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Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna to a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. Recognition as a writer came early for Zweig; by the age of forty, he had already won literary fame. In 1934, with Nazism entrenched, Zweig left Austria for England, and became a British citizen in 1940. In 1941 he and his second wife went to Brazil, where they committed suicide. Zweig's best-known works of fiction are Beware of Pity (1939) and The Royal Game (1944), but his most outstanding accomplishments were his many biographies, which were based on psychological interpretation.
MARKUS ZUSAK is the bestselling author of six novels, including THE BOOK THIEF. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, to both popular and critical acclaim. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children. Find Markus on his blog www.zusakbooks.com Facebook /markuszusak Instagram @markuszusak .
Andrew Zurcher is Director of Studies in English at Queens' College, Cambridge, and a leading international expert on the works of Spenser, Sidney and Shakespeare. Twelve Nights is his debut novel.
Gary Zukav is the bestselling author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, The Seat of the Soul, Soul Stories, and many others. Published in 30 languages, he is a graduate of Harvard University and a former US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer who fought in Vietnam. www.seatofthesoul.com
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the most watched television show in the world, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He produces all three editions of the CSI franchise: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. Zuiker lives with his family in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Previously, he was a reporter and writing coach for the Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. His honors include the PEN/Winship Award for Nonfiction, the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, The Livingston Award for International Reporting, and The Heywood Broun Award, among others. He received a master's degree from the University of Missouri and was a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia. He lives outside Boston. His website is www.mitchellzuckoff.com
Gregory Zuckerman is a special writer at the Wall Street Journal. He writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms and other investing and business topics. He's a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honour in business journalism. Zuckerman is the author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, and he appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business and other networks around the world. He lives in New York.
Randi Zuckerberg is the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, a tech-savvy production company, and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated, a modern lifestyle newsletter and blog. Previously, she was a marketing executive for Facebook for six years, where she pioneered live streaming initiatives and struck groundbreaking deals with ABC and CNN. She is Emmy nominated and ranked among the "50 Digital Power Players" by the Hollywood Reporter. As a loving mum to her two-year-old son and a proud new aunt, she hopes to share this book with the children of this modern generation (and their parents!). Randi lives with her husband, Brent, and son, Asher, in Silicon Valley.
Caren Zucker is an award-winning veteran television news producer who has worked most extensively with ABC News. She also produced and cowrote a six-part series on autism for PBS in 2011.
Béla Zsolt was one of Hungary's best-known writers in the early twentieth century. Born in 1895, he served in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914 to 1918 and in a Hungarian-Jewish forced-labour unit in 1942-1943. In 1944, after a spell in a Hungarian ghetto and a German concentration camp, he found refuge in Switzerland. In 1945 he returned to Hungary and in 1947 became an anti-communist member of parliament. He died in 1949. Ladislaus Löb was born in Transylvania. He is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Sussex.
Charlotte Zolotow (Author) Charlotte Zolotow was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915. She was a renowned American author, poet, editor and publisher of many books for children. As well as authoring over 60 books for children, she worked as an editor at HarperCollins and edited many well-known authors such as Paul Fleischman, Paul Zindel, Mary Rodgers, Robert Lipsyte and Francesca Lia Block. She lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she died, aged 98. Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.
Émile Zola (1840-1902) is the author of Les Rougon-Macquart – a cycle of 20 novels written over a period of 22 years including Nana(1880), Germinal (1885) and The Drinking Den (1877)- which provides a panoramic view of life under Napoleon III. He was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. Zola campaigned for justice over the Dreyfus affair – ‘it is up to us poets to nail the guilty to the eternal pillory’ – and his open letter to the President ‘J’accuse’ landed him a prison sentence that he evaded only through exile in England. He is buried in the Panthéon alongside Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, was published in 1992, and he has written nine others, two collections of stories and six books of poetry – most recently Voluntary. Thorpe’s translation of Madame Bovary, ‘stunning and heartily recommended’ (Scotsman), is available in Vintage Classics. He lives in France with his wife and family.
Acclaimed cyber-law scholar, Professor Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and is also the Jack N. & Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. His recent research includes the study of internet filtering by national governments, the role of intermediaries as points of control in internet architecture, and the taxation of internet commerce.
Born on October 5, in 1913, Gene Zion attended the New School of Social Research and the Pratt Institute. In 1948, he married artist Margaret Bloy Graham, who then collaborated with him on all his picture books. When their marriage ended in 1968, Zion also ended his career as an author. Zion is best known for his creation of the rascally dog, Harry, who appears in such books as HARRY THE DIRTY DOG and HARRY BY THE SEA. He died in 1975.
Sofka Zinovieff was born in London in 1961. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge, then lived in Greece and Moscow. She is the author of three previous books, Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens, Red Princess: A Revolutionary Life (both Granta) and The House on Paradise Street. She is married to a Greek and lives in Athens.
Peter Zimonjic was born in Toronto in 1973. He married in Dorset, England, in 1999 and immigrated to the UK in 2003. He lives in London with his wife, Donna, and his children, Anja and Jacob, where he works as a columnist and journalist.
A former senior editor at Discover magazine, Carl Zimmer is Stephen Jay Gould's successor on the US magazine Natural History. He is the author of two previous books and lives in New York.
Philip Zimbardo (Author) Philip Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University and has also taught at Yale, NYU and Columbia. He was elected President of the American Psychological Association in 2002. Widely respected as an innovative researcher and writer, he presented the award-winning video series Discovering Psychology. www.zimbardo.com Nikita D. Coulombe (Author) Nikita D. Coulombe is a writer and artist. She co-wrote the TED eBook Demise of Guys with Philip Zimbardo.
Aldo Zilli is the founder and chef patron of the award-winning Italian restaurant group that incorporates Zilli Café, Zilli Fish and Signor Zilli Restaurant & Bar. He has written many fish and Italian cookbooks as well as regularly appearing on radio and television.
Chi Zijian was born in Mohe in 1964. She started writing while at school and had her first story published in Northern Literature magazine when she was at college. She is the only writer to have won the Lu Xun Literary Award three times. The Last Quarter of the Moon also won the Mao Dun Literary Award. Her work has been translated into many languages.
Laura Zigman grew up in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She spent ten years in New York City working in book publishing and currently lives in Washington DC. Animal Husbandry is her first novel.
Deborah Ziegler was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 18 July 1956. Her mother was a British immigrant and her father was a child of the Oklahoma dust bowl. One of four children, she received her BA in Secondary education. Deborah went on to enjoy teaching for 15 years in both of her majors, English and Science. She received her MA in Science Education in California, where she currently lives with her husband, Gary, and two cavipoos named Bogie and Bacall. Deborah started a successful woman-owned engineering company after retiring from her teaching career. But being Brittany’s mum is without a doubt her proudest accomplishment in life. Currently, Deborah speaks on behalf of end-of-life options in the hopes that one day all terminally ill people will have the right to aid in dying if they so choose.
Madison Nicole Ziegler, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2002, is a professional dancer and actress. She was one of the stars of Lifetime's Dance Moms for six seasons, and was the lead dancer in Sia's critically acclaimed music videos "Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," and "Big Girls Cry." Maddie is a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Her first book, The Maddie Diaries was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he gained first class honours in Jurisprudence. He then joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Vientiane, Paris, Pretoria and Bogota before resigning to join the publishers William Collins, where he was editorial director for over fifteen years. He lives in London.
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