Deni Béchard is a well-traveled novelist, memoir writer, conservation writer, and freelance reporter originally from British Columbia. His first novel, Vandal Love, won the 2007 Commonwealth Writer's Prize. He has also received awards and grants from the Canada Council and Québec Arts Council. Béchard's articles have appeared in the National Post, Maisonneuve, Le Devoir, the Harvard Review and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. His stories have appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, the anthology My Postwar Life, and the YA anthology Tomo. His latest book, the memoir Cures for Hunger, is about growing up with a bank robber father. His next project, Empty Hands, Open Arms, will chronicle grassroots conservation efforts in the Congo.