Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Founder & Curator • New York City
Aidan Donnelley Rowley is an attorney-turned-author who founded Happier Hours in 2010 before publishing her first novel Life After Yes. An academic romantic, Aidan longed for the theoretical depths of her seminar days at Yale and Columbia Law and started hosting book salons in her home as a way to connect with and promote fellow authors and to commune with other book-lovers in her hometown of New York City. Since its inception, Aidan has hosted more than thirty authors while raising her three young daughters - affectionately dubbed the Rowlets - and continuing to blog regularly and write books. Aidan’s second novel The Ramblers was published by William Morrow in February 2016. She is represented by Brettne Bloom of The Book Group. Image credit: Elena Seibert 2015.
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Claire Bidwell Smith, Curator • Los Angeles
Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of two books of nonfiction: The 2012 memoir The Rules of Inheritance, which has been published in 17 countries and is currently being adapted for film, and After This; When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go? (Penguin 2015). She teaches numerous workshops around the country and has written for various publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian and BlackBook Magazine. She is a therapist specializing in grief and lives in Los Angeles with her two young daughters. Claire is represented by Wendy Sherman of Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc. To learn more about Claire and her work, visit www.clairebidwellsmith.com
Jillian Lauren, Curator • Los Angeles
Jillian Lauren is the author of the memoir Everything You Ever Wanted (Plume/Penguin 2015), the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into eighteen different languages. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. She is a regular storyteller on The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing and whatever else she feels like at www.jillianlauren.com. She is represented by Alexandra Machinist of ICM Partners.
Jenny Feldon, Curator • Los Angeles
Jenny Feldon fell in love with words as soon as she could read them and has been chasing her writing dreams ever since. She completed her bachelor's degree in English literature at Boston University and earned her MFA in creative writing from the New School University. Her first book, memoir Karma Gone Bad, was published in 2013. Her essays have been published in nonfiction anthologies as well as magazines and online publications. A longtime blogger, she was named one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year in 2012. Jenny lives in Los Angeles with her family, where she balances writing, motherhood, and giant cups of coffee…mostly all at once.