Joyce Appleby is the incoming president of the American Historical Association and the author of "Telling the Truth About History" (Norton).
Bill Barich is the author of numerous books, including "Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California" (Pantheon).
Louis Begley is a lawyer and novelist living in New York City, and the author of "About Schmidt" (Alfred A. Knopf).
Edna Buchanan, who was a crime reporter for the Miami Herald, won a 1986 Pulitzer Prize and is the author of six novels and three nonfiction works. Her latest novel is "Margin of Error" (Hyperion).
Frederick Busch is the author of "The Children in the Woods: New and Selected Stories." His new novel, "Girls," will be published by Harmony Books in March.
John Casey is the author of "Spartina" (Avon), which won the National Book Award in 1989. His most recent book is "Supper at the Black Pearl" (Lord John Press).
Michael Dorris is the author of "Cloud Chamber," which will be published by Scribner in January.
Edward Hoagland is the author of several books, including "Red Wolves & Black Bears" and "The Tugman's Passage," both published by Random House.
Roger Kahn wrote "The Boys of Summer" (HarperCollins) and "The Era" (Ticknor & Fields). He covered the Brooklyn Dodgers for the New York Herald Tribune.
Verlyn Klinkenborg teaches writing at Bennington College in Vermont. He is the author of "Making Hay" (Lyons & Burford) and "The Last Fine Time" (Random House).
Alan Lightman teaches physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of "Einstein's Dreams" and "Dance for Two" (both published by Pantheon).
Ed McBain is the best-selling crime novelist whose stories include the 87th Precinct series of tales and the recent novel, "Gladly The Cross-Eyed Bear" (Warner).
Frank McCourt is the author of a memoir about his impoverished Irish childhood, "Angela's Ashes" (Scribner), which was selected by Time magazine as one of this year's best books.
Alix Kates Shulman's recent memoir, "Drinking the Rain" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and won a Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence.
Christopher Tilghman is the author of "In a Father's Place" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and "Mason's Retreat" (Random House).
Tatyana Tolstaya is associate professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her most recent book is "Sleepwalker in a Fog" (Vintage).
Fay Weldon is the author of "Splitting" (Grove Atlantic), "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" (Ballantine) and, most recently, "Worst Fears" (Grove Atlantic).