ACTORS & ARTISTS:
Edie Falco is best known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey on Oz, Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos, and in the title role of Nurse Jackie. She has also appeared in the films Trust, Reversal of Fortune, Cop Land, Random Hearts, Freedomland, Sunshine State, Gods Behaving Badly, The Comedian, Landline, Megan Leavey, Outside In, Viper Club, and The Land of Steady Habits. She has earned several Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards, and is the first female actor to receive the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. She has appeared on Broadway in The House of Blue Leaves, Sideman, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, and ’night Mother, and off-Broadway in The Madrid and The True. Falco will star in the forthcoming series Tommy and the films Avatar 2 and 3.
Josh Radnor is best known for his leading role on the CBS Emmy-nominated series How I Met Your Mother. Following its nine-year run, he starred in the PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street and in the series Rise. As a filmmaker, he wrote, directed, and starred in happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim, the former winning the 2010 Audience Award. Additional films include Social Animals, The Seeker, and Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight. Recent theater credits include the Broadway run of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama Disgraced and the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line at Lincoln Center, as well as Little Shop of Horrors at The Kennedy Center. He also writes and records music with his friend Ben Lee as the duo Radnor & Lee. Radnor will appear in the forthcoming series The Hunt.
George Saunders is the author of the short story collections and novellas CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation, and Tenth of December, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. His first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the Man Booker Prize. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and GQ. He is the recipient of the Folio Prize, the PEN/Malamud Award, the National Magazine Award, a World Fantasy Award, and the Story Prize, as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. In 2013, he was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. Saunders teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
Richard Yates (1926 - 1992) wrote seven novels, including Cold Spring Harbor, Young Hearts Crying, Disturbing the Peace, and Revolutionary Road. In addition, he published two short story collections, Liars in Love and Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, and contributed stories to Prize Stories 1967: The O. Henry Awards, The North American Review, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post. Yates’s papers are archived at Boston University.