The Readers & Writers

Meet Our Authors and Panelists

2019

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Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli

Star funny woman and master of insult comedy Lisa Lampanelli talks about why she quit Stand-Up to dedicate her life to running transformational workshops and performing storytelling shows. Read more…

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Anne Perry
Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the prolific international bestselling author of historical mystery fiction, including the hugely successful and long running Thomas Pitt series and William Monk series. Read more…

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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim

Victoria Zackheim is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, teacher and editor of six anthologies. Read more…

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Helen Zia

Helen Zia will speak about her new book “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution” and how she discovered her mother’s harrowing long hidden past. Read more…

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Anne Cheng
Anne Cheng

Professor of English and American Studies at Princeton University. She has written three books and numerous published articles. Read more…

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Carol McManus

Founder and managing partner of CKC Global Media, Carol uses her experience as a professional speaker, radio host, social media strategist and published author to help others. Read more…

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Judge Andrew Napolitano
Judge Andrew Napolitano

Author and Fox News senior legal analyst returns to the Festival to discuss the major constitutional challenges now facing our nation. Read more…

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Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen

A law professor at the Law School of GW University and an influential writer and commentator on legal issues. He is the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia.. Read more…

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Sean Strub, Mayor of Milford, PA
Sean Strub, Mayor

Moderated by Sean Strub, Mayor of Milford, Pa., a longtime activist and author of “Body Counts, A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival”… Read more… 

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Jack Devine
Jack Devine

Author of the memoir “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story” about his thirty-two year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Read more…

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Tim Weiner

As a reporter for the NY Times covering American intelligence, Tim Weiner won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on secret national security programs. Read more…

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Lucian Truscott IV

As the third generation of a military family, Lucian Truscott IV attended West Point and wrote the acclaimed novel “Dress Grey” about his time there… Read more…

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George Anderson

George Anderson has done more than 35,000 sessions for the bereaved and is recognized as the most scientifically tested medium of our time. He has written the best selling “We Don’t Die”. Read more… 

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Dr. Eben Alexander

He wrote the best-selling book “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife” which describes his 2008 near-death experience as well as two subsequent books which expand the ideas of the first book.  Read more… 

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Megan Smith-Harris
Megan Smith-Harris

Actress, writer, producer and an award-winning documentary film maker. She is the editor of Wilton Magazine and is the Director of The Ridgefield International Film Festival (RIFF) in Ridgefield, CT. Read more… 

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Joan Kramer

Joan Kramer was an assistant talent co-ordinator for The Dick Cavett Show, associate producer for a Candid Camera Special, and writer for Live from Lincoln Center. . Read more…

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David Heeley

David Heeley has received many awards, including six Emmys, has been nominated for three Directors Guild of America awards, and has taught at the New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Read more…

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John DiLeo

John DiLeo is the author of six books about classic movies. He has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival, conducting onstage interviews with Farley Granger, Arlene Dahl, Marge Champion, Keir Dullea, Jane Powell, Rex Reed, Tab Hunter, Lorna Luft, and Jane Alexander. Read more…

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Mary Frances Barry

In her latest book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times”, Mary Frances Barry recounts many of the protests in which she was active, analyzes their organizing strategies, and considers the lessons we can learn… Read more…

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Rep. Matt Cartwright

Rep. Matt Cartwright serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing northeast Pennsylvania’s 8th District. He also has a University of Pennsylvania connection, as a graduate of its law school and having served as the editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review…. Read more…

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Barbara Krasnoff
Barbara Krasnoff

Her short story “Sabbath Wine”, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award.  Her mosaic novel “The History of Soul 2065”. Publishers Weekly described as, “Powerful and dreamlike…” Read more…

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Michael Libling

Michael is a World Fantasy Award-nominated author whose short fiction has appeared in many of the top science fiction and fantasy magazines. Read more…

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Rajan Khanna

Rajan is an author, podcaster, musician and narrator. His three novels, “Falling Sky,” “Rising Tide” and “Raining Fire,” take place in a post-apocalyptic world of airships and floating cities.  Read more…

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Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel

Matthew is a three-time Nebula Award Finalist and a Eugie Award Finalist, his novel “King of Shards” was hailed as “Magestic and resonant,” by NPR Books.. Read more…

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Susana Axelson

“Hope’s Hopes” is Susanna’s first book, which received recognition as being part of the semi-finalist round for Create Space’s Contest in the year the book was published (2014).  Read more…

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Lillian Longendorfer
Lillian Longendorfer

