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Poppy Gee

Poppy Gee
author of Bay of Fires

Poppy Gee lives with her husband, two small children, and cat, in Brisbane, Australia. She wrote most of BAY OF FIRES, her first novel, at the kitchen table while the children slept.

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Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman
author of The Liars' Gospel

Naomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.

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Austin Ratner

Austin Ratner
author of In the Land of the Living

Austin Ratner's first novel, The Jump Artist, was the 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction. He attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Before turning his focus to writing he received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is co-author of the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He grew up in Cleveland, OH, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two sons.

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Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
author of Summerland

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, PA, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her eight previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause
author of The Great Animal Orchestra

Dr. Bernie Krause is both a musician and a naturalist. During the 1950s and 60s, he devoted himself to music and replaced Pete Seeger as the guitarist for The Weavers. For over 40 years, Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the soundsof creatures and environments large and small. He has recorded over 15,000 species. He lives in California.

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Matthew Quirk

Matthew Quirk
author of The 500

Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he joined The Atlantic and spent five years at the magazine reporting on a variety of subjects including crime, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. The 500 is his first novel, and is currently in development as a major motion picture. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Donald and Lillian Stokes

Donald and Lillian Stokes
author of The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Western Region and The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region

Don and Lillian Stokes are widely recognized as America's foremost authorities on birds and nature. Their books include the bestselling Stokes Field Guide to Birds, the Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds, the Stokes Nature Guides, and the Stokes Backyard Nature Books. They live in New Hampshire and Georgia.

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Mark Leyner

Mark Leyner
author of The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

Mark Leyner is the author of the novels My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Et Tu, Babe and The Tetherballs of Bougainville. His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller, Why Do Men Have Nipples? He cowrote the movie War, Inc. and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Brian D'Amato

Brian D'Amato
author of Beauty

Brian D'Amato is an artist whose sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1992, he co-organized a show at the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York that was the first gallery show to explore the then-new medium of "virtual reality," the same year that BEAUTY was published.

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