Anne Enright has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book, and four novels, including The Gathering, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and was named the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year. Her other books include The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch, Yesterday’s Weather, Making Babies, and her latest novel, The Forgotten Waltz. Enright’s writing has appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, and The London Review of Books. In addition, she won the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award for 2004 and the Royal Society of Authors Encore Prize. Enright has also worked extensively as a television producer and director and served for some time as a regular contributor to BBC Radio. She is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Literature and lives with her family in Ireland.
Amy Ryan was voted Best Supporting Actress by the New York; Los Angeles; Boston; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. film critics circles, and nominated for an Academy Award, for her performance in the film Gone Baby Gone. Some of her other film credits include You Can Count on Me, Capote, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Keane, Changeling, Green Zone, and Jack Goes Boating. Her theatre work includes numerous Broadway and off Broadway plays, with Tony Nominations for both Uncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire. On television, her most recent recurring roles are on In Treatment, The Wire and The Office. Her newest film is Win Win, written and directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Hannah Tinti is the author of the short story collection Animal Crackers and co-founder and editor in chief of One Story Magazine. Her bestselling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and a recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award. Recently, she joined the cast of Selected Shorts as the show’s literary commentator.