Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She was the first winner of The Story Prize for her collection of connected stories, The Dew Breaker, published in 2004, and is the author of several other books, including the novels Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner.
Ron Hogan is the creator of the literary website Beatrice.com and the author of The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane!: American Films of the 1970s. He reports on the publishing industry for mediabistro.com's GalleyCat.
Mitchell Kaplan is the founder of the renowned Books & Books bookstores in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and North Miami Beach, Florida. He is a co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. He also serves on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami-Dade College's new literary center, and is a past president of the American Booksellers Association.