Susan Straight's book A Million Nightingales was nominated for a Los Angeles Times 2007 Book Prize in Fiction. Her short story in the anthology, "Los Angeles Noir", was the winner of a 2008 Edgar Award. Highwire Moon was a National Book Award finalist.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of three novels, including Gilead, which won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as two books of nonfiction. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Robinson's most recent novel, Home, is a 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Fiction.