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16 September, 2020

Acker

A co-host of the twice Emmy-nominated Hot Bench (CBS Television Distribution), Tanya Acker is also host of The Tanya Acker Show podcast.  Her first book, MAKE YOUR CASE:  Finding Your Win in Civil Court, releases in October 2020 from Diversion Books.

Tanya is an experienced civil litigator who has represented a wide array of clients, from major automobile manufacturers in high stakes product liability litigation to media companies in hotly contested trade secret disputes.  She has been a featured commentator on various broadcasts (Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN Reports, Anderson Cooper 360, Your World With Neil Cavuto, CNBC Reports, HLN’s Special Report, Great Britain’s GMTV and Sky News, among others) and has guest co-hosted CNBC’s Power Lunch. C Magazine included her in an election season profile on noteworthy California women in politics and Women Inc. recently named her one of 2019’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.  Tanya also has contributed to the Huffington Post and served as a Temporary Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.

While a student at Yale Law School, Tanya represented low-income women in family law cases and served as a teaching assistant in Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure courses.  She also worked at the Office of White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, and the private law firms Irell & Manella, O’Melveny & Myers, and Williams & Connolly; at Williams & Connolly, she assisted President Clinton’s personal lawyers with press interviews, worked on the preparation of Congressional testimony for pending product liability legislation, and researched First Amendment issues.  After graduating from Yale, Tanya served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  After her clerkship, the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Tanya a Bristow Fellowship. While working as a Bristow Fellow, Tanya drafted Supreme Court briefs and helped prepare the Solicitor General for oral argument before the High Court.  Among the cases on which Tanya worked was Clinton v. Jones, where she assisted both the Solicitor General and President Clinton’s personal attorneys in preparing for oral argument. 

In private practice, Tanya’s legal work spanned a broad variety of matters, from civil litigation involving public and private entities, to various constitutional cases, to the provision of business counseling and advice.  She also maintained a commitment to pro bono work, receiving the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for her successful representation of a group of homeless individuals against the City of Santa Barbara.  Tanya later worked in entertainment industry outreach for the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign and as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Los Angeles mayoral campaign of City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.  After that, she worked as the General Counsel of a company that manufactured emissions control products.

Tanya received her B.A. degree from Howard University in 1992, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She was awarded a Luard Scholarship for study at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, and served there as the co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Women’s Magazine.  At Yale Law School, she was awarded an Earl Warren Scholarship by the NAACP and a Coker Fellowship by the Yale faculty.

 

Tanya maintains an active involvement in various philanthropic, civic and business organizations.  A volunteer with Love Takes Root, she has traveled to Haiti to work in a clinic and orphanage founded by that organization.  She is a member of the Beverly Hills West (CA) chapter of The Links, Incorporated and additionally serves on the boards of Public Counsel; the Western Justice Center; the Boy Scouts of America; PacWest Bancorp; and also as a trustee of the Pacific Battleship Center, which operates the Battleship USS IOWA Museum.  She is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Yale Law Fund Board.


10 September, 2020

The Clouds movie trailer is finally here!!!

We couldn’t be more excited to share the trailer for CLOUDS, the movie based on on the memoir by LAURA SOBIECH. The gorgeous movie-tie-in edition will be out from Nelson Books on October 13th, and the movie hits Disney+ on October 16th!  This movie is sad, hopeful, inspiring, exciting, and full of love, just like the book, and just like the Sobiech family.

If you want to learn more about Laura, her amazing son Zach, and Zach’s movement to fight Osteosarcoma start here: Zach’s Movement Website

 


2 June, 2020

Pimsleur

Julia Pimsleur is a Mindset Expert and the Scaling Coach. She is the founder of New York based Million Dollar Women, an organization that helps women entrepreneurs scale up and reach $1M in revenues. Julia’s passion for working with women entrepreneurs grew out of her experiences as founder and CEO of a children’s educational media company she took from a $30,000 investment into a multi-million dollar company. Julia has raised more than $26M in angel, venture and philanthropic dollars and speaks regularly about entrepreneurship, women in business and mindset. She is an associate professor at Parsons The New School where she teaches fundraising and entrepreneurial business models. Julia’s best-selling first book, Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big and the response she received from women business owners around the world inspired her to create the Million Dollar Women organization, which has a mission of helping one million women get to $1M in revenues. Her upcoming book, GO BIG NOW!   Strengthen Your Mindset, Overcome Any Obstacle and Crush Your Goals, will be released by New World Library in April 2021.

Julia’s mindset coaching is for men, women and non-binary, and she teaches the go big mindset to corporate, nonprofit, entrepreneurial and government leaders. Julia is based in New York City, where she lives with her family and when she is not writing, teaching or coaching she can be found scuba diving or throwing a (nerf) football around with her boys in Central Park.

 


14 April, 2020

Winters

Ben H. Winters is the author, most recently, of the novel Golden State (Mulholland/Little Brown, 2018); as well the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines (Mulholland/Little Brown, 2016); The Last Policeman and its two sequels (Quirk); the horror novel Bedbugs (Quirk); and several works for young readers. Among other recognition, Ben’s books have received the Edgar Award for mystery writing, the Philip K. Dick award in science fiction, the Sidewise Award for alternate history, and France’s Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire. Ben’s writing has appeared in Slate and in the New York Times Book Review. He also writes for film and television, and was a producer on the FX show Legion. A film version of Bedbugs is currently in the works at MGM, with a script by the mystery writer Sara Gran. Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three children, dog, and fish.


