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Stacy Schiff is the author of "Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)," which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography, and "Saint-Exupéry: A Biography," which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. Schiff's "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America" won the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies and the Institut Français's Gilbert Chinard Prize. Schiff was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was awarded a 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is also a guest columnist for The New York Times. Her forthcoming book is "Cleopatra" (Little Brown). She resides in New York and Alberta, Canada.