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NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, about a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America, won numerous awards and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times called it a “deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel.” NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.
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Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler, author of both novels and short story collections, has been described as “a captivating and good-hearted satirist.” Her six warmly-received novels include the bestselling The Jane Austen Book Club and most recently, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Fowler’s books have received many awards including the Commonwealth Medal, Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Fowler and her husband live in Santa Cruz, California.
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Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who cofounded the local news site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People and elsewhere. Her first book Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named a Best Book of 2008 by the newspaper. Her second book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California was a New York Times bestseller and published in 2015 to rave reviews.
Cary Groner grew up in the Midwest and has worked as a journalist and photographer for many years. He earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona in 2009, and his debut novel, Exiles, was a Chicago Tribune “best book” of 2011. His short stories have won numerous awards, including the Glimmer Train fiction open, and have appeared there and in other venues including American Fiction, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, and Southern California Review. Cary teaches at the Writing Salon and is completing a new novel and a story collection. His website is www.carygroner.com.