Edwidge Danticat Engages the Human Side of History
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Uwem Akpan is a native of Nigeria and a Jesuit priest. His New Yorker début story, "An Ex-Mas Feast," ran in 2005 and appeared in his story collection, "Say You're One of Them," which won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and a PEN/Beyond Margins Award. His story "Baptizing the Gun" ran in the January 4th issue of the magazine.Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti. She is the author of the memoir "Brother, I'm Dying," which won a 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection "Krik? Krak!"; and the novels "Breath, Eyes, Memory," "The Farming of Bones," and "The Dew Breaker," parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. A new memoir, "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," comes out in September.Dave Eggers is the author of six books, including "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What." Several of his books, among them the story collection "How We Are Hungry" and "The Wild Things," an interpretation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," were first excerpted in The New Yorker. He is the founder of McSweeney's and of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people.Cressida Leyshon is the deputy fiction editor of The New Yorker.