Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Currently the associate managing editor of Plate magazine, a bimonthly magazine for professional chefs, she is also the founder of the Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers at Chicago's Hideout bar and author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time
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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His fifth novel The Burying Place was a finalist for Best Novel in the International Thriller Writer Awards, and his sixth novel The Bone House, set in Door County, was a finalist for an Audie Award (Best Audiobook) in Thriller/Suspense and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
Alison McGhee is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books for all ages, including the internationally beloved picture book Someday. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Shadow Baby and has been awarded numerous honors for her books, including four Minnesota Book Awards.
Amy Hanten is "The Cooking Mom". She is the author of two cookbooks, including her brand new cookbook, released just a few months ago, The Cooking Mom Cooks Up Memories. She is the host of the popular TV show out of Green Bay, Fox 11 Living with Amy.