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Susan Orlean: Author + Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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SUSAN ORLEAN is the author of 12 books, including “The Orchid Thief,” which was made into an Academy Award winning movie called “Adaptation,” starring Nicholas Cage, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean. Orlean is also a longtime staff writer for “The New Yorker” magazine.

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Author, Filmmaker Sebastian Junger — Still on Track

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SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, Tribe, and Freedom.   As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film “Restrepo” (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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Author / Journalist Bob Reiss: Living on the Border of Order & Anarchy

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BOB REISS is a bestselling author of 23 books, as well as a journalist, a former Chicago Tribune reporter and former correspondent for Outside Magazine. His work has been published in The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Parade, Rolling Stone and other national publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Morning Joe, CNN, Charlie Rose, Al Jazeera and Dan Rather Reports.

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The Multi-Talented Jen Karetnick

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Poet, writer, author, critic, and educator JEN KARETNICK is the author/co-author of 20 books, including five full-length poetry collections. She is co-founder/co-curator of the not-for-profit organization, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), and co-editor of the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day. Jen worked as a dining critic and food editor for Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, South Florida Magazine, Las Olas Magazine, Lincoln Road Magazine, and MIAMI Magazine from 1992-2020.

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Writer Nicholas Garnett: “In the Pink”

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In his late 40s, NICHOLAS GARNETT received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University (FIU), where he was a two-time recipient of the school’s literary award in nonfiction. He has taught creative writing at FIU, the Miami Book Fair International, and Writing Class Radio. Garnett is a freelance editor and co-producer of the Miami-based live storytelling series, Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud.

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