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.
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.
RIAZ ILAHI: Riaz is a foreign language teacher, an award winning artist and business owner in Michigan where his is a well known figure in the Muslim community. He has lived in the United States for over 30 years, and has travelled back and forth to Pakistan for many years, having dual nationality. His beautifully and sensitively written memoir, A Life Like Hours, tells his tragic love story spanning across two continents, that of Pakistan and America.
KEN MCADAMS: Bon Courge (Beaufort Books, 2010) Ken McAdams became a US Marine Officer during the Vietnam War and joined the famous “Black Sheep” Squadron. After the war he joined Pan Am and became the youngest division Chief Pilot in Pan Am history and became the personal pilot to Pan Am Founder. He has broken 3 World Records and established one other. Ken McAdams has been writing all his life. Bon Courage is the first of a series of three books in a series. It is a charming narrative nonfiction telling the story of how he and his new wife in their 60’s, embarked on their honeymoon to a charming peaceful village near Toulouse,France, where they find themselves buying a medieval house. Bon Courage recounts the trials and tribulations of renovating a house in a foreign country and not speaking the language. Published by Moyer Bell.
YOSSI MELMAN: Spies, by Yossi Melman and Eitan Habber, has for over 40 weeks been on the best seller list of the Ha’aretz Newspaper in Israel. This is Yossi Melman’s second best selling book, the previous book Every Spy a Prince co-authored with CBS anchor Dan Raviv, was on the Best Seller List of the New York Times for 15 weeks in 1991. Published in thirty countries, it was translated into ten languages. It was a best seller in Israel, Russia, Poland and several other countries. Melman has written six other books on terrorism and covert diplomacy and publishers articles in major international newspapers including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian. Yossi Melman is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Israel’s intelligence operations. His new non-fiction book The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran, written with Meir Javedanfar, was published in April 2007 by publishers Carroll and Graff and in paperback by Basic Books in February 2008
DAN BROWN: The Great Expectations School (Arcade Publishing August 2007) is Dan's memoir, a searing account of that year in one of New york City's toughest elementary schools that received high acclaim in both the New York Times and Newsweek. It is a powerful, heartbreaking story that challenges the image of inner city schools and the children that populate them - a humanistic, humorous, and honest account by an accomplished young writer. Dan Brown was born in Philadelphia, but moved to New York to attend NYU Film School. In 2003, he became the first person ever to go directly from NYU to the New York City Teaching Fellows.
RICHARD SKIPPER: Call on Dolly; Celebrating Fifty Years of Hello, Dolly! highlights this landmark musical over the decades. This is THE book for fans of this musical whohave been waiting since the show’s opening, 50 years ago, celebrating one of the most successful musicals to hit the shelves. Richard Skipper is a popular award winning and critically acclaimed entertainer, theater historian and pop culture blogger. He has conducted over 600 interviews for his daily blog celebrating people in the arts and also on-stage interviews with the original Dolly, Carol Channing, Ron Young and Peggy Pope.
MESHAL AL_SABAH: The Family is a portrait of his family, but a metaphor, too, of the family of Muslim nations and the brotherhood of man.Meshal Al_Sabah, a royal prince from a Middle East ruling family, a diplomat and journalist. Inspired by Barack Obama's philosophy and the objectives the US President sets out in his biographies, Meshal’s ultimate dream and driving force is the creation of a better world.
GRACE PUNDYK: The Honey Trail ( St. Martins Press October 2010) Grace Pundyk traveled the world to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the honey bees. This book questions the state of our environment and the impact it is having on bees and honey, and takes readers on an adventure from Yemeni deserts to frozen Siberian snowscapes all in search of the liquid gold known as honey. This story of her journey is involving, surprising, occasionally disturbing and often very funny. Published by Murdoch Books in Australia/New Zealand as The Honey Spinner. Grace is a writer, editor, award-winning photographer, and author of 10 travel and photographic books.
ANDRZEJ KRAKOWSKI: Pollywood (Wydawnictwo Naukowe 2011), Andrezej Krakowski's best selling book in Polish, traces the of part that Poles have played in making the Hollywood film industry the force it is today from its early inception. Professor of film at The City of New York Film School. Andrzej is the producer and/or director of over 50 films many of them made to make a difference, including the iconic Looking for Palladin, Triumph of Spirit, and Genghis Khan, and the Emmy nominated television series, We are New York.
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