Kevin Patterson grew up in Manitoba and put himself through medical school by joining the Canadian army. Recently, he served for seven weeks as an internist at the Kandahar Air Field hospital. His first book, a memoir called The Water in Between, was a "Globe" Best Book and an international bestseller. Country of Cold, his debut short-story collection, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. His latest book is the novel Consumption. He lives on Saltspring Island. Jane Warren was raised in Toronto and attended McGill University in Montreal. She has worked as a literary scout in New York City, a subsidiary rights and contracts assistant at Random House of Canada Ltd., and a literary agent with Anne McDermid and Associates. She works as a freelance editor and lives in Toronto with her husband.