Timothy Crouse has been a contributing editor of Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, and the Washington columnist for Esquire, writing numerous articles for these and other publications, including The New Yorker. His book, The Boys on the Bus, will be reissued in 2003 by Random House. He translated, with Luc Br'bion, Roger Martin du Gard's Lieutenant-Colonel de Maumort (Knopf, 2000). The new version of Anything Goes that he co-authored with John Weidman was recently staged at the Royal National Theatre in London. He is writing a book of short stories.
Karl Iagnemma is a research scientist in the mechanical engineering department at M.I.T. His short stories have received the Playboy College Fiction award and The Paris Review Discovery Prize, and have been included in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. 'The Phrenologist's Dream' and 'Zilkowski's Theorem' are part of his first collection of stories, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction, which will be published in May 2003 by Dial Press. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most highly regarded novelists, essayists, and public intellectuals, and is the recipient of dozens of literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world. In 1990 he ran for president of Peru, losing to Alberto Fujimori. His novels include The Time of the Hero (1962; trans. 1966), Conversation in the Cathedral (1969; trans. 1975), Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977; trans. 1982), and The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto (1997, trans. 1998). This June The Language of Passion, which collects his columns written for Spain's newspaper El Pais, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He currently resides in London.
Leonard Michaels is the author of three short story collections: Going Places, which was nominated for a National Book Award; I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, named one of the six outstanding works of fiction of the year by the New York Times; and, most recently, A Girl with a Monkey. His bestselling novel, The Men's Club, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and made into a movie. He was a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley for two decades, and now lives with his wife in Italy.
Julie Orringer's debut short story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, will be published in the fall by Knopf. Her stories have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XXV and XXVII, Best New American Voices 2001, and New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2002. She is the Marsh McCall Lecturer at Stanford University, and lives in San Francisco with her husband, the writer Ryan Harty.
Liu Yi-chang was born in Shanghai in 1918 and has devoted most of his career to serving the cause of Hong Kong literature. Initially a journalist in China's wartime capital of Chongqing, he moved to Hong Kong in 1948 and founded the influential Hong Kong Literature Monthly. He is still active as its editor and as a translator of Western fiction into Chinese. The Cockroach and Other Stories is Liu's only work available in English.
David Byrne, known primarily as the musician who cofounded the group Talking Heads (1976–88), has been involved in an array of music, theater, film, photography, and design projects since his college days at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has published four books of his writing and art: Strange Ritual (Chronicle Books, 1995), Your Action World (Edimar, Italy, 1998, and Chronicle, 1999), The New Sins (McSweeney’s Books and Faber & Faber, 2001), and E.E.E.I. (Steidl/Pace/MacGill, 2003). His most recent recording is Grown Backwards (Nonesuch, 2004).