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Carol Aebersold & Chanda Bell
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 elfontheshelf.com
Danny Aiello is an Academy Award-winning actor with over 90 films to his credit, including Once Upon a Time in America, Ruby, The Godfather: Part II, Hudson Hawk, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, and Do The Right Thing, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. His Broadway credits include Gemini, The Floating Light Bulb, Hurlyburly, The House of Blue Leaves, and The Wheelbarrow Closers, directed by Paul Sorvino. Aiello won a Daytime Emmy Award for his appearance in an ABC After School Special called A Family of Strangers. Visit dannyaiello.com
Jeff is the author of Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, and 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know. His first middle grade novel, Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth, comes out fall 2015 (Sterling). You can find Jeff facilitating workshops or writing (and revising) on his deck with his dogs. Visit 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.
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, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY, and TINY TITANS, and he's author of the graphic novel THE GHOST, THE OWL. Visit blindwolfstudios.com
Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of the MINECRAFT novel The Crash (Del Rey). She is also author of the highly acclaimed middle grade novels The Jumbies, The Rise of the Jumbies, The Jumbie God's Revenge (Algonquin Books for Young Readers), and Angel's Grace (Paula Wiseman Books). Visit traceybaptiste.com
Benard is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor who just celebrated 25 years on the award-winning series General Hospital. A longtime mental health advocate, Maurice talks about his struggles with bipolar disorder in his upcoming memoir, NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT IT: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital, to be released in the Spring of 2020 by HarperCollins.
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 Ms. Browne’s own imprint, The Sylvia Browne Collection. Visit sylviabrowne.com
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 he is hard at work on his next novel. Visit johnlcampbell.com
Harrison Cheung is the author of THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF CHRISTIAN BALE (BenBella Books, 2012). He is an award-winning writer who has worked in Hollywood for over a decade as a personal publicist, manager, and marketer to many celebrities, including Christian Bale, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Langenkamp, Charlton Heston, and Gloria Steinem. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Harrison began his career pioneering Internet marketing in Toronto, Canada but soon moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. Visit bale-biography.com
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 in 2012 by HarperCollins.
Mary Cronk Farrell
Mary Cronk Farrell is a two-time Emmy nominee and former journalist with a Society of Professional Journalists award of excellence. She has written Fire in the Hole! (Clarion, 2004), Daughters of the Dust (SkyLight, 2005), Journey to the Top of the World (Crown, 2012), Pure Grit (Abrams, 2014), and Fannie Never Flinches (Abrams, 2015). Her books have been listed as a Notable Social Studies Books for Young People, the SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West, the Bank Street College List of Best Children’s Books, and the NYPL Best Books for Teens. Visit marycronkfarrell.net
Gregory’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 2013 Bram Stoker Award. His newest manuscript, DARK HOUSE, is an atmospheric novel set in the 1800s about a very haunted, very creepy White House. Visit new.gregoryfrost.com
Jennifer Hamburg is an Emmy Award-winning writer and author of A MOOSE THAT SAYS MOO (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2013). As a children's television writer, Jennifer has written for Little Einsteins, 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.
Lindsay Harrison has logged more than thirty years as a screenwriter and an author in a career that’s been nothing if not varied. Her work includes seventeen books with world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne (nine of which found their way to the New York Times bestseller list) and collaboration with soap legend Jeanne Cooper on her memoir, NOT YOUNG STILL RESTLESS, My Life So Far (HarperCollins, 2012).
Brent Hartinger is a Lambda Award-winning YA novelist, including GEOGRAPHY CLUB (HarperCollins, 2003); THE LAST CHANCE TEXACO (HarperCollins, 2004); THE ORDER OF THE POISON OAK (HarperCollins, 2005); and GRAND & HUMBLE (HarperCollins, 2006). He has contributed to anthologies including RUSH HOUR, edited by Michael Cart (Random House) and YOUNG WARRIORS, edited by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman (Random House). Hartinger has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, and co-facilitator at Oasis, a gay teen support organization he helped found. He lives in Seattle with novelist Michael Jensen.
Author of THE 30-DAY HEARTBREAK CURE (Simon Spotlight), Catherine 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. Cat is certified in Advanced Clinical Hynosis. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Deborah Kops has written more than twenty nonfiction books for children and young adults. Her most recent work, The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 (Charlesbridge), was a finalist for the 2013 Boston Authors Club’s Young Readers Prize, was also on the National Council for the Social Studies’ Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People for 2013 and on the New York Public Library’s list of the best 100 children’s books for 2012. Her latest book Alice Paul & the Struggle for Women’s Rights (Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek) is forthcoming. Visit deborahkops.com.
