An award-winning, best-selling author of four acclaimed books, and a visual artist whose work is currently featured in a museum show alongside Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, Hillary is also the founder of Fly HC Multimedia, a thriving web design business since 2001, that creates and builds unique, artistic, cutting edge websites.
Hillary's most recent book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (Virgin Books), received raves including a starred review from Publishers Weekly who cited Hillary's "humor, grace and brilliantly creative eye," and called the book a "hilarious, delightful, unique achievement."
Her memoir, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan (HarperCollins), is an American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Pick Best Seller, a Lambda Literary Award finalist in two categories (humor and memoir), and was selected by Borders as one of the Best Literary Memoirs of 2006.
Hillary forged the way in bringing the voices of teenage girls into the mainstream with her first book Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out (Warner Books). She was honored by the New York Public Library when Girl Power was selected for its prestigious "Best Books for Teens" list. When Hillary appeared on Oprah, the hour show was devoted to the book.
Hillary's second book, Zine Scene (Girl Press), which she designed herself and co-wrote with the renowned author Francesca Lia Block, was included in a show at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, and won an American Library Association Award.
Hillary is the creator, editor and host of the acclaimed literary website, FRESH YARN: The Online Salon for Personal Essays. For eight years Hillary presented new pieces written by a diverse range of all-star writers/performers and personalities. FRESH YARN has been a YAHOO PICK, and was chosen as a HOT SITE by USA Today.
As a visual artist, Hillary's work has been shown at several prominent galleries in LA, NY, and Chicago. Her work is currently featured in a museum show traveling to five cities during 2013-2014 entitled Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles. She is also included in the show's catalogue/book (University of Washington Press).
A web pioneer, Hillary co-founded VOXXY.com in 1999, one of the earliest and most acclaimed websites featuring interactive content with A-List talent. For two years Hillary oversaw all creative aspects including designing and producing their ten major websites, which earned the 2000 Bandie Broadband Award for innovation in the category "Newest New Thing."
The Wall Street Journal has called Hillary and her work "Humorous, touching and insightful;" Chicago Tribune: "Gloriously idiosyncratic." Entertainment Weekly proclaimed that "Hillary Carlip has lived a life that would make Leonard Zelig jealous," and The New York Times declared, "Ms. Carlip's curriculum vitae reads like a Cliffs Notes version of American Popular culture.”
Maxine is a noted television writer and producer. She has written for and produced some of the greatest sitcoms of all times including the final season of Ellen (three Emmy nominations), Roseanne, (Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Series and a Golden Globe award), Home Improvement (People's Choice Award for Best Comedy Series), and Dharma and Greg, to name a few. Currently, Maxine is writing a TV movie for the Nickelodeon network and directing episodes of Jessie for Disney.
Maxine wrote and produced a comedy pilot for TV Land for actress Valerie Bertinelli, and spent six months in Moscow overseeing production for Sony International on the adaptations of the hit American sitcom King of Queens (40 episodes) and the pilots of The Cosby Show and Rules of Engagement for Russian audiences.
With her consulting company, Lapiduss Creative, Maxine forms successful business strategies for creatives, and creative strategies for businesses, consulting with high profile personalities, musicians, authors, filmmakers, actors, advertisers, and entertainment companies, creating custom transmedia and branding plans, and writing and producing content that gets attention, grows audiences, and bottom lines.
A web pioneer, Maxine co-founded VOXXY.com in 1999, one of the earliest and most acclaimed websites featuring interactive content with A-List talent.
A performer at heart, Maxine started her career at 14 as a standup comic and singer, working her way up to headliner at all the most famous venues around the country before focusing her efforts behind the camera. Her live stage shows have run to sold out audiences, won multiple awards (Backstage Magazine, Broadway World, and Ovation), and received rave reviews including one from Variety which said, “Maxine Lapiduss is high caliber talent…Hilarious...Rip-Roaring."
Maxine is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She is on the board for the Advisory Committee for the CMU MEIM program (Masters of Entertainment Information Management), and in 2006 she co-founded Steeltown Entertainment, a thriving non-profit in Pittsburgh dedicated to bringing film and TV production back to her hometown.