BRUCE COOK: Trumbo (Grand Central Publishing September 2015) wrote Trumbo (Simon and Schuster 1977), an intriguing biography about the life of Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was the central figure in the "Hollywood Ten" the blacklisted and jailed screenwriters and it was written with Dalton Trumbo's full cooperation after many hours of interviews with him. Resold to Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Group, and published November 2015 to coincide with the release of the movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren, it is translated into five languages. Bruce Cook, author of 23 books, both fiction and non-fiction, were all commercially published. His books have been warmly praised by critics and named "Best Book of the Year", "Most Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Chicago Tribune.
DR. WILLIAM H. REID: A Dark Night in Aurora (Skyhorse June 2018) follows Holmes from early childhood to his final sentencing regarding the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people were murdered. Dr. Reid's book offers a unique complete perspective on the shooting and the complex man behind the shooting whose monstrous act was almost inextricably woven with mental illness, criminality and, many would say, evil. Dr. William H. Reid was the judge's psychiatric expert in People of the State of Colorado v. James Holmes. He spent more than a year reviewing 75,000 pages of written case materials and hundreds of CDs and DVDs with photographs, audio, video, psychological and psychiatric assessments.
PAULA DIPERNA: Travels in the Time of Trump (Endeavour Media March 2018) is an engaging political non-fiction narrative that weaves a woman’s global travel with the realities of Trump’s election in the US as she rediscovers her activist drive and love of life. Paula has a very strong political drive and as an experienced globetrotter, she sets off around the world to consider how to resist the election of Donald Trump. As she travels, she encounters politics head-on in each country, and the unfolding real-life daily news in America intertwines with the great and small joys of life on the road. From America, to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the tiny islands in Finland, she connects the different people she meets and places she encounters with the disturbing truths of Trump’s election.
JASON O'TOOLE: Hollywood Irish: Emerald Gems in Tinsel Town Anthology of Interviews With Irish Movie Movers and Shakers (Bear Manor Media, November 2018) which features interviews with Irish and Irish-American actors such as: Maureen O'Hara, Saoirse Ronan, Martin Sheen, John Boorman, Alan Devlin, and Patrick Bergin. Jason is a best-selling author of nine memoirs published by large commercial publishing houses, as well as an award winning journalist. His work has appeared in several major anthologies, and he penned the authorized biography of Iris Prime Minister Brian Cowen for Transworld,The Path to Power (2008). Many of his books became best sellers, such as Katie Taylor: Path to Gold, published by Gill & Macmillan in 2012.
GAYLE PRUITT: The Dog-Gone Good Cookbook:For Dogs and Humans (St. Martins Press February 2013) and The Dog-Gone Good Cuisine (St. Martin's Press January 2014). The books have now been sold to PBS for a reality show. These easy and healthy recipe books are full of tasty natural recipes for humans and their canine kids to enjoy together. Pruitt has been a nutritionist and chef for fifteen years and currently produces "Health by Nature," a national syndicated health radio show. Her book contains 100 delicious balanced recipes which are gluten, corn, and soy free and are enhanced by humorous photography by award-winning photographer Joe Grisham and art director/designer Janet Healey.
LAURA LEE: Oscar's Ghost (Amberley Publishing June 2017) author of 15 published books. In Oscar's Ghost, we are introduced to two of Oscar Wilde's closest friends, Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas and Robert Ross - both former lovers - who went to battle against each other over who would control the narrative about Wilde's life and who history would blame for his death.
ANN MARGARET CARROZZA Love and Money: Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Conartists, Wacky Relatives and Inner Demons (Skyhorse Publishing December 2016) Ann Margaret is a pre-eminently rated attorney and a sought after expert on issues ranging from celebrity wills, prenups and divorce, to general wealth and legal issues. Love and Money sold to the Jackal Group and is now a reality Television show on CBS. Ann Margaret has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox, Access Hollywood, Good Morning Britain, and CNN International. Love and Money will help individuals and couples better plan their estates, protect their assets and develop a rational, caring plan for how to enjoy and share their lives and resources.
