Mairuth Sarsfield was born and bred in Montreal and has lived in many parts of the world: as a student in New York and West Africa; a foreign service officer in Washington and Japan; a housewife in Papua New Ginea; and, finally, as a creative communicator responsible for global information themes for the United Nations Environment program in Nairobi, Kenya. She is the recipient of the Chevalier de l'ordre national du Québec and was honoured in Cleveland, Ohio, with a "Mairuth Sarsfield Day". Retired, she now lives in Ottawa with her husband, Dominick. No Crystal Stair is her first novel.

Festivals: 1998

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