Gospel music from Sharon D. Henderson and Friends, a light breakfast, and a diverse group of inspirational authors with messages of optimism, faith, and hope- Book Group Expo
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.
Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling, Christy-nominated author, credited for bringing Christian Chick Lit to life with her Ashley Stockingdale Series. She is a graduate of San Jose State University and a fourth-generation Californian.
Sharon D. Henderson is a powerful spirit-filled vocalist, and popular soloist at churches around the Bay Area. She is a current member of the award winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel, and a former member of the Voices of Christ. Sharon is the founding member of the seven member gospel group "Friends". This group of talented musicians and vocalists bring a rich and uplifting sound of praise through song wherever they go.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Garth Stein is the award-winning author of three novels including NY Times bestseller, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," which has been published in 23 languages, was a #1 BookSense pick, and the Starbucks spring/summer 2008 book selection. Garth lives with his family, and their dog Comet, in Seattle.
Van Jones responds to an audience question on if he addresses the influence of big oil companies on the United States government in his book The Green Collar Economy. Jones then describes the "military petroleum complex," his term for the relationship between the Pentagon and big oil.