Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver, the youngest daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada. She is the author of four books, including Dogs at the Perimeter, about the afterlife of the Cambodia civil war and genocide.
Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and longlisted for a Carnegie Medal.
Her work has been translated into 25 languages, and her essays are widely available in The Guardian, the Globe & Mail, Brick, Maclean’s, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere. With novelist Catherine Leroux, she was guest editor of Granta magazine’s first issue devoted to new Canadian writing, published in 2017. She is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY.