filipino with a background in 3D Animation. She has taught classes in Manga and Comics and is an illustrator for the Native Winnipeg based educational company Native Reflections. Her illustration work can be seen in multiple picture books, including THE LITTLE SISTERS series, THE BANNOCK BUN MYSTERY, and AJHA's PICTURE DAY (Native Reflections). She is also the author/illustrator of her own webcomic, TOXIC FOR YOU.
John L. Campbell
John L. Campbell is the author of The Omega Days series, including DRIFTERS, THE OMEGA DAYS, and SHIP OF THE DEAD. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary magazines and e-zines. He has lived all over the U.S., and has worked as everything from a limo driver to professional investigator and executive. He currently resides with his family in the New York area, where is hard at work on his next novel. Visit www.johnlcampbell.com.
George Chakiris is a retired American dancer, singer, and actor. He has worked heavily in films and television, but he is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks gang, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. His upcoming memoir, MY WEST SIDE STORY, with a foreword by Rita Moreno, will be released in November 2020.
The Estate of Jeanne Cooper
Jeanne Cooper was an Emmy Award-winning actress best known for her portrayal of Katherine Chancellor on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. Cooper began her career in the 1950s, appearing in films with the biggest stars of our time, including Maureen O'Hara, Glenn Ford, Tony Curtis, and Henry Fonda. She was a fixture on episodic television throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Her memoir, NOT YOUNG, STILL RESTLESS, My Life So Far, was released by HarperCollins.
C. G. Drews
C. G. Drews is the author of A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES (Orchard) and THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES (Orchard). Her work has been translated into five languages and she was nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal. She lives in Australia with an overworked laptop and the goal of reading basically every book. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing stories to make you laugh or cry (or both). She is the owner of @paperfury and believes in cake for breakfast.
Mary Cronk Farrell
Mary Cronk Farrell is a two-time Emmy nominee and former journalist with a Society of Professional Journalists award of excellence. Her books include PURE GRIT (Abrams), FANNIE NEVER FLINCHED (Abrams), IRENA'S CHILDREN (Atheneum), and the forthcoming EYES ON VIETNAM (Abrams). Visit www.maryconkfarrell.net.
Todd Fisher is a director, cinematographer, and producer of television, films, and documentaries. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Catherine Hickland. Fisher's memoir, MY GIRLS, A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie, was released by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Gregory Frost's books include SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET (both Del Rey), and FITCHER'S BRIDES (Tor). Publisher's Weekly called SHADOWBRIDGE, "...a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder." His short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Supernatural Noir (Ellen Datlow, ed.) and Apex Magazine, and his story "No Others Are Genuine," which appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Visit www.gregoryfrost.com.
Jennifer Hamburg is an Emmy Award-winning writer and author of A MOOSE THAT SAYS MOO (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux). As a children's television writer, Jennifer has written for Little Einstein's Jack's Big Music Show, and Blues Room. She is the staff writer and story editor for the PBS hit series Super Why! Jennifer holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College, where she studied children's creative and cognitive development. Before her television career, Jennifer worked for several years teaching and writing theater for children.
Janice Harrington is the versatile author of the middle-grade verse novel CATCHING A STORYFISH (Boyds, Mills Kane/Word-song), and the two picture book biographies BUZZING WITH QUESTIONS (Boyds Mills Kane/Calkins Creek), and the forthcoming, PLANT HUNTER, CHARLES S. PARKER (Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek). She is a published poet and chair of the creative writing program at the University of Chicago.
An actress, animal rights activist, and recognized humanitarian, Hedren has appeared in over 35 tv projects and more than 45 films, including starring in Hitchcock's The Birds and Marnie, and Roar. She also appeared in Charlie Chaplin's last film, A Countess from Hong Kong, the only actress to have worked with both directors. She is the founder of the Shambala Preserve, a wild-animal sanctuary, and lives in Acton, California. Her book, TIPPI, a Memoir, was released by HarperCollims.
Author of THE 30-DAY HEARTBREAK CURE (Simon & Schuster), Hickland is a 26-year veteran of daytime television, a theatre actress, an entrepreneur, and a public speaker. She played Lindsay Rappoport on ABC's highly rated daytime drama, One Life to Live. She also created a cosmetics line, Cat Cosmetics, and is certified in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis. Visit www.catherinehickland.com.
Eva Jurczyk is a writer and librarian living in Toronto. Eva’s debut mystery novel, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks in January 2022. Eva has written for Jezebel, The Awl, The Rumpus, and Publishers Weekly. She was a 2019 finalist for the Bridge Eight Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the inaugural Guernica Prize in 2018.
Elizabeth Kilcoyne is an author, playwright, and poet, born and raised in Kentucky. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Her debut novel, Wake the Bones, a YA Southern Gothic, is forthcoming from Wednesday Books in summer 2022.
Deborah Kops has written more than twenty nonfiction books for children and young adults. THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD (Charlesbridge), is on the New York Public Library's list of the best 100 children's books for 2012. Her latest book is ALICE PAUL & THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS (Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek). Visit www.deborahkops.com.
Jackie Azua Kramer
Jackie Azua Kramer's debut picture book, THE GREEN UMBRELLA (North-South) -- published simultaneously in English and German language editions -- won the Silver Medal from Children's Choice and was a 2017 Bank Street Best Picture Book of the Year. Her other books include IF YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP (Clavis), THAT'S FOR BABIES! (Clavis), and THE BOY & THE GORILLA (Candlewick). She has three forthcoming picture books. Visit www.jackieazuakramer.com.
