Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham, England, in 1959, the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. She was educated at Oxford, and has worked in various areas of nonfiction publishing. In 1990 she left London to teach English in Turin and Bilbao. She returned to England in 1992 and spent the rest of that year in County Durham, where she began work on Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. From 1993 to 2003 she was editor at Simon and Schuster's Cambridge office, where she worked on their cookbook list. She has published a number of short stories and novellas in American anthologies, including "Mr. Simonelli, or the Fairy Widower," which was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is the BookSense Book of the Year, the winner of the Locus Award for a first novel and the 2005 Hugo Award for best novel, Time Magazine's #1 Book of 2004 and was short-listed for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award.
Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics for more than twenty years, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers. His novel American Gods was published in 2001 and appeared on many best-of-the-year lists, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards. Endless, the most recent in his Sandman series was the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list. His newest novel, Anansi Boys, the long awaited follow up to American Gods, will be published tomorrow.
Christina Pickles recently appeared in You Can't Take It with You at the Geffen Playhouse. She received awards for her stage performances in Cloud 9, Undiscovered Country, and Darlinghissima: The Letters of Janet Flanner. Her feature films include Grace of MGy Heart, Legends of the Fall, Romeo and Juliet, the Wedding Singer, Group, and Valerie Flake. She was nominated for five Emmy Awards for her work on St. Elsewhere and was also nominated for her role as Monica and Ross's dysfunctional mother on Friends.