Erin McHugh

Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and author of more than twenty books of trivia, history, children’s stories and more.   Though she has always understood the value of service to her community, in recent years, her work as a bookseller and other every day events have kept her too busy to devote as much time as she would have liked to community service.  Then one day she learned a distant relative was actually going to be canonized. Was this a sign? What followed next was McHugh’s sincere urge to recapture a sense of charity, and so she set out on her birthday to do one good deed every day for an entire year. Maybe she wouldn’t be saving orphans from burning buildings, but she wanted to take one small, daily detour and make someone else’s life just a little bit better. One Good Deed is the inspiring, smart, and frequently funny chronicle of that year, in which each page represents a day in McHugh’s journey to reclaim the better part of herself, inspiring readers to do the same.

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Debra Ginsberg

Debra Ginsberg is the author of the memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters and the novels Blind Submission, The Grift, and The Neighbors Are Watching. Her new novel, What the Heart Remembers, was published by NAL/Penguin on September 4, 2012. Her son, Blaze Ginsberg, is the author of his own memoir, Episodes. An avid and creative baker, she has contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and The Washington Post Book World; is a regular reviewer for Shelf Awareness and The San Diego Union-Tribune and works as a freelance editor. She lives in Southern California.

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Lisa Bonchek Adams

Lisa Bonchek Adams, known to 4630 of her Twitter followers as "ADAMS LISA" - cancer blogger and creator of the popular weekly-nag-to-make-overdue-medical-appointments hashtag "Monday Pleads." Lisa began writing about her experiences as a wife and young mother of three with cancer over five years ago when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. The overwhelming response to those Facebook posts led to her blog, where thousands of people have found her writing about living with cancer to be enormously helpful. While readers may have been drawn to the information and advice she provided about cancer treatment options and health maintenance -- they stayed for something even more meaningful and universally relevant: her brutally honest posts about what it was like to confront mortality at an early age, cope with feelings of aimlessness, fear, and despair, and be unwilling to sugarcoat the truth.  In a world where cancer is often pitched as a happy pink gift to be grateful for, Lisa's blogs and tweets remind the sick and the healthy that sadness and grief are as important to treat during cancer as the cancer itself.  This fall, we were shocked and heartbroken to hear that Lisa's cancer had metastasized to her bones and that she's now receiving treatment for stage 4 cancer. Almost immediately, a WE LOVE LISA ADAMS Facebook page was set up to let her know each and every day that the huge community of people she's helped over the years are now here to help her.

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Quinn Cummings

Quinn Cummings is not just an author, she is also an inventor, businesswoman and acclaimed television and film actress.  Her first book was the very humorous memoir "Notes From The Underwire" was published in 2009 and her most recent book, "The Year of Learning Dangerously", is about her experience with homeschooling in America.  Quinn’s work has also been featured in numerous publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Time, People, The Atlantic, Salon, Los Angeles Magazine, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping and others.

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Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life. Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love was published by Crown/Shaye Areheart Books in June 2006. She is also the author of two novels,The Kept Man and The Melting Season, both published by Riverhead Books. A third novel, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Philadelphia until the publication of her first novel in 2001, and has been a full-time fiction writer ever since.
Her books include GOOD IN BED (2001); IN HER SHOES (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, (2004); GOODNIGHT NOBODY (2005); the short story collection THE GUY NOT TAKEN (2006); CERTAIN GIRLS (2008), the sequel to GOOD IN BED, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (2009); FLY AWAY HOME (2010); and THEN CAME YOU (2011). She is also the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia, which ran during the summer of 2011.

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Emma Straub

Emma Straub is from New York City. Her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, was published by Riverhead Books in September 2012. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, arrived in February 2012, also published by Riverhead Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Vogue, and many other journals, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.

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Gigi Levangie Grazer

Gigi was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  She attended U.C.L.A. where she majored in Political Science.  She is a proud mother of two young boys, proud stepmother to two grown children, and proud auntie to three nephews and one niece.  Gigi has written numerous screenplays, among them the movie Step-mom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Her first novel, Rescue Me, was published by Simon and Schuster in June 2000. Her next novel, Maneater, was published by Simon and Schuster in June 2003. The Starter Wife, her third novel, was published in June 2005. Her fourth novel, Queen Takes King, was published in June 2009.  Her fifth novel, The After Wife, was released July 10, 2012 from Random House.

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Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller, Heroes For My Son, a collection of fifty-two heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers, and Heroes for My Daughter, published this past spring. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded -- one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" -- and is the #1 selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.  The Inner Circle is now in paperback and it's sequel -- The Fifth Asssasin, will be published in early 2013.

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