Marie Lamba is the author of young adult novels and picture books, and she’s a literary agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Her picture books include GREEN GREEN: A COMMUNITY GARDENING STORY (Farrar Straus Giroux), co-authored with her husband Baldev, and A DAY SO GRAY (Clarion). Her YA novels include WHAT I MEANT… (Random House), DRAWN and OVER MY HEAD. Publisher’s Weekly dubbed WHAT I MEANT… “an impressive debut.” Visit www.marielamba.com
Ed Lucas is a blind sportswriter, broadcaster, and motivational speaker, with a career spanning 55 years. He has been inducted into The New Jersey Hall of Fame and The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, and won an Emmy Award for his work on the YES Network.com. His memoir, SEEING HOME, was published by Simon & Schuster. Visit www.edlucas.com.
Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction. They have been a past nominee for various awards, including the Nebula, Lambda, and Hugo; their work can be found in magazines such as Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Clarksworld, and Nightmare. Aside from a brief stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Lee has spent their life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Lexington and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.
Melissa Cristina Márquez
Melissa Cristina Márquez is the author of the WILD SURVIVAL middle-grade series (Scholastic). She is a fiercely proud Hispanic marine biologist, wildlife educator, professional speaker and presenter, and Forbes contributor. Melissa was featured on Shark Week 2019 and 2018, named one of BBC's 100 Influential and Inspirational Women of 2018, and is the founder of The Fins United Initiative (TFUI). Visit www.melissacristinamarquez.weebly.com.
Claudia Mills, author of many popular children's books, including the 7 x 9 = Trouble, Being Teddy Roosevelt, and several third-grade series including FRANKLIN SCHOOL, NORA NOTEBOOKS, and AFTER-SCHOOL SUPERSTARS. She has served as President of the Children's Literature Association, a national scholarly organization focusing on children's books as literature. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit www.claudiamillsauthor.com.
A working actor for over a quarter of a century, Parker is best known for his starring role as A.J. in the long-running '80s series Simon & Simon. He now makes his living as a writer for a variety of hard-copy and on-line magazines, and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir AN ACCIDENTAL COWBOY (St. Martin's Press) and the novella DANCING WITH THE DEAD (Bear Manor Press). Visit him at www.readjamesonparker.com.
Cathie Pelletier is the author of more than eleven adult novels, two of which have received notable mentions from The New York Times Book Review, and a middle-grade novel, THE SUMMER EXPERIMENT (Jabberwocky). As K.C. McKinnon, she wrote two novels, DANCING IN THE HARVEST MOON and CANDLES ON BAY STREET, which have both been made into TV films. Visit www.cathiepelletier.com.
New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus's HEART OF A SAMURAI (Abrams), was a 2011 Newberry Honor Book. Her other novels are SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN (Abrams), WEST OF THE MOON (Abrams), THE BAMBOO SWORD (Abrams), THE LITTLEST VOYAGEUR (Holiday House), three ENCHANTMENT LAKE mysteries (University of Minnesota), and VILLAGE OF SCOUNDRELS (Abrams). Visit www.margipreus.com.
The Estate of Charlotte Rae
Charlotte Rae was an American character actress, comedienne, and singer whose career spanned six decades. Best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on the tv series Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, Rae received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982. A star of stage, tv, and film, Rae's memoir, THE FACTS OF MY LIFE, was released by BearManor Media.
Bryan Reardon's previously published fiction includes FINDING JAKE (HarperCollins, 2015), THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN (Penguin/RandomHouse 2018), THE PERFECT PLAN (Penguin/RandomHouse 2019), and the forthcoming LET HER LIE (PenguinRandomHouse 2021). FINDING JAKE was a New York Times bestseller, and the film rights for THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN were optioned by Julia Roberts and Blumhouse Productions. His novels have been published in French, Polish, Russian, German, and Portuguese. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the State of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife and kids.
After working steadily in movies and television, Ross became famous for playing Mrs. C. on the iconic sitcom Happy Days, which aired from 1974-84, and for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Since then, she has worked on such series as The Drew Carey Show, Touched by an Angel, Nurse Jackie, and The Middle. Ross has two grown children and lives in California. Her memoir, MY DAYS, HAPPY AND OTHERWISE, with a foreword by Ron Howard, was published by Kensington Books.
Alison Pearce Stevens is the author of RHINOS IN NEBRASKA (Godwin Books/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers) and co-authored four books for National Geographic Kids. She has been writing about science for children since 2010, regularly contributing to Science News for Students, Highlights for Children, and ASK magazine. Alison has an M.S. in zoology and Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Visit www.apstevens.com.
Toni Tennille is a singer/songwriter, best known as the gregarious half of the famed duo Captain and Tennille, who rose to the top of the music charts in the mid-70s with numerous gold and platinum recordings, including "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love." She also co-hosted a primetime television show with her then-husband Daryl Dragon. She is the author of TONI TENNILLE: A Memoir (Taylor), in which Tennille finally sheds light on the rise - and demise - of the storied relationship that enamored fans around the world.
Nick Vallelonga has won three Oscars and three Golden Globes for his movie GREEN BOOK, which he wrote and produced (and acted in!), and which was based on a road trip that his father, Frank Anthony Vallelonga (nicknamed "Tony Lip"), took with pianist Don Shirley. Nick is a writer, producer, director, actor, and musician, with many projects in development.
Rose Viña is a Cuban-American writer and the author of ICE BREAKER (Albert Whitman). She is an MFA graduate from Lesley University with a focus in Writing for Young People. Rose was a competitive figure skater for more than 20 years and skated with Disney On Ice and Holiday On Ice. Currently, Rose is the head figure skating coach in Sweden. Visit www.rosevinawrites.weebly.com.