Ana Castillo Portrait

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

Martin Amis Portrait

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.

Isabel Allende Portrait

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 Portrait

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,

Alan Furst

Alan Furst

"I am not in the business of making people feel bad. I'm in the business of telling people how it might possibly turn out, that in this situation love conquers all."

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes, Etc.

"When we talk about a novel provoking emotions, we tend to think of the emotions that have to do with our own amatory life. I think that books can be emotionally exciting in many different ways."

Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik

"In Paris we had — not just we had, but one has — a genuinely beautiful existence. That is to say, all of the little details of life — or nearly all — are pleasing."

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