Judy Fong Bates came to Canada from China as a young child and grew up in several small Ontario towns.

Her stories have been broadcast on CBC radio and published in literary journals and anthologies. She has written for the Globe and Mail and the Washington Post. She is the author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection, China Dog and Other Stories, and the novel, Midnight at the Dragon Café, which has been chosen for Keep Toronto Reading’s One Book program, 2011. Her family memoir, The Year of Finding Memory, was chosen by the Globe and Mail for The 2010 Globe 100.

Judy has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband on a farm outside of Toronto.