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Ann Brashares is an American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known as the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Brashares was born in Alexandria and grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She attended elementary and high school at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, after studying philosophy at Barnard College, she worked as an editor for 17th Street Productions. 17th Street was acquired by Alloy Entertainment, and following the acquisition she worked briefly for Alloy, after leaving Alloy she wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which became an international best seller. It was followed three more titles in the Pants series, the last of which, Forever in Blue, was released in January 2007. The first book in the series was made into a film in 2005, Brashares first adult novel, The Last Summer was released in 2007. The first companion book to the Sisterhood series,3 Willows, The Sisterhood Grows, was published in 2009, a second novel for adults, My Name is Memory was published in 2010 and has been optioned for film.
This was followed by a time travel novel, The Here and Now. She lives in New York City with her artist husband, Jacob Collins, and children Nathaniel, Susannah, Brashares mainly writes for young adults
Richard Travis Rich Hall is an American comedian and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of American networks, in such as Fridays, Not Necessarily the News. He has created and starred in series for the BBC, including comedies with Mike Wilmot. Hall has maintained a successful comedy career, as both Crenshaw and himself. Hall was born in Alexandria and grew up in Mecklenburg County, early in his career, he performed as a street comedian with a suitcase and stand, traveling the college circuit, and performing impromptu skits for gathering crowds. He attended college at Western Carolina University, Halls first professional work was as a writer and performer on the original David Letterman Show, and the sketch comedy TV series Fridays from 1980 until 1982. Matt Groening has described him as the inspiration for Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons and he was a regular on Saturday Night Live for the shows tenth season, becoming the only Fridays cast member to be an SNL cast member.
In 1986, Hall had his own Showtime channel special, Vanishing America and he hosted a talk show during The Comedy Channels 1990–91 season, titled Rich Halls Onion World. In the United States, he has appeared several times on American talk shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Hall was previously a writer and on-air contributor on The David Letterman Show, Lettermans morning show that aired on NBC in 1980. Hall made a special guest appearance as himself in the Cartoon Network talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in 2011, Hall voiced an Idaho man in Sony Pictures Animations Arthur Christmas. Outside his homeland, Hall has achieved popularity in the United Kingdom and he spends part of his time during the off-seasons writing plays in the United States, where he has a small ranch just outside Livingston, Montana. The rest of the time is spent in London, where he owns a flat and he has appeared on the British stand-up comedy series Jack Dees Live at the Apollo. His appearances achieved some cult status due to his line of jokes on Live at the Apollo about Tom Cruise, in 2006, Hall wrote and acted in the play Levelland at the Edinburgh Festival.
He appeared on the BBC Two programme Top Gear, where he managed to make a song about a Rover 25 car, much to the enjoyment of host Jeremy Clarkson. After the September 11 attacks, Hall was entrusted with the task of responding to the tragedy on the first subsequent edition of Have I Got News for You, Hall has written and presented six 90-minute documentaries about film genres, broadcast on BBC Four. Rich Halls You Can Go To Hell, Im Going To Texas, first broadcast 30 June 2013, which examines what it means to be a Texan, in 2007, he returned to the Fringe with his second play, Best Western, which he wrote and directed. His autumn 2009 tour included a performance at Londons Hammersmith Apollo, on 5 April 2010, Hall appeared as one of the stand-up acts on Channel 4s Comedy Gala, a benefit show organised by Channel 4 to raise money for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. Hall is a regular performer on Channel 4s Stand Up for the Week
Claire Cook is an American writer and public speaker. Cook taught school for sixteen years and she wrote her first novel when she was 45 years old. Her second novel, Must Love Dogs, was made into a motion picture starring Diane Lane. In 2014, she started her own publishing company, Marshbury Beach Books, Cook’s first non-fiction book, Never Too Late, Your Roadmap to Reinvention, shares her journey and tips for midlife women reinventing their lives. Her books have been translated into 14 languages, Cook graduated from Scituate High School. She was a Newhouse Scholar at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with a major in Film. She spent her year at Harvard University as a visiting student, where she studied fiction with Robert Stuart Fitzgerald. Cook was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Cook and her mother met her father when she taught his Business English class at Worcester Business College after they both finished serving in World War II. Cooks mother died suddenly of sepsis days before Cook’s eleventh birthday and her father worked for The Boston Globe, retiring several years before his death in 1992.
