Russell Smith was born in South Africa and raised in Halifax. His first novel, How Insensitive, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Governor General's award for fiction. Young Men, a short-story collection, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, an honour shared with his novel Muriella Pent (also nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and named as a 2004 best book by The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire). His most recent book is Confidence, a collection of short stories (also shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize). He works regularly with the CBC and writes as a cultural commentator for The Globe and Mail. He lives in Toronto.