Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of bestselling non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story and a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General's Award for her non-fiction, and Britain's Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers for her first novel, The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn and Mandela, and hailed in The Globe and Mail as "one of the best modern Canadian novels." Burmese Lessons was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Non-fiction and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction in 2009. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.