Claire Cook is the second oldest, and oldest daughter, of eight siblings, Cook married Richard Jacobucci in 1978. Cook and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia
Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer and voice artist. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, in 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is known for her role as Barb Baran on CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sykes was born in Portsmouth and raised in the Washington, D. C. area. Her mother, Marion Louise, worked as a banker, and her father, Sykes attended Arundel High School in Gambrills and went on to graduate from Hampton University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. After college, her first job was as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency, Sykes family history was researched for an episode of the 2012 PBS genealogy program Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. She continued to hone her talents at local venues while at the NSA until 1992, working for the Hal Leonard publishing house, she edited a book entitled Polyrhythms – The Musicians Guide, by Peter Magadini.
Her first big break came when opening for Chris Rock at Carolines Comedy Club, in 1997, she joined the writing team on The Chris Rock Show and made many appearances on the show. The writing team was nominated for four Emmys, and in 1999, won for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, since that time, she has appeared in such films as Pootie Tang and on TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2003, she starred in her own short-lived Fox network sitcom, the same year, Sykes appeared in an hour-long Comedy Central special, Tongue Untied. That network ranked her No.70 on its list of the 100 greatest all-time stand ups. She served as a correspondent for HBOs Inside the NFL, hosted Comedy Centrals popular show Premium Blend and she had a short-lived show on Comedy Central called Wanda Does It. In addition to her film and television work, she is an author and she wrote Yeah, I Said It, a book of humorous observations on various topics, published in September 2004. In 2006, she landed a role as Barb, opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.
She guest starred in the Will & Grace episode Buy, Buy Baby in 2006 and she provided voices for the 2006 films Over the Hedge and Brother Bear 2. She had a part in My Super Ex-Girlfriend and after playing in Evan Almighty, had a bit part in License to Wed. Sykes first HBO Comedy Special, entitled Wanda Sykes, Sick & Tired, premiered on October 14,2006, in 2008, she performed as part of Cyndi Laupers True Colors Tour for LGBT rights. In October 2008, Wanda Sykes appeared in an ad for the Think Before You Speak Campaign. In the 30-second spot, she uses humor to scold a teenager for saying thats so gay when he means that is so bad
Tao Lin is an American novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and artist. He has published three novels, two books of poetry, one story collection, and one novella in print as well as an extensive assortment of online content. His third novel, was published by Vintage on June 4,2013, in November 2008 Lin founded Muumuu House, an independent publishing house, and in 2010 he co-founded MDMAfilms, an independent film production company. Tao Lin was born to Taiwanese parents and lives in New York City and he graduated from New York University in 2005 with a B. A. in journalism. In 2012 and in 2015 he taught a course at Sarah Lawrence College called The Contemporary Short Story. Lin has one brother who lives in New York, their father is a retired physics professor who is the inventor of the flying-spot LASIK. Lins writing has attracted both negative and positive attention from various publications, Gawker once referred to him as maybe perhaps the single most irritating person weve ever had to deal with, though he was pardoned.
After reading this criticism, Lin retaliated by completely covering the front door of the Gawker office building with stickers bearing Britney Spearss name, Gawker published a piece Lin had written. L Magazine said, Weve long been deeply irked by Lins vacuous posturing and I know you are but what am I dorm-room philosophizing. Sam Anderson, in New York Magazine, Dismissing Lin, ignores the fact that he is smart, funny. Miranda July has praised his work as moving and necessary, an article in The Atlantic described Lin as having a fairly staggering knack for self-promotion. In November 2006 Lins first book, a collection titled you are a little bit happier than i am, was published. It was the winner of Action Books December Prize and has been a small-press bestseller, in May 2007 Lins first novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, and first story collection, were published simultaneously. Of the stories, Jennifer Bassett, writing in KGB Lit Journal, said, In structure and tone, they have the feel of early Lorrie Moore and Deborah Eisenberg.
