Celeste Ng is an American writer and novelist. Her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA’s Alex Award. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next bestseller, Amazon’s Best Fiction Book of 2017, winner of the Ohioana Award, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Award 2017 in Fiction. Ng’s short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, and many other publications. Ng is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.
Dina Nayeri is an Iranian American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She is the author of the novels A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge. Her memoir, The Ungrateful Refugee, was a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2020 Clara Johnson Award. Her essay of the same name was one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian. Nayeri was a 2019 Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination fellow. Her awards include 2018 UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, National Endowment for the Arts literature grant, O. Henry Prize (for a story that initially appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review), The Best American Short Stories, and fellowships from the McDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, and Yaddo. Her stories and essays have been published by Alaska Quarterly Review, The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Granta New Voices, Wall Street Journal, and many others. She currently lives in Scotland.