Alice McDermott is the National Book Award-winning author of After This, Child of My Heart, Charming Billy, At Weddings and Wakes, and, most recently, Someone. Her short stories and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Ms., The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. McDermott is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and was on the National Book Awards Longlist. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and lives with her family outside Washington, DC.
Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor at The New Yorker. She is the host of that publication’s award-winning fiction podcast, the editor of the anthology 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker, and the recipient of the 2012 Maxwell Perkins Award for Distinguished Contribution to Fiction.