Tony Earley (fiction) is the author of two story collections, Here We Are in Paradise (Little, Brown, 1994), which won him recognition from both Granta in 1997 and The New Yorker in 1999 as one of America’s best young fiction writers, and Mr. Tall (Little, Brown), selected as a Washington Post Top 50 Fiction Book of 2014 and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. His first novel, Jim the Boy, came out with Little, Brown in 2000. His second novel, The Blue Star (Little, Brown), a sequel to Jim the Boy, appeared in 2008. A collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family, was published by Algonquin in 2001. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Harper’s, Granta, Esquire, Witness, and TriQuarterly, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South (the 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2006 collections), The Scribner’s Anthology of Short Fiction, Best American Short Stories (the 1993 and 1994 collections), and elsewhere. Winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award in 1991, the National Magazine Award in 1994, and a Pushcart Prize for fiction in 2011, he held a Tennessee Williams Fellowship as writer in residence at the University of the South in 1997. Earley is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Samuel Milton Fleming Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.