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