Annual Book Signing

Annual Book Signing at The Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Connecticut announces that more than 30 nationally known and regional authors and illustrators will take part in the 18th Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing under the tents on Friday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 p.m.

One of Litchfield County’s most beloved literary events, every year the book signing brings writers of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature to book lovers throughout northwestern Connecticut as well as in neighboring Massachusetts and New York State.

This festive fundraiser provides essential financial support for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s mission of encouraging reading and learning. Admission is $30, which includes an open wine bar and summer hors d’oeuvres, and is payable in advance or at the door (Visa and MasterCard accepted).

After the end of the book signing, a few elegant fundraising dinner parties will be held in the homes of a few Sharon hosts and hostesses featuring several of the authors.

 Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine ProseAmong the authors will be Francine Prose with her acclaimed novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, which Kirkus Reviews called “brilliant and dazzling.” Another will be Rachel Urquhart, whose novel, The Visionist, set in a Shaker community, has been called by The New York Times “a transfixing debut novel.”

This year an especially fine group of biographers will be offering their books, including Claudia Roth Pierpont, the author of the fascinating Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books. Copies of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, called “brilliantly insightful” by The Wall Street Journal, will be signed by Deborah Solomon.

Bestselling author Michael Korda will be at the book signing with his Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee. And Eric Lehman will represent Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.

Another biographer under the tents will be Diane Jacobs, author of the highly praised Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and her Two Remarkable Sisters. A biography set in the same era will be offered by Connecticut author Susan Campbell, Tempest Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.

The Moses Virus by Jack HylandTwo novelists who have written thrillers will be, Jack Hyland, author of The Moses Virus, set in Rome and about the threat of a deadly virus.

Phyllis Rose will be signing an intriguing literary story: The Shelf From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading, about reading almost all the novels on a library shelf.

Books about history will be discussed by classics scholar James Romm, who wrote Dying Every Day, Seneca at the Court of Nero, Lincoln Paine, author of The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, and Simon Winchester, who has been called “a literary impresario,” The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible.

The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, IndivisibleEve Schaub will be signing a memoir, The Year of No Sugar, while Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough will be offering another book about food, The Great American Slow Cooker Book: 500 Recipes for Every Day and Every Size Machine.

Sports books will be represented by two authors: Peter Richmond, author of Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings about the Basketball Hall of Fame coach, and James Charlton and Sally Cook, co-authors of How to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter.

And representing the arts will be Sharon residents Robert Kipniss and Don Hunstein. Kipniss is the author of Robert Kipniss: Paintings and Poetry 1950-1964. Hunstein’s remarkable photographs of musicians, such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Brubeck, are featured in Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein.

Sally Keil will be on hand to discuss her work about Jungian psychology, To Live in The World as Ourselves.

Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley by Jane GarneyJane Garmey will be signing copies of her Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, about twenty-six gardens photographed by John M. Hall. Mary Randolph Carter will be signing Never Stop To Think…..Do I Have a Place For This, as will Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams with their book about decorating, Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country.

Sharon resident Raymond Learsy will be signing copies of his Ruminations on the Distortion of Oil Prices and Crony Capitalism.

Books in the children’s tent will include those for the very young, such as Marc Rosenthal’s Dig! and Mogie: The Heart of the House, and Valorie Fisher’s I Can Do It Myself. Returning to the book signing again will be Wendell Minor, an illustrator of many children’s books, who did paintings for his latest, Galapagos George.

Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah AlbeeFor youngsters in middle grades, there will be The Miniature World of Marvin and James and Treasure on Superstition Mountain (Book Two) by Elise Broach, as well as Jeff Cohen’s Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!

For older and young adult readers, the book signing will offer Miss Emily by Burleigh Muten, Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee, and Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, Book One) by Jennifer Donnelly.





Author Bios & Photos


Elise Broach is the author of 17 books for children, ranging from board books to young adult novels. Her middle-grade mystery, Masterpiece, was a New York Times bestseller, and her picture book When Dinosaurs Came with Everything was named Time Magazine’s #1 Children’s Book of the Year. Her newest books are the award-winning Superstition Mountain mystery trilogy, set in Arizona, and The Miniature World of Marvin and James, which is the first in an early chapter book series based on the Masterpiece characters.

