Born and raised in New York State, Audrey Thomas has lived on Canada's west coast since 1959. She is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Mrs. Blood, Songs My Mother Taught Me, Latakia, Isobel Gunn, Intertidal Life, and Coming Down from Wa (the last two of which were both nominated for the Governor General's Award for Fiction).
One of Canada's most important writers, Audrey Thomas has won the Ethel Wilson Award an unprecedented three times. She has also received the Canada-Australia Prize, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Marian Engel Award, Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award for a lifetime of excellence in writing, and many other honours.