2008 Judges

Daniel Menaker
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Daniel Menaker was an editor at The New Yorker for twenty years. In 1995 he went to Random House as Senior Literary Editor. In 2001, he became Editor-in-Chief of the Random House editorial imprints. He is the author of two books of short stories and a novel, The Treatment, which was published by Knopf, and he continues to contribute to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Slate. Menaker left Random House in 2007. He is at present working on Can We Talk?, a book about conversation, and is the Editorial Producer and Presenter for the online book program Titlepage.

Daniel Menaker

Rick Simonson has worked at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company since 1976. He founded and continues to help run Elliott Bay's internationally-recognized author reading series, which has presented writers from around the world since 1984. He is a founding board member of Copper Canyon Press, and has served on numerous advisory boards, and panels for the American Booksellers Assn., the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Review, the Miami Book Fair, and the Beijing Book Fair, among others. He writes a column, “Mist Place,” for publishersweekly.com.

Hannah Tinti
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Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, has recently been published by The Dial Press and is a finalist for the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine.