Award-winning author Jan Truss taught literature, art and music to students in Canada, before she began her own writing career. In 1972 she won the Search for an Alberta Novelist competition for Bird at the Window. A Very Small Rebellion, her second novel with its companion play for youth followed in 1977. Her novel Jasmin won the prestigious Ruth Shwartz Award in 1983. Her other works include the novels Summer Goes Riding, Red, and Peter’s Moccasins. Her short stories have appeared in such magazines as Redbook and Chatelaine, on CBC radio, and in several collections – Kitchen Talk being one. Jan is also a playwright and librettist: Ooomerahgi O, Cornelius Dragon, and A Very Small Rebellion all pleased numerous audiences.