Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of five previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY-Oswego. She lives in New York City.
Sherman Alexie is a recent recipient of the National Book Award for his YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. One of the most well-known and beloved writers of his generation, his other works of fiction include Reservation Blues, Ten Little Indians, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Kate Atkinson’s most recent novels include Started Early, Took My Dog, When Will There Be Good News?; One Good Turn, the New York Times bestseller and #1 Book Sense Pick; Case Histories; and Behind the Scenes at the Museum, named Whitbread Book of the Year. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The author of the wild and hilarious New York Times bestseller, Beat the Reaper, Josh Bazell has a BA in writing from Brown University and an MD from Columbia University. He is currently a resident at UC San Francisco. Bazell is working on his second novel, a sequel to Beat the Reaper.
NoViolet Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and came to the US when she was 18. She is now a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Kate Braestrup is the author of the memoirs Here If You Need Me and Marriage and Other Acts of Charity. She is chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and has written for Mademoiselle, More, Ms., and Law & Order. She lives in Maine with her husband and children.
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada, grew up in New Zealand, and is currently attending the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her highly acclaimed first novel, The Rehearsal, has been sold in 10 countries.
Joshua Ferris’s first novel, Then We Came to the End, was a National Book Award finalist, Barnes & Noble Discover Award winner and New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York.
Tina Fey lives in Denver with her ferret, Jacoby.
Caitlin Flanagan is a former high school teacher who became a writer; she has been on staff at The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. A winner of the National Magazine Award, she has also written for Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Elin Hilderbrand: novelist, mother of three, sports enthusiast, avid fan of Bruce Springsteen, Veuve Clicquot, and four-inch heels. She sits on the Board of Directors at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and Nantucket Little League. Her resting pulse is 65.
James Hynes is the author of The Lecturer’s Tale, Wild Colonial Boy, Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year), and the novel Kings of Infinite Space. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. This is her first novel.
Kathleen Kent’s debut of rich historical fiction, The Heretic’s Daughter, was a New York Times bestseller that won nationwide acclaim. She lives with her family in Dallas. Her second novel, The Wolves of Andover, also featured Martha Carrier, Kathleen Kent’s ancestor and the heroine of The Heretic’s Daughter.
A graduate of Princeton University, Maloney's writing has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, and Gourmet. He is writing Crush, a cultural exploration of the world of wine.
Denise Mina is the author of Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Meg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist. Her work has been published in Yankee, Continental, Women's Health, Advertising Age and many other business and consumer magazines. She received a B.A. from Providence College and a master's degree in English Literature from New York University. Meg lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband, their three children and a beloved border collie.
Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Two of his stories appeared in The Atlantic.
Anna North graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2009, having received a Teaching-Writing Fellowship and a Michener/Copernicus Society Fellowship. North grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Brooklyn.
George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, an essayist, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer on the HBO hit series The Wire, and the author of a bestselling series of novels set in and around Washington, D.C. He currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme.
Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crimes, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer, and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
Emma Rathbone is a graduate of New York University and the MFA Fiction Program at the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Charlottesville and is working on a second novel.
Frederick Reiken is the author of Day for Night, The Odd Sea and Lost Legends of New Jersey. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Simon Rich "is still the freshest, funniest new writer today," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has written comedy for the New Yorker, Pixar, SNL, the Believer, and various movie studios. He's the author of two collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm. His first novel, Elliot Allagash, was optioned for a film by Jason Reitman.
Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1975. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. The Lifeboat is her first novel.
Gabriel Roth was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and now works as a writer and software developer. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Elena Mauli Shapiro grew up in Paris, and currently lives in California with her husband. She has accumulated literature and writing degrees in and around the Bay Area (Stanford, Mills, Davis).
Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.
Natasha Solomons lives in Dorset, England, where she co-writes screenplays with her husband and is pursuing a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century fiction.
Patrick Somerville is the author of Trouble, a book of short fiction, and The Cradle, which was a New York Times Best Book 0f 2009, and short-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He is at work on a second novel, and lives with his wife in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.
Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.