Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novels The Small Backs of Children and Dora: A Headcase. Her widely acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water, was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Award for Creative Non-fiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Awards’ Readers’ Choice Award. Her TED talk, ‘The Beauty of Being a Misfit’, has been watched over two million times. Lidia teaches in Oregon, where she lives with her husband Andy Mingo and their son. She is a very good swimmer.