Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977, and grew up in the university town of Nsukka. An O. Henry Prize'winner, she has also received the PEN/David T. K. Wong Award for Short Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year.
Rabih Alameddine was born in Jordan to Lebanese parents and has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, England, and the United States. He began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting. He is the author of two novels—Koolaids and I, the Divine—as well as The Perv, a collection of short stories, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.
David Bezmozgis is an author and filmmaker. He lives in Toronto, where he directs the Humber School for Writers.
Courtney Angela Brkic has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a forensic archaeologist and in The Hague as a summary translator for the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She received an M.F.A. in fiction from New York University under the auspices of a New York Times fellowship. Her debut collection, Stillness and Other Stories, will be published in May 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is currently at work on Memory of Bones, a nonfiction account of her family's history and her own experiences in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mark Danner is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a professor of journalism at University of California at Berkeley, and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He has written about Haiti, Central America, the Balkans, and the development of American foreign policy in Europe and the Middle East, and is the author of The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, two Overseas Press Awards, a National Magazine Award, and an Emmy.
Dave Eggers is the author of two novels, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and You Shall Know Our Velocity, and is the editor of the literary journal McSweeney's and the anthology Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in San Francisco, where he runs McSweeney's Books, an independent book publishing company, and 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization devoted to teaching writing to students 8'18.
Hanif Kureishi wrote the films My Beautiful Laundrette, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay, and My Son the Fanatic. His publications include the novels The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album, Intimacy, and Gabriel’s Gift; the story collections Love in a Blue Time and Midnight All Day; and the essay collection Dreaming and Scheming. His novel The Nothing will be published in May 2017. He lives in West London.
Peter Schneider is the one of Berlin's most prolific and popular novelists. In English, his fiction publications include The Wall, The German Comedy, Couplings, Eduard's Homecoming, and Lenz in Three Contemporary German Novellas. He also writes essays about politics and literature for The New York Times, The New Republic, Newsweek, and Time. He wrote the screenplays for Knife in the Head directed by Reinhard Hauff and The Promise directed by Margarethe von Trotta. His short story, 'Vati' (Daddy), is currently being made into the movie My Father, directed by Egidio Eronico and starring Charlton Heston.
Mary Yukari Waters is half Japanese and half Irish-American. Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: The Best American Short Stories 2002, The O. Henry Prize
Stories 2002, The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories 2003, and Zoetrope: All-Story 2. She is the recipient of an NEA literature grant. ï¿½"Mirror Studies"ï¿½ is part of her collection, The Laws of Evening, published by Scribner in 2003.
Jorge Torres Zavaleta was born in Buenos Aires, and has passed much of his time in the Argentine countryside. He has written, among other books, La Noche Que Me Quieras; El Palacio de Verano, which received the Fortabat Prize; El Primer Viaje; Cazar un Tigre, which was awarded the City Hall Prize; and La Casa de la Llanura. In 1987 he won Argentina's prestigious Antorchas Grant. Since 1974, he has been a regular fiction contributor to the literary supplement of La Naci'n, Argentina's leading newspaper. 'Tiger Hunting' is his first English-language publication.
Eric Baker is the founder and head of Eric Baker Design Associates, a New York–based graphic design firm. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant for his design history projects. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Communications Arts, Domus, Metropolis, ID Magazine, The New York Art Directors Annual, British Design and Art Direction, and Graphis.