Jasper Fforde is a British writer best known for his Thursday Next novels. He has written several novels in the genres of fantasy, crime thriller, and humorous fiction. Fforde has received several awards including, the Dilys Award, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and Crawford Award.
Douglas Kruger is an award-winning international speaker and business author. He is the author of 6 business books, including the highly acclaimed Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert, with Penguin Random House. Kruger helps clients to build their brand, to out-pace competitors through innovation, and to position themselves as an industry leader.
Ian Brodie is an author, noodler, advisor, and coach. He works with consultants, coaches, and other professionals to help them win more high-paying clients and make a real impact in the world. Brodie was named as one of the “Top 50 Global Thought Leaders in Marketing and Sales” by Top Sales World magazine and as one of the “Resources of the Decade” for professional services marketing by Raintoday.com. And his book Email Persuasion has been the #1 selling book on email marketing on Amazon globally.
Daniel Gutierrez is an international best-selling author, speaker, mindful leadership expert, and master life/business coach. He is the Director and Owner of Catalina Retreat Center, a private, all-inclusive retreat nestled in the Andes mountains with a unique connection to the indigenous people of Peru and the Andean culture. Gutierrez is a beloved mentor, intuitive coach, and sought-after motivational speaker, whose style of coaching is direct yet caring and stems from a place of wisdom, love, peace, and tranquility.
David Putnam is a bestselling critically acclaimed author and retired law enforcement officer. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement where he was trained by the FBI and Secret Service in Executive Protection and Defensive Driving. Putnam now spends most of his time writing crime fiction, thriller, and mystery novels and was particularly famous for writing the Bruno Johnson series.
David Galef is a fiction writer, critic, poet, translator, and essayist. He has been a writer for 40 years now and has published over fifteen books, from novels and short story collections and children’s books to poetry books, criticism, and translation. Some of his most notable works are his third novel entitled How to Cope with Suburban Stress which is one of Kirkus’ 30 Best Books of 2007 and his second short story collection, My Date with Neanderthal Woman which won Dzanc Books’ inaugural short story collection prize. Galef’s latest book is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook.
Carol Adams is a feminist scholar and activist whose written work explores the cultural construction of overlapping and interconnected oppressions, as well as the ethics of care. Adams’s first book, The Sexual Politics of Meat, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020. She is also the author of Burger, in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, and co-author with Virginia Messina of Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time, and of many other books. She is also working on a memoir of her mother based on her essay from the New York Times, Finding Myself in My Mother’s Calendars.
Anne Bogel is an author, host of the podcast What Should I Read Next, and the creator of the popular blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, a lifestyle blog for nerds who appreciate Anne’s modus operandi of approaching old, familiar ideas from new and fresh angles. Bogel writes frequently about books and reading and her most recent book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life explores the way our books shape, define, enchant, and even sometimes infuriate us is a perfect gift for any bibliophile.