Anne Lamott

Author Anne Lamott talks about her writing process, Christian faith and 2018 book, “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.”

Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthlessly honest. Lamott is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, as well as several novels, including “Imperfect Birds” and “Rosie.” A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, Lamott lives in Northern California.

R.L. Stine

Author R.L. Stine talks about his book, “Young Scrooge,” the origins of his “Goosebumps” series and his biggest fears.

R.L. Stine is a novelist, short story writer and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels, including “Goosebumps,” “Rotten School” and “The Nightmare Room” series. His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have been on countless bestseller lists. His book, “Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story,” was published in 2016.


Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz is an author, humorist and social critic. Her long-ago collections of essays, “Metropolitan Life” and “Social Studies,” remain must-reads for all kinds of aspiring writers today.

Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon is an Emmy-nominated actress and comedian whose credits include “Never Been Kissed,” “Kath and Kim” and “Saturday Night Live,” where she spent six years as a cast member. Her book, “Tilly the Trickster,” was published in 2011.

John Hodgman (2011)

John Hodgman is an actor, author and humorist best known for his regular contributions to “The Daily Show” and his star turn on those Mac vs. PC commercials. His book, “That Is All,” was published in 2011.

Andy Borowitz

Andy Borowitz is a comedian, satirist and New Yorker magazine contributor whose fake news web site, “The Borowitz Report,” and its accompanying social media extensions should be at the top of everyone’s must-read list. His book “The 50 Funniest American Writer” was published in 2011.

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated actor and writer whose credits include “Spinal Tap,” “A Mighty Wind” and “The Simpsons.” “The Big Uneasy,” his documentary about New Orleans before and after Katrina, was released in 2010.

Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor is an award-winning actress, acclaimed for her work on stage, in film and on television. Her one-woman play about the life of former Texas governor Ann Richards earned her a Tony nomination in 2013.

Gail Collins

Gail Collins is a funny and fearless twice-weekly columnist for The New York Times, the first woman ever to serve as the paper’s editorial page editor and the author of several books.

Ian Frazier

Frazier’s work is a varied mix of humorous essays, meticulously reported books of non-fiction and wide-ranging magazine articles. He tackles subjects as diverse as the history of the Great Plains, Don Johnson and a trip through Siberia.

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