Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. Ghosh studied at the Universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of his eight novels, THE CIRCLE OF REASON, in 1986. He divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis Trilogy, SEA OF POPPIES, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Ghosh was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. For more information, visit www.amitavghosh.com.