"Kyōko Nakajima was born in Tokyo in 1964. After working at a publishing firm and as a freelance writer, she made her debut as a novelist in 2003 with Futon. In 2010 her novel The Little House won the Naoki Prize. This was followed by the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature for Tsuma ga shiitake datta koro (When My Wife Was a Shiitake) in 2014 and the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award for Katazuno! (One-Horn!) in 2015. Her other works include Itō no koi (Itō’s Romance) and Chōbō zekka (A Magnificent View).
Ginny Tapley Takemori is a British translator currently based in Ibaraki, Japan. She has translated a wide scope of Japanese writings, including Kyōko’s award winning short story, When my Wife was a Shiitake. She also translated The Whale That Fell In Love With a Submarine by Akiyuki Nosaka and The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui, both published by Pushkin Children’s Books in 2015."