Ulin is the author, most recently, of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein- | Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel "Ear to the Ground," co-written with Paul Kolsby. A 2015 | Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.
Kushner is the author of two novels, "The Flamethrowers" and "Telex from Cuba,” both finalists for the National Book Award, as well as a collection of short prose, "The Strange Case of Rachel K." She is a Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Howard D Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Paris Review.
Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin to a Syrian immigrant father and the daughter of a mink farmer, who was the first person in her family to attend college. Simpson is the author of six novels (so far), most recently, “Casebook: A novel.” She's received some prizes and two of her works have been adapted to film. She lives in Santa Monica.
Spiotta’s second novel, "Eat the Document," was a National Book Award finalist, and her book "Stone Arabia" was a 2011 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book is “Innocents and Others,” a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction.