BAUSCH has received the O. Henry Prize, the Best American
Short Story Prize, and the Award in Literature from the American
Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and is currently Chancellor
of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is the author of Hello
to the Cannibals, Real Presence; Good Evening
Mr. & Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea; Violence;
and Take Me Back. Bausch’s short stories have appeared
in Esquire and The New Yorker. His latest works
include The Stories of Richard Bausch and Crazies (due
out in May).
EDGERTON is author of the novels Raney, Walking
Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, Killer
Diller, In Memory of Junior, Redeye: A Western,
and Where Trouble Sleeps. His latest fiction is Lunch
at the Piccadilly, and he has recently published a memoir,
Solo: My Adventures in the Air. Awards include Fellowships
from the Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Foundations, and Five Notable
Books of the Year from The New York Times. In 1997, he
received the North Carolina Award for Literature. He teaches creative
writing at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
FRANCIS graduated from Howard University, and after a successful
career in business decided to focus exclusively on being a writer.
Her first novel, Rules for a Pretty Woman, was named Multicultural
Book of the Year by Romantic Times in 2003. Francis lives
with her husband and children in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and
has just completed two novels, Moontime and Last Words.
GERARD is author of the novels Hatteras Light
(nominated for the Ernest Hemingway Prize), Cape Fear Rising,
and Desert Kill. He has recently completed a fourth novel,
Into the Devil’s Eye, and is at work on another.
His books of nonfiction include Brilliant Passage…a Schooning
Memoir, Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories
of Real Life, and Writing a Book that Makes a Difference.
He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous magazines, and
written award-winning television programs. Gerard teaches in the
MFA Program of the Creative Writing Department at the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington.
KALLET is the author of 11 books, including the most recent
Circe, After Hours, and The Art of College Teaching:
28 Takes, co-edited with April Morgan. Her poems have been
published in hundreds of journals including Prairie Schooner,
New Letters, and Tar River Poetry. She was named
Outstanding Woman in the Arts by the Knoxville YWCA, and in 2005
was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame. Kallet
received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University.
She directed the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee
for 17 years, and now holds the Hodges Chair for Distinguished Teaching
KOSTOVA’s engrossing debut novel, The Historian,
is the culmination of ten years of research and a lifetime of imagining.
Since Kostova’s childlhood, when her father entertained her
with tales of Dracula, she has envisioned this sensational novel
that debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller
list. It has since become the fastest selling debut hardback novel
to boot - selling out even faster than The Da Vinci Code.
Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University
of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.
MAGEE is the author of five books, including The John
Deere Way and Endurance: Winning Life’s Majors the
Phil Mickelson Way, both from Wiley, and the recently-released
Getting Published: How to Learn and Master the Business of Writing,
from Jefferson Press. An award-winning newspaper columnist who now
writes for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was formerly
a newspaper editor, business owner and city councilman in Oxford,
Mississippi. Today, he is a full-time writer and the founder and
president of Jefferson Press, living with his wife and three children
on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
MORGAN is the author of the novel Gap Creek, winner
of the Southern Book Award for Fiction, presented by the Southern
Book Critics’ Circle. His earlier novel The Truest Pleasure
was a finalist for the same award and was a Publishers Weekly
Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable. Morgan's
works also include The Hinterlands, This Rock,
Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution, and
nine volumes of poetry. A native of the North Carolina mountains,
Morgan was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. He teaches
at Cornell University.