Lauren Karcz, author of The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, is a linguist, theater fan, and one-day Jeopardy! contestant. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Ga.
Khizr Khan, author of An American Family and This Is Our Constitution, was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in Gujranwala, a small city in Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife, Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, a graduate of UVa and its Army ROTC program, was killed in 2004 while stopping a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Khizr Khan holds a BA degree from the University of the Punjab, an LLB from Punjab University Law College, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar, and the American Bar Association. Khan’s law practice includes complex civil litigation, electronic discovery, health privacy compliance law, and civil rights and veterans’ rights advocacy. He and Ghazala live in Charlottesville.
Joan Kindig is a professor at James Madison University where she specializes in children’s and young adult literature. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees and is currently chairing the Odyssey Award.