Amor Towles – Born in 1964, Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated fromYale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. From 1991-2012, he worked as an investment professional in New York. He continues to live in Manhattan with his wife and two children and serves on the boards of the Library of America, the Yale Art Gallery and the Wallace Foundation.Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.His novel, Rules of Civility, was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2011 and reached the bestseller lists of The New York Times, the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. The book was rated by The Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2011. The book’s French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. The book has been published in 15 languages. In the fall of 2012, the novel was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film.
Becky Aikman – Forced to remake her life after the death of her husband, Becky Aikman gathered five other young widows like herself and took a forthright approach to finding happiness again. Armed with up-to-date research, they rejected the now discredited five stages of grief and substituted laughter, adventure, friendship, and a healthy interest in, yes, love. What could have been a sad story turned into something else – an adventure story – as the women traveled, cooked, and reengaged with the world together. In the process, they reinvented themselves, changing everything from homes to careers to relationships. Most of them searched for love again, and some of them foundit, along with all the complications that come along with pulling that off in midlife.Becky grew up in the small town of Brookville Pa. and is a graduate Bucknell University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was a writer and editor for Business Week and a reporter for Newsday. Becky now lives in New York City with her new husband, Bob, the guy with the hazel eyes and the killer risotto recipe and step-daughter, Lily.
Chris Pavone – Chris Pavone’s first novel, The Expats, was a New York Times and international bestseller, with nearly twenty foreign editions and a major film deal, and received both the 2013 Edgar Award and Anthony Award for Best First Novel. The Accident, published in March 2014, was also an instant New York Times bestseller.Chris grew up in New York City and attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and then Cornell University. He worked at a number of publishing houses over nearly two decades, mostly as an editor. He is married and the father of twin schoolboys and they all live in New York City and on the North Fork of Long Island.