30 March, 2020

QUARANTINE! by Gay Courter

A bestselling novelist’s real-life harrowing account of confronting coronavirus on the Diamond Princess, off the coast of Japan, the successful campaign to get Americans released and the subsequent 14 days quarantine on a military base in the US. (Post Hill Press,Fall 2020, World English language rights).


23 March, 2020

Welch

 


21 January, 2020

Kennedy

In a flash of inspiration, Nancy B. Kennedy realized the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote was approaching. Was there a book in that? Of course! Suffrage books were releasing right and left. But she found a gap—the middle grade market was wide open. Inspiring women were having a moment, and Nancy wanted to get in on it.

In February 2020, the Norton Young Readers imprint of W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Nancy’s book, “Women Win the Vote: 19 for the 19th Amendment.” She’s sewing a suffragette dress, donning her “Votes for Women” sash and getting ready for the big day. She’s visiting all the big suffrage sites, including the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York, where the first women’s rights convention was held in 1848.

“I’m so excited about this book!” she says. “I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, the long-time home of both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. I know all the abolitionist, suffrage and reform hotspots in the area. That part of New York State bred fierce activists.”

The suffrage book will be Nancy’s eighth book, many of which are collections of true-life stories. Cracker Barrel found a place in its stores nationwide for her book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains, one of four books in a series. And for her book, How We Did It, she interviewed three dozen people who had succeeded at weight loss.

Nancy holds a degree in journalism from Penn State and worked in newspapers for many years, including a stint at Dow Jones in its pioneering electronic news service. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the online Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives—and votes!—in Hopewell, New Jersey, with her husband, John, and son, Evan (when he’s home from college).

Find out more about Nancy on her website and her Facebook Page

 

 


5 November, 2019

Riders of the Realm #3: Beneath the Weeping Clouds, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

From the author of the Guardian Herd series comes the final book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.”

Echofrost, Shysong, and all of Storm Herd are finally free, but their freedom came with a price. Sandwen Rider Rahkki Stormrunner has been captured by the Gorlan giants, who are quickly losing their patience with the Fifth Clan. With Rahkki in grave danger, Storm Herd must join forces with the humans they have long feared to save him.

And as sweeping monsoon rains threaten to ravage the region, enemies and friends, tame steeds and wild, will have to engage in one final battle to decide the fate of all three groups—the Sandwens, the giants, and the pegasi.


22 October, 2019

MAROONED: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and the New History of America’s Origin, by Joseph Kelly, Ph.D.

Now available in paperback, a groundbreaking history that makes the case for replacing Plymouth Rock with Jamestown as America’s founding myth.

“The U.S. loves its creation myths, and this mythmaking, myth-breaking history gives us a new character, Stephen Hopkins… Though Hopkins and those like him left few records, Kelly fleshes out the available glimpses with a vivid, detailed description of the settlement and its English and Native American contexts…Kelly’s dynamic narrative brings Jamestown to life and shows how history reflects the present as well as the past.” ―starred review, Booklist

We all know the great American origin story. It begins with an exodus. Fleeing religious persecution, the hardworking, pious Pilgrims thrived in the wilds of New England, where they built their fabled city on a hill. Legend goes that the colony in Jamestown was a false start, offering a cautionary tale. Lazy louts hunted gold till they starved, and the shiftless settlers had to be rescued by English food and the hard discipline of martial law.

Neither story is true. In Marooned, Joseph Kelly reexamines the history of Jamestown and comes to a radically different and decidedly American interpretation of these first Virginians.

In this gripping account of shipwrecks and mutiny in America’s earliest settlements, Kelly argues that the colonists at Jamestown were literally and figuratively marooned, cut loose from civilization, and cast into the wilderness. The British caste system meant little on this frontier: those who wanted to survive had to learn to work and fight and intermingle with the nearby native populations. Ten years before the Mayflower Compact and decades before Hobbes and Locke, they invented the idea of government by the people. 150 years before Jefferson, they discovered the truth that all men were equal.

The epic origin of America was not an exodus and a fledgling theocracy. It is a tale of shipwrecked castaways of all classes marooned in the wilderness fending for themselves in any way they could—a story that illuminates who we are today.


11 September, 2019

Welch

Caroline Welch is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc., based in Los Angeles. She is Co-Founder with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel of the Mindsight Institute whose mission is to promote the scientific understanding of well-being through online courses, workshops, books and lectures. She is also Co-Founder of PodOp, Inc., a startup in New York City. Caroline is a meditator, speaker, and currently writing her first book to be published in March 2020, titled The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House).

Born on a working dairy farm, Caroline’s first trip out of Darien, Wisconsin was to Shiraz, Iran on a high school exchange program. That was the beginning of her love of travel and exploration which has included climbing Mount Kenya, teaching English in Japan for three years, and backpacking through 25 different countries. She was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 1978 while living in Japan.

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Southern California. She has practiced law for over 25 years, in various capacities including as a corporate litigator, in-house counsel at MGM, production attorney for the television show Judge Judy, and a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Caroline is an avid watercolorist and has two children. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband.