Elizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories, When the Messenger is Hot, All this Heavenly Glory, and most recently You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications and anthologies. She is a recipient of the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and her work has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and adapted for the stage by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater company. She teaches in the UCR-Palm Desert low-residency MFA program. Her debut novel, We Only Know So Much, is forthcoming in June 2012 from HarperPerennial.
D.T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY. Viking Press will publish his biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, this fall.
Bonnie Nadell is president of the Hill Nadell Literary Agency based in Los Angeles. She became David Foster Wallace's agent in 1985 and has represented all his books since then.
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Michael Pietsch is Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company. Before joining Little, Brown in 1991 he worked as an editor at Scribner and at Harmony Books. He has worked with the novelists Martin Amis, Michael Connelly, Tony Earley, Janet Fitch, Chad Harbach, Mark Leyner, Rick Moody, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Nick Tosches, David Foster Wallace, and Stephen Wright, the nonfiction writers Peter Guralnick, Stacy Schiff, and David Sedaris, and the cartoonist R. Crumb. Career highlights include editing Ernest Hemingway's posthumous memoir, The Dangerous Summer, in 1985, and David Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King in 2011.
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Bill Tonelli is an editor, who has worked at Esquire and Rolling Stone among other places. He is also a writer and editor of The Italian American Reader, an anthology.
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Deborah Treisman has been Fiction Editor of The New Yorker since January, 2003. Ms. Treisman joined The New Yorker as Deputy Fiction Editor in December, 1997. Previously, she was the managing editor of Grand Street, and has been a member of the editorial staffs of The New York Review of Books, Harper's, and The Threepenny Review.
David L. Ulin is book critic for the Los Angeles Times, where he served as book editor from 2005 to 2010. He is the author of "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time" (Sasquatch, 2010) and "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith" (Viking, 2004), selected as a Best Book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is also the editor of two anthologies of Southern California literature: “Another City: Writing from Los Angeles” (City Lights, 2001), and "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology” (Library of America, 2002), which won a 2002 California Book Award. His essays and criticism has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles, LA Weekly, Black Clock, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
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Seth Colter Walls is a culture critic and reporter for Slate, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, The Awl, and also a contributing writer to XXL Magazine.
Amanda Eyre Ward is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Montana. She is the author of one collection of short stories and four novels, most recently CLOSE YOUR EYES, which won the Elle Lettres Prize for Book of the Year and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. Her work has been published in fifteen countries and optioned for film and television. Amanda lives in Austin with her family.