Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Last November she won the 2017 Writer’s Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and had a second story on the longlist. Sharon is a member of the Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Her short fiction has been published in: The Journey Prize 29, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM International, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket.