Rachel DeWoskin‘s most recent novel, Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), is the recipient of the 2012 American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the top three books of 2011 by Newsday. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (Norton, 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her debut novel, Repeat After Me, which follows the unexpected romance between a young American ESL teacher and a troubled Chinese radical, won Foreword Magazine‘s Book of the Year Award. Her next novel, Blind, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2013. Rachel has written essays and articles for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Conde Nast Traveler, Teachers and Writers, and anthologies including Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Wanderlust. She has published poems in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She teaches memoir and fiction at the University of Chicago, and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls.