David Manicom is an award-winning author who has published fiction, poetry, non-fiction and journalism ranging from book reviews to political commentary. His book Progeny of Ghosts: Travels in Russia and the Old Empire was the winner of the 1998 Quebec Writer’s Federation’s non-fiction prize and was short-listed for the National Writer’s Trust Viacom award for non-fiction. His poetry collection The Burning Eaves was short-listed for the 2004 Governor General’s Award for poetry. In 2005, he published his first novel, The School at Chartres. A Canadian Foreign Service Officer, he has worked in Moscow, Islamabad, Beijing and Geneva.