Terry Ryan, the sixth of Evelyn and Kelly Ryan’s ten children, is the author of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words on Less (Simon & Schuster). 


She is the writing half of the cartooning team of T.O. Sylvester, whose single-panel cartoons have appeared in the pages of The San Francisco Chronicle, 

Ms. Magazine, Mother Jones, Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review, Boy’s Life, Datamation, Vegetarian Times, Bay Guardian, San Francisco Magazine, Women’s 

Glib Cartoon Calendars, and a number of textbooks and anthologies. T.O. Sylvester’s literary cartoons ran weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle for 16 years (1983-1999). 


With the publication of the hardback of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Simon and Schuster in 2001, Terry toured the country to promote the book, 

appearing on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Rosie O’Donnell, and NPR’s Weekend Edition of All Things Considered. The paperback was published in April 

2002, and Terry again went on a cross-country tour. 


The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio—which has also been published in Great Britain, Australia, Korea, and China—will soon be made into a movie produced by 

DreamWorks and Revolution Studios, starring Julianne Moore. 

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