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Vol. 14, No. 4

Volume 14, Number 4
Winter 2010/2011

Julian Barnes is the author of two collections of stories, three collections of essays, and ten novels. His many commendations include the Prix Médicis, the Prix Femina, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award, and in 2004 he was named a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His new collection of stories, Pulse, will be published by Knopf in May. He lives in London.

Robert Bloch (1917–1994) was a prolific writer of crime, horror, and science fiction. Among the honors for his novels and stories were the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. As a screenwriter, he wrote the 1964 films Strait-Jacket, starring Joan Crawford, and The Night Walker, starring Barbara Stanwyck. In 2008 the Library of America included his work in True Crime: An American Anthology

Gerard Donovan was born in Ireland and lived in a converted railway station in New York City for twelve years. His most recent novel is Julius Winsome. He teaches English at the University of Plymouth, in Devon, U.K.

Etgar Keret’s stories and graphic novels have been published in thirty languages. For the 2007 film Jellyfish, he and his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Caméra d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director Award from the French Artists and Writers’ Guild. In 2010, Keret received the decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in Tel Aviv.

Thurston Moore was a founder of the New York City art rock band Sonic Youth in 1980 with Kim Gordon. Their 1988 release Daydream Nation was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. He’s a writer of poetry, fiction, memoir, and criticism and oversees the publishing imprint Ecstatic Peace Library.

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.

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Thurston Moore was a founder of the New York City art rock band Sonic Youth in 1980 with Kim Gordon. Their 1988 release Daydream Nation was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. He’s a writer of poetry, fiction, memoir, and criticism and oversees the publishing imprint Ecstatic Peace Library.

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