About the Author
Lorrie Moore (Author) Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor English at Vanderbilt University, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has published four short-story collections - Self-Help (1985) Like Life (1990), Birds of America (1998) and Bark (2014), three novels, Anagrams (1986), Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994) and A Gate at the Stairs (2009) and a book of essays, See What Can Be Done (2018). Amongst her many literary awards are the Irish Times International Prize for Literature and the Rea Award for the Short Story,Lauren Groff (Introducer) Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels - Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia - as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Groff's fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. Her stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic, One Story and Ploughshares, and in several of the annual The Best New American Stories anthologies. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons.