Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. He has won the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and the 2010 Story Prize.
Jess Walter is the author of eight books including #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers, McSweeney’s, and Esquire. He currently co-hosts the podcast A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment with his friend, Sherman Alexie.