Susan CampbellSusan Campbell is the award-winning author of “Dating Jesus,” and just-published biography, “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.”

For more than a quarter-century, Susan was a columnist at the Hartford Courant, where her work was recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Sunday Magazine Editors Association.

A 1998 column was part of The Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage. She is currently the Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at Central Connecticut State University

She works as the communications/development director at Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide non-profit that’s working to end homelessness and increase the state’s stock of affordable housing.

Jeff CohenJeff Cohen is a proud New Orleans native who now calls New England home.

Jeff has been a reporter since 2001. At WNPR, he writes about state politics, health care, criminal justice, and daily breaking news. He is also a regular contributor to NPR’s national broadcasts on everything from the Affordable Care Act to Newtown and its aftermath.

Before WNPR, Jeff worked at The Hartford Courant, the Meriden Record-Journal, and as a freelancer for the New York Times. He lives in Middletown with his wife, cats, and two great kids. He likes to make bread and wine.

Sally CookSally Cook is the co-author with James Charlton and Ross Mac Donald of how to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter and Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball.
She is also the co-author with Ray Negron of Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. Her book, Another Season with legendary Alabama football coach, Gene Stallings was a New York Times best seller. Currently she is working on a graphic novel with New Yorker cartoonist, Harry Bliss,to be published by Dial in 2016. Sally lives in New York City and Cornwall, Ct.

Jim Charlton the co-author, along with Sally Cook and illustrator Ross MacDonald, of How To Speak Baseball. He is a long-time though part-time resident of Lakeville, and can trace his roots in the town to third grade at Salisbury Central. He proudly spent a half year there while living with his grandmother, and took a horse and buggy to school.

Jim is a publishing lifer, having spent his career in books as a editor at several New York houses, and as a publisher, book packager, literary agent and writer. He has published more than three dozen books on a variety of subjects including baseball, writing, croquet, charades, humor and hand gestures. He has also edited nearly a dozen books of quotations, including the Writers Quotation Book, The Book of Military Quotations and Fighting Words. He is the co-author, along with Sally Cook and illustrator Ross MacDonald, of the children’s baseball book Hey, Batta Batta. Jim is the former publisher for the Society for American Baseball Research and is a long-time board member of the Pushcart Press.

Valerie-FisherValorie Fisher is the creator of the back-to-school favorite Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners My Big Brother and My Big Sister. She is the illustrator of The Fantastic 5&10¢ Store by J. Patrick Lewis, and the photographer for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books by Peggy Gifford. Valorie’s photographs can be seen in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Jane GarneyJane Garmey is the author of Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, (selected as one of the five most notable garden books of 2013 by the New York Times) and Private Gardens of Connecticut , the editor of The Writer in the Garden, and the author of Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret and Great New British Cooking . She writes about gardens and interior design for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal , Elle Decor, and 1st Dibs. For many years she was the garden correspondent for Town & Country.

Don HunsteinDon Hunstein’s iconic photographs have become symbols of an era. In the history of music photography, Don’s work during his 30 years at Columbia records is unsurpassed in its scope and breadth. Through his subtle humor and quiet nature, he was able to record many great moments in music history. He photographed the famous and the not so famous. Hundreds of album covers and behind the scenes work. His photographs documented a rare time when musicians spent time on their art, rather than their publicity.

Don Hunstein grew up in St. Louis MO and attended Washington University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in English. After college he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Fairford, England, and assigned a desk job. It was this assignment that allowed him to travel around Europe. He began photographing casually, taking pictures to send home to his family, and then with the help of a Leica M3 purchased in the PX, and inspired by a book of renowned street photographer Henri Cartier Bresson’s work, his hobby began to take him on a lifelong path. After a year in Fairford, Don was transferred to a base outside of London. There he joined a local camera club and took evening classes at London’s Central School of Art and Design, becoming influenced by the artists and designers whom he met there.