Like Moores characters, there are a lot of plays on language and within each story, and like Moore, most of these characters live in New York, are unemployed or recently employed, and are originally from somewhere more provincial. However, Lin knows to dig a little deeper into his characters—something we see in Moores stories, but less so in her early ones. They were ignored by most mainstream media but have since been referenced in The Independent, in May 2008 Lins second poetry collection, cognitive-behavioral therapy was published. The poem room night from this collection was anthologized in Wave Books State of the Union, a French translation was published by Au Diable Vauvert in 2012
Matt Lewis is a political writer, conservative pundit and columnist formerly with The Daily Caller, now with The Daily Beast, and a contributing editor for The Week. He has appeared on CNN as a political commentator, Lewis was raised in Myersville, Maryland. He was educated at Middletown High School, a high school in Middletown, followed by Shepherd University in Shepherdstown. As a writer, Lewis has contributed to Townhall. com, AOLs PoliticsDaily. com, Human Events, in March 2007, Lewis was one of two bloggers invited on John McCains campaign tour bus on a visit to New Hampshire for an interview with the candidate. That September, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich acknowledged in an interview with Lewis that he was considering a presidential run, Lewis is the editor of The Quotable Rogue, The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, published in 2011. Lewis was selected as a Rising Star of Politics by Politics Magazine in 2002, Lewis is a frequent commentator on cable television and radio, has appeared as a political commentator from the right for CNN in 2016, and has appeared multiple times on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Since February 2009, he has represented the viewpoint on Bloggingheads. tvs weekly discussion of U. S. politics. Conservatism portal Matt Lewis official website Matt Lewis Townhall blog Video debates featuring Matt Lewis on Bloggingheads. tv Appearances on C-SPAN
John Marcum Wells is an American theater and television producer and director. He is best known for his role as producer and showrunner of the television series ER, Third Watch, The West Wing, Southland. His company, John Wells Productions, is based at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank. Wells is a leader, and was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, West in 2009. Wells was born in Alexandria, the son of Marjorie Elizabeth and Llewellyn Wallace Wells and he has English, Scottish and Norwegian ancestry. Wells graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 1979, a studio theatre at Carnegie Mellon University bears his name. While at CMU, he was one of the earliest actors to work at City Theatre, Wells was a producer on the 1987 film Nice Girls Dont Explode. He joined the staff of the short-lived CBS drama series. He began writing for television with an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse entitled Roughhouse in 1988 and he was hired as a producer for the second season of ABC drama series China Beach in 1988.
The show was created by John Sacret Young and William Broyles, Jr. Wells wrote five episodes for the first season – X-Mas Chn. VN,67, Tet 68, Vets and both parts of the season finale The World. He was promoted to supervising producer for the season of China Beach in 1989. He wrote three episodes for the third season – Dear China Beach and The Thanks of a Grateful Nation. He returned as a producer for the fourth and final season in 1990. He was involved in writing ten further episodes and he co-wrote the story for the season premiere with Sacret Young, Carol Flint and Lydia Woodward and wrote the teleplay himself. He co-wrote the fourteenth episode Rewind with Flint and he co-wrote the teleplay and co-wrote the story for the series finale Hello Goodbye along with Sacret Young. Wells wrote sixteen episodes of the series in total and he frequently worked with producer/director Mimi Leder on China Beach and she helmed six of the episodes he wrote. China Beach marked the start of Wells working relationship with casting director John Frank Levey, editors Randy Jon Morgan and Jacque Toberen and directors Rod Holcomb, Wells worked on two television films in 1992 Angel Street and The Nightman
Pack Beauregard Beau Willimon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is the creator of the Netflix original series House of Cards, Beau Willimon was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Nancy and Henry Pack Willimon. His father was a captain in the United States Navy and the family moved frequently, Willimon lived in Hawaii, San Francisco and Philadelphia, before settling in St. Louis, after Willimons father retired to become a lawyer. Willimon attended John Burroughs School, where he took classes taught by Jon Hamm. He majored in arts and received a BA from Columbia University in 1999. When he was an undergraduate, he met Jay Carson. U. -related documents and he returned to New York to attend Columbias School of the Arts. One of his mentors was playwright Eduardo Machado, Willimon said, I was the worst student by far in our group. A lot of people had known they wanted to be playwrights forever. I didn’t know a soul in the world, and I didn’t have the faintest idea how to truly write a play.
But I quit drinking and really committed myself to this path, during graduate school, he received a visual arts scholarship for a proposal to create 40 lithographs about paranoia, and lived in South Africa for a year. He did an internship with New Dramatists, at Juilliard, he wrote a play, Farragut North, that was inspired by his experience as press aide for Deans 2004 campaign for President. In fall 2008, it premiered off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in a production starring John Gallagher, Jr. Chris Noth, the production received a Los Angeles run the following summer, with Chris Pine in the starring role. Concurrently it received a production at the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in July 2009, Willimon was nominated in 2009 for the John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle. A film adaption of Farragut North, retitled The Ides of March, the movie was directed by George Clooney, the script was written by Willimon and his producing partner, Grant Heslov.
