ROSEMARY BRAY is a journalist who has written widely on American and African American culture. Her extraordinarily moving 1992 essay, "So How Did I Get Here," describing her path from an inner-city Chicago childhood to graduation from Yale University and a successful career as a writer, has been widely reprinted.
Bray is a former editor of the Sunday New York Times Book Review; she has also been an editor at Ms. magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Daily News, and a senior editor at Essence magazine.
Her work has earned awards from the National Women's Political Caucus, the Educational Press Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Newswomen's Club of New York.
Her upcoming memoir, Unafraid of the Dark, will be published by Random House in fall 1997. She is the author of two children's books, Martin Luther King and the forthcoming Nelson Mandela.
ALLAN GURGANUS is an author and commentator on social and political issues.
His first novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, was on the New York Times best-seller list for over eight months, and has been translated into five languages. White People, his second book, was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the best work of American fiction, and the Southern Book Award.
Gurganus's commentaries appear frequently in the op-ed pages of leading newspapers, including the New York Times. His new book, Plays Well With Others, has been excerpted in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Granta, and will be published in spring 1997 by Knopf.
MARY PIPHER is a clinical psychologist who makes her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she has practiced for close to 20 years. She is the author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, which has topped the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list for over a year.
Her most recent book, The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, looks at the role of community in the making of vital, resilient American families.
GORDON WOOD, one of the most distinguished American historians today, is University Professor of American History at Brown University. He is a widely published author on the topic of American history and the Revolutionary War. He is author of the (1993) Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution and The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787.
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