Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His several books include the novel Reservation Blues and the story and poetry collections Ten Little Indians, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which he adapted for the film Smoke Signals, and The Business of Fancydancing, which he adapted for film and also directed.
Jonathan Franzen has contributed fiction, essays, and journalism to The New Yorker for the past 11 years. He has published three novels and an essay collection; his novel The Corrections, parts of which first appeared in the magazine, won the National Book Award in 2001. His essay collection How to Be Alone was published in 2002.
Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor of The New Yorker.