Chicago-born Peter Orner’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, The Forward, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Ploughshares. His stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice won a Pushcart Prize. Orner was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), as well as the two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship (2007–8). Orner’s first book, Esther Stories (Houghton Mifflin/ Mariner, 2001), since reissued, was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. He is the author of a new story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, and two novels, Love and Shame and Love, a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.