Ronald Rice has worked in book publishing as a sales and marketing professional for 25 years, working with and promoting bookstores. He was a four-time nominee for Publishers Weekly Sales Representative of the Year and has served multiyear terms on both the NEIBA and SEBA advisory councils. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Richard Russo is the author of 10 books. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls. He lives in Camden ME and Boston, MA.
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four books including, most recently, Station Eleven, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Leif Parsons is an award-winning illustrator who’s work has been published in The New York Times and Harper’s. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.