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Vol. 10, No. 4

Volume 10, Number 4
Winter 2006

Yves Béhar is the founder of the San Francisco–based design studio fuseproject, whose work spans commercial projects for the likes of Herman Miller, Mini, Sony, and Target; gallery and museum exhibitions; and social responsibility projects, such as One Laptop Per Child. His work has been featured in solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at the Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the recipient of numerous design awards, including the prestigious National Design Award for Industrial Design, awarded by the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and he chairs the industrial design program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Robert Olen Butler has written ten novels and four volumes of short fiction, Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Severance, due in fall 2006. A collection of his lectures on creative writing, From Where You Dream, was published last year. He also has won two National Magazine Awards, one of them along with Zoetrope: All-Story for his story "Fair Warning," which he subsequently developed into a novel. He has written nine feature-length screenplays for six different studios and teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Miranda July is a writer, filmmaker, and performer. Her collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, will be published by Scribner in the spring of 2007

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.

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories, as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards, including two Giller Prizes, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Since her debut in 1988 with Disintegration of the  Butterfly, which won the Kaien Prize, Yoko Ogawa has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of the 1990 Akutagawa Prize for Pregnancy Calendar, the 2004 Yomiuri Prize for The Housekeeper and the Professor, and the 2006 Tanizaki Prize for Meena’s March. Picador will publish her next book, Revenge, in 2012.

Olaf Olafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of three novels, The Journey Home, Absolution, and Walking into the Night. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Sarah Polley has been writing and directing films and television shows since 1999. She recently completed her first feature film, Away from Her, starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, and Olympia Dukakis, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and will be distributed to more than twenty-five countries.

Guest Designer:

Yves Béhar is the founder of the San Francisco–based design studio fuseproject, whose work spans commercial projects for the likes of Herman Miller, Mini, Sony, and Target; gallery and museum exhibitions; and social responsibility projects, such as One Laptop Per Child. His work has been featured in solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at the Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the recipient of numerous design awards, including the prestigious National Design Award for Industrial Design, awarded by the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and he chairs the industrial design program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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