AVI SHILON: Menachem Begin: 1913-1992 (Yale University Press November 2012). Finalist: National Jewish Book Award 2012. Ben Gurion: Epilogue, also a bestseller in Israel, published by Oved Publishers. Avi Shilon's riveting best-selling book Menachem Begin: 1913-1992 (Rowman and Littlefield March 2016)is the most comprehensive and thorough, revelatory biography of one the most important figures in Israeli history. It is a beautifully documented book of Menachem Begin’s remarkable life and explains his complex character and shedding new light on Begin's lasting impact on Israeli politics and society.
CAROLINA SARASSA WITH DIANA MONTANE: Dancing on Her Grave (Berkley Books April 2015) The story of Deborah Flores was featured on Discovery Channel's Deadly Sins February 2015. Movie rights were sold to Lifetime Network and the story was featured in a two hour movie, Death of a Vegas Showgirl, to great acclaim in October 2016. A true crime story of Deborah Flores a Las Vegas Showgirl with three college degrees who disappeared when she relocated from Atlanta, where she was launching her career as a dancer at the Luxor hotel on December 12, 2010. Her ex-boyfriend has been convicted for life for her murder. Carolina Sarassa is a news anchor and producer for Univision’s affiliate station in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, Sarassa worked for Univision’s affiliate KORO TV in Corpus Christi, Texas where she was anchor and lead reporter covering the courts and the police.
KATHY KELLY WITH DIANA MONTANE: I Would Find a Girl Walking: Letters from a Serial Killer (Berkeley Books April 2011). I Would Find a Girl Walking: Letters from a Serial Killer by Kathy Kelly and Diana Montane takes you inside the serial killer Gerald Stano's mind, giving you a glimpse of his sick and warped reasoning, while at the same time, depicting the horror his victim's lived in the last moments of their lives. It is a true crime book which will shock and astound. The story has been featured on Discovery Channel's Deadly Sins in March 2015.
SAM ALIBRANDO: The 3 Dimensions of Emotions (Career Press July 2016) delivers a distinctive way to understand all human interactions through three axes on which people move interpersonally. Readers will learn a practical tool set to use any time to move them from an unproductive negative reaction into a more productie interaction with anyone in their lives. Sam Alibrando, Ph.D., is President of APC, Inc. a psychological consutling firm, and he is an organizational consultant, psychotherapist, author, teacher, workshop facilitator, collaborate mediator and executive coach.
ROOPA UNNIKRISHNAN: Career Catapult: Shake Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory (Career Press March 2017) is a guide for readers to achieve their career goals and find fulfillment at work through a process of five innovative steps. Roopa Unnikrishnan MBA, MPhil (Oxford), is a strategic leader and consultant with experience in a variety of industries where she helped seed and drive change. She is the founder of Center10 Consulting, LLC and is now the first female President of The Indus Entrepreneurs NY, the premier chapter of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs and investors world wide.
LINDA WATTS: Your Life Path (Skyhorse March 2018). Her book, Your Life Path, offers an innovative life-mapping experience that helps readers identify and achieve their goals. The process of life review, reflection, and future projection facilitates insights by which readers can effectively design practical, innovative pathways to the realization of their value-driven goals. Dr. Linda Watts is a Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado and a professor of Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.
MARCIA DASZKO: Disrupt, Pivot, Adapt (Diversion Press, Spring 2019) In her innovative business book, Disrupt, Pivot, Adapt, Daszko draws on her expertise to guide readers through a three-step process: first, recognize and stop behaviors that hurt the business, second, start taking steps to introduce a new way of thinking, and finally, transform your company into a more resilient, adaptive, and united organization. Marcia Daszko uses her decades of experience as an advisor to hundreds of executives, many from Fortune 500 companies, to inspire bold news ways of thinking about leadership.
MACK COLLIER: Think Like a Rock Star: How to Create Marketing Strategies That Turn Customers Into Fans (McGraw Hill March 2013). Mack Collier's fascinating book, Think Like a Rock Star, #1 Amazon.com: Customer Service Category, shows companies how to create fiercely loyal customer advocates by applying the methods that Rock Stars use to connect with their fans. Mack Collier is a social media strategist, trainer and speaker specializing in helping companies better connect with their customers via social media. His clients range from small companies to Fortune 100 companies. Mack is a highly sought after public speaker and he founded and moderates Blogchat, the largest Twitter chat.
