The 2012 Judges
Jane Ciabattari is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle, author of the short-story collection Stealing the Fire, and a contributor to Long Island Noir, edited by Kaylie Jones. Her reviews, interviews, and cultural reporting have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, NPR.org, The Boston Globe, Bookforum, The Guardian online, Salon.com, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble Review, Columbia Journalism Review, and The East Hampton Star, among others
Sarah McNally has owned and operated McNally Jackson Books, New York's largest independent bookstore, since she opened it in 2004.
Yiyun Li is also the author of the story collections Gold Boy, Emerald Girl (a finalist for The Story Prize) and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, as well as a novel, The Vagrants. She is a native of Beijing, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a MacArthur Foundation fellow. She has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2007, Granta named her to its Best of Young American novelists list, and in 2010, The New Yorker named her as one of its top 20 fiction writers under 40. She teaches at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Oakland with her husband and their two sons.