Born in L.A., James Ellroy is a crime novelist. He is the author of 18 books, including L.A. Confidential. Read James Ellroy's interview with Identity Theory.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of several books and countless articles covering important social issues from poverty to feminism. A wealth of links to her work is available here.
Italian writer Umberto Eco authored the novels The Island of the Day Before, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Name of the Rose.
A journalist, screenwriter, and novelist, Joan Didion has authored over a dozen books, including Salvador and The White Album. She also co-wrote the screenplay for Up Close & Personal.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Junot Diaz is the author of Drown, published in 1996. His work has appeared in Story, The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories 1996, The Paris Review, and African Verse.
A Poet, Novelist, and Essayist, Ana Castillo has authored over fifteen books. Her most recent novel is Peel My Love like an Onion. Ana's essays have appeared in the NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and Salon Magazine, among many others. She resides in Chicago. More info about Ana Castillo is available at AnaCastillo.com.
Louis De Bernieres is the author of the World War Two novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which became a recent film starring Nicholas Cage.
Martin Amis was recently one of the answer choices on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The contestant had never heard of him... In case you haven't heard of him either, Martin Amis is the author of several books, some fiction, some non-fiction, including Experience, Heavy Water, The Rachel Papers, and Money: A Suicide Note. …
Chilean author/journalist Isabel Allende has written eight novels, including The House of Spirits and Daughter of Fortune. She is the niece of Chile's first socialist president, who is believed to have been assassinated in 1973.
Howard Zinn is the author of, most notably, A People's History of the United States, a National-Book-Award-nominated text that investigates US history from the standpoint of the oppressed. Other books by Zinn include Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology, and his 1995 autobiography You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train. More info on Zinn, …