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christa wolf
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  Christa Wolf is one of Germany's preeminent literary figures. Her extensive body of work has been published in many countries, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Buchner Prize and the Vienna State Prize for European Literature. Her works include Accident, Cassandra, The Quest for Christa T., and What Remains. She lives in Berlin.  
david robertson
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  David Robertson is the author of a well-received biography of former U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, entitled Sly and Able (Norton, 1994). Mr. Robertson's poetry has appeared in the Sewanee Review and other publications, and he has provided political and literary commentary to the Washington Post and ABC News. Booth is his first novel. Mr. Robertson lives in South Carolina.  
gini sikes
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  Gini Sikes, a former senior writer at Mademoiselle, was a producer for PBS's national weekly series on urban teenagers, "In the Mix." She has written about youth culture and crime for The Washington Post, Glamour, Vibe, Mirabella, and MTV. She is currently teaching at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.  
peter balakian
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  Peter Balakian is a Professor of English at Colgate University and the author of four books of poems--Father Fisheye, Sad Days of Light, Reply from Wilderness Island, and Dyer's Thistle--and a work of criticism Theodore Roethke's Far Fields. The Turkish government's continued campaign of denial has led Peter to become a human rights activist, and his efforts at combating Turkey's propaganda have included several petitions which denounce Turkey's attempts to influence the curriculum at America's colleges and universities. These petitions have been signed by over 150 leading scholars and writers including Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Cornel West, Raul Hilberg, Robert Jay Lifton, Roger Smith, and Yehuda Bauer. These petitions have led to national and international coverage, and Balakian has talked about these issues on national television and national public radio. He lives in Hamilton, New York, with his wife and two children, Sophia and Jamie.  
harmony korine
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  Harmony Korine is the self-educated twenty-three-year-old who wrote the screenplay for the controversial film Kids. His directorial debut, Gummo, received the 1997 Venice Film Critic's Award. Korine was raised in the carnival and currently resides in West Virginia.  
hans christian andersen   Hans Christian Andersen is probably the most famous Danish author of all time. His father, a shoemaker, had been dead for three years when Hans ran away to Copenhagen at age fourteen. In his career as a writer, he took inspiration from the Grimm Brothers, but he worked not just to transcribe folklore but to invent his own fairy tale genre. When he died at age 70 in 1875, he had written about 350 of his famous fairy tales.

You can find more information about Hans Christian Anderson, as well as an extensive collection of his stories, by clicking here.
ronin ro
  Ronin Ro is a journalist as well as the author of Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence and the forthcoming thriller Black Jesus. A former rapper, he has written for numerous publications, including The Source, Spy, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Vibe. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Brooklyn, New York.  
    Photo Credits: Christa Wolf: Rogier Fokke; Gini Sikes: Norma Holt; Harmony Korine: Ari Macropolis.