Our Authors

Lindo Bacon

Dr. Lindo Bacon holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise science. A compelling speaker, writer, and storyteller, Dr. Bacon delivers a unique blend of academic expertise, clinical experience, and social justice advocacy, all couched in a raw honesty and compassion that touch and inspire. Dr. Bacon is coauthor of the paradigm-shifting Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight. They also wrote the iconic and bestselling Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight.

A former professor and researcher, Dr. Bacon taught courses in social justice, health, weight, and nutrition for almost two decades; they also conducted federally funded health studies and published in top scientific journals. Dr. Bacon’s advocacy for body respect has generated a large following on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, health and nutrition listservs and specialty blogs, and the international lecture circuit.

Michael M. Baden, MD

Dr. Michael Baden is a physician, former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City and former Chief Forensic Pathologist for the New York State Police and has held professorial teaching appointments at Albert Einstein Medical School, Albany Medical College, New York University Medical School, New York Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was Chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on Assassinations. Dr. Baden has been consulted as an expert in the investigations of the deaths of many government officials, celebrities, and other high-profile individuals, in many countries around the world. Dr. Baden was the host of HBO’s Autopsy series for 12 years, has written two non-fiction books on forensic science: Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner and Dead Reckoning, The New Science of Catching Killers, and is co-author, with his wife, attorney Linda Kenney Baden, of two forensic thrillers, Remains Silent and Skeleton Justice. He is the forensic science contributor for FOX National News and is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Books by Michael M. Baden, MD

Jose Baez

Jose Baez

Jose Baez is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the country. After successfully defending Casey Anthony in what became one of the nation’s most high-profile trials, he took on the international case of Gary Giordano, which caught international headlines. Baez fought hard to successfully obtain Giordano’s release from a prison in Aruba where he had been held for several months. Baez continues to practice criminal defense law, handling cases throughout the country, especially those involving complex forensic issues for which Baez has shown strong interest and expertise.

Baez is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, extremely active in various charitable endeavors in the Hispanic community, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He currently has offices in Orlando and Miami, Fla.

Books by Jose Baez

Ross Baird

Ross Baird is the founder and CEO of Village Capital, a firm that finds and invests in entrepreneurs solving the most important problems in society. Since founding Village Capital in 2009, Ross has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 50 countries. Ross has spent his entire career on the founding team of start-up enterprises or investing in startups.

In addition to his work with entrepreneurs worldwide, Ross also serves on the faculty of the University of Virginia, where he teaches entrepreneurship and impact investing. He has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and Jefferson Scholar.

Books by Ross Baird

Virginia Baker

Virginia Baker lives in Utah with a flock of large birds and the cats who fear them. She has a master’s degree in English, but learned to write by reading really good books. A freelancer by day, she also writes award-winning fiction. Her first book, Jack Knife, published by Penguin, is a thriller revolving around Jack the Ripper. Whether she’s creating or consuming them, she loves books like bon-bons—and believes that while reality may be the essential meat and potatoes of life, a good read is pure chocolate.

Phil Baker

Phil Baker has a long career developing consumer electronic products, as well as working as a technology journalist and author. He has developed many iconic products for Polaroid, Apple, Seiko, Barnes & Noble, Pono, and others. Baker is the author of From Concept to Consumer and has written award winning columns for the San Diego Transcript, Recode, and others. Phil holds more than 30 patents and was Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego. Phil and Neil began working together to develop the Pono Music Player in 2012 and continue to work together on other projects, including the recently introduced Neil Young Archives, an online archive of Young’s lifetime of works. 

Books by Phil Baker

Eric Balchunas

Eric Balchunas is Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, where he leads the ETF and passive fund research and contributes to Bloomberg Opinion. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, as well as the co-creator of the Bloomberg podcast Trillions and Bloomberg TV’s ETF IQ. Eric is author of The Institutional ETF Toolbox. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two boys.

Books by Eric Balchunas

Philippa Ballantine

New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine, is a writer, podcaster, and librarian. Her fantasy novels include Chasing the Bard, Digital Magic, and the upcoming Geist. She is currently residing in Wellington, where her two Siberian cats keep her well under control.

Essays by Philippa Ballantine

What a Strange Love from A Taste of True Blood

Michael Banks

Michael Banks was born in Oldham, Lancashire, UK. After an undergraduate degree in physics from Loughborough University, UK, Michael did a PhD in condensed-matter physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, Germany, studying magnetism. For over a decade, Michael has been news editor of the international monthly magazine Physics World, where he covers the latest developments in physics.

Michael has given talks worldwide about science and science journalism including in China, Japan and the US. In addition to Physics World, Michael has written for NatureBBC Focus and Science Uncovered as well as appeared on BBC Radio 4. Michael is based in Bristol, UK, where he lives with his wife and two boys. He tweets at @Mike_Banks.

Books by Michael Banks

Jennifer Banz

Jennifer Banz is a blogger and lover of keto. She shares her experience with her loyal followers on her Facebook page Low Carb Recipes with Jennifer, on her Youtube channel under the same name, and on her popular recipe blog JenniferBanz.com. Jennifer is married to her amazing husband Matt, and they have 2 wonderful children, Hayden and Audrey.

Books by Jennifer Banz