David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan and Preston Falls, and
of the short story collection The Wonders of the Invisible World. He's
been a Guggenheim Fellow, twice a finalist for the National Book
Critics Circle Award and once for the Pulitzer Prize. His stories and
nonfiction have been published widely. He is Senior Editor at Newsweek,
and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The New School in New York.
Patricia Groh is Coordinator of Community Services at the Skokie Public Library, a library serving one of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs. Among her responsibilities are organizing the library’s four book discussion groups, leading discussions, and presenting book talks to community groups. She was selected chair of the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council and served on the first Sophie Brody Medal Committee, an annual award honoring the best writing in Jewish literature.
Meghan O'Rourke is the literary editor of Slate and a poetry editor at The Paris Review, and her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and other venues. She is the recipient of the 2005 Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Award from Poetry Magazine. Her first book of poems, Halflife, was published by W. W. Norton in 2007.