Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn in 1937. The child of a schizophrenic mother, he spent several years in a Catholic orphanage, finally dropping out of high school to become a navy journalist. Later he studied with Wallace Stegner at Stanford University and traveled with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. He is the author of a short story collection and of numerous brilliant novels, including A Hall of Mirrors, which won the Faulkner Foundation Award; Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award; and Death of the Black-Haired Girl (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Stone and his wife live in New York City.