Margot Livesey (fiction) is the author of eight novels—Homework (Viking, Picador); Criminals and The Missing World (Alfred A. Knopf); Eva Moves the Furniture and Banishing Verona (Henry Holt); The House on Fortune Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and most recently, Mercury (HarperCollins)—and a collection of stories, Learning by Heart (Penguin). Her collection of essays about writing, The Hidden Machinery, was recently published by Tin House. She has published stories in The New Yorker, Story, American Short Fiction, North American Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. “Obituary” was collected in the New Press Anthology: Best Canadian Short Fiction. Her essay, “How to Tell a True Story,” which first appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, was reprinted in The Best Writing on Writing (Story Press). Margot Livesey grew up in Scotland and now lives in London and Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has taught at a number of American colleges and universities, including Williams College, Boston University, Emerson College, the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program, and the University of California at Irvine. Her current appointment is as a professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.