Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels THE HOURS, A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, SPECIMEN DAYS, FLESH AND BLOOD and BY NIGHTFALL. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for THE HOURS, which was a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly. He is a Professor at Brooklyn College for the M.F.A program.