Olga Tokarczuk (b. 1962) is one of the most popular contemporary writers in Poland. By training a psychologist, she is based in Wałbrzych. She has on multiple occasions won the Reader's Prize of the NIKE literary award. Aprize winning play has also been based on Prawiek i Inne Czasy (translation forthcoming from Twisted Spoon Press). Her novel House of day, House of Night is available from Granta and Northwestern University Press. She has published a long essay about Boleslaw Prus's nineteenth-century classic, The Doll. She has participated in the Canongate Myths series with an interpretation of the Sumerian myth of Inanna. Her most recent book is Bieguni, which won both the reader and jury prize of the NIKE award, 2008.