Edward P. Jones's first book, the story collection Lost in the City, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His debut novel, The Known World, was published last year and won a Pulitzer Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His most recent New Yorker story, "Adam Robinson", appeared in the 2004 Winter Fiction Issue.
Marilynne Robinson made her literary debut in 1981 with the novel Housekeeping, which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. This year, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her second novel, Gilead, which was published last fall. Parts of the novel originally appeared in The New Yorker.