English writer McCarthy has published three novels in addition to literary criticisms, short stories, essays, and articles. Though the mainstream publishers in the United Kingdom rejected McCarthy's first novel, Remainder, it received extensive critical attention from literary and mainstream publishers upon its 2005 publication by a small French publisher. An independent publisher in the United Kingdom re-published it in 2006, and by the next year, Remainder was on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List and a top one-hundred seller on Amazon.com. The novel has been translated into thirteen languages and adapted for film in 2008. In the meantime, the same independent publisher published McCarthy's second novel, Men in Space, which has been translated to French and Greek. McCarthy's newest novel, C, received more mixed reviews for critics than his previous two, but it has received the 2010 Man Booker Prize and consideration for the Walter Scott Prize, regardless. He presently lives in London, England.
Rogers has lived in Minnesota for his entire life, but he has been extensively published in the field of Irish Studies. He serves as the managing director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, as well as the editor of New Hibernia Review, a journal of Irish Studies published by the university. In addition to Rogers' work at the university, he has co-written a few books on Irish history and collections of essays, the newest of which examines burial places and sacred spaces. Presently, Rogers writes poetry that has been featured in publications such as Nimrod, Spiritus, and Poetry East.