Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.