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.
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: MAKING 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 to work extensively in film and television. In 2004, she founded the Linda 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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Lindsay Harrison's career as both a screenwriter and author has spanned more than thirty-five years. Among her accomplishments are two Emmy nominations, an Edgar Award nomination, eleven New York Times bestsellers, fourteen books with world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne, and celebrity memoirs with such Hollywood notables as Tippi Hedren, Eric Braeden, Jeanne Cooper, Todd Fisher, and George Chakiris.
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 HarperCollins.
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, Clarkesworld, 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.
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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
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