At one point a geophysical engineer, MacArthur Fellowship- winner George Saunders is an acclaimed writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. His work includes the story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award, Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation, one of only three finalists for The Story Prize in 2006. He has also won prizes for his bestselling children’s book The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip and has, most recently, written a book of essays entitled The Braindead Megaphone. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Syracuse University, New York, and writes regularly for GQ, Harper’s and the New Yorker, who in 2002 named him one of the ‘Best Writers Under 40’. He lives in New York with his family.