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RABIH ALAMEDDINE is the author of I, the Divine (W.W. Norton), The Hakawati (A.A. Knopf), Koolaids, The Perv, An Unnecessary Woman, and The Angel of History (all Grove Atlantic). An Unnecessary Woman was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014 and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger, and The Angel of History won the Lambda Literary Award. Alameddine is the winner of the 2019 Dos Passos Prize. His next novel, The Wrong End of the Telescope, will be published by Grove in September 2021.
LILA AZAM ZANGANEH is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness (W.W. Norton), published in twelve languages. Her new novel, A Tale for Lovers & Madmen, is forthcoming. She is fluent in seven languages and is the recipient of the Roger Shattuck Award for Criticism.
JULIAN BARNES’ twenty-six works have been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and he won the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of An Ending (Knopf). Barnes’ most recent novel, The Only Story, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2018 and his latest work of nonfiction/art history, The Man in the Red Coat, was published by Knopf in 2020.
DENNIS BOCK is the author of Olympia (Bloomsbury), The Ash Garden (Vintage), The Communist’s Daughter (Vintage), and Going Home Again (HarperCollins). Olympia was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His novel, Going Home Again, won the 21st Century People’s Literature Award in China for best foreign novel and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His next novel, The Good German, was published by Harper Collins Canada in September 2020.
CYNTHIA BOND is the author of Ruby, (Hogarth Press). A New York Times bestseller, it was the Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection in 2015 and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Bond is working on the sequel to Ruby, tentatively titled, Ephram (forthcoming from Hogarth Press).
CHARLES BURNS is the author of Black Hole, Big Baby, El Borbah, Skin Deep, and the “Nitnit” trilogy which is comprised of X’ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull (Pantheon). He is the recipient of Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards. The Nitnit trilogy, collected into a single volume called Last Look, went straight to #1 on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers list. He is at work on his next book series, Screen.
ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. Her next book, Trojan Women (illustrated by Rosie Bruno) will be published by New Directions, May 2021, and in October 2021 New Directions will publish H of H Playbook.
PANG-MEI NATASHA CHANG is the author of Bound Feet and Western Dress (Doubleday/Anchor), which is in part her grandmother Yu-i’s story of her struggle to live a ‘modern’ life, and partly Pang-Mei’s own story, that of a Chinese American who had struggled with similar issues of personal identity. It was also dramatized as a BBC radio serial and foreign rights were sold in many countries.
BILL CHENG is the author of Southern Cross the Dog (Ecco/Harper Collins). It was longlisted for PEN Open Book Award in 2014. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 2015.
DANIEL CLOWES is the author of Ghost World, David Boring, Caricature, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ice Haven, Mr. Wonderful, Wilson, and Patience (Fantagraphics Books). His screenplay for the film adaptation of Ghost World (starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) was nominated for an Academy Award. He was the first cartoonist to have his work featured in Esquire’s annual fiction issue.
EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory, Krik? Krak!, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, Untwine, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel and Brother, I’m Dying (Knopf). Danticat’s essays, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story (Graywolf) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2017. Her children’s book My Mommy Medicine (Roaring Brook Press) was a Parents’ Choice Recommended Book. Danticat’s most recent collection of short stories, Everything Inside, was published by Knopf in August 2019. It won The Story Prize, The National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Fiction, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2018 Neustadt Prize for Literature.
JUNOT DÍAZ is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (both Riverhead), which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. His first picture book, Islandborn, (Dial) was a New York Times Bestseller and won the CLASP Américas Award 2019.
ARIEL DELGADO DIXON was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Mississippi Review, and The Greensboro Review. Her first novel, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, will be published by Random House, Spring 2022. She lives in Philadelphia.
NATHAN ENGLANDER is the author of The Ministry of Special Cases, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Dinner at the Center of the Earth (Knopf) He also translated The New American Haggadah. His latest novel, kaddish.com, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in March 2019, and was longlisted for the Wingate Prize, 2020. Englander has been longlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize honoring a mid-career writer.
