Sam Lipsyte

Sam Lipsyte’s most recent novel, Home Land, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of The Subject Steve and Venus Drive.

Sam Lipsyte’s most recent novel, Home Land, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of The Subject Steve and Venus Drive. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Noon, Open City, N+1, Slate, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Bookforum, and Playboy, among other places. He teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and immigrated to New York City as a teenager in 1977. He has recorded sixteen albums and was a founding member of two indie rock bands: Galaxie 500 and Luna.

Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and immigrated to New York City as a teenager in 1977. He has recorded sixteen albums and was a founding member of two indie rock bands: Galaxie 500 and Luna. Early this year Penguin Press published his book Black Postcards, which is both a personal memoir and an inside look at the last twenty years of the music scene.

Richard Hell

Richard Hell is the author of the novels Go Now and Godlike. His book of collaborations with the artist Christopher Wool, Psychopts, was published in 2008, and his CD, Destiny Street Repaired, by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was released in 2009.

Richard Hell is the author of the novels Go Now and Godlike. His book of collaborations with the artist Christopher Wool, Psychopts, was published in 2008, and his CD, Destiny Street Repaired, by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was released in 2009. He is at work on an autobiography.

 

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations—winning in 1985—and was nominated this year for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List.

Rosanne Cash has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations—winning in 1985—and was nominated this year for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List. Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of The List. The album, which Vanity Fair called “superb,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered The Billboard 200 at No. 22. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. Her memoir, Composed, was published by Viking in 2010. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

John Waters

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is most recently the author of Role Models and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is most recently the author of Role Models and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Neko Case

Neko Case is a Grammy nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing.

Neko Case is a Grammy nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. More than anything she thrives in the spaces in between the notes and has developed a sound all her own. Her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees. When she’s not carpooling with her band members on tour, Neko can usually be found lying around with her menagerie (dogs, cats, horse), working in her organic garden or quilting.

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the Peabody Award-winning television show, Portlandia, as well as an author and musician.

Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the Peabody Award winning television show, Portlandia, as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with Portlandia, and has received two Emmy nominations in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category for her work on the series.

She is a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle, and Rolling Stone magazine lists Sleater-Kinney’s song, “Dig Me Out”—featuring Brownstein’s overdriven riffs—as one of the 50 greatest guitar songs of all time.

Brownstein’s writing has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate, and in numerous book anthologies on music and culture. She is currently working on a memoir for Riverhead Book

Ahmir Khalib Thompson – Questlove

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band.

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released two books including the New York Times Bestseller MoMeta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of this latest endeavors includes scoring Chris Rock’s new film, Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor. Questlove is the Executive Producer of VH1’s Soundclash, hosted by Diplo and Executive Producer of VH1’s Philly 4th of July Jam.

Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature “Love’s Drumstick.” Currently, Questlove is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11, his food and culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for The Food Bank NYC, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center.

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton, multi-award winning actor, director and education advocate, is best known to television audiences around the world for his portrayals of two iconic characters—Kunte Kinte in “Roots” and Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”—and for his 23 years as producer and host of the beloved PBS series “Reading Rainbow.”

LeVar Burton, multi-award winning actor, director and education advocate, is best known to television audiences around the world for his portrayals of two iconic characters—Kunte Kinte in “Roots” and Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”—and for his 23 years as producer and host of the beloved PBS series “Reading Rainbow.” Burton is co-founder of the award-winning Reading Rainbow digital library, which has produced the #1 educational app and has just introduced SKYBRARY, the next generation of innovative children’s educational media on the web. He is co-Executive Producer of the upcoming multi-part remake of “Roots” and has received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Innovator’s Award, and the 2015 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award. Burton is also the author of the new children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.