IAN GREENLEIGH: The Social Media Side Door: How to Bypass the Gatekeepers to Gain Greater Access and Influence (McGraw Hill Febuary 2014). The Social Media Side Door shows how the new world of online and offline are now inextricably connected. The biggest difference between those that are finding personal and professional success through social media and those that aren’t, is that the latter see traditional barriers where they no longer exist. an Greenleigh is an influential social media strategist and blogger, whose ideas have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Seth Godin’s The Domino Project and Jason Falls’ Social Media Explorer is a two time Texas Social Media Awards Nominee.
GALE ST. JOHN WITH DIANA MONTANE: Missing and Presumed Dead (Llewellyn Publishing March 2014) Missing and Presumed Dead tells the stories of eight of these victims who had disappeared, including those of Caylee Anthony and Stacy Hendrickson, gaining mass media attention. Gale St. John was four years old when she had her first fiery vision. It came fast and furious, and then it vanished. It was of her neighbor’s house and she was so frightened she ran inside her house in tears. Her mother and her grandmother reassured her, telling her this was a normal occurrence among the women in their family, but not to confide it to anyone else. One week later the neighbors’ house caught fire.Gale has appeared on Psychic Detectives on Court TV, and on Psychic Investigators on TLC. She has appeared on the Larry King Show, Nancy Grace, and on Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. Gale St John has helped police over many years to psychically find the bodies or remains of many victims.
SEAN ROBBINS WITH DIANA MONTANE: Invisible Killer (Titletown Publishing November 2013) The book was featured on Dr. Phil on April 3, 2014 after which it spent 3 weeks on Amazon top ten bestsellers list. It is a true crime book that explores the mind of a deviant serial killer who hides his murderous desires under a mask of complete normalcy. Sean Robbins has written several short stories, poems, and screenplays, and Invisible Killer is his debut novel.
MARK FRANKO: Martha Graham in Love and War (Oxford University Press Feburary 2014) Martha Graham in Love and War, study of the life and choreography of Martha Graham between the war years from 1938 to 1953, was originally published by Oxford University Press in October 2011. His book Dance As Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body, Second Edition was published by Oxford University Press in May 2012. It reached No. 2 on Amazon.com in first week of publication in Dance Category. Mark Franko is one of America’s most prolific writers on dance in the country. As well as being an award winning writer with numerous books and articles written on the subject of dance, he is an acclaimed choreographer and editor of Dance Research Journal.
WENDY WALLBRIDGE: Spiraling Upward: the 5 Co-creative Powers for Women on the Rise (Taylor & Francis May 2015) offers a road map for professional women to claim their wholeness and power in order to make an impact on their family, workplace, and community. Wendy Wallbridge is a pioneer in the coaching field, TED presenter and the center of Scilicon Valley's Women's Movement.
JEREMY BALKIN: Investing with Impact: Why Finance as a Force for Good (Taylor & Francis Publishing May 2015) Jeremy is the founder of KarmaCapital, a company that encourages the wealthy to embrace philanthropy, and runs his own non-profit philanthropic platform, Give While You Live. He has a blog at Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington described Jeremy as the "Anti-Wolf of Wall Street." The World Economic Forum selected Jeremy as a Young Global Leader in 2013.
