Justin Spring is the author of two interdisciplinary biographies, Fairfield Porter : A Life in Art, and Secret Historian : The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade, which was a National Book Award Finalist.

Denise Hooker is a London-born writer and art historian. Her book Nina Hamnett: queen of bohemia is a biography of the painter, muse and bohemian personality Nina Hamnett (1890-1956). It was chosen as one of the Books of the Year by the Observer and the Spectator. She was Series Consultant to the Anglo-American Channel 4/PBS television series Art of the Western World and edited the accompanying book, which was translated into French. She has recorded in-depth interviews with British sculptors for the National Life Stories: Artists’ Lives oral history project based at the British Library.  She worked as a researcher and assistant to the American writer and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Widely travelled, the art and culture of India is a particular interest. 

Denise Hooker is a London-born writer and art historian. Her book Nina Hamnett: queen of bohemia  is a biography of the painter, art world personality and muse Nina Hamnett (1890-1956). It was chosen as one of the Books of the Year by the Observer and the Spectator. The Sunday Times praised it as ‘an extraordinary and remarkable book’. She was Series Consultant to the Anglo-American Channel 4/PBS television series Art of the Western World and edited the accompanying book. She has recorded in-depth interviews with British sculptors for the National Life Stories: Artists’ Lives oral history project based at the British Library.  She worked as a researcher and assistant to the American writer and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. A graduate of York University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she is currently working on a novel.

Sandra Rebok is a historian of science, author, speaker and scientific consultant. Trained in Heidelberg, Paris and Madrid, she worked for many years at the Spanish National Research Council and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Huntington Library in California. Her research focuses on the globalization of science, intellectual networks and transnational scientific collaborations during the 19th century. She has over twenty years of experience in Humboldt scholarship, she is the author of several books on Humboldt and the editor of three of his works in Spanish. Her last book discusses his intellectual exchange with Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson and Humboldt, 2014) and her forthcoming monograph analyzes his position between the Spanish Empire and the expanding United States (Humboldt’s Empire of Knowledge, 2021). Currently, she is working on her new book project that analyzes the Humboldt’s networks of knowledge within the United States (Expanding the Frontiers of American Science). 

Florence Noiville is a journalist with Le Monde, where she works as foreign fiction editor. In 2013, Seagull Books published a collection of her Le Monde profiles including Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Carlos Fuentes, Nadine Gordimer, Milan Kundera, John le Carré, and Toni Morrison. At the same time, Noiville published a biography of Isaac B. Singer for which she received a Biography Award. She is the author of three novels: The Gift, Attachment, and A Cage in Search of a Bird; a trilogy called Love and its Pathologies; and a short text, half-essay, half-personal narrative about capitalism and its excesses. From 2007 to 2010, she hosted Le Monde des livres, a literary show on French TV. Her books have been translated into 14 languages.

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