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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, and winner of the Caldecott Honor Award for First the Egg. Laura lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper.
Dana Vachon was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, raised in Chappaqua, New York, and graduated from Duke University - as he claims, 'cum nihil' - in 2002. After graduation, he worked as an analyst at JPMorgan. His writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Men's Vogue, the New York Times and Salon. He lives in New York City.
T. E. Vadney was born in 1939 and is Professor of History at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He organized the programme in contemporary world history and he continues to teach and write on US and global affairs.
John Vaillant has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and Men's Journal among others. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and children. Of particular interest to Vaillant are stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world. His work in this and other fields has taken him to five continents and five oceans. The Golden Spruce is his first book.
Célestine Hitiura Vaite grew up in Tahiti and fell in love with a visiting Australian surfer when she was 16. Now 39 years old, she is the wife of the fanatic surfer, the mother of three boisterous boys and a sensitive daughter, and lives in a town on the South Coast of New South Wales - by the beach.
Val Sampson is a freelance journalist who has written for a wide range of newspapers ranging from The People to The Guardian and The Times, as well a numerous women's magazines including She, Woman, Woman's Own, Best, Woman's Weekly and You. She has had breast cancer twice in the last five years. She leads a seminar on Language and the Concept of Cancer for nurses at the Institute of Cancer Research. Debbie Fenlon was Val Sampson's breast care nurse when she was first diagnosed. She is now an oncology lecturer with the Institute of Cancer Research in association with the Royal Marsden NHS Trust. The foreword is by Ian Smith, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Medical Director, Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is her first novel.
Patricia Valdez (Author) Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Institutes of Health. Originally from Texas, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor is her first picture book. Visit her at PatriciaValdezBooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @Patricia_Writer. Felicita Sala (Illustrator) Felicita Sala is a self-taught artist who studied philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects, but her passion is making picture books. Felicita lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at FelicitaSala.com, FelicitaSala.blogspot.com, and Instagram.com/felicita.sala
James Valentine lives and works in Australia. A journalist, broadcaster and musician, James started his life in the public eye working in theatre orchestra, big bands, R&B and cover bands. He achieved 'rock stardom' with his band, The Models, recording two platinum albums and two number one singles. He has also contributed to many magazines including Vogue and Rolling Stone. In 1987 James became the host of a popular TV show, The Afternoon Show. He currently presents a weekday radio afternoon talk show and also hosts and produces a weekly TV show.
Nick Valentine has been in more bands that he can remember, slept on more couches than he cares to admit and starred in a film he co-wrote and got terrible reviews for … playing himself. He’s been a film technician, trainee surveyor, paste-up artist, DJ and once had a record deal. He was Music and Nightlife Editor for London Alternative Magazine, spent five years at Time Out London & co-founded the Entertainment News press agency, and three London nightclubs, including the private members club The Cuckoo Club. His biggest challenge to date however, has been trying to recall the past 35 years of partying so as to write Clubs, Drugs and Canapés.
Crystalle Valentino writes erotic fiction. She is the author of After Hours, Personal Services and A Private View, all coming soon from Black Lace.
Dr Gio Valiante has worked with many of golf's most successful players, including Justin Rose, Jack Nicklaus, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III and Matt Kuchar. He has become the most successful sport psychologist on the PGA Tour. He was named one of the 40 most influential people in golf under age 40 by Golf magazine in 2011. He is a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Elise Vallée's The Well-Dressed Woman's Do's and Dont's was first published in 1925.
CARL-JOHAN VALLGREN was born in 1964. He is the author of eight novels, of which The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot...was the first novel to be appear in English. His work has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in Stockholm.
John Brockington is Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Sanskrit literature, especially epics, and is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit studies. Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia. John Brockington is emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Sanskrit literature, especially epics, and is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit studies. Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia.
Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist.
Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are the creators of Fantastic Man, a formal and intelligent men's fashion magazine that positions itself above the commercial fray with a singular tone and elegant design. Based in Amsterdam and London, in 2010 they launched the female counterpart of Fantastic Man called The Gentlewoman, a modern ladies style journal.
Laurens van der Post was born in Africa in 1906. Most of his adult life was spent his time divided between Africa and England. His professions of writer and farmer were interrupted by ten years in the army, behind enemy lines in Abyssinia, the Western Desert and the Far East where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese while commanding a small guerrilla unit. He went straight from prison back to active service in Java. He was awarded the CBE for his services in the field.
Dan van der Vat is a distinguished journalist and author who has worked for a variety of papers, including The Times and the Guardian, both as a political and defence writer and as a foreign correspondent.
Elaine van der Zeil is a consultant who seeks to help people achieve their full potential and maintain work/life balance. She runs workshops and provides coaching in stress management and communication skills.
A former editor of the NRC Handelsblad - Holland's leading newspaper - Van Dis is now a full-time writer. He is the author of five novels as well as books of travel-writing and plays.
Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University. She writes on Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora literature, and gender and translation theory. Her translations include her edited and co-edited collections: The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding: Three Collections by Contemporary Greek Women Poets (Wesleyan, 1998); A Century of Greek Poetry (Cosmos, 2004); The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke (Graywolf, 2009), a Lannan Translation selection; and The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (Norton, 2010).
Vanessa Van Edwards is an interpersonal intelligence expert and public speaker. Her behaviour research lab 'The Science of People' has been featured in Fast Company, Inc, Men's Health, Forbes, and on Fox News. She is a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur; the leading instructor in people skills on Udemy and CreativeLive; and has led training sessions at a number of Fortune 500 companies around the world. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
RONALD DE LEEUW is director of the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam, and a specialist in 19th-century painting. He has been responsible for numerous exhibitions, including the 1990 Vincent Van Gough centennial retrospective.
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