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martyn bedford
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  Martyn Bedford is the author of Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post First Novel Award. He lives with his wife in England.

anne lamott
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  Anne Lamott is the author of Operating Instructions: A Journey of My Son's First Year and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, as well as the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, All New People, and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives with her son, Sam, in Northern California.

martin amis
martin amis
  Martin Amis lives in London.  
dinty moore
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  Dinty W. Moore has worked as a documentary filmmaker, professional modern dancer, wire service journalist, and college creative writing professor. He has published fiction and poetry in numerous national literary magazines and was awarded a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing. He lives in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at

james ellroy
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  James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels--The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz--were international bestsellers. His novel American Tabloid was Time Magazine's Novel of the Year for 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was a Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

haruki murakami
  Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949. His first novel, Hear the Wind Sings, was published in 1979, which won him the Gonzou Literature Prize for budding writers. This novel, together with Pinball 1973 (1980) and The Wild Sheep Chase (1982), which got him the Noma Literary Prize for New Writers, form The Trilogy of the Rat. He is also the author of Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, The Elephant Vanishes and Dance, Dance, Dance. He now resides at Princeton University.

    Photo Credits: Martyn Bedford: Bellworth Photography Ltd., Sheffield; Anne Lamott: Mimi Jacobs; Martin Amis: Quina Fonseca; James Ellroy: Marion Ettlinger