Lino de Albergaria has an undergraduate degree in Portuguese Literature and Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Design from the University of Paris. He was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and lived for some time in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Lino is the author of two novels for adults, but most of his books are written for children and young adults. For the author, the stories themselves are more important than the one who writes them. His favorite literary world is the Moon, which is home to dragons, unicorns, fairies, and giants, as well as a mirror that the writer has to cross through every time he comes back to Earth. +

    Born in 1961 in Bregenz, Austria, Wolfgang Hermann studied philosophy in Vienna, after which he traveled extensively and lived in Berlin, Paris, Aix en Provence, and Tokyo. He has published numerous books of prose and poetry, among the most recent: Abschied ohne Ende (novel, 2012), Schatten auf dem Weg durch den Bernsteinwald (poetry, 2013), Die Kunst des unterirdischen Fliegens (novel, 2015), and Die letzten Gesänge (stories, 2015). Wolfgang Hermann’s numerous prizes include the Juergen Ponto Prize (1987), the Siemens Literature Prize (2002), the Anton Wildgans Prize (2006), and the Austrian State Advancement Award (2007). +

    Bernd Schuchter was born in 1977 in Innsbruck, where he lives with his family. A reviewer, author and publisher, he studied German literature, history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2006, Schuchter has been the publishing director of Limbus Verlag. As a writer, he has published the novella Those Things (2014), the novels Link und Lerke (2013) and Föhntage (2014), the literary guide Innsbruck Off the Beaten Track (2015), and the historical essay Jacques Callot and the Invention of the Individual (2016). He was awarded the Brixen/ Hall Prize (2007) and the Innsbruck Prize for Artistic Creation (2014), and his books have been translated into Ukrainian, Polish and English. +

noganovo4g    Noga Sklar was born in Tiberias, Israel, in 1952. She grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and lived for 30 years in Rio de Janeiro, a city she eventually left behind to take refuge in Serenity Valley, a paradise among the mountains of Petropolis. Noga met her American husband Alan Sklar in 2004, through JDate, the American Jewish dating site. This meeting gave new impetus to her life and literary career, inspiring her first novel, No Degrees of Separation. Her titles in English include Welcome to America (2015) and the upcoming Tough Love (2017). +