Shani Boianjiu was born in Jerusalem in 1987. She is at work on her first novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, and was recently honored among the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2011.
Ethan Coen has written a story collection, Gates of Eden, and two collections of verse, The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way and the upcoming The Day the World Ends. He has made—with his brother, Joel—fifteen movies, and has written several one-act plays, one of which, Talking Cure, is on Broadway through January, and two evenings of which have been produced off-Broadway by the Atlantic Theater. The Atlantic also is staging his latest collection of one-acts, Happy Hour.
James Lasdun was born in London and lives in Upstate New York. He’s the author of three collections of stories, three books of poetry, and two novels. His memoir, Give Me Everything You Have, will be published in 2012.
Jon McGregor is the author of three novels, most recently Even the Dogs. His collection of stories, This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2012. He lives in Nottingham, England.
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.
Ryan McGinley is a New York–based artist/photographer who was raised in New Jersey. After moving to the city in 1996, he began extensively photographing the downtown culture. In 2003, at the age of twenty-five, he became the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He travels continuously throughout the United States to create work that incorporates the American landscape and nude figures. His photographs have been presented in galleries and museums worldwide.