Melba Escobar (Colombia, 1976) is a writer. She has a column at the Colombian newspapers El Espectador and El País. Her novel La casa de la belleza was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize. Melba lives in Bogotá and spends her time between journalism and literature.
Elizabeth Bryer is a translator and writer from Australia. She translated Claudia Salazar Jimenez's Blood of the Dawn (Deep Vellum 2016) and is a 2017 recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant to translate Aleksandra Lun's Los palimpsestos. Her translation of Melba Escobar's House of Beauty will be published in March 2018 by Fourth Estate.