Authors, Politicians

Patrick Quinlan

October 24, 2014
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Born and raised in New York City as the youngest child in a large Irish-American family, Patrick Quinlan is a political activist, fundraiser, former gubernatorial candidate and critically-acclaimed author of seven novels. Quinlan began his career writing grant proposals and press releases at Greyston Bakery and the Greyston Foundation, where he helped raise millions of dollars to house homeless families and individuals with AIDS, and later worked in public relations for the National Science Foundation.

In 2002, Quinlan served as campaign manager for State Representative and Green Party member John Eder of Maine. Quinlan also served as a consultant to Eder’s 2004 campaign, and as Eder’s legislative aide at the Maine State House during 2004 and 2005. In 2009, Quinlan established an exploratory committee and began raising funds for a run for governor of Maine. He later withdrew, citing his recent divorce and a need for personal time. In 2010, he worked with Ben Chipman on his successful run for State Representative.

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Musicians

Natalie Gelman

October 20, 2014
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Raised in the old West Village of New York City, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. At the age of 16, she borrowed a friend’s guitar, wrote a few songs and began busking on subway platforms. With a powerful voice reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Gelman’s honest, heartfelt songs captivated tourists and commuters alike.

Natalie’s passion and persistence led to admission into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where she received classical training in opera singing from coaches of the Juilliard School and the NYC Opera. After attending the University of Miami — and graduating in 2006 with a degree in vocal performance — Gelman embarked on 1,500 mile tour from Miami to New York City on rollerblades. Along the way, she performed in numerous venues, sold her self-titled debut album and donated the proceeds to Children International. Despite being hit by cars twice and rollerblading through tropical storms, Gelman completed her journey on July 17, 2006.

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Authors

Theresa Troutman

October 14, 2014
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Romance author Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog, Niko. A voracious reader with a love of theater and traveling, she published her first novel, My Secret Summer, in October of 2013. Featuring a pair of misfit adolescents who become friends and fall for one another, My Secret Summer is an emotional coming-of-age story about the thrill of forbidden love. Troutman’s second novel, A Special Connection, was released in early 2014 and explores the intimate relationships between three friends.

In April of 2014, Troutman published Life’s What You Make It, the first in her Love’s Great Adventure trilogy. Inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, which Troutman read when she was 16, the series follows British playboy Sebastian Irons, who struggles to find discipline and purpose after being banished to America by his domineering mother, and his tutor Tess Hamilton. As their once-platonic relationship gradually evolves into something more, together they embark on a journey of passion, introspection and self-discovery.

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Authors

Simone Pond

October 13, 2014
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As a young girl, Simone Pond loved writing in her journal and making up stories, but after reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, everything changed. Amazed that a woman could write so convincingly from a teenage boy’s perspective, Pond became determined to become a writer as well.

In 2013, Pond released The City Center, the first book in her dystopian fiction series. A fast-paced tale of love and adventure that will appeal to young adults and seasoned readers alike, The City Center is a bestseller in Amazon’s post-apocalyptic science fiction category and was the recipient of a gold medal award from Reader’s Favorite.

The second book in the series, The New Agenda, was published in May of 2014, and a third, The Mainframe, is scheduled to be released in December.

Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier. Learn more about her and her writing at www.simonepond.com.

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Authors, Filmmakers

Josh Mitchell

October 9, 2014
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Writer, director and publicist Josh Mitchell is originally from Boston, but currently lives in the heart of Hollywood. In July of 2014, he published his first novel, The Dude Who Did Dictionaries, the story of a man who leaves his high-paying job as a advertising copywriter to instead work in a bookstore and attempt to write the world’s first all-sexual dictionary. A sprawling, gritty depiction of a recession-afflicted world, The Dude Who Did Dictionaries is a gripping account of one man’s fatalistic downward spiral.

In August of 2014, Mitchell released Pissing on the Pulse of the Planet, a book that offers unique musings on sex, politics and pop culture, all viewed through the lens of Mitchell’s subversive comedic wit.

Mitchell recently wrote, directed and starred in Lack of Cockery, a feature film about a venture capitalist who finds himself questioning his perspective on identity, life and love.

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