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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.
Dominique Thompson (Author) Dr Dominique Thompson was Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year in 2017 and is the UK’s top expert on student mental health, working with schools and universities setting up wellbeing programmes. She has been a GP for students for 17 years with a specialist interest in mental health. Fabienne Vailes (Author) Fabienne Vailes is an educational expert who coaches teachers and students of all levels. She has over 20 years of experience and is currently undertaking a major research study into student mental health.
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 was born in Tahiti. The daughter of a Tahitian mother and a French father who went back to his country after military service, she grew up in her big extended family in Faa'a-Tahiti, where storytelling was part of the every day life and women overcame obstacles with gusto and humour. Frangipani was also shortlisted for the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Célestine now lives with her family on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
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.
Rachel Valentine was born in Kent, moved all over the world, and has now moved back to Kent! She is the author of Audrey the Amazing Inventor and the bestselling Marmaduke series. Rachel can usually be found wandering round the countryside, day-dreaming and cogitating on stories. She lives with her husband, two sons, and a cheeky dog called Scout.
Crystalle Valentino writes erotic fiction. She is the author of After Hours, Personal Services and The Exhibitionist, all available 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.
Arshia Sattar has a PhD from the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations in the University of Chicago. Her areas of interest are Indian epics, mythology and the story traditions of the subcontinent. Her translation of Tales from the Kathasaritasagara was published as a Penguin Classic.
Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, and twice winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Jumanji, and then for The Polar Express. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in October 2009.
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, the thirteenth of fifteen children in a family of Dutch and French Huguenot origins. 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 of soldiering in the British Army, serving with distinction in the Western Desert, Abyssinia, Burma and the Far East. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, he was held in captivity for three years before returning to active service as a member of Lord Mountbatten's staff in Indonesia and, later, as Military Attaché to the British Minister in Java. After 1949 he undertook several official missions exploring little-known parts of Africa, and his journey in search of the Bushmen in 1957 formed the basis of his famous documentary film and The Lost World of the Kalahari. Other television films include All Africa Within Us and The Story of Carl Gustav Jung, whom he met after the war and grew to know as a personal friend. In 1934 he wrote In a Province, the first book by a South African to expose the horrors of racism. Other books include Venture to the Interior (1952), The Heart of the Hunter (1961), and A Walk with a White Bushman (1986). The Seed and the Sower was made into a film under the title Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, and, more recently, A Story Like the Wind and A Far-Off Place were combined and made into the film A Far-Off Place. Sir Laurens van der Post was awarded the CBE in 1947 and received his knighthood in 1981. He died in 1996.
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 a healthy balance between work and everyday life. 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).
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