AMIR AHMAD NASR: My Islam: A Love Story of How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind, Broke My Heart, and Blogging Fed My Mystic Soul (St. Martin's Press June 2013). The story of one man’s troubled relationship with his religion - from arranged marriage to unexpected love, to infidelity and then to the brink of irreconcilability and back. Amir Ahmad was born in war-ravaged Sudan and raised in Qatar where he was taught in school in his neighborhood mosque that Islam was the one true faith, Jews and secularism were the sources of countless evils, Western women were generally immoral and promiscuous, and doubts about any of this were the voice of the devil. Amir's blog, "The Sudanese Thinker," had following of one million and has won the World Blog Award for two years. His memoir, Islam: A Love Story, sold to St. Martins Press and German rights also sold
NATHAN LEAN: The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto Press September 2011) reflects the rising tide of Islamophobia sweeping through the United States and Europe. Lean takes us inside the minds of the "industry of Islamaphobia:" a well-orchestrated enterprise of conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, evangelical religious leaders, and politicians, united in their quest to exhume the ghosts of September 11th and convince their compatriots that Islam is the enemy. Uncovering their scare tactics, revealing their motives, and exposing the ideologies that drive their effective propaganda machine, Lean situates Islamophobia within a long history of national and international phobias and unravels the narrative of fear that has dominated discussions on Muslims and Islam. Nathan Lean is a scholar of Middle Eastern studies, international relations and political science. He is a presenter on the Middle East on many talk shows and has co-authored “Israel, Iran and the United States" (Praeger 2011) together with Jalil Roshandel.
STACEY KANANEN and LISA BONNICE: Fear of Our Father (The Berkley Publishing Group June 2013) is the true story of Stacey Kananen who together with her brother, survived decades of severe sexual and physical abuse (ducking bullets and knives) by her father. Ultimately, both parents were killed by her brother, Richard, and when Stacey agreed to testify against him, he turned on her and accused her of helping him with his crimes. On trial for her life in 2010, nationally televised by CNN’s “In Session”, Stacey was defended by Diana Tennis, an Orlando attorney famous for her role as legal analyst on Greta Van Sustern’s FOX News Show. She was included in a BBC documentary in 2012.
FRAN REISNER: Dogs of Central Park (Rizzoli Publishing May 2011) celebrates the vast number and variety of dogs that live and play in or near iconic Central Park in New York. Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breed are captured during every glorious season offered in Central Park, from classic to comedic portraiture. Fran Reisner is a multi-published photographer who has won numerous national and international awards. She has been honored with Photographic Master and Craftsman degrees.
DANA HUNTLEY: America's Forgotten Colonial History (Globe Pequot, Spring 2019). There are 150 years, a minimum of six generations between Plymouth Plantation and the 1770s, that are virtually unknown and unaccounted for in our American narrative. How and why did people build the varied societies in the New World? Dana Huntley's comprehensive narrative America's Forgotten Colonial History answers these long awaited questions. Dana Huntley has written scores of travel itineraries in England, Scotland and Wales, and lectured on historical and literary topics ranging from the War of the Roses to Thomas Hardy's Wessex. He founded Lord Addison Travel, which operated small groups with special interest in museums, historical societies, PBS stations.
ETHLIE ANN VARE: Love Addict (HCI Books September 2011) and The Broken Places (Tor Books, 2003). Love Addict deals with ADD includes current rock stars and film personalities. Ethlie Ann Vare is the editor of ROCK Magazine and her syndicated newspaper column ROCK ON was rated the #1 music column in America by Feature Research Inc. and won a Maggie Award. She is a multi award winning script writer and her TV movies have won Platinum, Gold and Silver medals at film festivals in the US and Canada, including CSI, Dick Wolf’s Players and Lifetime’s Strong Medicine. She writes the popular blog "ADD: Affection Deficit Disorder", which has gathered a loyal following of readers worldwide.
STANLEY RENSHON: The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change (Routledge July 2011). Professor Stanley Renshon is both a Political Science professor and a psychologist. Author of 16 books, including National Security in the Obama Administration and award winning High Hopes: The Clinton Presidency and the Politics of Ambition, (Routledge 1998); In His Father's Shadow: The Transformations of George W. Bush(St Martins Press 2004) . With over 100 articles published on political comment in the nation's newspapers and journals, he has appeared extensively on national television and radio.