Jackie Azua Kramer
Jackie Azua Kramer’s debut picture book, The Green Umbrella (North-South, 2017) -- 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. Rave reviews included this comment from Kirkus: “The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language.” She has four forthcoming books.
Ed Lucas is a blind sports writer, broadcaster and motivational speaker. As a reporter for the Yankees and Mets, Lucas has covered the playoffs, World Series and All-Star Games, as a syndicated radio personality and print journalist. He has been inducted into The New Jersey Sportswriters Hall of Fame and The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Ed has won an Emmy Award for his work on the YES Network.com. Throughout his 55-year career, Lucas has demonstrated that there are no true handicaps in life. Visit edlucas.com.
Claudia Mills, author of many popular children’s books, including the 7 x 9=Trouble, Being Teddy Roosevelt, How Oliver Olsen Saved the World, the Mason Dixon series, the Franklin School series, and the forthcoming Nora Notebooks series, 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 claudiamillsauthor.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, 2014). As K. C. McKinnon she wrote two novels, Dancing at the Harvest Moon and Candles on Bay Street, which have both been made into tv films. She has collaborated on books with Tanya Tucker, Skeeter David, Doug Kershaw, Carl Hileman, Mickey Raphael. Cathie has recorded songs with David Byrne, the Texas Tornadoes, the Glaser Brothers, and others. Visit cathiepelletier.com.
Christopher Pennell graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in German and Psychology. His debut novel is the delightfully quirky middle-grade fantasy WHISTLE ROOT (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). He lives with his family in Texas.
New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus’s Heart of a Samurai, was a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature recipient, among other honors. Shadow on the Mountain (2012), received two starred reviews. West of the Moon (2014) received five starred reviews and won the 2014 Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award for Historical Fiction. Her picture books include Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World; The Peace Bell; and The Legend of the Lady Slipper. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Visit margipreus.com.
The Estate of Charlotte Rae
Actress Charlotte Rae is best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Visit biography.com/people/charlotte-rae
Erin Teagan’s debut novel The Friendship Experiment (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) earned a starred review from Kirkus, who praised it as, “Highly enjoyable for aspiring scientists, budding artists, and regular kids.” Erin is also author of the American Girl of the Year novels: Luciana; Luciana: Braving the Deep; and Luciana: Out of this World (American Girl/Scholastic). Her newest middle-grade novel is Survivor Girl (Clarion). Visit erinteagan.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, 2016), in which Tennille finally sheds light on the rise - and demise - of the storied relationship that enamored fans around the world.
Richard Uhlig is author of young adult novels including Boy Minus Girl (Knopf), Last Dance at the Frosty Queen(Knopf) and Mystery at Snake River Bridge (Wild Child Press). His screenwriting credits include the movie Dead Simple (which starred James Caan and Daniel Stern), and Kept (a thriller starring Ice T), and he wrote and directed Can’t Dance (starring Karen Lynn Gorney of Saturday Night Fever acclaim). Visit richarduhlig.com.
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.
Carmella Van Vleet
Carmella Van Vleet’s debut middle grade novel Eliza Bing is (NOT) a Big Fat Quitter (Holiday House), featuring a girl with ADHD, is a Junior Library Guild title and winner of the Christopher Award. Carmella's sequel, Eliza Bing is (NOT) a Star, is out through Holiday House. She is co-author, with astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan, of the non-fiction picture book To the Stars! (Charlesbridge Publishers). Visit carmellavanvleet.com.
Harmony Verna’s debut novel was Daughter of Australia (Kensington). Her newest novel is Beneath the Apple Leaves (Kensington). Harmony has worked on articles in top-tier publications and guest segments on programs including Today, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America. She has also written scripts for the Food Network and articles for magazines including Modern Bride and Connecticut Woman. Visit harmonyverna.com.
Carol Lynch Williams
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than twenty books and the winner of the PEN Award for GLIMPSE (Simon & Schuster, 2010), winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award, and multiple winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition. Her novel THE CHOSEN ONE (St. Martin’s, 2009) was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and helped develop the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference. She lives in Utah with her five daughters. Visit carollynchwilliams.com.