Born and raised in Kansas, Linda Spalding immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of The Purchase, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, and three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of non-fiction, The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine. Her website iswww.lindaspalding.com. The author lives in Toronto.