jon krakauer
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  Favorite beer: Guiness, drawn correctly from a tap.

Favorite food: Pizza Margherita.

Historical event I would liked to have witnessed:
The Lewis and Clark expedition that opened up the West.

Favorite Magazines: Harper's, Outside, The New Yorker.

Writing space:
I have a tiny, eight by ten foot office. Books stacked everywhere, threatening to avalanche down, so cramped it's unbelievable. It just looks like a bomb went off.

Dream vacation:
I would go with my wife to Northern Italy or Patagonia. But the first place I would go would be to the Alaskan Arctic, to the Brooks Range, the first place I ever went in Alaska. I've been back there three times and it's still one of my favorite places.

Jon Krakauer recently won the 1997 National Magazine Award for the Outside magazine article on Everest.
gita mehta
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  Gita Mehta lives in New York, London, and India. Her writing is full of keen observations, radiant charm, and an obvious love of her mother country. She is the author of four books, and she prefers wearing saris over slacks.
barry unsworth
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  Barry Unsworth, author of twelve novels, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 1992, he won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger; his next novel, Morality Play, was a Booker nominee and a bestseller in both the United States and Great Britain. His other novels include The Hide and Pascali's Island, which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and subsequently made into a feature film. He lives in Umbria and is currently at work on a novel about Lord Nelson.  
nicholas shakespeare
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  Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957 and grew up in the Far East and South America. He was named as one of Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" in 1993 and is currently writing the authorised biography of Bruce Chatwin. He is the author of The Vision of Elena Silves (Knopf, 1990) which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and The Dancer Upstairs (Doubleday, 1997), soon to be filmed by John Malkovich.  
mary morris
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  Mary Morris is the author of nine books, including for novels, three collections of short stories, and two travel memoirs, including Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. She has also co-edited with her husband, Larry O'Connor, Maiden Voyages, an anthology of the travel literature of women. Her numerous short stories and travel essays have appeared in such places as The Paris Review, The New York Times and Vogue. The recipient of a Guggenheim and the Rome Prize in Literature, Morris teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and ten-year-old daughter.
christopher hunt
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  Chris Hunt likes to hang out places, but hates to travel. He absolutely dreads checking into hotels, and has yet to find a decent meal overseas. His first trip abroad was when he moved to Beirut at the age of 9 with his war-correspondent father, which probably explains why he spends so much time in war zones. He currently lives in Greenwich Village where he is writing a book about his attempts to meet Fidel Castro.  
sheila nickerson
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  Born and educated in New York, I have lived in Juneau, capital of Alaska, since 1971. Here, I have raised three children and worked a number of jobs including itinerant poet for the Artist-in-the-Schools program; Writer-in-Residence to the Alaska State Library; teacher-administrator in a prison education program; and editor for a wildlife magazine published by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I am now retired from the State of Alaska and devote my time to writing.

My newest publication since Disappearance: A Map is a poetry chapbook titled In an August Garden. My next will be another book of poetry, Alphasaury, with wood engravings by Dale DeArmond; it is a bestiary of dinosaurs. I have a number of nonfiction and fiction manuscripts underway, all dealing with the relationship between the human and the nonhuman worlds and our inherent closeness. I am trying to learn to communicate.
richard ives
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  Richard Ives was born in California and has spent most of his adult life outside the United States, having lived at various times in Britain, Greece, Japan, and India. He has explored far-flung corners of North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and has lead tours in India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, and Indonesia. When not traveling he resides in Paris with his wife and two children.  
barry lopez
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  Barry Lopez is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Winter Count, a collection of short stories, and the bestselling Of Wolves and Men, for which he was awarded the John Burroughs Medal in 1979. Artic Dreams received the American Book Award (now known as the National Book Award). His latest book, Lessons from the Wolverine, is forthcoming this fall from University of Georgia Press.  
rinker buck
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  Rinker Buck began his career as a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in Western Massachusetts. He then worked for New York, Life, and Adweek magazines, and his articles and columns have appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers. Flight of Passage is his first book. He and his wife, Amelia de Neergard, live with their two daughters in Cornwall, Connecticut.  
    Photo Credits: Jon Krakauer: Geri Bauer; Gita Mehta: Sigrid Estrada; Barry Unsworth: Jerry Bauer; Nicholas Shakespeare: Jerry Bauer; Mary Morris: Thomas Victor; Sheila Nickerson: Eric Torgerson; Richard Ives: Jerry Bauer; Barry Lopez: Warren Morgan; Rinker Buck: Christopher LIttle.