HOWARD NORMAN is a three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a winner of the Lannan Award for Fiction. His novel The Northern Lights was nominated for a National Book Award, as was The Bird Artist. He is also the author of The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L and Devotion. His books have been translated into twelve languages. Norman teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Vermont with his wife and daughter.