He returned to the States in 1954, ending up in New York City, where he eventually landed an apprenticeship in a commercial photography studio. There he honed his photography skills by mastering large format cameras and lighting. At the time, photography was, as Don put it: “ not a glamorous profession,” but he didn’t have a pull in any other vocational direction and it satisfied his creative side. As chance connections were made, he soon met and became mentored by Deborah Ishlon, who worked in the publicity department at Columbia Records. She offered him a job helping her run the photo library there and supplying prints to the press. As he began to take his own photos for the company, they recognized his talent, and he gradually worked his way into the position of Director of Photography for CBS Records

Don’s most notable role was as chief staff photographer for Columbia Records during its heyday in the realms of rock and roll, jazz and classical music. Fortunately for Don, this was a time when the company was under the direction of Goddard Lieberson, who thought it important to document in photographs the cultural history of the music of their time. So he had the opportunity to do far more than album covers and publicity shots, covering their recording sessions and even visiting them on their home turf. Don had the ability to listen with his camera. Instinctively he understood that to capture artists at their best moments, patience, trust and humility were needed. This ability to set both new comers and experienced stars at ease in his presence is evident in his photographs, which captured the intimate personal moments as well as the quintessential portraits.

Don’s access to a broad range of musicians, in a wide variety of musical styles, was unparalleled in the photographic world. Over the course of his career at CBS, he shot hundreds of album covers and documented the recording of many of the great albums in music history.

Jack HylandJack Hyland is a founding partner of Media Advisory Partners. In addition to his career in investment banking, he has served on the board of not-for-profit institutions, including his role as Chairman Emeritus of the American Academy in Rome. Presently, he is the co-chairman of Teachers College at Columbia University, trustee and treasurer of the College Art Association, and vice-president and trustee of the Clark Art Institute. He is the author of a number of travel articles syndicated by Hearst and the New York Times, as well as a biography, Evangelism’s First Modern Media Star: The Life of Reverend Bill Stidger, which Brendan Gill (author of Here at The New Yorker) proclaimed “an excellent piece of work . . . a remarkable accomplishment.

Diane JacobsDiane Jacobs is the author of Her Own Woman: The Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, Christmas in July: The Life and Art of Preston Sturges, But We Need the Eggs: The Magic of Woody Allen, and Hollywood Renaissance: The New Generation of Filmmakers and Their Works. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Columbia University. Jacobs has taught at Dartmouth College, the Columbia University School of the Arts, and the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and has contributed to such publications as The New York Times and The Village Voice.

Sally V. KeilAs a Jungian counselor and workshop leader, journalist, and partner in an international art business, Sally V. Keil has long observed the many personality types among family, friends, colleagues, and throughout the culture. “These insights are the most valuable tool in my ‘psychological toolkit’ wherever I am, whomever I meet,” she says. “I wanted to make them enjoyably accessible to everyone.”

Keil is a graduate of Vassar College and has a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from New York University. She is also the author of Those Wonderful Women in their Flying Machines: The Unknown Heroines of World War II. She lives with her husband outside Rhinebeck, NY.

Robert KipnissRobert Kipniss had his first NYC one-artist show in 1951 and has exhibited continuously ever since, having had over 200 one-artist shows, 25 of them in museums. His work has been on display in the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, the British Museum, the Museo de Arte Moderno La TerTulia in Cali, Colombia and the New Orleans Museum of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of these museums as well as the Albertina in Vienna, both the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museums in London, and many others.

In his early years he wrote poetry as well, which with his early paintings is the subject of his most recent book, “Robert Kipniss: Painting and Poetry 1951-1964,” offered here at this Sharon Library Book Signing event. Recently he wrote a memoir published by the University Press of New England. He is the recipient of two Honorary doctorates and has been honored with two lifetime achievement awards, one from the Society of American Graphic Artists and the other from The Artists’ Fellowship. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London and the National
Academy in NYC. He resides in Sharon and Westchester with his wife, author Laurie Lisle.

Michael KordaMichael Korda was born in London, in 1933, and has lived in the United States since 1958. He was educated at Le Rosey, in Switzerland, did his military service in the Royal Air Force, and then attended Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1956, he drove to Budapest with three friends to deliver medical supplies to the insurgents and took part in the Hungarian Revolution, for which he was made a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2006. In May of 2011, he was presented with an Honorary D. Litt. by Marist College. On April 15th 2012, the Associates of the Boston Public Library inducted Michael to the list of Literary Lights.

