Olga Tokarczuk, born in 1962, is the author of novels and essays, and is considered to be the most admired writer of the middle generation in Poland. She has won numerous awards and honorable mentions, including the Nike award in 2008, where she was unanimously chosen (this rarely happens) by the judges and the wide reading public. Tokarczuk started writing poetry in her teens. She then fell silent for many years until she returned with her first novel, The Journey of the Book-People (1993), that was warmly received by critics. Since then she has published four additional novels that have received critical acclaim. Olga Tokarczuk is also known as a skilled writer of novellas and short stories, and she is the advocate of the International Short Story Festival that takes place in Wroclaw. She lives in Warsaw, Poland.