André Aciman is an Egyptian-born Italian-American writer. Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, he is currently distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust. He is the author of several novels, including Call Me by Your Name (winner, in the Gay Fiction category, of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award) and a 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, which won a Whiting Award. Susan Choi's first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award and in 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a visiting faculty member of the NYU Creative Writing Program.