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2018 Author Line-up

Clive Cussler

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Clive Cussler is the Grand Master of the American action adventure novel, whose books have reached The New York Times® fiction best-seller list more than 20 times.  He began writing in 1965 and his first novel, Pacific Vortex, was published in 1973 and his latest, Typhoon Fury, was released in 2017. He has gone on to publish in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s classics. Cussler is an expert authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a 501C3 non-profit organization named after the fictional federal agency in his novels which dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history and searching for lost ships of historic significance. His books have been published in over 40 languages in more than 100 countries. Clive has three children and four grandchildren. He lives in Colorado and Arizona.

Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated Comedian, New York Times® bestselling author, and multi-platinum-selling performer. His first book, Dad is Fat, was released in 2013 by Crown Publishing, and debuted on the New York Times® bestsellers list and remained in the top 20 for 17 weeks. This humorous book is about Gaffigan’s experience living with his five young children. His second book, Food: A Love Story, was released in 2014 and is an in-depth, uninformed examination of healthy food and things that people truly enjoy eating. His fifth hour-long comedy special, Cinco, began streaming on Netflix in 2017. The Indiana native has worked on numerous TV commercials, feature films, and TV series as a writer, producer, and actor, including as himself in The Jim Gaffigan Show. Jim, his wife and chief co-writer, Jeannie, live with their five children in New York City.

Governor John Kasich


John Kasich is the 69th and current governor of Ohio, having held the office since 2011. In 1978, at the age of 26, Kasich won a seat in the state senate, becoming the second youngest person ever elected to the Ohio Senate. From 1983 to 2001, Kasich represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives where he chaired the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001. In 2000 and 2016 he sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Between his time in Congress and as Governor of Ohio, Kasich wrote three New York Times® bestsellers: Courage is Contagious, Stand for Something: the Battle for America’s Soul, and Every Other Monday. His most recent book, Two Paths: America United or Divided, was published in 2016 and chronicles his Presidential campaign, his concerns for America and his hope for our future. Governor Kasich and his wife reside in Ohio with their twin daughters.

Christina "CK" Kerley


Christina “CK” Kerley is a top-rated faculty member at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education and has guest lectured at Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and Northwestern. Her audiences are presented with insights into next-generation technologies and trends, a portfolio of technology which spans: Mobile, Robotics, Big Data, Health Tech, Cloud, among others. CK’s pro bono program, ImpaCKt, gives a leading edge to historically underserved groups, and partners with organizations that also work to close the opportunity divide. Her eBooks include The Smart Revolution, Innovation Through Mobile, Mobile & B2B, and her latest, out in February 2018, Future Proof. She is based in New York City, always on-trend, ahead of the curve, and in pursuit of the next big thing.  

Candice Millard

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Candice Millard is a journalist, a former writer and editor for National Geographic, and author of three books, most recently Hero of the Empire: the Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, which was named Amazon’s number one history book of 2016. She is the recipient of the 2017 BIO Award from the Biographers International Organization, recognizing Millard for her major contribution to the advancement of the art and craft of biography through her books on Theodore Roosevelt, James Garfield, and Winston Churchill. The New York Times® bestselling author’s work has also appeared in The New York Times® Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Guardian, National Geographic, and Time Magazine. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and three children.