Shyam Selvadurai, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, had his first novel, Funny Boy, published to acclaim in 1994 and won the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the U.S. He authored Cinnamon Gardens, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea and was editor of the anthology Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction. His books have been published in the U.S., U.K., and India, and published in translation in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, and Israel.