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Marilynne Robinson

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Marilynne Robinson is the author of the bestselling novels "Lila," "Home" (winner of the Orange Prize) , "Gilead" (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) , and "Housekeeping" (winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award) .

She has also written four books of nonfiction, "When I Was a Child I Read Books," "Absence of Mind," "Mother Country" and "The Death of Adam." She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

She has been given honorary degrees from Brown University, the University of the South, Holy Cross, Notre Dame,...

Niall Ferguson

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Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and founder and managing director of advisory firm Greenmantle LLC. The author of 14 books, Ferguson is writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which - Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist - has just been published to critical acclaim. "The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild" won the Wadsworth...