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Daphne Palasi Andreades | Jean Hanff Korelitz | David Nasaw | Mayukh Sen | James Shapiro

Daphne Palasi Andreades

Daphne Palasi Andreades is the author of the debut novel, Brown Girls. She is a graduate of CUNY Baruch College and Columbia University’s MFA Fiction program, where she won a Henfield Prize and a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. She received a 2021 O. Henry Prize, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, where she won the Voices of Color Prize. Her fiction often explores diaspora, immigration, and the far-reaching effects of colonialism and imperialism. She is at work on her second novel, short stories, and a few multidisciplinary/multimedia works. She lives in New York City. Visit her website.

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of eight novels, including The Latecomer and The Plot (both in development for limited series); You Should Have Known (adapted as HBO’s 2020 limited series, The Undoing, by David E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant); and Admission (the basis for the 2013 film starring Tina Fey). The Plot was featured on The Tonight Show as the Fallon Summer Reads 2021 pick. With her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon, she adapted James Joyce’s The Dead as an immersive theater piece, which was staged by New York City’s Irish Repertory Theatre for three seven-week runs in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She lives in New York City. Visit her website.

David Nasaw

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David Nasaw’s latest book is The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War. His earlier works include The Patriarch, which was selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year in 2012 and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography in 2013; Andrew Carnegie, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the recipient of the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography; and The Chief, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize for History and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Nonfiction in 2001. He is a past president of the Society of American Historians, and until 2019 he served as the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center.

"The Last Million" bookcover by David Nasaw

Mayukh Sen

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Mayukh Sen is the author of Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, which was named a best book of 2021 by NPR and one of the Wall Street Journal’s favorite books of 2021. He is working on a book about the Indian-born Old Hollywood actress Merle Oberon. He teaches at Columbia University’s Creative Writing program. He has won a James Beard Award and IACP Award for his food writing, and his work has been anthologized in three editions of The Best American Food Writing (2019, 2021, and 2022). He received his BA at Stanford University in 2014 and lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Visit his website.

James Shapiro

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James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written several award-winning books on Shakespeare, including The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, awarded the James Tait Black Prize as well as the Sheridan Morley Prize. His latest book, Shakespeare in a Divided America, was one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2020 as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for non-fiction. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is currently the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. Visit his website.

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