Linda Spalding, author of Who Named the Knife, was born in Kansas and lived in Mexico and Hawaii before immigrating to Toronto in 1982. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Daughters of Captain Cook, The Paper Wife, and (with her daughter Esta) Mere. Her previous non-fiction work, The Follow, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. She has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community.

Festivals: 2001, 2006 (spring)

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