Born in Kansas in 1979, Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2011, he became the first American to win the Münster Prize for International Poetry. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the Believer Book Award, was shortlisted for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, 10:04, will be published in January 2015.
The Folio Prize Fiction Festival features authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors.
Greek tragedy, both testaments of The Bible, half of Shakespeare's plays: all are shot through with betrayal. Any writer interested in trust will inevitably consider what happens when it is shattered or abused, and our panel will examine how modern fiction can draw upon and refresh one of the great and enduring themes in literature. Mohsin Hamid is the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Rich in Rising Asia. His award-winning fiction has been adapted for the cinema and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Val McDermid is the author of 28 bestselling and award-winning novels and is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, which was adapted for television. Both authors have been translated into 30 languages. Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect and was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.
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