Born in Beirut, RAWI HAGE grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus and relocated to Montreal in 1991, where he studied Photography at Dawson College and Fine Arts at Concordia University. His debut novel, De Niro’s Game (2006), won the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2006 Governor General’s Award for English fiction. De Niro’s Game was also awarded the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAuslan First Book Prize. His second novel, Cockroach, was published in 2008 and was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He was the winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2008 and 2012 for his books Cockroach and Carnival, respectively.