About the Author

Hilary Scharper

Hilary Scharper is a Canadian novelist and a professor of at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses on animals, culture and nature. Her literary work both probes and celebrates the role of the imagination in linking us to the natural world.

“We need more than dystopian visions of the future. How we imagine the past shapes how we imagine the future. Climate change invites us to into new imaginings of the past and how these can shape where we want to go as a society. Historical fiction, therefore, has a unique and important role to play in the providing  new imaginative spaces to a society confronting an environmental crisis.”—H.S.

Hilary Scharper’s major works include a novel PERDITA (Simon&Schuster, Source Books, La Court Echelle French version), a collection of short stories DREAM DRESSES (Seraphim Editions), and an award winning ethnography of the US Sanctuary Movement: GOD AND CAESAR AT THE RIO GRANDE (University of Minnesota Press; Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award).