NURUDDIN FARAH (US rights only) is the author of From a Crooked Rib (Penguin) which achieved worldwide cult status but also earned him the enmity of the then-dictator of Somalia. Nuruddin Farah is the author of three trilogies: “Variations on the Theme of African Dictatorship” (comprised of Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines and Close Sesame); “Blood in the Sun” (comprised of Maps, Gifts and Secrets) and “The Collapse” (comprised of Links, Knots and Crossbones). His most recent novels are Hiding in Plain Sight, and North of Dawn, (Riverhead).
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (both Houghton Mifflin) and Here I Am (FSG) as well as two works of nonfiction: Eating Animals and The New American Haggadah (both Little Brown). He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, and his books are published in over 30 languages. His most recent work of nonfiction, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, was published by FSG in September 2019, and his next novel, Escape from the Children’s Hospital will be published in 2022 by FSG.
EMILY FRIDLUND is the author of the story collection Catapult (Sarabande, 2017), which won the Mary McCarthy Prize and the novel, History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press), a finalist for the Booker Prize 2017. It was also shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC prize and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Fiction 2017.
MAUREEN GIBBON is the author of the novels Swimming Sweet Arrow (Back Bay Books), Thief (Sarah Crichton Books), and Paris Red (W.W. Norton). A graduate of Barnard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now lives in northern Minnesota. Her new novel, The Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet will be published by WW Norton in September 2021.
PAUL GRINER is the author of a story collection Follow Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and the novels Collectors (Random House),The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin) and Second Life ( Counterpoint). His most recent story collection, Hurry Please, I Want to Know, (Sarabande Books June 2015) won the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award. His next novel, The Book of Otto & Liam was published by Sarabande in May 2021.
ANISSA HELOU is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks including Levant, The Fifth Quarter, An Offal Cookbook; Modern Mezze; Savory Baking from the Mediterranean; Mediterranean Street Food; Café Morocco; and Lebanese Cuisine, which was a finalist for the prestigious Andre Simon awards. Her new book, Feast: Food of the Islamic World (Ecco) won the James Beard Foundation Book Award for International 2019.
ALEKSANDER HEMON is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man (both Vintage), The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles, The Making of Zombie Wars, The Book of My Lives and My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You (memoir, May 2019). He is the winner of the 2020 Dos Passos Prize. Hemon co-wrote the script for The Matrix 4, with David Mitchell and Lana Wachowski. He is at work on How Did You Get Here?: Tales of Displacement (oral histories) forthcoming from FSG. How Did You Get Here? was the recipient of a PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History in 2017. His next novel, The World and All That It Holds will be published by FSG in 2022.
SMITH HENDERSON is the author of Fourth of July Creek, (Ecco), which won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award (UK), and was a finalist for the PEN Literary Award 2015, as well as the prestigious James Tait Black Prize (UK). Henderson co-wrote a thriller with Jon Marc Smith, Make Them Cry, published by Ecco in September 2020.
BRUCE HOLBERT is the author of Lonesome Animals and The Hour of Lead in 2014 (both Counterpoint), which won the Washington State Book Award 2015. Holbert’s new novel, Whiskey, was published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in March 2018.
TERRENCE HOLT is the author of In the Valley of the Kings (W. W. Norton), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and the runner-up for the 2010 PEN American Center’s Robert W. Bingham Prize for Distinguished Literary Achievement. His most recent book Internal Medicine (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best memoirs as well as one of the best science and nature books of 2014.
TANIA JAMES is the author of Atlas of Unknowns and Aerogrammes (both Alfred A. Knopf). Her latest novel, The Tusk That Did the Damage (Alfred A. Knopf) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Financial Times Oppenheimer Fund Emerging Voices Award.
DENIS JOHNSON was the author of a Jesus’ Son, Train Dreams, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and several novels including Tree of Smoke, the 2007 National Book Award winner and finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, was published by Random House in January 2018 and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2018.
