LOUIS BAYARD is a graduate of Princeton and Northwestern universities. His novels include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy, both from HarperCollins, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon and other journals.
JENNIFER CLOSE received her MFA from the New School after undergraduate studies at Boston College. She has worked at Vogue, The New Yorker and Portfolio magazines. Her first novel, Girls in White Dresses, will be published in the summer of 2011 by Knopf.
TANIA JAMES grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her MFA from Columbia. He work has appeared in The New York Times and One Story. Her first novel, Atlas of Unknowns, was published by Knopf in 2009.