Directors and Officers
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
President of the Authors Registry. Author of eight books, including Family Politics, Among Friends, Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America, Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey and, most recently, Three Daughters. Ms Pogrebin is a founding editor of Ms. magazine, where she has served as editor, columnist, contributor, and editor-at-large. She also writes a column for Moment magazine, and is a contributing editor at Family Circle. She has been a columnist & editorial board member of Tikkun since 1992, and was columnist for Ladies Home Journal from 1971-81. She currently sits on the editorial advisory board of CommonQuest, a magazine of Black-Jewish relations. Ms. Pogrebin was a co-developer, with Marlo Thomas, of the Emmy award-winning children's classic "Free to Be, You and Me." She also lectures on a variety of topics and has received many awards. Her articles have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, George and Israel Horizons.
Laura Pedersen is an author, humorist, journalist, and playwright. A former columnist at The New York Times, she's written 14 books of adult fiction and nonfiction, the most recent being Life in New York. An ongoing series of educational children's books tackles subjects such as managing screen time, coping with family finances, and girls pursuing STEM. Her award-winning play The Brightness of Heaven had an extended run Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Laura writes for several well-known comedians and has appeared on programs such as Oprah, David Letterman, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and The Today Show. She lives in NYC.
Co-author, with former IBM chairman Thomas J. Watson, Jr., of Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond. He is co-author, with General Norman H. Schwarzkopf, of It Doesn't Take a Hero. Also collaborated with Alan Greenspan on his memoir, The Age of Turbulence. A senior editor at large at Fortune, Mr. Petre directs the magazine's coverage of information technology, industrial technology, biotechnology, science, and innovation.
Cathleen Schine is a novelist. An unsuccessful student of medieval history, she left academia for the lucrative world of freelance journalism before turning to fiction. Her novels include Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, and most recently, Fin & Lady. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University and a Vice President of the Authors Guild. His books include Rival Playwrights (1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare (2010). His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, The London Review of Books, and the Financial Times. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Authored or co-wrote multiple non-fiction books, most recently American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, a popular history of the Works Progress Administration. Taylor collaborated on John Glenn: A Memoir, the late astronaut and senator’s best-selling autobiography, and with former Commerce Secretary Peter G. Peterson on his memoir, The Education of an American Dreamer. A Necessary End, Taylor's memoir of his parents' final years, is frequently used in death and grief counseling. His other books include Sins of the Father, Bass Wars, and Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War. He currently serves as president of the Authors Guild Foundation.
Monique Truong is the Vietnamese American author of The Book of Salt (2003), Bitter in the Mouth (2010), and The Sweetest Fruits (2019). Recipient of a Robert W. Bingham Fellowship, Hodder Fellowship, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship, she is a former refugee, an essayist, lyricist/librettist, avid eater, and retired intellectual property attorney (more or less in this order). She serves as vice president of the Authors Guild and is a member of the Creative Advisory Council for Hedgebrook.
Past President of the Authors Guild. Author of One L, about his experience as a first-year student at Harvard Law School, and six novels: Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, The Laws of Our Fathers, Personal Injuries, and Reversible Errors. Mr. Turow's books have been translated into more than 25 languages and, in total, have sold approximately twenty-five million copies worldwide. They have won a number of literary awards. His latest book, Limitations, was published on November 14, 2006.
Mary Rasenberger is the Executive Director of the Authors Guild and Managing Director of the Authors Registry. Prior to joining the Guild in November 2014, Mary practiced law for over 25 years in the areas of intellectual property, media and technology, with special expertise in copyright law. Most recently, Mary was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard where she counseled publishing, media, entertainment, internet, and other technology companies, as well as authors and artists in all areas of copyright and related rights, including licensing, litigation, infringement analysis, policy, enforcement and digital rights. From 2002 to 2008 Mary worked for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress as senior policy advisor and program director for the National Digital Preservation Program. Mary has worked at other major New York law firms and for a major record company.
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