Adam Hochschild, "King Leopold's Ghost" & "To End All Wars"
Priscilla Painton, Simon & Schuster
Seth Rosenfeld, "Subversives"
Diana B. Henriques, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, has been a writer for The New York Times since 1989. She was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Henriques is also the author of three previous books: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity's World and The White Sharks of Wall Street. She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.
Adam Hochschild has reported from conflict zones in eastern Congo, El Salvador, and apartheid-era South Africa. His books include “King Leopold’s Ghost,” “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918,” “Bury the Chains,” and “The Unquiet Ghost.” A co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, he is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED’s most-popular shows and the nation’s most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show. Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV’s Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Television, KRON television, and NPR, and did news commentary for KTVU television. He has also served as host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Since 1970, he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest and Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, coauthor of the textbook Sound Ideas, and creator of the DVD presentation “Masterpieces of Short Fiction.” He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer, and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major nonprofit events. Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike, and countless others.
Priscilla Painton is the Executive Editor—Nonfiction of Simon & Schuster. Since joining Simon & Schuster, Priscilla has acquired a range of books, including bestselling biographies of Michelle Obama and Ted Kennedy, the history of The Presidents Club, the memoir of an anxiety sufferer, the secret diary of one of the most powerful Communists in China, all of which became bestsellers, as well as books on history, politics, science, religion, economics, and American society. Previously, Painton was deputy managing editor of Time magazine. Painton joined Time in 1989 as a reporter and went on to edit every section of the magazine. She served longest as Time's Nation editor, responsible for all political and domestic news. In that role, she oversaw Time's investigation of campaign-finance scandals, which won a prestigious Goldsmith Investigative Journalism Prize. She also served as Time's executive editor before being appointed deputy managing editor, which made her the highest-ranking woman editor in the magazine's history. Prior to joining Time, Painton worked for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Washington Post, and The Berkshire Eagle, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Seth Rosenfeld is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and author of the best-selling book Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Subversives traces the FBI's secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal University of California president Clark Kerr. A reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 25 years, Rosenfeld is a winner of the George Polk Award and other honors.