Shyam Selvadurai was born in 1965 in Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published in 1994. It won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was published in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. Shyam is the editor of an anthology, Story-Wallah: A Celebration of South Asian Fiction, and the author of a novel for young adults, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and is the winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and Silver Winner in the Young Adult Category of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Time Magazine. His novel, The Hungry Ghosts, was shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award for Fiction and longlisted for the DSC South Asia Literature Prize. He is working on a comprehensive anthology of Sri Lankan literature.