Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) was a seminal writer of science fiction. Among his works are the novels The Man in the High Castle; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Ubik, which Time magazine named one of the best hundred novels published since 1923; Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said; and A Scanner Darkly.
Anthony Doerr is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and the author, most recently, of the story collection Memory Wall. His prior publications include the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, the novel About Grace, and the story collection The Shell Collector.
Téa Obreht’s debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and the anthologies The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. A recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.
Helen Oyeyemi is the author of three novels: The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House, and White Is for Witching, which was short-listed for a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award and won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. Her debut story collection, Mr. Fox, will be published in summer 2011.
Mary Swan is the author of the story collection The Deep and Other Stories and the novel The Boys in the Trees, which was short-listed for the 2008 Giller Prize and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Harvard Review, and the Malahat Review, among other periodicals, and in the anthologies The O. Henry Prize Stories and Best Canadian Short Stories. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Kara Walker is the recipient of numerous fellowships and commendations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award (1997), the Deutsche Bank Prize (2004), and the Larry Aldrich Award (2005). Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Her recent survey, My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, opened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in February 2007 and traveled to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.