Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. Inventive and dexterously constructed, Auster’s new book 4 3 2 1 tells the story of Archibald Isaac Ferguson in four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Auster is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. Cole is the author of three books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief; a novel, Open City; and an essay collection, Known and Strange Things. This year, Cole became the first writer ever to be named finalist for two PEN America literary awards (for Known and Strange Things).