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Vol. 13, No. 3

Volume 13, Number 3
Fall 2009

A. L. Kennedy has published six novels, two books of nonfiction, and three collections of short stories. She has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists and has won a number of prizes, including the Costa Book of the Year Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Next April, Knopf will publish her fourth story collection, What Becomes, which will include “As God Made Us.” House of Anansi Press will publish the collection in Canada.

John Krasinski is a regular cast member of the television show The Office. His film credits include Away We Go, Leatherheads, For Your Consideration, Jarhead, and the forthcoming It’s Complicated. His adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," which Krasinski wrote and directed, opened in movie theaters September 25.

Han Ong has published two novels, Fixer Chao (2001) and The Disinherited (2004), both with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A 1997 MacArthur Fellow and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow, he was recently a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Rex Ray is a San Francisco–based fine artist whose collages, paintings, and design work have graced the walls of boutique hotels, restaurants, and world-class museums—among them the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and MCA Denver. In a foreword to the monograph Rex Ray: Art + Design (Chronicle Books, 2007), Douglas Coupland describes Ray’s images as “unslick, but superslick at the same time.”

Keith Ridgway is an Irish writer living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His novels include The Long FallingThe Parts, and Animals.

Sam Shepard is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than forty-five plays. As an actor, he has appeared in more than thirty films and received an Oscar nomination for The Right Stuff (1983). His story collection Great Dream of Heaven was a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award. He lives in New York and Kentucky.

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) is the author of the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System; the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl with Curious Hair; and the essay collections Consider the Lobster, Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, Up, Simba!, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. His writings have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Paris Review, Tennis, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. Time magazine included Infinite Jest among its list of the hundred best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.

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Rex Ray is a San Francisco–based fine artist whose collages, paintings, and design work have graced the walls of boutique hotels, restaurants, and world-class museums—among them the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and MCA Denver. In a foreword to the monograph Rex Ray: Art + Design (Chronicle Books, 2007), Douglas Coupland describes Ray’s images as “unslick, but superslick at the same time.”

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