Alain de Botton

  Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to art, architecture and philosophy, including The Art of Travel and How Proust Can Change Your Life. He founded The School of Life….

Chris Matthews

In Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (Simon & Schuster), Chris Matthews offers a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents- President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill- served together for the…

Pat Conroy

The author of the acclaimed novel The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide, and  South of Broad, Pat Conroy has penned a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini (Doubleday), delivering a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle, and…

john lewis, rachel maddow,

Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, John Lewis  has witnessed history in the making and made history himself as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations,…

Coach Rick Pitino

  Coach Pitino began a new era in University of Louisville men’s basketball when he was named head coach of the Cardinals in 2001. He is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four; the…

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels, a preeminent figure in the theological community, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University where she has taught since 1982. As a young researcher at Barnard College, Pagels’ groundbreaking findings were published in her…

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, author of  The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? (Viking), is a physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA. He is also the author…

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Viking), has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among…

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Penguin). Pinker earned a bachelor’s degree in experimental…

Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid, is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, and author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Viking). He was described by Christopher Hitchens as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter.” He is a regular…

Erik Larson

Erik Larson is widely acclaimed as the master of page-turning nonfiction sagas. He is the author of six nonfiction books, including the three New York Time bestsellers, The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck, and Isaac’s Storm, and, most recently,…

Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is a leader in the field of theoretical physics, cofounder of string field theory, and author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 (Anchor). In Physics of…

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, is a cancer physician and researcher, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner). He is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at Columbia University, and a staff…

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash is a  critically acclaimed singer and songwriter and the author of Composed: a Memoir (Penguin). The keeper of an extraordinary family legacy, Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis, TN, the eldest child of Johnny Cash and…

Billy Collins

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, has been called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New…