Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Spin, The Huffington Post and the Boston Globe. He lives in Chicago.

Monte Reel

Monte Reel is the author of “Between Man and Beast.” A former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, he lives in Evanston. montereel.com.

Howard Reich

Howard Reich, the Chicago Tribune’s arts and jazz critic, has covered music for the newspaper since 1977. He is the author of several books, including “Prisoner of Her Past,” about his mother’s hidden Holocaust past. He is producer-writer-narrator of the PBS documentary film of the same name.

Paul Reid

Paul Reid is a journalist and the co-author of “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965,” which he completed for his friend William Manchester. He lives in North Carolina.

RhymeSchool

RhymeSchool is a hip-hop mentoring program for Chicago Public Library students.

Simon Rich

Simon Rich has written comedy for The New Yorker, Pixar, “Saturday Night Live,” The Believer and various movie studios. He is the author of two collections, “Free-Range Chickens” and “Ant Farm,” and the novels “Elliot Allagash” and “What In God’s Name.”

Sherri Duskey Rinker

Sherri Duskey Rinker’s first picture book, “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” has spent more than a year on the New York Times and IndieBound best-seller lists. Her latest book is titled “Steam Train, Dream Train,” and her third book, “Since There Was You,” is scheduled to be published in 2014.

Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins is the author of “Alien vs. Predator,” named one of the best books of 2012 by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and several other publications. His book of criticism, “Equipment for Living,” is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts began his music career in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. While working as a Montessori preschool teacher, he began writing and singing songs for kids. He has played at such venues as New York city’s Symphony Space, Lollapalooza and Ravinia. He performs with The Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson is the author of five novels, including “Sparta”; three collections of short stories; and the biography “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life.” She lives in New York and Connecticut.