Author, journalist, and broadcaster, Alan Hustak was born in Saskatchewan and educated by Jesuits. He moved to Montreal in 1967 and worked for the CBC before being named CTV Quebec bureau chief. He was briefly stationed in Alberta, where he wrote a biography of the then-premier, Peter Lougheed. He is also the author of St. Patrick’s, The Biography of a Basilica, which was nominated for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction in 1998. His book The Murder of Mary Gallagher, The True Story of the Ghost of Griffintown, published in 2005, has been optioned for a movie. His other book published that year, Sir William Hingston, 1829-1907: Montreal Mayor, Surgeon and Banker, was a finalist for the 2005 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.