A columnist and novelist,Richard Scrimgergrew up in Toronto, always writing but never really considering it a career, until after the birth of his first two children, twins, when he discovered the only time he could seriously write was during their naps. His style clearly demonstrates the influence of his experiences as a waiter in Toronto’s upscale restaurants, and as a stay-at-home father to his four children. Genuinely witty, his work can be described as multi-dimensional - comic elements ride upon the surface, supported by varying levels of seriousness underneath. Columns detailing Richard’s adventures in parenthood have been published inThe Globe and Mail, Chatelaine,… andToday’s Parent, and were compiled in a collection titledStill Life with Children. His first adult novel,Crosstown, was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award. His first children’s novel,The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th annual Mr. Christie Book Award, was selected as an A.B.A. Kid’s Pick of the List title, and was a finalist for the Ontario Library Association’s 1999 Silver Birch Award. Richard Scrimger is also the author ofThe Way to Schenectadyabout the adventures of the Peeler family on the road;Mystical Rose,an adult novel; and a sequel toThe Nose from JupiterentitledA Nose for Adventure. In 2001 Scrimger publishedBun Bun’s Birthdaya picture book illustrated by Gillian Johnson, and a Peeler Christmas story calledOf Mice and Nutcrackers. He and his family live in Cobourg, Ontario.