Lillian is the Panel Coordinator.  A retired pathologist and laboratory director, her first novel The Quad Consortium and the Sword of Bale was published in 2015.. Read more…

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Eleanor Wagner

Eleanor is the author of “Dream A Little Dream”, a supernatural romance.  Read more…

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Dr. Patrick Suraci

Dr. Suraci is a clinical psychologist in Manhattan, New York. He taught classes in John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His most recent book is a gay romance novel titled, “A Dream Life”.  Read more…

ROMANCE
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DC Caruso

DC Caruso has published five books to date, including “Snowbound” along with her newest release, “A Troubled Boy”.  Read more…

POETRY
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UMeleni Mhlaba-Adebo

UMeleni is a poet, author, actress, singer and educator who has  long performed nationally and internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal and Ireland..  Read more…

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Michelle Oram

Michelle has been teaching thousands to find their own voice in the arts for over 30 years. Her memoir/ self help book about the healing powers of Music and Nature is filled with her poetry . Read more…

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Nancy Dymond

Nancy has won top prizes for categories of poetry and essays in the Alyssa Katon Writing Contest and her poetic work, “The Road to Night,” was awarded first place in the 2011 Mulberry Poets & Writers Annual Poetry Contest.  Read more…

POETRY
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Rainer Pasca

Rainer an 8th grader at Bay Shore Middle School, has been writing since he was 4 and has been published in several literary journals: Read more…

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Veronica Coyne

Veronica is the moderator of this panel.  She is a poet and host of Emerging Voices Open Mic Night, a monthly venue in Milford where poets, musicians, comedians and speakers share their voice. Read more…

POETRY
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Mike Vreeland

Mike is a poet, playwright, and writer/performer of humorous and educational children’s songs. He has released two CDs, “I Sing About Things” and “Are We There Yet?” on his Dust Bunny Music label. Read more…

WORKSHOP
Gail Krauss
Gayle Krause

Gayle is a local author of seven children’s books. Her debut novel, “RATGIRL: Song of the Viper” was nominated for the Horn Book Award and the International Reading Award.  Read more…

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
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Della Ross Ferreri

Della Ross Ferreri is a French teacher and children’s writer. She is the author of two board books, “Huggle Wuggle, Bedtime Snuggle” and “Precious Baby” as well as  the picture book, “Beep! Beep! Special Delivery”. Read more…

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Karen Kaufman Orloff

Karen is the author of many books for children, including the popular “I Wanna” series — “I Wanna Iguana,” “I Wanna New Room,” and “I Wanna Go Home” from G.P. Putnam. Read more…

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Dr. Angela Parrino

Dr. Parrino is the founder of the children books publisher, GP’s Honey Tomes, and has written and published the following: “Gus, The Feeling Better Polar Bear”, “Gella the Geep Is More Than a Sheep”… Read more…

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Jacqueline Lopresti

Jacqueline has written 2 children’s books including “Oliver and His Unlikely Friend” (2016) and “Oliver Gets a Surprise” (2017). Read more…

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John Potestivo

John is a teacher at Paterson Arts and Science Charter School, Paterson, NJ, where he teaches history to 9th graders and is a 4th grade Character Education instructor. He published “There’s Good in Every Bunny” in 2016.  Read more…

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Ruby Lynn Willis

Ruby is a writer, storyteller, and performance artist who has a unique storytelling style she’s developed since her earliest days of performing in NYC’s Greenwich Village as well as with the Port Jervis Poet Society in the 1980’s. Read more…

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Phil Murphy

Phil is the owner of D.I.P Promotions LLC, a company focused on maximizing a persons’ potential in academics, athletics, and entertainment. He recently published his book, “Product of Determination – The College Years”. Read more…

FAUCHERE SERIES
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Richard C. Morais

Richard is an award-winning American journalist and novelist. He is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller “The Hundred-Foot Journey”. He has just released the novel“The Man With No Borders”,  Read more…

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Melinda Chateauvert

Melinda is currently an independent scholar who taught courses on the civil rights movement, social justice organizing, gender and sexuality in African American families, sex work and gendered labor, and law and public policy. Read more…

GREY TOWERS
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Doug Bill

We are on the cusp of a pervasive shift in how we live on Planet Earth. Perspectives that were limited to a small group of seekers a generation ago have, little by little, crept into the mainstream.  Read more…

GREY TOWERS
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John Harvey

John Harvey is a naturalist and consulting psychologist whose years of experience help him to appreciate the healing potential of a nature connection ”. Read more…