Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. Today, he is one of the best-known Indians writing in English -- his books include THE CIRCLE OF REASON, THE SHADOW LINES, IN AN ANTIQUE LAND, DANCING IN CAMBODIA, and THE CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME. THE CIRCLE OF REASON won the Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards; The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's most prestigious literary prize. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker.
In 1999, Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College in the City University of New York, teaching writing classes and courses on film and literature. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.