Graeme Gibson was born in London, Ontario, in 1934. He published his first novel, Five Legs, in 1969. He is also the author of Perpetual Motion, Gentleman Death, and, most recently, The Bedside Book of Beasts. A long-time cultural activist, he co-founded both the Writers’ Trust of Canada and Writers’ Union of Canada. Gibson is a recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize, the Toronto Arts Award, and the Writers’ Trust Distinguished Contribution Award. A member of the Order of Canada, he is chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. A long time conservationist Gibson is Joint Honorary President, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International’s Rare Bird Club. He lives in Toronto.