Ray Smith was born in Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in 1941. He received a B.A. in English from Dalhousie University (1963) and an M.A. from Concordia University (1985). Smith has lived in Montreal since 1968. He has been involved with Montreal StoryTeller and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta (1986-87). Since 1970, Smith has taught at Dawson College in Montreal. Smith is renowned as a post-modernist writer of what he calls speculative fiction. His published works include: Cape Breton Is the Thought Control Centre of Canada (1969), Lord Nelson Tavern (1974), Century (1986) and A Night at the Opera, which won the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Award for Best Novel of 1992. His most recent work is entitled The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (1999).