Tania James was raised in Louisville, Kentucky and lives with her husband and son in Washington DC. Her debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was published by Knopf in 2009, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Notable, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a Best Book of 2009 for The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR. Her story collection Aerogrammes, also published by Knopf, was a Best Book of 2012 for Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Kenyon Review,One Story, and A Public Space. Two stories from Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2013.