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Frances Itani is the author of four acclaimed short-story collections and has written stories, drama, poetry, and features for CBC Radio. She is a two-time winner of the Tilden (CBC/ Saturday Night) Literary Award, and the recipient of Canadian Fiction Magazine's Best Short Story Award. Deafening, which is being published in thirteen countries, is her American debut. The novel was written as a tribute to Itani's grandmother, who was deaf from the age of eighteen months as a result of scarlet fever. Itani divides her time between Ottawa, Canada, and Geneva, Switzerland.