Carol Flake Chapman, Author

After a stint in academia, Carol Flake Chapman turned to journalism, working as writer and editor for a number of leading newspapers and magazines. She was a founding editor of Vanity Fair; she was the racing correspondent for The New Yorker; she was the Texas stringer for U.S. News & World Report; and she has been an editor and columnist for the Boston Globe. She has written as well for Harper’s, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Connoisseur, The Nation, Texas Monthly, and The New Republic. She has covered subjects from religion, culture, and politics to travel and the outdoors. She is the author of several nonfiction books, including Redemptorama: Culture, Politics and the New Evangelicalism (Viking/Penguin), Tarnished Crown (Doubleday), Thoroughbred Kingdoms (Bulfinch) and New Orleans (Grove). Each of her books has been regarded as a definitive work on its subject—provocative and ahead of its time. Her new book Written in Water: A Memoir of Love, Death and Mystery, which is compelling in its dramatic story and visionary in its implications, is her most important work yet.

Gale Gassiot, Illustrator

Artist Gale Gassiot has sold commissioned work in different media, from fabric, mosaics, and watercolors to acrylics, to private clients and businesses around the country. She paints in a fluid, whimsical style using imagery from nature and dreams to express her spirituality. Her work is influenced by the Latin culture she absorbed not only during her formative years spent as a child in Panama, but also from the sacred village in Mexico where she has her second home. Gale’s passion for teaching art and health education continues after thirty years. Gale and her husband divide their time between their Texas Hill Country home and their apple orchard in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains.