Russell Banks is a novelist and short story writer. His most recent works are Cloudsplitter, a novel, and The Angel on the Roof: New and Selected Stories. He is president of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in upstate New York.
Mavis Gallant is the modern master of what Henry James called the international story, the fine-grained evocation of the qualms and quandaries of people who, whether from choice or necessity, have no place to call home.