Our current and previous guest authors and speakers
SUKETU MEHTA is best-selling author of Maximum City (Knopf), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta's work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harpers Magazine, Time, and Conde-Nast Traveler, and has been featured on NPR's 'Fresh Air'. Mehta is Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written an original screenplay for 'The Goddess,' a Merchant-Ivory film starring Tina Turner, and 'Mission Kashmir', a Bollywood movie. Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. (Suketu on National Public Radio, July 25, 2011: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/25/138683238/an-asylum-seeker-stretches-the-truth-for-a-better-life)
PNINA FENSTER is the launch and current editor-in-chief of GLAMOUR South Africa, She is also an award-winning writer and journalist, and directs Glamour's editorial teams on print and digital strategies, planning features and brand development. Prior to her 11 years at Glamour, Fenster served as the launch editor-in-chief of Marie Claire South Africa. During the next six years, Marie Claire won a slew of awards, set new standards for South African magazines, and launched the careers of many highly regarded fashion stylists, photographers and writers. She began her career as an illustrator and graphic designer and moved on to journalism as a Sunday Times columnist and award-winning features writer for leading South African and international publications.
Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, living between Manhattan and Varanasi, is a licensed and board-certified practicing physician, holistic medicine specialist and internationally reputed lecturer. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a PhD researcher in Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University. She is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru grant, recipient of the American Medical Association’s Leadership Award, and author of many papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. She was the first Indian to speak at the Commencement Exercises at Harvard University. Her work was featured in the documentary, Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, on The Discovery Channel.
PAN NALIN came into global limelight with his feature Samsara. A self-taught filmmaker and screenwriter, Nalin was born in a remote village in Gujarat, India. The richest thing his family gave to him was his spiritual upbringing. Early in his career, after shooting some four animation and twenty short silent films, Nalin concluded that the best film school is life itself. He made several documentaries with BBC, Discovery, Canal Plus and other leading international networks. His multiple award winning feature documentary Ayurveda: Art of Being was theatrically released worldwide with major success. Ayurveda celebrated a yearlong theatrical run in Spain and record-breaking three-year long run in France. The film met with similar success in USA, Canada, Germany, Holland and elsewhere. Nalin's first feature film Samsara was a massive commercial and critical success worldwide and won him some thirty plus international awards. Nalin's next feature film, Valley of Flowers, was pres-sold to nearly 35 countries and is considered a major underground hit. It still continues to enjoy theatrical release with critical and commercial success worldwide. Valley of Flowers was filmed in remote, high altitude Himalayas and in Japan. It won Best Picture at IFFLA Los Angles, and also won four nominations at IAAC New York, including Best Picture and Best Director. At present, Nalin is working on a film on life of Buddha, a mega action-adventure epic The First Warrior and supernatural thriller titled H2O. in 2007, TMG (David Flint's Triangle Media Group UK) awarded Pan Nalin as one of the Top 50 Achievers in Global Mainstream Media in the field of Film, Theatre & Drama.
MR. STERLING LORD is a legend. He is chairman of the prominent NY literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic. Among the great authors he represented: Jack Kerouac ( On the Road, 1957), Ken Kesey, Howard Fast, Gloria Naylor, Jimmy Breslin, Nick Pileggi, David Wise, Dick Francis, Terry Southern, Walter Lord, and Stan and Jan Berernstein, authors of the largest selling children's books in the world. Lord began his career as a magazine editor in and publisher in Europe and the United States. Lord was one of the first agents to sell major autobiographical books as films (Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) and Fear Strikes Out) (1957). He was also one of the first agents to break the book publishing tradition of single submission of materials, and move into multiple submissions and auctions. In the 1960's, with the demise of many national magazines (Look, Life, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, etc.), Lord set up his own syndicate of Sunday newspaper magazines and also syndicated well-known daily newspaper columnists, including Jimmy Breslin and Dick Schaap). His syndication of Jimmy Breslin broke all newspaper traditions regarding payments, exclusivity, and use of his material in subscriber newspapers. When Sports Illustrated named the 100 best sports books of all time in its December 15, 2002 issue, 16 of them were represented by Sterling Lord.
WENDY GOLDMAN ROHM is president of The Rohm Literary Agency and a NY Times best-selling author whose books have been published in 14 languages around the world. Her work has been published by Random House, The New York Times Syndicate International, The Atlantic, Wired magazine, Tina Brown's Talk magazine, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Financial Times of London, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her writing workshops were inspired by the honorary Masters Teas she presented at Yale University. She's also been a literary agent and author for Sterling Lord Literistic; The Waxman Agency; Waterside Productions; and founded the Rohm Literary Agency to represent emerging authors of fiction and nonfiction. She's been a commentator on numerous national and international broadcasts, including: Nightline, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and dozens of programs on NBC, CNBC, PBS radio and television, CNN, CBS, ABC, and BBC radio and television.
REBECCA WALKER is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, One Big Happy Family, and Black Cool. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Newsweek, Real Simple, Glamour, Interview, The Washington Post, Corrierra de la Sera, French Vogue, and Marie Claire Italia, among many other publications and literary collections. Her latest book, Adé: A Love Story, is currently being adapted for film, with Madonna attached to direct. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
FABRICE ROZIÉ was the Literary Attaché and Director of Scholarly Exchange for the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in New York from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Rozié has been on the faculty of the University St. Etienne and the Political Science Institute in Paris; later, he served the Embassy in New York as Education Director, then the French Ministry of Culture as chief executive of Mission France 2000. His first play, Transatlantic Liaison, was staged at the Theatre Marigny in Paris in 2002, and at Harold Clurman Theater in New York in 2006, and was a New York Times Critics Pick. A specialist in policies that promote literary translation, he was on the board of Centre National du Livre (Paris) and of the Advisory Board of the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University. He writes for Le Monde des Livres and Die Zeit.
KATHLEEN GEORGE lives in Pittsburgh where she is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. Her latest novel THE ODDS was nominated for an Edgar® award for best novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels TAKEN, FALLEN, and AFTERIMAGE, the short story collection THE MAN IN THE BUICK, scholarly theatrical books and articles, and many short stories. Her new books in 2011 are HIDEOUT, another novel in the Richard Christie series, and Pittsburgh Noir, an edited collection of short fiction set in Pittsburgh.
HILARY MASTERS He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Edgar Lee Masters, a writer, and Ellen Frances Coyne Masters. He began his writing career after graduation in New York with Bennett & Pleasant, press agents for concert and dance artists. Next he worked independently as a theatrical press agent for Off Broadway and summer theaters. He then moved into journalism. His acclaimed nonfiction and fiction works include An American Marriage (Macmillan), Cooper (Saint Martin's), Strickland (Saint Martin's), and Home Is the Exile; and the essay collection In Montaigne's Tower.