These writers discuss how, and especially, why they invent - and re-invent - cities, towns, countries, and homes, and consider the responsibility of fiction to go beyond the merely real.
Deborah Treisman, New Yorker fiction editor and moderator of the panel.
Arthur Japin (Netherlands) studied theater in Amsterdam and London and spent many years acting on stage, screen, and television. His first novel, The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, appeared in thirteen languages and is now being made into an opera and a film.
Daniel Alarcon has been published in The New Yorker, Salon, and Harpers. He was born in Lima and raised in the United States. His short story collection, War by Candlelight, was a finalist for the 2006 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.
Tatyana Tolstoy's work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, the New Republic, and other periodicals.