David Means is the author of four story collections, including The Spot, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Assorted Fire Events, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was recently reissued in a new edition by Faber. He is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor. He worked for eight years on the acclaimed NBC television series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer, scripting a number of the show’s most memorable episodes, including “Diversity Day” and “The Fire.” He is also known for his roles in films such as Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks. His debut collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, will be published by Knopf in February 2014.
Ben Stiller is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He directed and starred in the films Reality Bites, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder; and his acting credits include There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, The Royal Tenenbaums, Flirting with Disaster, Night at the Museum, and Greenberg. He cocreated, with Judd Apatow, the Emmy Award–winning series The Ben Stiller Show and recently completed production on Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which he directed and in which he stars, opened in theaters on Christmas Day 2013.
James Thurber (December 8, 1894–November 2, 1961) joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1927. His contributions to that magazine, both as a writer and as an artist, were instrumental in changing the character of American humor. His work has been collected in more than thirty volumes and has spawned adaptations for the stage, television, and film. Thurber House (www.ThurberHouse.org) continues his legacy and has awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor to such writers as Ian Frazier, Jon Stewart, Alan Zweibel, Joe Keenan, and Calvin Trillin.
Deborah Willis is the author of Vanishing and Other Stories, which was published by Harper Perennial. She is working on her second collection of stories.
Jason Fulford is a photographer and cofounder of J&L Books. He is a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine and a frequent lecturer at universities. Fulford’s photographs have been featured in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Blind Spot, and Aperture, and on book jackets for authors including Don DeLillo, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, and Richard Ford. His most recent monograph is entitled Hotel Oracle. He is coeditor of the forthcoming Aperture book The Photographer’s Playbook.
Tamara Shopsin is a graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Good Magazine, Time, Wired, and Newsweek. She is the author of a memoir, Mumbai, New York, Scranton, and the designer of 5 Year Diary. She is also a cook in her family’s restaurant in New York City.