YAŞAR KEMAL was a Turkish writer of Kurdish descent. As a member of the Central Committee of the banned Worker’s party he was imprisoned, released, then tried twice in succession by the State Security Council for having written essays in support of Kurdish dissidents and criticizing Turkish democracy. Kemal won a great many prizes for his literature and his work on behalf of human rights. His work has been translated into many languages and has won countless prizes from all over the world – including the French Grand Officier Légion d’Honneur and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. They Burn the Thistles and Memed My Hawk were reissued in the US by New York Review of Books.
KIM KIERKEGAARDASHIAN also known as Kimberly Søren Noel Aabye Kierkegaardashian West, is the author of My Beautiful Despair (Simon & Schuster). Her original comedic voice has been credited with inspiring two successful off-Broadway musicals, numerous imitation Twitter feeds, and at least one very bad Halloween costume. For more information, look first in your own soul, and if you find only emptiness follow the Ask KimKierkegaardashian column in The New Yorker.
lê thi diem thúy is the author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For (Knopf). She lives in Western Massachusetts.
MIN JIN LEE is the author of Pachinko which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was a selection for “Now Read This,” the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN. Pachinko will be translated into 35+ languages. President Barack Obama selected Pachinko for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.” Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today, and a national bestseller. Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.
VALERIA LUISELLI (US rights only) is the author of the award-winning novels The Story of My Teeth (2015), Faces in the Crowd (2013), and the books of essays Sidewalks (2013) and Tell Me How It Ends (2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2017– all published by Coffee House Press. Her second novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf), was a winner of the 2020 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the 2020 Folio Prize. It was a 2019 Kirkus Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and shortlisted for the Simpson Literary Prize. Luiselli is the recipient of a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.
MICHAEL DAVID LUKAS is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (Spiegel & Grau), won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction in 2018, the Sami Rohr Prize, and the French Cercle de l’Union Interalliée (best foreign novel prize). It was also nominated for the NCIBA Golden Poppy in Fiction 2018.
REBECCA MAKKAI is the author of the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime. Her latest novel, The Great Believers, (Viking) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction 2018 as well as a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It was deemed a Top Five Fiction Book of the Year by The New York Times and won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence for Fiction 2019, the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the 2019 Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Award. She has been longlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize honoring a mid-career writer. Her next novel, Ninety-Five, will be published by Viking.
FRANCESCA MARCIANO is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Rules of the Wild, a New York Times Notable Book that has been translated into 12 languages, Casa Rossa and The End of Manners. Her collection of stories, The Other Language, was shortlisted for the Story Prize in 2014. Her latest story collection, Animal Spirit (Alfred A. Knopf) was published in June 2020, and longlisted for the Story Prize.
BENJAMIN MARKOVITS (US rights only) is the author of eight books, including Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment, Childish Loves), Fathers and Daughters, and You Don’t Have To Live Like This, which won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015, Playing Days (Harper Collins). One of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists (2013) he is working on a quartet of books (“The Happy Families Quartet”), the first two instalments of which, Weekend in New York and Christmas in Austin, were published in 2019 by Faber and Faber US. His YA novel, Home Games, was published by HarperCollins in Feb 2020.
JANE MCCAFFERTY is the author of Director of the World, which won the Drue Heinz prize, Thank You For The Music, One Heart, and First You Try Everything, published by HarperCollins. Her work has been awarded an NEA, two Pushcart prizes, and The Great Lakes New Writers Award.
LIGAYA MISHAN writes for the New York Times and T magazine. She was a 2020 finalist for the National Magazine Awards, the James Beard Awards, and the IACP Food Writing Awards. Her essays have been selected for the Best American Magazine Writing, the Best American Food Writing, and the Best American Travel Writing, and her criticism has appeared in the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. The daughter of a Filipino mother and a British father, she grew up in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She is the co-author, with the chef Angela Dimayuga, of “Filipinx: Heritage Recipes from the Diaspora,” forthcoming from Abrams in October 2021, and is working on a book of essays.
