ADELE WISEMAN was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1928. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1949 and then, to support her commitment to writing, found employment as a social worker in England, a school teacher in Italy, and executive secretary to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her first novel, The Sacrifice, won the Governor General's Award. She wrote one other novel, Crackpot, as well as plays, children's stories, essays, and other non-fiction. All her writings bring into Canadian literature the culture and the tradition of her Jewish heritage. Adele Wiseman died in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.