Deni Ellis Béchard was born in British Columbia to Québécois and American parents and grew up in Canada and the United States. He has written the novel Vandal Love, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Cures for Hunger, a memoir about growing up with a father who robbed banks; and The Last Bonobo: A Journey into the Congo. He has done freelance reporting from Afghanistan and northern Iraq, and has written for the LA Times, Outside, Salon, and the National Post. Set in Afghanistan, his new novel, Into the Sun (Anansi), depicts the mercenaries and idealists who flock to war zones and the locals who reinvent themselves to survive. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.