Bruce Aidells, who founded Aidells Sausage Company in 1983, has earned a reputation as an innovator of gourmet sausage. In 2002 he left the company to pursue his food-writing career. His numerous cookbooks include The Complete Meat Cookbook, a nominee for the 1999 James Beard Award; Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book; the meat and poultry chapters of the revised Joy of Cooking; and Bruce Aidells's Complete Pork Book, a nominee for the 2005 James Beard Award.
Daniel Alarcón is the author of two story collections, a graphic novel, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He lives in San Francisco and is the executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her most recent book, The Tent, a collection of mini-fictions, was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. Her previous books include the novel Oryx and Crake, short-listed in 2003 for the Man Booker Prize and for the Giller Prize in Canada; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, winner of the 1996 Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Robber Bride; Cat's Eye; The Handmaid's Tale; and The Penelopiad. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson
Jonathan Baumbach's short fiction has been widely anthologized in such publications as Best American Short Stories; O. Henry Prize Stories; All Our Secrets Are the Same: New Fiction from Esquire; The Best of TriQuarterly; On the Couch: Great American Stories about Therapy; Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction; and Show Me a Hero: Great Contemporary Stories about Sports. His fifteenth book, the novel You, will be published in October 2007.
Anthony Bourdain is the New York Times best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits and host of the television show No Reservations on the Discovery Channel.
Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Award–winning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he cowrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty films—among them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, Twixt, debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poet, painter, and cofounder of City Lights Bookstore and Publishers in San Francisco. His first language was French, and he has a doctorate from the University of Paris.
Mike Figgis makes films (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode, Hotel, among them), writes music, and takes photographs. He lives in London.
Dario Fo was born in northern Italy in 1926. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Enchantments, Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water; the memoirs The Kiss and The Mother Knot; the travel memoir The Road to Santiago; the biographies Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured; the true-crime work While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family; and the essay collections Seeking Rapture and True Crimes: A Family Album. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Vogue, the New York Times Book Review, and many anthologies.
M. J. Hyland, born in London in 1968, studied English and law at the University of Melbourne and is the author of two novels: How the Light Gets In (2003), which was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Carry Me Down (2006), short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Manchester, England, where she teaches in the Centre for New Writing at Manchester University.
Marc Jacobs, who was born and raised in New York City, graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1984. He is the designer of his namesake fashion line as well as the creative director of Louis Vuitton.
Ha Jin has published three books of stories, three volumes of poetry, and five novels. His work has garnered the
National Book Award (1999), the PEN/Faulkner Award (2000 and 2005), and other honors. Pantheon will publish his story collection A Good Fall in December 2009. He teaches at Boston University.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books. She teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.
Daniyal Mueenuddin manages a farm in Khanpur, Pakistan. He formerly practiced as a lawyer in New York City.
Larry Stone became the first American to win the title of International Best Sommelier in French Wines and Spirits in Paris and remains the only American to have earned the title of Maître Sommelier from the Union de la Sommellerie Française. He is the general manager of Rubicon Estate.
Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, and author of eight cook-books, has championed small, local, organic farms and ranches for more than three decades. Credited for helping to change the American food landscape, Chez Panisse was named best restaurant in the United States by Gourmet Magazine in 2001.
Chip Kidd is a writer and graphic designer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked since 1986, have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. A comprehensive monograph of Kidd’s work, Chip Kidd: Book One, was published in 2005. Introduced by John Updike, the four-hundred-page book features more than eight hundred works spanning two decades. Kidd’s first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, published by Scribner in 2001, was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is presently working on his second novel, The Learners.
Thomas M. Allen lives with his wife, daughter, and a menagerie of animals on a farm in Michigan. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, GQ, and Out Magazine. He is represented by Thomas Barry Fine Arts in Minneapolis (www.thomasbarry.com) and by Foley Gallery in New York City (www.foleygallery.com).