After working briefly for CBS-TV in New York City, Mr. Korda joined Simon and Schuster as an assistant editor in 1958, and subsequently became Managing Editor, Executive Editor and Editor in Chief. Over nearly five decades his authors have included presidents Carter, Reagan and Nixon, Charles De Gaulle, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mayor Ed Koch, the Duchess of York, and such stars as Cher, Kirk Douglas, Shelley Winters, such media figures as Phil Donahue and Larry King, historians such as David McCullough, Richard Rhodes, Michael Beschloss, Cornelius Ryan, Larry McMurtry, Jacqueline Susann, Jackie Collins, Mary Higgins Clark, James Leo Herlihy, Susan Howatch, James Lee Burke and Stephen Hunter, and such theater figures as Tennessee Williams, John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier. Mr. Korda is now Editor in Chief Emeritus of Simon & Schuster.

His books include the #1 bestseller Power, the bestselling novels Queenie and The Fortune, a widely acclaimed book about his family, Charmed Lives, and more recently Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Ike: An American Hero, Country Matters, Another Life, Horse People, Ulysses S. Grant and Journey to a Revolution. He has just finished working on The Clouds of Glory: A Biography of Robert E. Lee, which will be published in May of 2014.

Films based on his books include the ABC-TV miniseries of Queenie, and Isn’t She Great, based on his friendship with Jacqueline Susann.

He makes his home on a farm in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife Margaret, with whom he has, co-authored two books, Horse Housekeeping and Cat People.

Eric D. LehmanEric D. Lehman teaches creative writing, literature, and history at the University of Bridgeport and his essays, reviews, and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines. He is the author of seven books, including A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard, the Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Food, and Afoot in Connecticut. His latest book is a biography called Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity. He has three more books due out in 2014 and 2015.

Burleigh MuténBurleigh Mutén’s most recent children’s book, MISS EMILY is about the playful relationship Dickinson had with the children in her life. Mutén is a member of the Emily Dickinson International Society and teaches summer writing workshops for young authors at the Emily Dickinson Museum. She is the author of four other children’s books, including THE LADY OF TEN THOUSAND NAMES, GODDESS STORIES FROM MANY CULTURES and GODDESSES, A WORLD OF MYTH AND MAGIC. MISS EMILY is her debut verse novel.

Joan OsofskyJoan Osofsky of Hammertown Barn, the popular lifestyle stores in New York and Massachusetts, shares in-depth knowledge on modern country living with creative ideas and tips for making your home warm, welcoming and authentic. The book highlights eighteen houses of real-life tastemakers that embody a relaxed lifestyle. These charming and inviting homes have an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary elements that combine personal style with comfort and practicality. With a fresh country-style twist, these rooms are filled with antiques, flea-market finds and offbeat elements like cherry tree wood and salvaged stained-glass windows, providing inspirational ideas for a rural weekend retreat, as well as a primary residence.

For nearly thirty years, Joan Osofsky’s work as a retailer and style expert has been defined by her mantra, love where you live. It is what animates her work with customers of Hammertown Barn, the three Hudson Valley–and Berkshire-based independent lifestyle stores she owns and operates. Hammertown Barn has been featured in Country Living, Travel & Leisure, and the Daily Beast, among many other print and online publications. Abby Adams is the author of several books, including The Gardener’s Gripe Book. Mary Randolph Carter is an author and longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren. Photographer John Gruen specializes in interiors. His work has appeared in many lifestyle books and magazines

Lincoln PaineLincoln Paine is a maritime historian, editor, and author whose books and articles include The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (October 2013), “Beyond the Dead White Whales: Literature of the Sea and Maritime History,” International Journal of Maritime History (2010), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine (2000), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997). He is also a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (2007), Oxford Companion to World Exploration (2006), the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2005), and the ABC-Clio Encyclopedia of World History (2011).

He is completing a doctoral dissertation (“Maritime Enterprise and Institutional Change in Medieval Eurasia”) at Leiden University. He is also an editor of Itinerario:International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, and served as curator and archivist of the Norman H. Morse Collection of Ocean Liner Materials at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. A graduate of Columbia University in New York City (1981), before turning to history he spent fourteen years as an editor of trade non-fiction and reference books. He continues this work in the guise of ePromBooks and working primarily with non-native speakers of English.

He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, Maine, and of The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, for young writers ages six to eighteen. He is married and has two grown daughters.

