Jane Urquhart was born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of three books of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and four novels. Her fiction has been widely translated and has earned her the Trillium Award, the Marian Engel Award, and Le prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France. Her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the 1997 Governor General’s Award. She was recently named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. She lives in southwestern Ontario.