Nicola Barker is the author of two collections of short stories, Love Your Enemies and Heading Inland, and two novels, Reversed Forecast and Small Holdings. She has been awarded the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and Arts Council Writers' Award, and was a joint winner of the Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Fiction. She lives and works in London.
Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His first book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: stories from Rwanda (1998), has received numerous awards, including The National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the George Polk Award, and -- in London -- the Guardian First Book. He is a Contributing Editor of the Forward and a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. He has reported for Granta, Harper's, Outside, and The New York Review of Books. His fiction has appeared in Ambit, Gulf Coast, The Quarterly, Southwest Review, Story and Zoetrope: All-Story.
Javier Marías' "What the Butler Said" was first published in Zoetrope: All-Story Vol. 1 No. 2. He is the author of several novels, including All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, and Black Back of Time. He has also written two short-story collections, While They Were Sleeping and When I Was Mortal. He has won numerous international awards for his writing, which has been translated into twenty-two languages.
Lucia Nevai's "Step Men" was first published in Zoetrope: All-Story Vol. 1 No. 2. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, The North American Review, and other literary magazines. Her first collection of stories, Star Game, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Normal, a collection of new stories, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.