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Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, is a professor of history at Rice University, a CBS News historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
Alan Furst, author of Midnight in Europe, is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris.
Tom Gjelten is a veteran journalist and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story. Over a thirty-year career as a correspondent for NPR News, he has covered wars in Central America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, as well as major national stories in the United States.
Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At The Water’s Edge, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide.
Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, formerly co-founded a boutique investment firm with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. She is a former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
Johnson joins the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss disruptive innovation, the primary topic she examines in her new book. A prolific speaker, she has spoken to audiences of more than 30,000 on her ideas and vision.
Jon Scieszka is the author of The New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series. His books include Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger, Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio and Spaceheadz series, and Battle Bunny with Mac Barnett. In 2008 Scieszka was named the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Librarian of Congress, and he is the founder of Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Steven Weinberg , author of You Must Be This Tall, also illustrated and wrote his debut children’s picture book, Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!, and a biographical travelogue, To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story. His newest book involves two friends and a roller coaster. Weinberg also works on a variety of other creative projects including murals, cartoons, and paintings. He lives in the Catskills, where he operates a small hotel and bar with his wife.