Alice McDermott is the author of six novels, the latest of which, After This, was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize and a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. After This was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, among others. Her fifth novel, Child of My Heart, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, one of Book Magazine’s Ten Best Novels of 2002, and also a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth, Charming Billy, received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction, the American Book Award, and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A stage adaptation will premier in 2011 at The Roundhouse Theater in Bethesda, Maryland. Her third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second, That Night, was nominated for the National Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A film version of the novel was produced by Warner Brothers in 1992. Her articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook, Ms, Commonweal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the 2008 Corrington Award for Literature, and the 2010 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. Her seventh novel will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011. Currently, she is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland.