John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, SETTING FREE THE BEARS, was published in 1968, when he was 26. He competed as a wrestler for 20 years, and coached wrestling until he was 47. Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times --- winning once, in 1980, for his novel THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel IN ONE PERSON. An international writer --- his novels have been translated into more than 35 languages --- John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.