David Homel was born in Chicago in 1952. He left at the end of the 1960s and lived in Europe and Toronto before moving to Montreal around 1980. He was educated in three countries and worked at a variety of industrial jobs before beginning to write fiction in the mid-1980s. He has been a journalist, editor, literary translator, and teacher. He has followed the American tradition of socially engaged, historical novels. He won the Governor General's Award for Translation in 1995 for Dany Laferriere's Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex (Douglas and MacIntyre). His latest book is Get On Top (Stoddart, 1999).