DAN ROTTENBERG: The Outsider: Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment (Temple University Press September 2014). Author of 11 published books, Dan Rottenberg has written more than 300 articles for magazines such as Town and Country, New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Civilization, Rolling Stone, and many others. Award-winning editor, media critic, arts critic, financial journalist and chronicler of great American family dynasties. His previous book, Death of a Gunfighter, a saga of the "Old West," uses the the forgotten Pony Express Enforcer Jack Slade (1831-1864) as a prism to write about the opening of the West. It was published by Westholme Publishing in Autumn 2008 and won the Wild West History of the Year Book Club Award. A paperback edition was published in November 2009.
NANCY HEINZEN: The Perfect Square: A History of Rittenhouse Square (Temple University Press 2009) about Nancy Heinzen--a resident of Rittenhouse Square for over forty years and an activist committed to its preservation--provides the first full-length social history of this public urban space.
ROBERT EMMET HERNAN:This Borrowed Earth (Palgrave MacMillan February 2010) describes the worst 15 environmental disasters in the twentieth century. Chinese rights sold and published December 2011. Robert Hernan, until recently, served as Senior Counsel for Commissioner Initiatives for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. From 1988 - 2007, he was Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York serving as trial counsel for the State in major toxic waste cases, including the infamous Love Canal Case.
JOHN GERASSI: Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates (Yale University Press November 2009) Authorized by Sartre to write his biography, Gerassi conducted a long series of interviews between 1970 and 1974, to produce a breathtaking portrait of one of the world’s most famous intellectuals, published in the UK February 2010 and the French translation by Grasset in March 2011. The Spanish, Italian and Egyptian translations also published. Professor John Gerassi was the official biographer of Jean-Paul Sartre. A professor of politics at Queens College New York, he had a long eminent career as a journalist editor, writer, and professor at various universities including the University of Paris, JFK Institute, Freie Universtat West Berlin, International Relations San Francisco, and University of California Sacramento. He was the author or editor of 10 books including The Boys of Boise, Fidel Castro, The Coming of the New International, The Great Fear In Latin America which sold 178,000 copies and scores of other articles and pamphlets published on both sides of the Atlantic.
GLORIA O'BRIEN: Chasing the Action: The Life of a Hollywood Stuntwoman Gloria's memoir chronicling her unique career spending over twenty years performing as a professional stuntwoman on film and television shows. Gloria has been in more than 100 films, TV shows, and commercials, including The Mentalist, Spider-Man 3, Poseidon, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Italian Job, Charlie's Angels, and Criminal Minds.
ROBIN DESCAMP: Forget the Drama, Avoid the Trauma. Divorce is never easy, and author Robin DesCamp knows this all too well. As a twice-divorced divorce lawyer, DesCamp is able to give expert advice on how to navigate through even the nastiest of divorces. Forget the Drama, Avoid the Trauma is a must have for anyone going through divorce, as her book is the perfect balance of both personal and professional. Robin DesCamp is a practicing family law attorney, and has researched and written extensively and critically about divorce for years.
GENEVIEVE PITURRO: The Pajama Story. Genevieve Piturro's background is in marketing, first in television and then event planning in London and New York. She is a professional speaker, and a contributing IMPACT blogger for Huffington Post. The Pajama Story, is about the Pajama Program which she founded and her personal journey to find her purpose. The Pajama Story is the story of how a woman found her true purpose when a scared six year-old child she met in a homeless shelter had no pajamas and she felt so deeply moved that she was compelled to change her life, and as a result inspired others.
ROB TRAVALINO and DAMON CHRISTOPHER SMITH: The Harlem Guardians Damon's powerful memoir co-written with Rob Travalino which focuses on Smith’s life and journey through the tumultuous era of 1980s New York. Amidst a crushing recession and crimewave, Damon organized a 125th St. community watch in the hope of saving the local businesses of Harlem. What followed was a two-plus year battle with drug dealers, violent criminals and police resistance. Commander Damon and his G-Force risked their lives everyday, and through their community policing eventually restored peace, order and hope to both themselves and Harlem. Rob heads up Aventine Hill Films, a unique and proven development and consulting company that specializes in transmedia narrative. Rob also co-created and wrote the Gemini Award Winning "Dragon Booster" TV show for Disney and co-created the Emmy Award winning "Growing Up Creepie" for Discovery Kids.
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