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.
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.
Pasha Malla is the author of The Withdrawal Method, a collection of stories, and All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts, a book of poetry.
Ryu Murakami has written some forty novels. Among those translated into English are Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies, Sixty-Nine, In the Miso Soup, Audition, and Popular Hits of the Showa Era. He also has directed a number of films based on his works, including the cult classic Tokyo Decadence.
Lysley Tenorio has published stories in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and Manoa. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has also received a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a 2008 Whiting Writers’ Award. He teaches in the English department and the M.F.A. program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention with The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as a true artist with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. Look at the Birdie, a collection of his previously unreleased short fiction, will be published by Delacorte Press in October 2009.
With his band, Antony and the Johnsons, Antony has released three LPs: Antony and the Johnsons (Dutro, 1998 / Secretly Canadian, 2005); I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian, 2005), which won the Mercury Prize; and The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian, 2009). This spring he curated the group show Six Eyes at Galerie du Jour Agnès B. in Paris, and earlier this year he had his first solo visual exhibition at Isis Gallery in London.