The Authors

Claire Lerognon and Linda Phillips Ashour, authors of The Heart of an Artichoke

Claire Lerognon (l) and Linda Phillips Ashour (r), authors of The Heart of an Artichoke

Claire Lerognon holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the University of Strasbourg, France. She is currently a staff member of the United Nations Language and Communications Programme, where she specializes in teaching French to diplomats and international civil servants. Prior to instructing professionals, she taught college students at Indiana University, Bloomington, and young children at the Lycée Français de New York.

She was born in the Alsace region of France and has lived in London, Bloomington, and New York.

Linda Phillips Ashour is the author of four novels: Speaking in Tongues, Joy Baby, Sweet Remedy, and A Comforting Lie. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, and Mia. She has published short fiction in The Paris Review and The North American Review and is a contributor to My Father Married Your Mother: Dispatches from the Blended Family. She has taught writing at UCLA Extension, has received a Beck fellowship from Denison University, and has been a fellow at Yaddo.

She was born in Tulsa, OK, lived for nine years in France, and now lives in Los Angeles.

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