Academicians of The Hollywood Quarterly


   JOHN GRISHAM –  New York Times Best Selling Author, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and A Time to Kill

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”
John Grisham


     TONI MORRISON – American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them The Nobel Prize

in Literature 1993, The Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison


     GARRISON KEILLOR – Radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. He studied at Minnesota University, became a radio announcer, then began   writing for The New Yorker. His books include Happy To Be Here (1981), the best-selling Lake Wobegon Days (1985), Leaving Home (1987), We Are Still Married (1989), and WLT: A Radio Romance (1992). Most recently, he had two works of fiction published: Pontoon: a Lake Wobegon Novel (2007) and the children’s book Daddy’s Girl (2007).

A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.
Garrison Keillor


        J K ROWLING – Award winning, Best Selling author of the Harry Potter Series:  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“It is impossible to live without failure. Unless you live so cautiously that you avoid life – in which case you fail by default.”
– JK Rowling

MAYA ANGELOU – Chubb Fellowship Award, Yale University, 1970, Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die, 1972, Tony Award Nomination, Look Away, 1973. Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature.  As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreaking her legendary wisdom.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou


       JAMES ELLROY – USC Scripter Award for  L. A. Confidential. Best Selling Writer of My Dark Places and American Tabloid.

“Our shared world is humanly unquantifiable and ideologically confused. Which one of them is capable of implementing the most recognizable harm or good? ”
James Ellroy