William Shunn is the author of more than 30 works of short fiction, which have appeared since 1993 in Salon, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and other publications. He is the co-author of the novella “Cast a Cold Eye.” He co-hosts Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series in Chicago, and occasionally writes under the name Perry Slaughter.

Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver is the author of the novels “Mary Coin,” “The God of War” and “No Direction Home” and the story collections “Alone With You” and “Babe in Paradise.” She lives in Los Angeles.

Art Smith

Art Smith is the chef/owner of Table Fifty-two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., among other restaurants. In his new cookbook, “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort,” he writes about how he worked to lose 120 pounds and bring his diabetes in check through more healthful eating and exercise. Smith also is a former contestant on “Top Chef Masters” and Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef.

Dan Smith

Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith are The Hearty Boys. They are Chicago caterers, owners of Hearty Restaurant, authors of “Talk with Your Mouth Full” and were hosts of Food Network’s “Party Line With the Hearty Boys.” Their newest book, “The New Old Bar,” is an everyman’s guide to the cocktail movement. heartyboys.com.

Christine Sneed

Christine Sneed is the author of the novel, “Little Known Facts,” and the story collection, “Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry.” Her pieces have been included in “The Best American Short Stories” series, “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories” series and numerous journals.

R. Clifton Spargo

R. Clifton Spargo is the author of “Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.” He writes “The HI/LO” blog for The Huffington Post and has been published in The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train and the Chicago Tribune. beautifulfoolsthenovel.com.

Doug Sohn

Doug Sohn is the head chef of Hot Doug's: The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meats Emporium. He is the author of “Hot Doug's: The Book,” along with Kate DeVivo.

Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman is the award-winning cartoonist of "Maus," "Breakdowns," "In the Shadow of No Towers" and many others. In coordination with a traveling North American exhibit of his career, Drawn & Quarterly will debut at Printers Row Spiegelman’s "CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps." He lives in Manhattan.

Scott Stantis

Scott Stantis is the editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. He is the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip, “Prickly City,“ and the winner of the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial cartooning.

Jon Steele

Jon Steele is a journalist and author of “The Watchers.” Born in Spokane, Wash., he traveled the world while working as a cameraman for Independent Television News . “Angel City” is his second novel. He lives in Switzerland.

Kevin Stein