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Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes. She is the author of the award-winning Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, as well as the critically acclaimed Khorasan Archives fantasy series. Her new crime series starring Detective Inaya Rahman debuted with Blackwater Falls, soon to be followed by Blood Betrayal. Khan is also a contributor to the anthologies Private Investigations, Sword Stone Table and The Perfect Crime. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in the United States with her husband.

Lina Meruane is the award-winning Chilean author of Seeing Red. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and was a DAAD Writer in Residence in Berlin. She teaches at New York University.

LeUyen Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She has illustrated and written more than 80 books and in 2020, she won a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in the book Bear Came Along. Her previous book, Outside, Inside is a moving picture book celebrating essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband.

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books, including fantasy novels The Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days, science fiction novel Dangerous, Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy, graphic novel memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends with LeUyen Pham, and romantic comedy Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She lives in Utah with her husband and frequent collaborator Dean Hale, their four remarkable children, and two ridiculous cats named Misty Knight and Mike Hat.

Laurent Binet was born in Paris, France, in 1972. He is the author of La Vie professionnelle de Laurent B., a memoir of his experience teaching in secondary schools in Paris. In March 2010, his debut novel, HHhH, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. Laurent Binet is a professor at the University of Paris III, where he lectures on French literature.

Laurent Binet’s Festival appearance is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada.