Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar has been writing books for children for more than 30 years. Sachar is most known for his Sideways Stories series and Holes, winner of the Newbery Medal and a National Book Award. Sachar's books frequently combine eccentric characters and absurdist situations. His most recent book, Fuzzy Mud, is a cautionary environmental tale featuring mystery and humor. Sachar currently resides in Austin, TX, where he can frequently be found playing bridge.

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies. For her book Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.