"Edem Uwumey was born in Togo in 1975. His first novel, Port-Melo, won the Grand Prix Litteraire de L; Afrique Noire, one of the most distinguished literary prizes in Africa, and his second novel, Les pieds sales (Dirty Feet), was a finalist for one of France's most prestigious literary prizes, the Prix Goncourt. Awumey now lives in Canada where he is a teacher. Lazer Lederhendler is a translator and teacher. In 2008, he won the Governor General's Literary Award for French to English translation of Nikolski. He is also the translator of Gaetan Soucy's novel, The Immaculate Conception, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for French to English translation, and won the French-to-English Translation Prize from the Quebec Writer's; Federation. Lederhendler lives in Montreal, Quebec."