Jay McInerney is the critically acclaimed author of twelve books, the most recent being Bright, Precious Days (2016). Time magazine cited his first best-selling novel, Bright Lights, Big City (1984), as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century. McInerney has also written for New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Corriere della Serra, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Review of Books. In 2006, he won the James Beard MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his food and wine work. Wendell Jamieson is an award-winning reporter and editor who has covered New York City since the late 1980s, working as an obituary writer, copy boy, police reporter, rewriteman, night editor, and web editor, among other jobs. He spent eighteen years at The New York Times, the last five of them as Metro editor. In 2007, he wrote Father Knows Less, or "Can I Cook My Sister?", published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, in which he explored the sometimes bizarre questions of children.