Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling novelist, poet, activist and teacher of writing. She has won many awards, including the American Book Award and the Premio Scanno. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies while her books have been translated into 29 languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She teaches at the internationally acclaimed writing programme at the University of Houston.