In all of the reaserach i have done, it looks like lilian Jackson braun is still alive and writing to this day, although i do have an inkling that she may have died and that the biographies i have read are outdated. However, i did read one article that was last updated october 8/09, so it looks like there may be a 30th "Cat Who..." book yet! :D
He's a writer of children's books. He's written some classics for children including The Paper Bag Princess (a poke at some of the chauvinistic overtones of traditional fairy tales); and Love You Forever (which was given some attention in a later episode of the sit-com Friends).
The "Cup of Gold"
James Kelly and Ellen Grimley
All you have to do is search: John Dear, SJ born in google. Here is the answer: Dear was born on Aug. 13, 1959 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace/DG201-225/dg201dear.htm