Suzette Mayr is the author of six novels including her most recent, The Sleeping Car Porter, longlisted for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award, finalist for the 2023 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the George Bugnet Award for Fiction, and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. The novel was also shortlisted for the inaugural Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, and the Republic of Consciousness Prize (US and Canada). Mayr’s other novels have won the ReLit Award and City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, and been nominated for numerous other awards. Mayr has done interdisciplinary work with Calgary theatre company Theatre Junction, and visual artists Lisa Brawn and Geoff Hunter. She has also published articles in journals such as Horror Studies, Studies in Canadian Literature, and The Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She is a former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Mayr teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, and is a Killam Laureate. She also plays the clarinet. Poorly, but enthusiastically.