Anita Rau Badami was born in India, in 1961. Her first novel was the hugely successful bestseller Tamarind Mem. Her bestselling second novel, The Hero’s Walk, won the Regional Commonwealth Writers Prize, Italy’s Premio Berto and was also named a Washington Post Best Book of 2001. It was also longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize and the 2016 Canada Reads competition. Both novels have been published in many countries throughout the world. The recipient of the Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career, Badami has been living in Montreal since 2003.