Rafael Alvarez was born on May 24, 1958 ~ Bob Dylan’s 17th birthday ~ in old St. Agnes Hospital, the first of three sons born to Manuel Alvarez, a tugboat engineer. 
◊ AlvarezFiction.com 

When I was asked what my religious beliefs were on the recent census form, I wrote “Buddhist” in the “Other” category. I argued with friends about that. They thought I was feeding into John Howard’s version of Australia ... 
◊ SophieCunningham.com 

He’s worked hard to get where he is, beginning in the unheated upstairs of the 1867 Michigan farmhouse where he was raised.
◊ LorenEstleman.com 

He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.
◊ BarryLopez.com 

Sure, Rome in 3D is cool, but a downhome street altercation in front of Maxwell’s can be just as educational.
◊ ChristianBauman.com 

His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul.
◊ KhaledHosseini.com 

She still is willing to play the role of a murder victim ~ except one found by earth-moving equipment in a landfill ~ though she would prefer to play a judge.
◊ JackieMitchard.com 

Described as “a fiery performer” by Oscar Ghiglia, guitarist Leighann Narum has returned to the New York area after four years of living in and performing throughout Spain.
◊ LeighannNarum.com 

Jesse Pesta is a writer and photographer who has lived and worked as a journalist in Hong Kong and Indiana, New York and India.
◊ JessePesta.com 

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♦ Simon & Schuster ♦ LitMatch ♦ Red Room ♦ The Freedom Writers Foundation ♦ University of Wisconsin Study Abroad Program ♦ Brendhal Memorial Scholarship ♦ Daniel Pearl Foundation ♦

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