Roxanne Coady is founder and CEO of and RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn., one of the leading independent bookstores in the country. She co-edited The Book That Changed My Life, is a frequent guest on NPR's The Faith Middleton Show, and is founder of the nonprofit literacy program Read to Grow. Her provocative and intimate conversations with authors are among the most popular of RJ Julia's 200 events each year. A consummate bibliophile, Roxanne finds happiness in matching reader to writer.

After coming up short three times, novelist Julian Barnes finally won the Booker Prize—and for a deeply wise and important book.