Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties, friendships, international travels and arts patronage helped define the era. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker is the biography of the founder of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Madam Walker created marketing schemes, training opportunities and distribution strategies as innovative as those of any entrepreneur of her time. As an early advocate of women’s economic independence, she provided lucrative income for thousands of African American women. On Her Own Ground has been optioned by Zero Gravity Management for a television series featuring Oscar award winner, Octavia Spencer.
Dr. Amanda Foreman is the author of the award-winning best sellers, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided (2011). Her solo radio and documentary work includes ‘Wellington’s Women’ (Channel Four), ‘What is History?’ (BBC Radio 3) ‘The Georgians’ (BBC Radio 4), and the BBC/Netflix series ‘The Ascent of Woman’. She is a columnist for the The Wall Street Journal bi-weekly ‘Historically Speaking’ and an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Her next book, The World Made by Women: A History of Women from the Apple to the Pill, is scheduled to be published by Random House in 2018.
Amanda Vaill is the author of Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War, a work of narrative historical nonfiction about a group of 1930’s combat journalists; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography.
CLAUDIA ROTH PIERPOINT
Claudia Roth Pierpont has contributed to The New Yorker since 1990, and became a staff writer in 2004. She has written on numerous subjects, ranging from Ballets Russes to the Chrysler Building to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Pierpont is the author of American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building, Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, and Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World, a collection of New Yorker essays about the lives and works of women writers, including Hannah Arendt, Gertrude Stein, Anaïs Nin, Margaret Mitchell, and Zora Neale Hurston, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
David Michaelis is the author of the national bestsellers N. C. WYETH: A Biography, which won the 1999 Ambassador Book Award for Biography from the English-Speaking Union of the United States, and SCHULZ AND PEANUTS: A Biography, a National Book Critics Circle Best Recommended Book, among other honors.
D.T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, published in 2012, was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives in New Jersey.
Prolific novelist and memoirist Edmund White is the biographer of French playwright Jean Genet. (See White's fiction and memoirs on the Fiction and Memoir & Non-Fiction pages)
Jean Nathan has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, and other publications. She is the author of The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright, about the eccentric author of the Lonely Doll series of children's books.
Joan Schenkar is the author of two biographies of obscure and brilliant women, The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith and Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual Niece
Julie Salamon is the author of memoir, non-fiction and Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein.
Meryl Gordon is the author of three best-selling biographies: Bunny Melon: The Life of an American Style Legend, Mrs. Astor Regrets and Phantom of Fifth Avenue. She is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair.
Novelist Roxana Robinson is the biographer of Georgia O'Keefe,
Sheila Weller is the author of the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation, and The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour--and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Co mplicated) Triumph of Women in TV News. She is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair.
Novelist and non-fiction writer Thomas Dyja (THE THIRD COAST) is the biographer of activist and NAACP investigator Walter White.