2019 A Celebration of Reading Authors
Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, an internationally bestselling author, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia and he directs the Center for Science and Law. He is the author of many books, including The Brain, Incognito, Wednesday is Indigo Blue, and his most recent, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, co-authored with Anthony Brandt. Dr. Eagleman also authored a widely-adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 32 languages, turned into two operas, and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble. Dr. Eagleman writes for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.
Ellie LeBlond Sosa is the co-author of George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story, a book about her grandparents’ incredible legacy of love. Created from private collections of letters, photographs and stories and informed by intimate interviews with the members of the Bush family, the book explores the special relationship between the Bush family matriarch and patriarch – a relationship that remained steadfast throughout political victory and occupancy of the White House as well as times of hardship imposed by war separation, political defeat, and the painful loss of a child. Ellie lives in Boston, where she works for a healthcare nonprofit. Her passion lies in health and wellness. She is a certified holistic health counselor and teaches fitness in Boston as well as on retreats for women around the world. Ellie met her husband, Nick, at her grandparents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and was married there in 2014. Her grandparents’ love story is one that she looks up to and strives to emulate in her own life.
Susan Page is the author of the forthcoming biography of Barbara Bush, THE MATRIARCH: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. Susan is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. She founded and hosts an award-winning video newsmaker series for USA Today, called "Capital Download." Susan has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump – and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. Susan has won several awards for her work, including the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency twice. She has appeared as an analyst on the PBS NewsHour, CBS' Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's State of the Union, CBS This Morning and other TV and radio programs. Susan earned a master's degree from Columbia University, where she was a Pulitzer Fellow. Susan lives in Washington, DC.
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and I Funny. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing, with President Bill Clinton, and the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over three million books to schoolkids and the military and more than seventy million dollars to support education, as well as endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. The National Book Foundation recently presented Patterson with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and six Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family.
Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, all while advocating for America’s defenders for nearly 40 years. In his new memoir, Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, Sinise chronicles his never-before-told journey, from aimless teen to an actor/director with a purpose: a mission to support and raise awareness for the men and women who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way in service to our country. For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, given to a civilian “whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy.” He’s also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for “exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation.”