B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. Novak’s acclaimed collection of short stories, One More Thing, was an immediate New York Times Best Seller in 2014, and was excerpted in The New Yorker and on This American Life.

B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and for his performances in programs such as HBO’s The Newsroom and films such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He will next appear in The Founder alongside Michael Keaton.

Novak’s acclaimed collection of short stories, One More Thing, was an immediate New York Times Best Seller in 2014, and was excerpted in The New Yorker and on This American Life. His children’s book, The Book with No Pictures, has spent over one hundred weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, including 35 weeks at #1, and currently has over a million copies in print in 26 languages.

Novak is also the co-founder and chairman of li.st, which launched in October 2015.

Oprah Winfrey

50th Anniversary Gold Medal Recipient, presented at the 1999 National Book Awards
Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

50th Anniversary Gold Medal Recipient, presented at the 1999 National Book Awards

Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is a New York Times-bestselling author who has written both fiction and nonfiction. He is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the short story collections What He’s Poised to Doand Superbad and the novels Please Step Back and The Slippage. He is the co-author of  Mo’ Meta Blues (with Questlove), Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? (with George Clinton),  I Am Brian Wilson (with Brian Wilson), and more. His last book was Emotional Rescue, a collection of music essays; his next will be  Dig If You Will The Picture, a meditation on the life and career of Prince.

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, DC. The Maverick Room was awarded the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. Ellis teaches in the Lesley University low-residency MFA program, and he is a faculty member of Cave Canem.

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, DC. The Maverick Room was awarded the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. Ellis teaches in the Lesley University low-residency MFA program, and he is a faculty member of Cave Canem. A photographer and poet, he currently divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, DC. His most recent collection, Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, was published by Graywolf Press, and he recently accepted the position of Poetry Editor at The Baffler.