Despite having moved nine times, Neale McDevitt has lived his entire life within the same four-block radius in Montreal. He is a former member of the Canadian Weight-lifting Team. He has published stories in both Canada and the United States, and has won the CBC-Quebec Writers Federation Short Story Competition. His debut collection of short stories, One Day, Even Trevi Will Crumble, celebrates the denizens of this community and won the Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Award in 2003. Before turning his sights on writing, McDevitt was a weightlifter in the 1980s, winning the Pan-Am Championship in 1985 and representing Canada in the 1986 Commonwealth Games.