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George Saunders

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George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysics crew, as a doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a guitarist in a Texas country-and-western band, and a knuckle-puller in a West Texas slaughterhouse. After reading in magazine...

Heather Havrilesky

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Heather Havrilesky writes New York Magazine's Ask Polly advice column and Bookforum's Best Seller List column. She is the author of How to Be a Person in the World (Doubleday, 2016) and Disaster Preparedness (Riverhead, 2011) . Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and several anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles with a loud assortment of dependents, most of them non-deductible.