SHANI MOOTOO was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad before moving to Canada at the age of nineteen. A film-maker and visual artist, she has written and directed several videos, and her paintings and photo-based works have been exhibited internationally. Her first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, was published in 1996. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Out on Main Street, and three other novels. She lives in Toronto.