It starred Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, the film was nominated in 2012 for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay. In 2012, Willimon developed House of Cards, the American adaption of the BBC series of the same name and it premiered on Netflix on February 1,2013. Columbia University Bio - Beau Willimon Beau Willimon at the Internet Movie Database Beau Willimon at the Internet Broadway Database Beau Willimon at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
David A. Keene is an American political consultant, former Presidential advisor, and newspaper editor, currently the Opinion Editor of The Washington Times. Keene was the president of the National Rifle Association for the traditional two one-year terms from 2011 to 2013, from 1984 to 2011, he was the chairman of the American Conservative Union. Keene has worked for the campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Robert Dole. Keene made a name for himself as leader and eventually national chairman of Young Americans for Freedom while at the University of Wisconsin in the 1960s. After graduating from college, he ran for the Wisconsin State Senate in 1969 at age 24 in an election to replace Frank E. Panzer who had died in office in August that year. Keene ran as a conservative and had Richard Nixons endorsement, but was defeated by Democrat Dale McKenna in a race to fill the traditionally Republican 13th district senate seat and this was the only time that Keene ran for public office. Keene worked as an assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew during the Nixon administration.
He advised Senator Robert Doles 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns, Keene is best known for his efforts on behalf of gun rights. He was appointed by the Bush White House to serve as delegate to the UN Small Arms. He has been critical of the Patriot Act, and has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to limit the effects of the act, Keene is a founding member of Right on Crime, a conservative criminal justice reform group. On Saturday, July 13,2013, The Washington Times announced that Keene would become the papers opinion editor, Keene was placed in charge of the newspapers editorial page and commentary section, while editor emeritis Wesley Pruden directed and produced editorials. His first book is Shall Not Be Infringed, The New Assaults on Your Second Amendment with Thomas L. Mason, in 2004 Keene married Donna Wiesner Keene, Senior Fellow at the Independent Womens Forum and an appointee in the Reagan and Bush Administrations. He has five children, Kerry, David Michael, profile at the The Carmen Group Appearances on C-SPAN Column archive at the Washington Times Last column at The Hill Collected news and commentary at Bloomberg
He served as President George W. Bushs chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, as a senior policy advisor from 2000 through June 2006, and was a member of the White House Iraq Group. Gerson was raised in an Evangelical Christian family in St. Louis and he attended Georgetown University for a year and transferred to Wheaton College in Illinois, graduating in 1986. He resides with his wife and their two children in Alexandria, before joining the Bush Administration, he was a senior policy advisor with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy research institution. S. Gerson worked at one point as a ghostwriter for Charles Colson, in early 1999, Karl Rove recruited Gerson for the Bush campaign. Gerson was named by Time as one of The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals In America, the February 7,2005 issue listed Gerson as the ninth most influential. Gerson joined the Bush campaign before 2000 as a speechwriter and went on to head the White House speechwriting team, no one doubts that he did his job exceptionally well, wrote Ramesh Ponnuru in a 2007 article otherwise very critical of Gerson in National Review.
On the other hand, he wrote, the speeches would announce new policies that were never implemented, on June 14,2006, it was announced that Gerson was leaving the White House to pursue other writing and policy work. He was replaced as Bushs chief speechwriter by The Wall Street Journal chief editor William McGurn, goodness and love have no end. And the Lord of life holds all who die, and all who mourn, Gerson is credited with coining such phrases as the soft bigotry of low expectations and the armies of compassion. His noteworthy phrases for Bush are said to include Axis of Evil, in an article by Matthew Scully published in The Atlantic Gerson is criticized for seeking the limelight, taking the credit for other peoples work and for creating a false image of himself. It was always like this, working with Mike, no good deed went unreported, and many things that never happened were reported as fact. For all of our chief speechwriter’s finer qualities, the adherence to factual narrative is not a strong point.
Of particular note is the invention of the axis of evil. Scully claims that the axis of hatred was coined by David Frum. The word hatred was changed to evil by some one other than Gerson and was done because hatred seemed the more melodramatic word at the time. Scully had this to say about Gerson, My most vivid memory of Mike at Starbucks is one I have labored in vain to shake. We were working on a State of the Union address in John’s office when suddenly Mike was called away for an unspecified appointment, after leaving the White House, Gerson wrote for Newsweek magazine for a time. On May 16,2007, Gerson began his tenure as a twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post and his columns appear on Wednesdays and Fridays