NADIFA MOHAMED is the author of Black Mamba Boy (FSG), which won the Betty Trask Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize, and, The Orchard of Lost Souls (FSG), which won the Prix Albert Bernard and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. Her novel, The Fortune Men published by Viking UK, and forthcoming from Knopf in 2022, was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize.
IVAN NABOKOV was born stateless in Strasbourg in 1932. At age 40 he began a career in books and published the biggest names in foreign literature, including eight Nobel Prize winners. Philippe Aronson is Franco-American, Parisian, a translator, interpreter and novelist. Together they worked on Nabokov’s memoir La Vie, Les Gens, Et Autres Effets Secondaires: Souvenirs d’un distrait (Memoirs of a Distracted Man) published by Les Escales, January 2021.
LEIGH NEWMAN is the author of Still Points North (Dial), a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard prize. Her story Howl Palace published in the fall 2019 issue of The Paris Review won the Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Her first story collection, Nobody Gets Out Alive will be published by Scribner in 2022.
BETH MINH NGUYEN, is the author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and Pioneer Girl. She is currently working on a memoir, Owner of a Lonely Heart, forthcoming from Scribner.
CHRIS OFFUTT is the author of Kentucky Straight, Out of the Woods, The Good Brother, The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer: a memoir and Country Dark. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. His next novel, The Killing Hills, will be published by Grove Press in June 2021.
TOMMY ORANGE, is the New York Times bestselling author of There There (Alfred A. Knopf) winner of the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. There There was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction 2018, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2019. It was deemed a Top Five Fiction Book of the Year by The New York Times and won the John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. There There was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His next novel, Wandering Stars will be published by Alfred A Knopf in 2022.
JULIE OTSUKA is the author of When the Emperor Was Divine, winner of the 2003 American Library Association Alex Award, and The Buddha in the Attic, the winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The Buddha in the Attic was an international bestseller and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger 2012, and the Albatros Literaturpreis 2013. Otsuka’s next novel, The Swimmers, is forthcoming from A.A. Knopf in 2022.
RAJESH PARAMESWARAN is the author of I Am Executioner: Love Stories (Knopf 2012), a Washington Post best book of the year. The collection was named one of the “25 Great Short Story Collections from the 21st Century So Far” by The Scottish Book Trust. Parameswaran’s work has appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing; Fiction; Granta; McSweeney’s; and Zoetrope: All-Story.
MIROSLAV PENKOV is the author of East of the West and Stork Mountain (both FSG). His fiction has been translated in over twenty languages and has appeared in journals and anthologies including Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2008, The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2012, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.
MICHAEL RIPS is the author of Pasquale’s Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town (Little Brown), The Face of a Naked Lady: An Omaha Family Mystery (Houghton Mifflin). His latest work of nonfiction, The Golden Flea: A Story of Obsession and Collecting, was published by W. W. Norton in April 2020. His treatise, Objection! The People vs. Amy Coney Barrett was published by O/R Books in October 2020.
JEFFREY ROTTER is the author of two novels, The Unknown Knowns (Scribner) and The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering (Metropolitan/Holt). He is working on a novel called Starryland Sea.
PATRICK RYAN is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He’s also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. He’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction. Ryan is working on his next novel, Buckeye.
JOE SACCO is the author of Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995, Christmas with Karadzic; Soba; The Fixer; Notes From a Defeatist; Footnotes in Gaza (the first graphic novel to win The Riddenhour Prize); and Journalism. He also co-authored the best-selling Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt with Chris Hedges. His most recent publication, The Great War is an accordion-fold book depicting the ill-fated Somme offensive and his latest book Paying the Land, was published by Metropolitan on July 9th, 2020.
DAVID SEARCY is the author of the novels Ordinary Horror, and Last Things. Searcy’s first book of non-fiction, Shame and Wonder, was published by Random House. His next book, The Tiny Bee That Hovers at the Center of the World will be published by Random House in July 2021.
DANZY SENNA’s internationally bestselling first novel, Caucasia (1998) made her one of today’s most timely and respected literary voices, consistently challenging our culture’s defined states of race, class, and gender norms. Caucasia won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and has been translated into a dozen languages. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, the story collection You Are Free (2011), and the novels Symptomatic (2004) and New People (2017). She lives in Los Angeles where she is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.
