Linda Spalding was born in Kansas and moved to Canada in 1982. She has written four novels, Daughters of Captain Cook
, The Paper Wife
(co-written with her daughter, Esta), and most recently, The Purchase
, for which she received the Governor General’s Award. Among her nonfiction books are A Dark Place in the Jungle: Science, Orangutans, and Human Nature
and Who Named the Knife: A True Story of Murder and Memory
. Spalding is an editor of the journal Brick
and has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contributions to Canadian literature.