Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation X and JPod, and nine other novels, including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic and Generation A, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, a furniture and fashion designer and screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.