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richard price
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  Richard Price is the author of The Wanderers, Bloodbrothers, Ladies' Man, The Breaks, and Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Village Voice, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. He is also the author of numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom, Night and the City, and The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Born and raised in the Bronx, Price lives in Manhattan with his wife, the painter Judy Hudson, and his two daughters. He is currently working on the screenplay for Freedomland.  
 
elizabeth wurtzel
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  Elizabeth Wurtzel was born on July 31, 1967, in Manhattan. She graduated from Harvard College, where she received the 1986 Rolling Stone College Journalism Award. She was a music critic for The New Yorker and New York, and her articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Mademoiselle, Mirabella, Seventeen, and The OxfordAmerican. She is the author of the bestselling Prozac Nation, and she currently resides in New York City.  
 
peter farrelly
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  Peter Farrelly grew up in Rhode Island, and attended Providence College and Columbia University. The co-writer/director of the films Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber, he is also the author of the novel Outside Providence. He lives in Massachusetts.  
 
judy blume
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  Judy Blume has written twenty-one books. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; and Just As Long As We're Together. For young adults she has written Forever and Tiger Eyes; for adults, Wifey and Smart Women. More than 65 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty languages. She receives thousands of letters every year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.

She has won more than ninety awards, including the "Children's Choice" in thirty states, as well as in Australia, England and Germany, and is the 1996 recipient of the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime achievement.

Judy received a B.S. in education in 1961 from New York University, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996. She is founder and trustee of the Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation. The fund is supported by royalties from several of her books, including Letters to Judy, a book of letters from her young readers. Judy is a Board member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she co-sponsors a grant for contemporary fiction in progress. She also serves on the Council of the Authors Guild and is an active spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom.
 
 
mark cirino
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  I was born in 1971 in New York City and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. I attended every public school Leonia had to offer...graduated Leonia High School in 1989 with a C-Plus average...forging ahead to higher education, attended George Washington University in DC for one year...transferred to NYU, which believed my B-Minus GPA was an indication that I'd do their school proud. I went to NYU for three years and graduated in 1993, an English major with a writing specialization. My GPA skyrocketed to a low B. I took Creative Writing classes which regressed my love for writing and reading and people. The 'teachers' suffocated my natural voice and I'm still recuperating.

After college, I was a paralegal (with zero training, enthusiasm, and aptitude) for a publication concerned with the nuances of the tax code. I worked there for about two years and I used my computer, my office, and the company's supplies, to write Name the Baby on the weekends. I quit to go to Los Angeles to write the second book. [Incidentally, I love how all novelists include their amazing former jobs (cosmonaut; dungeonmaster) to try to convince you they're real people who have blue collar sensibilities and they haven't had their asses squirreled away in their room for the last few years obsessing over semi colons and font types. Don't buy it--they wouldn't be interesting to talk to about anything besides literature or alcohol, not that you'd want to.]

Name the Baby took seven weeks to write. I started it during November, 1995, and finished it on New Year's Eve. It was generally written on the weekends, in fifteen-hour stretches at the office.

Since Baby, I've traveled around writing more novels. I wrote the second book in Los Angeles; the third book in New York City (during my first and only semester of law school); the fourth book in Tempe AZ; I am working on the fifth book which I wrote half of in Milan, Italy. I'm hoping the fourth book will be the next one to come out--it's a longer one called Let the Blind Horse Gallop, and it's about a twenty-seven year old ex-songwriter. I wrote it over a hundred days in the desert, the valley of the sun, last summer, and I like it a lot.
 
 
heather lewis
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  Heather Lewis is the author of the recently released novel The Second Suspect, a police thriller that introduces NYPD Detective Caroline Reese. Her previous novel was the award-winning House Rules. Lewis lives in New York City where she is at work on a new novel featuring Caroline Reese.  
 
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    Photo Credits: Richard Price: Ralph Gibson; Elizabeth Wurtzel: Deborah Jaffe; Peter Farrelly: Glenn Watson; Judy Blume: Marion Ettlinger; Heather Lewis: Jill Krementz.