Zachary Lazar published his first novel, Aaron, Approximately, in 1998. Sway, his second novel, was named a Best Book of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and several other newspapers and magazines, and was a finalist for the Discover Award. The book, which uses such iconic real-life figures as the Rolling Stones and Manson Family to tell the story of the rise and fall of the 1960s counter-culture, has been translated into three languages. Lazar’s non-fiction novel, Evening’s Empire, will be published in 2009. He received the James Michener/Copernicus Society Prize from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown and at Yaddo. He teaches creative writing at Hofstra University.