BOND's 2016 BOOK AUTHOR fundraiser event will take place the evening of Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Beth El Synagogue and through lunch on Wednesday, August 24 at Oak Ridge Country Club. For arrangement details, please check on the "BOND Book Author Planning Under Way" article.
Below are brief biographies of this year's featured authors and speakers.
Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. Since 2005, he has sold books in 46 countries and 20 languages. The Cold Nowhere, a psychological suspense novel was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award.
His first novel Immoral, was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world. His novels The Bone House and Season of Fear were both selected as finalists for Best Audiobook of the Year in Thriller/Suspense. He is a four-time finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in his home state.
Brian Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Carleton College where he graduated in 1984 with magna cum laude in English. Before becoming an author, Brian Freeman was a director of marketing and public relations at the International law firm Faegre and Benson.
He credits his Grandmother and his 8th grade composition teacher for his success. Brian lives in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia, and their three cats.
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak currently serves as executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
In July he will take over as the seventh CEO and President of the Minneapolis Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations.
He is the author of Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis which is about his 12 years as Mayor of Minneapolis.
Rybak also serves as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and as a Senior Advisor for Municipal Practice at Living Cities.
A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor in his first run for public office. He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.
Roxane Battle is long-time Twin Cities journalist and author best known for her work as former co-host of the KARE 11 Today show. Her memoir, Pockets of Joy: Deciding to be Happy: Choosing to Be Free, now in its second printing and published in 2015, became a best seller on Amazon. Now in its second printing and endorsed by New York Times best selling author Tavis Smiley, Pockets of Joy is also the winner of the Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s (MIPA) Midwest Book Award, in the family/ parenting category
Best known for her humor and masterful storytelling, Roxane is a gifted video producer and speaker, and frequently talks to corporate and faith-based audiences on the topics of finding joy and work-life balance.
She has been featured in Working Mother and Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
A native of St. Paul, Roxane graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and completed her graduate degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She currently lives in Minneapolis where she enjoys cycling and walks around the lake.
For over 30 years, Bill Andrews was a copywriter and a marketing/ brand executive with several Fortune 500 companies. For fifteen years, he ran his own advertising agency. In his spare time, and sometmes during the work-day, Bill wote fiction.
Bill’s first novel titled The Essential Truth won first place in the 2008 Mayhaven Contest for fiction.
Daughters of the Dragon, was published in 2014 by Madhouse Press. The Midwest Book Review called it
a “masterpiece of fiction.” It won an IPPY for historical fiction. The IPPY is the world’s largest writing contest, attracting thousands of entries worldwide.
Today, Bill is retired and focused on his writing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, an inner-city public school teacher for 32 years.
His Korean-born daughter was the inspiration for Daughters of the Dragon and is now a medical doctor living in Houston, Texas.
Over the course of his nearly fifty-year career, William Swanson has written for newspapers, wire services, and maga- zines, as well as, on a contract basis, for numerous private companies and public institutions. He has won several regional and national honors, including the City and Regional Magazine Association’s Gold Award for writing excellence and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Page One Award. In 2005, he was named an Alumnus of Notable Achievement by the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.
Bill’s first true crime book, Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson, an in-depth account of a notorious 1963 Twin Cities homicide, was published in 2006 by Borealis Books, an imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It spent two months on the Star Tribune’s bestseller list and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.
Black White Blue, about the 1970 assassination of St. Paul police officer James Sackett, was published in 2012. Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper, was published in 2014.
Bill and his wife, Libby, live in Minneapolis.