Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago, raised in San Francisco, studied in England, and backpacked the world. She has published short stories in The New Yorker, Harpers,Granta, McSweeney's and other magazines. Her first novel, The Invisible Circus was released as a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2001. Also that year, her second novel, Look at Me, was a National Book Award Finalist. Her third, The Keep, is a highly acclaimed national bestseller. She is the author of the new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, which has been receiving high praise and is well on its way to outpacing The Keep in sales. Also an award-winning journalist, Egan lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Darin Strauss is the best-selling author of the New York Times' Notable novels The Real McCoy and More Than It Hurts You and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Chang & Eng. Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages, and published in over 20 countries; he has received numerous awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction Writing. Also a screenwriter -- he has worked with Disney films, Julie Taymor, and, on the screen adaptation of Chang & Eng, Gary Oldman -- Darin has written fiction, essays, and criticism for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, One Story, McSweeney's, The Washington Post, Salon, and many others.
Abby Sher, 2010 Pen Parentis Fellowship Award Recipient, is a writer and performer, mama, wife, daughter, sister, lover of compost and fine naps. Her memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying was published by Scribner in October, 2009. It got a nod from Oprah and won ELLE Readers’ Prize, Chicago Tribune’s Best of 2009, and Moment Magazine’s Emerging Writers Award.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter and 4 dogs.
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