Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Before My Time, Grace Abounding, and Expensive Habits all nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her memoir, Facts of Life, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel, A Lover’s Almanac, was the first in a quartet of fictions based on the four seasons. Big As Life, Three Tales for Spring will be published in May. Ms. Howard has taught at Amherst, Yale and Princeton and is currently a professor in the School of Arts, Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

James Salter’s much admired novels include A Sport and a Pastime now in The Modem Library, Light Years, and most recently, Cassada. His short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, and Grand Street before being included in O. Henry Collections and Best American Short Stories. His Dusk and Other Stories won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1989. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives most of the year in Bridgehampton, NY.

Edmund White is the award-winning author of The Married Man, The Farewell Symphony, Genet, The Beautiful Room is Empty, A Boy's Own Story, and several other books. Most recently, White edited Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS. His most recent book is The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris. He is currently working on a historical novel about the 19th Century Scottish reformer, Frances Wright. Mr. White is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.