Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963, the year the magazine published "An Education in Georgia", his account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. His work for the magazine ranges from comic verse and "Casuals" to a wide variety of nonfiction. He is the author of 24 books, including About Alice, which comes out in December 2006.
Mark Singer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1974. His books include Funny Money, which first appeared in the magazine in serialized form, and three collections of his New Yorker pieces. His collection Character Studies: Encounters with the Curiously Obsessed came out in 2005.