PITCHAYA SUDBANTHAD is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, published by Riverhead Books (US) and Sceptre (UK). He was shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, ,and has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits time between Bangkok and Brooklyn.
MATT SUMELL is the author of the critically acclaimed collection Making Nice, which he is currently adapting for Warner Brothers Television. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA Program in Writing, his short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Electric Literature, Noon, McSweeney’s, One Story, Zyzzyva, LitHub, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere.
MANIL SURI is the author of a trilogy, The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi. He is completing a book about mathematics, How to Build the Universe (Using Only Numbers), to be published by W.W. Norton.
STACEY SWANN is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and teaches with Stanford’s Online Creative Writing Program. Her first novel, Olympus, TX, was published by Doubleday in May 2021, and was a Good Morning America Book Club Selection.
DONNA TARTT (US rights only) is the author of the novels The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013). Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014. She was included in the list of the “100 Most Influential People” compiled by Time magazine.
HANNAH TINTI is the author of Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Good Thief, which won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley which was a national bestseller and has been optioned for television. She is also co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.
BRADY UDALL was born and raised in the Indian country of northeastern Arizona. He is the author of a story collection, Letting Loose the Hounds and two novels, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint and The Lonely Polygamist (all W.W. Norton).
VENDELA VIDA (US and translation rights only) is the author of The Divers Clothes Lie Empty, The Lovers, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (all Ecco), And Now You Can Go (Knopf), and Girls on the Verge: Debutante Dips, Drive-Bys, and Other Initiations (1999). Her new novel, We Run the Tides, was published by Ecco in February 2021. She is a founding co-editor of The Believer magazine.
CHRIS WARE is the author of Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which was a long-running #1 New York Times bestseller, and deemed a Top Ten Fiction Book by The New York Times and Time Magazine. A contributor to the New Yorker, his work has been exhibited at the MoCa Los Angeles, the MCA Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Ware’s Monograph was published in October 2017 by Rizzoli. His most recent book, Rusty Brown, was published by Pantheon in September 2019, and is a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.
CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS is the author of Battleborn (Riverhead) and Gold Fame Citrus (Riverhead), which won the Lucien Barrière Prize in 2017. She received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and in 2017 she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Her next novel, I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, will be published by Riverhead in October 2021.
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of: The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, The Colossus of New York, Apex Hides the Hurt, Sag Harbor, Zone One and The Noble Hustle. His novel, The Underground Railroad, was an international and #1 New York Times Bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for Fiction, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, and included in the list of the “100 Most Influential People” compiled by Time. His most recent novel The Nickel Boys won the Kirkus Prize, The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, was a finalist for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. It was a long-running New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2020 making him a two-time winner of the award. His next novel, Harlem Shuffle, will be published by Doubleday in September 2021.
NAOMI J. WILLIAMS is the author of Landfalls, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Award and long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is working on a new novel tentatively titled Akiko in Paris.
Authors with Work in Progress
MAGOGODI OAMPHELA MAKHENE is a proudly Soweto-made soul. Her writing has been awarded honors by The Caine Prize for African Writing, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and earned her MFA. She’s currently working on a collection of interwoven stories exploring the inner lives and loves of ordinary South Africans, some available through her website. Makhene is the recipient of the 2019 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award.
LINA MOUNZER is a writer and translator living in Beirut. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Literary Hub, Bidoun, Warscapes, and The Berlin Quarterly. She has contributed long-form features on Middle Eastern literature, TV, and music to AramcoWorld Magazine, Brownbook ME, and Middle East Eye, and she has translated work by the Lebanese authors Chaza Charafeddine, Hassan Daoud, and Hazem Saghieh.
AMANDA REA is recipient of a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Freeman’s, Lit Hub, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Indiana Review, Iowa Review and elsewhere. Her work has received a Pushcart Prize and the William Peden Prize in Fiction, as well as special mention in Best American Short Stories. She lives in Colorado.