Petina Gappah is the author of An Elegy for Easterly (2009), a collection of short stories which was awarded the Guardian First Book Award and short-listed for the Orwell Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award and Zimbabwe's National Arts Merit Award. It has been published in more than a dozen languages. Taking a sabbatical break from her career as an international trade lawyer in Geneva, Petina currently lives in Harare, from where she writes, travels and chairs the Board of the Harare City Library. Her first novel will be published in 2012. She was published in Laughing Now (2007) Women Writing Zimbabwe (2008) and Writing Free (2011). Her short story The Mupandawana Dancing Champion was translated into Shona for the anthology Mazambuko (2010).