Continuing  Part 1 
Rick Wolff – host of The Sports Edge on WFAN Radio (NY) and Executive Editor of Grand Central Publishing


Marty Appel – baseball writer and public relations executive for the New York Yankees whose newest book, Pinstripe Empire, was released in May 2012.


Ayla Battistoni – relationship and intimacy educator; participant on Fifty Shades of Grey book panel


Natalie Charles – Harlequin Romantic Suspense author and winner of the 2011 Mills & Boon’s New Voices Competition


Kristen Cusato – former co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8


Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, EdD – founder of the Institute for Sexuality and participant on Fifty Shades panel


Carlos Eire – Yale professor whose memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana won the US Nat. Book Award


Tess Gerritsen – internationally bestselling author and creator of the Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT


Wick Griswold – University of Hartford professor and author of A History of the Connecticut River


Anita Hoffer, PhD, EdD – former Harvard professor and sexual coach; participant on Fifty Shades book panel


Roger LaFrancois- Former Major League player and real-life character in Dan Barry’s acclaimed novel, Bottom of the 33rd


Erika Marks – author of the acclaimed novel, Little Gale Gumbo, and new book, The Mermaid Collector


Mary McGarry Morris – author of Songs in Ordinary Time, an Oprah’s book selection made into a CBS movie


Chris Pagliuco – author of The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe, published by The History Press


Ronald Schouten, MD, JD – Harvard Medical School professor, attorney and author of Almost a Psychopath


Adam Sexton – Director of NYU Writing Program at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, author


Brian Trent– discussion leader for The Big Book Club Share, sponsored by CT Humanities


Laura Vianna – of Reading Group Choices, the leading developer of resources to enhance shared reading experiences


Anita August – author of Gut Bucket Blues and Director of Writing Programs at Sacred Heart University


Jeffrey Brown, PsyDDr. – Author of The Winners Brain and Think Positive for Great Health


Todd Civin – author of One Letter at a Time, the inspirational story of Team Hoyt


Kathy Czepiel – author of A Violet Season and creative writing teacher at Quinnipiac University


Franz Douskey – Pulitzer Prize nominated author of West of Midnight and Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years


Hallie Ephron – psychological suspense author whose novels have been adapted for Lifetime Movie Network


Leeza Gibbons – iconic American talk show host, author and philanthropist
Wendy Haggerty, MS, MFTWendy Haggerty – founder of Sex & Love Therapy; moderator of Fifty Shades of Grey book panel


Walt Hriniak – one of the most prominent batting coaches in the history of baseball with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox


Gwen Lawrence- yoga instructor for the NY Giants, NY Yankees, professional athletes and celebrities


Brad Meltzer – #1 bestselling author of political suspense novels and host of TV show, Decoded


Amy Newmark – Publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Tish RabeTish Rabe – bestselling children’s book author of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series


Patricia Schultz – author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die with over 3 million copies in print in 25 languages


Joseph Shrand, MD – Harvard professor, doctor and author of Manage Your Stress J

Julia Usher – celebrated pastry chef, writer, stylist and author of Cookie Swap and Ultimate Cookies


Matthew Warshauer, PhD – author of Connecticut in the American Civil War and moderator of The History Press panel


We are thrilled to introduce our exciting lineup of authors and presenters who will join us at the first Big Book Club Getaway, February 1-2, 2013, at the fabulous Mohegan Sun Resort.  Brad Meltzer, Leeza Gibbons, Kristin van Ogtrop (Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine), Tess Gerritsen, Mary McGarry Morris, Carlos Eire, Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Patricia Schultz, Gina Barreca and Amy Newmark (Publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) … to name just a few.

There will be general sessions with some of the biggest names in pop culture, and concurrent breakout sessions with fiction, non-fiction, memoir, cooking, sports, self-help, historical and educational writers.  Don’t miss panel discussions with Harvard Medical doctors, college professors, acclaimed sports writers and The History Press … there’s even a panel of sex therapists who will run a book chat on The Fifty Shades of Grey series.  Day Two will kick-off with a huge yoga class run by Gwen Lawrence, instructor to The New York Giants, New York Yankees and Hollywood celebrities.


Kessica Andersen – Harlequin Intrigue author of over 30 novels


Gina Barreca – American author, humorist and professor of English Literature at UConn


Shelley Carson, PhD – Harvard Health Press author of Your Creative Brain


Susan Conley – author of The Foremost Good Fortune, listed as an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick


Mark DeJohn – former member of Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff and long-time St. Louis Cardinals coach


Robert L. Doyle, MD, DDSDr. – Harvard Medical School doctor and author of Almost Alcoholic


Wilson Faude – author of Hidden History of Connecticut; former curator of the Mark Twain Museum


David Gillham – author of the new novel, City of Women, about Berlin during World War II


Patricia Harman – author of The Midwife of Hope River published by Harper Collins
J.A. Jance- New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series


Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki – English professors at Univ. of Bridgeport and History Press authors


Dodie Milardo – moderator of the Harlequin Romance panel, host of the radio show Dodie’s Talk, and local romance author


Teresa M. Norris – local author, who shares her personal journey of dealing with a parent with dementia


Hank Phillippe Ryan – investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC-TV affiliate and author of The Other Woman


Kieran Scott – Young adult author of He’s So / She’s So Trilogy, The Cheerleader Trilogy and Geek Magnet


Gary Small M.D. – author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and professor at UCLA
Kristin van OgtropKristin van Ogtrop – Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine and author of Just Let Me Lie Down