Adam Wilson’s “rollicking debut novel” Flatscreen is “[a] frequently funny subversion of the coming-of-age story.” Praising his “immensely satisfying” novel, The New Yorker writes “Wilson has created a thoroughly lovable slacker, part hilarious, part poignant.” Adam’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Literary Review, Washington Square Review, and Meridian, among many others, and the anthology, Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, Time Out New York, and The Rumpus, and the anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas. He is currently a regular contributor to the Bookforum and The Paris Review Daily. He teaches creative writing at NYU and lives in Brooklyn with his cat.
Cristina Alger’s “taut and compelling” debut novel, The Darlings, is “probably the most compulsively readable fiction to come out of the Wall Street financial scandal so far” - “[a] financial thriller somewhere between the novels of Dominick Dunne and Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.” Praising Cristina as a “gifted storyteller,” Jay McInerney declares The Darlings “may be the best literary product of the financial crisis to date.” Cristina has worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. and as an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, & Dorr. She lives in New York City, where she was born and raised, and is currently working on her next book.
Shehan Karunatilaka’s “irrepressible debut,” The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, is already well known outside the United States: It received the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2008 Gratiaen Prize and was the Asia regional winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012. “A dazzling and eloquent new literary voice,” Shehan tells the story of a drunk (and dying) sportswriter who embarks on a journey to track down Sri Lanka’s greatest and most elusive cricket star against the backdrop of that country’s transforming society. Published to great acclaim in India and the UK, the book was selected by British bookseller Waterstones as one of the top debuts of 2011 and was also shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Novel Prize. An advertising copywriter by trade, Shehan also writes features for The Guardian, Newsweek, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He has also played bass with Sri Lankan bands Independent Square and Powercut Circus. He currently resides in Singapore.