Francine ProseFrancine Prose is the author of seventeen works of fiction. Her novel A CHANGED MAN won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and BLUE ANGEL was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed ANNE FRANK: THE BOOK, THE LIFE, THE AFTERLIFE, and the New York Times bestseller READING LIKE A WRITER. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Francine Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

New York Times bestselling author Peter Richmond, has a B.A in philosophy from Yale ’76, was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard for the academic year ’88-’89 and is currently a Master of Arts in Teaching fellow at Moravian College. His first Young Adult Novel, Always a Catch, will be published by Penguin in September. His work has been featured in 13 anthologies, including Best Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century, as well as several magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Details and GQ, where he was a staff writer for thirteen years. Previously, he had been on staff at The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, the National Sports Daily, The San Diego Union and the New Haven Register. He is also a contributing writer for the website Sports on Earth. He lives in Millerton, N.Y., with his wife Melissa Davis and their two chickens.

Phyllis RosePhyllis Rose is the author of the classic Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages. Her most recent book The Shelf: From LEQ to LES, describes an act of literary exploration, the reading of a more or less randomly chosen shelf of fiction in The New York Society Library in order to examine what she calls “the real ground of literature.” An essayist and biographer as well as a literary critic, she has written about Virginia Woolf and about Josephine Baker and has reviewed books for magazines from Vogue to The American Scholar. For many years she taught English literature at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. Now she lives in Key West, where she continues to read, write, do portrait photography, raise koi, garden, and collaborate with her husband, Laurent de Brunhoff, on the Babar books for children.

Claudia Roth PierpontClaudia Roth Pierpont is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she has written for more than twenty years. A collection of her essays on women writers, “Passionate Minds,” was published in 2000 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second book, “Roth Unbound,” published in 2013, has been called a “wise and captivating analysis of the works of Philip Roth” (The Economist) and “a remarkable achievement in literary criticism (The Daily Beast). Pierpont holds a Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history, and lives in New York City.

Eve O. SchaubEve O. Schaub is the author of Year of No Sugar: A Memoir (Sourcebooks, 2014). She holds a BA and BFA from Cornell University, and a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has written for such publications as Camera Arts, Photovision Magazine, Vermont Life, Vermont Magazine and Afterimage, and her personal essays have been featured many times on the Albany, New York NPR station WAMC. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Vermont.

Deborah Solomon isDeborah Solomon a nationally-acclaimed art critic and journalist. The author of biographies of Jackson Pollock and Joseph Cornell, she recently publishedAmerican Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. Reviewing the book in the New York Times, John Wilmerding called it “a revelation.” Solomon is currently the art critic for WNYC Radio. Her weekly interview column, “Questions For,” ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011.

She was educated at Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York with her husband, Kent Sepkowitz, a physician.

Rachel UrquhartRachel Urquhart. Though she has spent much of her time living on a dairy farm in Massachusetts, Rachel Urquhart was born and raised in Manhattan. She began her magazine career at Spy and, over a ten-year period, wrote and edited numerous articles for Vogue. She has earned her living as a writer for her entire adult life, publishing non-fiction and the occasional snippet of fiction in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tin House, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Vanity Fair, Women’s Times and The Reader. She attended The Brearley School (Manhattan), The Middlesex School (Concord, Massachusetts), Tufts University, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her M.F.A. in Fiction. She lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with her husband and two sons.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark ScarbroughBruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are exhausted: twenty-two cookbooks published in fourteen years with three more on the way as well as several others for persnickety celebs. (Shhh, confidentiality agreements.) That’s over 12,000 original recipes tested and written. And a million hours on cross-trainers.

Their titles include the eleven-volume “ultimate” series; “Cooking Know-How,” selected at the 2010 Paris Cookbook Show as the best book in the world for easy recipes; “Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter,” nominated for a 2011 James Beard Foundation Award; “Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese,” the first-ever all-goat book; and “The Great American Slow Cooker Book” which has proved a runaway smash on QVC. They write a monthly column on and contribute to the usual glossy mags. Oh, and they’ve joshed with anchors on the morning shows.

They find their peace in rural New England, sharing their acres with resident moose, beavers, bears, and a collie named Dreydl.

Simon WinchesterSimon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.