Jon Carroll is the current winner of the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Carroll attracts an avid and passionate following for the column he has written for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1982, in which he skewers politicos, espouses moderate to liberal causes, and hilariously chronicles the lives of house cats and occasionally the World’s Most Perfect Grandchild. Prior to this career, Carroll was an award-winning editor at publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and New West Magazine. On the internet, he is known for starting the Unitarian Jihad movement.
Catherine Caufield is a local writer and environmental activist, who has written five books including In the Rainforest. She has written on environmental matters and international issues for many publications, including The New Yorker. Caufield served for eight years as the Executive Director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and continues to be actively involved in protecting Tomales Dunes, one of Marin’s coastal treasures.