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kevin canty
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  Kevin Canty, author of the short story collection A Stranger in This World and the novel Into the Great Wide Open, won the Transatlantic Review Award for the opening chapters of this novel, Nine Below Zero. His work has been published in Esquire, The New Yorker, Details, Story, New York Times Magazine, and Vogue. Currently living in Montana with his wife, the photographer Lucy Capehart, and two children, he teaches fiction at the University of Montana.  
 
katherine weber
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  Katharine Weber's first novel, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1995 and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1995. She lives in Bethany, Connecticut.  
 
brett easton ellis
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  Bret Easton Ellis is the author of Less Than Zero; The Rules of Attraction; The Informers, a collection of stories; and American Psycho, all of which are available in Vintage paperback. He lives in New York City.  
 
chitra divakaruni
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  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India, is an award-winning poet. In 1995 her short story collection, Arranged Marriage, was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She is also the author of the bestselling novel The Mistress of Spices, and four poetry collections, including Leaving Yuba City.  
 
maria flook
  Maria Flook is the author of two novels, Open Water and Family Night (which received a PEN American/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Special Citation), and a collection of short stories, You Have the Wrong Man. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize for fiction, she teaches in the graduate writing seminars at Bennington College.

 
 
bernhard schlink
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  Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practicing judge, he is also the author of several award-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

 
 
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    Photo Credits: Kevin Canty: Lucy Capehart; Brett Easton Ellis: Ian Gittler; Bernhard Schlink: Elena Seibert