Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist. Mootoo’s critically acclaimed novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, Valmiki’s Daughter, He Drown She in the Sea, and Cereus Blooms at Night. She is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and the James Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Award from the Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International DUBLIN Literary Award and the Booker Prize. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.