Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman is the author of many critically acclaimed books including Grocery, The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking, Ratio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. He has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Alinea. His new book, From Scratch, will be published on October 15. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City. 

Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the best-selling author of the novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer and The Book That Matters Most and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine and the Atlantic. Hood has won two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Travel Writing Award and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her most recent books are Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food, the memoir Morningstar: Growing Up with Books and the young adult novel She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah.

Jess Row

Jess Row is the author of two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost, a novel, Your Face in Mine, and a new collection of essays, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, appearing from Graywolf Press in August 2019. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Tin House, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Granta, n+1, and elsewhere, has been anthologized three times in The Best American Short Stories, and has won two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O. Henry Award. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA fellowship in fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. In 2007, he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by Granta. His nonfiction and criticism appear often in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Threepenny Review, and Boston Review, among other venues. He teaches full time at The College of New Jersey and occasionally also at NYU. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. A student of Zen for 25 years, he is an ordained senior dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen.


Glynnis Fawkes

Glynnis Fawkes’ book on the life of Charlotte Brontë, part of the Center for Cartoon Studies Graphic Biography Series, will be published by Disney/Hyperion this fall.  A collection of her work, Persephone’s Garden, will also come out this fall with Secret Acres. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, and Mutha Magazine.  She’s been nominated for an Ignatz Award and won the MoCCA Arts festival Award for Excellence twice.  Glynnis began working on excavations as illustrator in 1998 and has worked on sites in Greece, Crete, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Syria, and Lebanon. She lives in Burlington, VT. 

Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also served for six years as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and the previous 10 years as co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 52 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His new book, Monument Man, is the story of sculptor and artist Daniel Chester French. His recent Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, won the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, The Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is now a Trustee of The Met. Holzer also appears frequently on C-SPAN and the History Channel, has served as an on-air commentator on CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC, and has created and performed Lincoln programs onstage with such actors as F. Murray Abraham, Alex Baldwin, Annette Benning, Kathleen Chalfant, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Stephen Lang, Norm Lewis, Liam Neeson, Chris Noth, Anna Deavere Smith, Fritz Weaver, and Dianne Wiest. He and his wife Edith live in Rye, New York, and have two grown daughters and a grandson.