Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, and his experience of the Lebanese civil war has informed his work. His debut novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. His second novel, Cockroach, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His new novel, Carnival (Anansi), features a troubled cab driver in an unnamed city. Rawi Hage lives in Montreal.