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2013 Authors / Presenters


Below is the exciting lineup of authors and presenters who joined us at the first Big Book Club Getaway, February 1-2, 2013, at the fabulous Mohegan Sun Resort, including Brad Meltzer, Leeza Gibbons, Kristin van Ogtrop (Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine), Tess Gerritsen, Mary McGarry Morris, Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, J.A. Jance, Patricia Schultz and Amy Newmark (Publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) … just to name a few.

Also listed are those who appeared at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center on October 27, 2013 including B.A. Shapiro, Brunonia Barry, Suzanne Palmieri (Hayes), Roberta Isleib (aka Lucy Burdette) and psychic medium Angelina Diana.

This list includes some of the biggest names in pop culture, as well as fiction, non-fiction, memoir, cooking, sports, self-help, historical and educational writers.  Please click on the links below to view the bios of each presenter (listed in alphabetical order by last name).  Stay tuned for the lineup of 2014 presenters …. to be announced soon!

Jessica Andersen – Harlequin Intrigue author of over 30 novels
Gina BarrecaGina Barreca – American author, humorist and professor of English Literature at UConn
Jeffrey Brown, PsyDDr. Jeffrey Brown – Author of The Winners Brain and Think Positive for Great Health
Todd Civin – author of One Letter at a Time, the inspirational story of Team Hoyt
Kathy Czepiel – author of A Violet Season and creative writing teacher at Quinnipiac University
Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, EdDRosalyn Dischiavo – founder of the Institute for Sexuality and participant on Fifty Shades panel
Carlos EireCarlos Eire – Yale professor whose memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana won the US Nat. Book Award
Tess GerritsenTess Gerritsen – internationally bestselling author and creator of the Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT
Wick GriswoldWick Griswold – University of Hartford professor and author of A History of the Connecticut River
Anita Hoffer, PhD, EdDAnita Hoffer – former Harvard professor and sexual coach; participant on Fifty Shades book panel
J.A. Jance– New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series
Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki – English professors at Univ. of Bridgeport and History Press authors
Dodie Milardo – moderator of the Harlequin Romance panel, host of the radio show Dodie’s Talk, and local romance author
Teresa M. Norris – local author, who shares her personal journey of dealing with a parent with dementia
Tish RabeTish Rabe – bestselling children’s book author of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series
Patricia Schultz – author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die with over 3 million copies in print in 25 languages
B.A. Shapiro – Author of The New York Times bestselling novel, The Art Forger
Brian TrentBrian Trent – discussion leader for The Big Book Club Share, sponsored by CT Humanities
Laura Vianna – of Reading Group Choices, the leading developer of resources to enhance shared reading experiences
Marty Appel – baseball writer and public relations executive for the New York Yankees whose newest book, Pinstripe Empire, was released in May 2012.
Brunonia BarryBrunonia Barry – Author of The New York Times and internationally bestselling novel, The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
Shelley Carson, PhDShelley Carson – Harvard Health Press author of Your Creative Brain
Susan ConleySusan Conley – author of The Foremost Good Fortune, listed as an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick
Mark DeJohn – former member of Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff and long-time St. Louis Cardinals coach
Franz Douskey – Pulitzer Prize nominated author of West of Midnight and Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years
Hallie EphronHallie Ephron – psychological suspense author whose novels have been adapted for Lifetime Movie Network
Leeza Gibbons – iconic American talk show host, author and philanthropist
Wendy Haggerty, MS, MFTWendy Haggerty – founder of Sex & Love Therapy; moderator of Fifty Shades of Grey book panel
Walt Hriniak – one of the most prominent batting coaches in the history of baseball with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox
Roger LaFrancoisRoger LaFrancois– Former Major League player and real-life character in Dan Barry’s acclaimed novel, Bottom of the 33rd
Erika MarksErika Marks – author of the acclaimed novel, Little Gale Gumbo, and new book, The Mermaid Collector
Mary McGarry MorrisMary McGarry Morris – author of Songs in Ordinary Time, an Oprah’s book selection made into a CBS movie
Chris PagliucoChris Pagliuco – author of The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe, published by The History Press
Hank Phillippe RyanHank Phillippi Ryan – investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC-TV affiliate and author of The Other Woman
Kieran ScottKieran Scott – Young adult author of He’s So / She’s So Trilogy, The Cheerleader Trilogy and Geek Magnet
Joseph Shrand, MD – Harvard professor, doctor and author of Manage Your Stress
Julia UsherJulia Usher – celebrated pastry chef, writer, stylist and author of Cookie Swap and Ultimate Cookies
Matthew Warshauer, PhDMatthew Warshauer, PhD – author of Connecticut in the American Civil War and moderator of The History Press panel
Anita August – author of Gut Bucket Blues and Director of Writing Programs at Sacred Heart University
Ayla BattistoniAyla Battistoni – relationship and intimacy educator; participant on Fifty Shades of Grey book panel
Natalie Charles – Harlequin Romantic Suspense author and winner of the 2011 Mills & Boon’s New Voices Competition
Kristen Cusato – former co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8
Angelina DianaAngelina Diana – Psychic Medium
Robert L. Doyle, MD, DDSDr. Robert L. Doyle – Harvard Medical School doctor and author of Almost Alcoholic
Wilson Faude – author of Hidden History of Connecticut; former curator of the Mark Twain Museum
David GillhamDavid Gillham – author of the new novel, City of Women, about Berlin during World War II
Patricia Harman – author of The Midwife of Hope River published by Harper Collins
Roberta Isleib – Author of the Key West Food Critic murder mysteries, An Appetite for Murder, Death in Four Courses and Topped Chef
Gwen LawrenceGwen Lawrence– yoga instructor for the NY Giants, NY Yankees, professional athletes and celebrities
Brad Meltzer – #1 bestselling author of political suspense novels and host of TV show, Decoded
Amy Newmark – Publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Suzanne PalmieriSuzanne Palmieri – Author of The Witch of Little Italy and I’ll Be Seeing You
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD – Harvard Medical School professor, attorney and author of Almost a Psychopath
Adam Sexton – Director of NYU Writing Program at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, author
Gary Small M.D. – author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and professor at UCLA
Kristin van OgtropKristin van Ogtrop – Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine and author of Just Let Me Lie Down
Rick Wolff – host of The Sports Edge on WFAN Radio (NY) and Executive Editor of Grand Central Publishing