Ilan Stavans

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Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is an internationally known, award-winning cultural critic, linguist, translator, public speaker, editor, short-story writer, and TV host, whose New York Times best-selling work focuses on language, identity, politics, and history.

Forrest Gander In Contrast
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Forrest Gander’s book Core Samples of the World was a both Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle finalist. His new work of poems, Be With, written following the death of his wife, the noted poet C.D. Wright, explores the nature of loss and grief.

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Carmen Maria Machado is a writer of fiction, essays and criticism.  Her debut collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties, was a National Book Award finalist.

Dr. Rafael Campo is a poet, essayist and physician. Campo practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. As a poet, Campo is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Poetry award.

Junot Diaz In Contrast
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Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. His novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Diaz is also the author of Drown and This is How You Lose Her. His most recent book is Islandborn, a children’s book about immigration.

Ronen Bergman In Contrast
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Ronen Bergman is an Israeli journalist and author of Rise and Kill First, the Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations.

In Contrast Min Jin Lee
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Min Jin Lee immigrated from South Korea to New York as a child. She is the author of both fiction and nonfiction including two novels, Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko which was nominated for a National Book Award in 2017.

Sonya Clark In Contrast
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Sonya Clark is a fiber artist known for using a variety of materials in her work including human hair to explore issues of race, culture, class and history.

Masha Gessen In Contrast
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Masha Gessen is a contributor to The New Yorker and is the author of nine books including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, winner of a National Book Award in 2017, and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

In Contrast Drawing and Thinking-Mo Willems
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Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor Medal winner for his children’s books which have been translated into several languages, animated and developed into theatrical productions.

In Contrast William Taubman
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William Taubman is a professor emeritus of political science at Amherst College. His biography of Nikita Khrushchev won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004. His latest book is Gorbachev: His Life and Times.