Meet The Authors 2015
Johnathon Scott Barrett An original native of Perry, Georgia, Johnathon Barrett now calls Savannah, Georgia his home. Barrett currently serves as vice-president of statewide operations for Junior Achievement of Georgia. Aside from work and his time spent in the kitchen, he enjoys fishing—feeling as if he were born with a rod and reel in his hand.
As a trial lawyer, Jack Bunker expansive career ranges from a large international firm, to solo practice, to the US Department of Justice, to a two-year stint as a legal editor with Thomson Reuters in Dubai. Bunker received his law degree from St. John’s University in New York, and holds membership in the bars of New York, California, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He splits his time between his home in Northern Virginia and his breathtaking Virginia farm in Blue Grass Valley.
E. Culpepper Clark is dean emeritus of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A historian of the South since the Civil War, his published works have focused on the New South Movement and on Civil Rights. His works also include The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at The University Of Alabama and a book series entitled Studies in Rhetoric and Communication.
Dale Cramer began writing in his forties, and over the last decade has penned seven novels, winning numerous awards and a listing among Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. He resides in McDonough, Georgia.
Throughout his long career, historian John Ferling specialized in the American Revolution. He received an MA degree in History from Baylor University and then went on to teach, the majority of his career at the University of West Georgia. There, he taught numerous courses on the Revolution, America’s Founders, and US military history. Ferling is the author of thirteen books, all but two of which have dealt with the American Revolution and its leaders. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ann Hite is the author of two novels and a novella. Her debut novel, Ghost on Black Mountain, became a Townsend Prize Finalist and won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. She is an active board member of the Georgia Writers Association. Hite lives in Marietta, Georgia.
A native of Mississippi, Robert D. Jenkins, Sr., grew up in Chamblee, Georgia, where he first studied the Civil War as part of the fourth-grade curriculum where he chose “War in Georgia” for a class project. He was hooked and has been at it ever since. He is the author of The Battle of Peachtree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie, 20 July 1864. A graduate of Georgia Southern (BA) and Mercer University (JD), Jenkins is an attorney in Dalton, Georgia.
New York Times best-selling military history author Jonathan W. Jordan currently practices commercial litigation and corporate bankruptcy law at the Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding LLP. When not cheering from basketball, fencing, and soccer sidelines, or hiking, shooting, or camping, Jordon is working on his next book. He resides in Marietta, Georgia.
Andrew Maraniss studied history at Vanderbilt University as a recipient of the Fred Russell—Grantland Rice sports writing scholarship, earning the school’s Alexander Award for excellence in journalism and graduating in 1992. At both Vanderbilt’s athletic department as the associate director of media relations and as media relations manager for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays, Maraniss has joined McNeely, Pigott & Fox in Nashville.
Frances Mayes is the New York Times bestselling author of three books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. Mayes is also a widely published poet and essayist. Formerly a professor at San Francisco State University where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. She divides her time between North Carolina and Tuscany.
Unplanned youngest daughter of activist hippies in the turbulent South, Cindy Henry McMahon survived family violence, fire, flood, poisonous mushrooms, and an ice-cold outhouse. She now lives a decidedly normal life in Asheville, North Carolina.
Researcher, historian, and author, Zellie Rainey Orr, has published several works including Heroes in War-Heroes At Home: First Top Guns. Orr has studied at Los Angeles City College and San Fernando Valley State College, and also attended institutions in Long Grove, Illinois as well as Boston. Thanks to her efforts in 2000, the location of WWII pilot, Lt. Quitman Charles Walker was found and his family honored. Orr resides in Atlanta.
Steven Reiss is an American psychologist who continues to contribute original ideas, new assessment methods, and influential research studies to three topics in psychology: anxiety disorders, developmental disabilities, and intrinsic motivation. Reiss was educated at Dartmouth College, Yale University, and Harvard University. He served as a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at The Ohio State University, where for sixteen years he directed the developmental disabilities center at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Who Am I?: The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities.
Steven Satterfield is executive chef of Miller Union and a member of both Slow Food Atlanta, Georgia Organics, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. His awards include Food & Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef” nomination, “Best New Restaurants in America” semifinalist from Bon Appétit and Esquire, as well as Atlanta magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year”.
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest, entrepreneur, author, and social justice activist. She is founder and president of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Stevens has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN and was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011, as well as 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling Christian author, professor, and one of the country’s leading preachers. After 15 years in the ministry, Taylor remains a priest in good standing in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Taylor lives on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens.
Karen White hails from a long line of Southerners, but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. White is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, and playing piano. White currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
Journalist William W. “Billy” Winn has been unearthing important chapters in Southern history for half a century. During his distinguished writing career, he has authored hundreds of articles, several books, and garnered numerous awards. Winn has been published by such diverse entities as university presses and Rolling Stone Magazine.