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Daniel Nayeri

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Daniel is the publisher of Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, where he oversees a team of designers, editors, and inventors creating joyful books for curious minds. Daniel was born in Iran and spent several years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE (A TRUE STORY, and STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW: FOUR NOVELLAS. He is a former professional pastry chef, and if he's not writing or baking, he's likely playing board games, or riding motorcycles.

Susan Burton

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Susan Burton's memoir, Empty, will be published on June 23, 2020. She is an editor at This American Life, where the episodes she's produced include Ten Sessions, Five Women, and Tell Me I'm Fat. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others, and she is a former editor of Harper's. The film Unaccompanied Minors, which was directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig, is based on one of her personal essays. Susan graduated from Yale in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons.