What A Long Strange Trip It's Been - The Journey: Finding Our Passions, Finding Ourselves with authors Po Bronson, Sara Davidson, Elizabeth Gilbert and Sam Barry.
book group expo is the first event of its kind that delivers a two day salon experience designed especially for book lovers.
Book group members and avid readers have a chance to meet some of their favorite authors, discover a literary treasure or three that they've never heard of before, and meet and connect with people in other book groups - or start a new one.
Sam Barry is a marketing and promotions manager at HarperSanFrancisco, a division of HarperCollins. He co-authors The Author Enablers, a monthly column in BookPage. He also plays harmonica and keyboards in the band Train Wreck and is on tour with the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders.
Po Bronson gained renown as a wickedly trenchant chronicler of the 1990s dotcom frenzy. A former bond salesman, he covered Silicon Valley as a features writer for WIRED and parlayed his experiences into the comic novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (1997)—later made into a movie—and the nonfiction best seller The Nudist on the Late Shift (1999). His next book, What Should I Do With My Life? (2003), hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. In 2006, Bronson began collaborating with Ashley Merryman on a series of award-winning magazine articles, reporting on recent science that overturned conventional ideas on parenting and education. Their subsequent book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (2009), was on the Times best seller list for six months. Their new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2013), examines the role of competition in our lives.
Sara Davidson, a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, began chronicling the boomer generation in the Sixties with her phenomenal best seller, Loose Change. The author of five other best-selling books, she's written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, O, and Rolling Stone; and, for 25 years she's written dramas for television. Leap! is her most recent book.
Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. Her 2002 book The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. Since its initial publication in January 2006, her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Lovef has sold over 8 million copies and been published in forty languages. A film adaptation of the book came out this past August from Columbia Pictures with an all star cast: Julia Roberts as Gilbert, Javier Bardem as Felipe, James Franco as David, Billy Crudup as her ex-husband and Richard Jenkins as Richard from Texas. In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.
Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Kathi Kamen Goldmark is the author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You and a contributor to Single Woman of a Certain Age, and My California: Journeys by Great Writers. She co-authors The Author Enablers, a monthly column in BookPage. Kathi is the founder of the all-author rock band the Rock Bottom Remainders, producer of the radio show West Coast Live, and Author Liaison for Book Group Expo.
Ann Kent has been helping companies grow for over 20 years.
Through a variety of senior management and leadership positions including sales, operations, and strategic planning, Ann has been able to have a direct impact on the growth of dozens of companies and hundreds of business units.
Ann has lead start-ups to market and grown existing companies. She has defined and implemented strategic initiatives and led multi-million dollar business units. She has helped acquire companies and has driven a more organic growth strategy.
Susanne Pari's novel, The Fortune Catcher, is a love story and a painless history lesson on the Iran-America situation. It has been translated into six languages. She was an advisor to Edgework Press and the Program Director for their Literary Salons. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, and Voice of America.
She sees her job as Program Director for Book Group Expo as a sly opportunity to read every book of every participating author without feeling guilty that she's having so much fun.