YURI LEVING is the University Research Professor in the Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada. Leving is the author of four monographs: Marketing Literature and Posthumous Legacies: The Symbolic Capital of Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov with Frederick H. White (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); Keys to The Gift. A Guide to V. Nabokov’s Novel (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011); Upbringing by Optics: Book Illustration, Animation, and Text (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2010); Train Station – Garage – Hangar. Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Russian Urbanism (St. Petersburg: Ivan Limbakh, 2004, Short-listed for Andrei Bely Prize), and has also edited and co-edited six volumes of articles, including: Shades of Laura. Vladimir Nabokov’s Last Novel The Original of Laura (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013); Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl – Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design (New York: Print, 2013; reviews in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post); Anatomy of a Short Story (New York: Continuum, 2012, with an afterword by John Banville); The Goalkeeper: The Nabokov Almanac (2010), and Empire N. Nabokov and His Heirs (2006). He served as a commentator on the first authorized Russian edition of The Collected Works of Vladimir Nabokov in five volumes (1999-2001), and was the curator for the exhibition “Nabokov’s Lolita: 1955-2005” in Washington, D.C., which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lolita. Leving is the founding editor of the Nabokov Online Journal.
BARBARA WYLLIE is Deputy Editor of the Slavonic and East European Review at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She read English at Cambridge and then took a Master’s in Russian Literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where she went on to study for a PhD on Nabokov. Her first monograph, Nabokov at the Movies: Film Perspectives in Fiction, was published in 2003. She has also written for Liza Zunshine’s Nabokov at the Limits: Redrawing Critical Boundaries (1999), Stephen Kellman and Irving Malin’s Torpid Smoke: The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov (2000) and Yuri Leving’s Shades of Laura: Vladimir Nabokov’s Last Novel, ‘The Original of Laura’ (2013), as well as The Reference Guide to Russian Literature (1998), The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov (2005) and the Wiley/Blackwell Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (2009). Her most recent book is an illustrated literary biography for Reaktion’s Critical Lives series (Vladimir Nabokov, 2010), and she is a contributor to a forthcoming collection, Nabokov in Context, edited by David Bethea and Siggy Frank for Cambridge University Press. Her wider research interests are in Russian and American literature, cinema and music.
Dr ANDREI ROGATCHEVSKI is Professor of Russian Literature and Culture at the University of Tromsø in Norway. He is a graduate of the Moscow State University (1988, MA equiv. in Russian Language and Literature) and the University of Glasgow (1998, PhD in Slavonic Languages and Literatures). He has also studied at the Charles University in Prague and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He has taught/guest-lectured at the University of Helsinki, Masaryk University in Brno, University of Ostrava, University of Mainz/Germersheim, Tallinn University, University of Ghent and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and held a research post at Uppsala University. Among the publications he has (co-)authored/(co-)edited are: Bribery and Blat in Russia: Negotiating Reciprocity from the Middle Ages to the 1990s (2000), A Biographical and Critical Study of the Russian Writer Eduard Limonov (2003), Filming the Unfilmable: Casper Wrede’s ’One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ (2010) and the special issue of Canadian-American Slavic Studies (nos 2-4, 1999) entitled "East and Central European Émigré Literatures: Past, Present - and Future?"
NASSIM WINNIE BALESTRINI is Professor of American Studies and Intermediality at Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. She has held positions at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, at the University of California, Davis, and at the universities of Paderborn and of Regensburg, Germany. Her publications consider American literature and culture (predominately of the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries), Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian and English works, and adaptation and intermedial relations (as in her monograph From Fiction to Libretto: Irving, Hawthorne, and James as Opera  and in the edited volume Adaptation and American Studies ). Her current research interests include hip-hop artists’ life writing across media, intersections between socially oriented art and interactive websites, Asian American poetry, African American theater and performance, and the poet laureate traditions in the United States and in Canada.
HILARY DRUMMOND is from Nova Scotia, Canada, and has lived in Thailand, Italy, Russia, France, the Netherlands, and Greece. She holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature (Dalhousie University, Canada) and an MA in Book and Digital Media Studies (Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands). A contributor to the recent publication Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl (New York: Print, 2013) as well as the managing editor for Yapp: A Book History Reader (Leiden: Universiteit Leiden, 2013), she formerly worked in the editorial department of the Dutch academic publishing house Brill. Hilary has also contributed freelance editorial work for a number of academic and trade publishing houses. She is particularly interested in the significance of typography, the convergence of text and images, and the emergence of the physical book as a medium for sculpture and installation in the digital age. A passionate bookseller for the past seventeen years, Hilary has worked at six bookstores across Europe and North America, including Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France) and Atlantis Books (Santorini, Greece). In 2014 she will become the co-owner of an independent bookstore in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she plans to actively promote the cultural agency of booksellers through federal policy reform in the cultural industries. She has served as editorial assistant for the Nabokov Online Journal since 2007.