Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including the Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum, and is the editor of USA Noir. Temple also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies.
2018 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Olga Tokarczuk, is one of Poland’s most celebrated writers, translated into more than thirty languages. She is the author of ten works of fiction, including Flights, which won the Man Booker International Prize and was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Translation. She is the author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Riverhead Books), nominated for the National Book Award in Translation. In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .
David Unger is a Guatemalan-born writer and translator who writes in English. He has published five novels, one children's book and has translated fourteen books from Spanish to English. His fiction includes The Mastermind (2016); Para mi, eres divina (2011); The Price of Escape (2011); Vivir En El Maldito Tropico (2004) and Life in the Damn Tropics (2002)