Bill grew up in a La Mesa household filled with books. His legendary career as a basketball player included college and professional championships and led to ongoing work as a sports announcer. He is active with various non-profit organizations in San Diego. His memoir, “Back From the Dead,” recounts his life-changing return from catastrophic injuries.
Vinny is the co-owner and vice president of Operations for Snopes, the Internet’s top resource for fact-checking myths, rumors, and other Internet misinformation. Green joined Snopes after co-founding an ad-tech company, working with and consulting for top tier publishers. Currently, he handles Snopes’s business developments, partnerships and strategy, as well as product development. Green has been integral to the establishment of key Snopes partnerships with Facebook and Google, and has recently been profiled by CNN, Forbes, and honored in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in 2017. He is also a veteran, having served as a U.S Marine.
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of numerous novels and short stories, the winner of three Edgar Awards, and the recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he was an award-winning reporter. He lives in Fallbrook. Learn more: tjeffersonparker.com.
Robin, the Children’s Book Council’s “2013 Illustrator of the Year,” has had two careers in the arts, the first as a ballet dancer and then as a children’s book illustrator. She is best known, with author Jane O’Connor, for the Fancy Nancy series, of which there are more than 70 books, including a chapter book series for older children. Fancy Nancy books have been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 330 weeks, selling over 30 million volumes. In 2018, Fancy Nancy will make her appearance as the star of a Disney television animated series. Learn more: fancynancyworld.com.
Steve became the editorial cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press (NJ) in 1996, and in 2001, was hired by The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Breen’s children’s books include “Stick,” “Violet the Pilot,” “Pug and Doug,” “Woodpecker Wants a Waffle” and “Henry McHenry.” Breen enjoys running, reading and playing the guitar. He lives in San Diego County with his wife and kids.
David is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include “The Postman,” “Earth,” and recently, “Existence.” Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age, “The Transparent Society,” won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Learn more: davidbrin.com.
Susan is an multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include “A Bridge Across the Ocean” and “Secrets of a Charmed Life,” a Goodreads Best Historical Fiction finalist for 2015. She is also a RITA finalist and Christy and Carol awards winner. When she’s not writing novels, Meissner Susan is a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing. Learn more: susanlmeissner.com.
Salina is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of nearly 200 books for young children, specializing in formats that are unique and interactive, including the popular Penguin picture book series. Among her awards is the San Diego Book Award for Best Published Children's Book for “Pinwheel.” San Diego County also declared Sept. 23, 2014, “Salina Yoon Day,” for her contributions to children's literature. Learn more: salinayoon.com.