Jorge Volpi, the author of nine novels, including En busca de Klingsor, for which he won the Spanish Premio Biblioteca Breve Award and the French Deux-Océans-Grizane-Cavour Award. As a writer he has engaged the genres of novella and essay. His essay Mentiras contagiosas won the 2008 Mazatlán Award. He has received grants from the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and is presently a member of National System of Creators in Mexico. He has taught at the following universities: Emory, Cornell, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, the Catholic University of Chile, and Princeton. He was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France, and Knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic of Spain. He is a contributing writer for Reforma and El País. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. Currently, he teaches Mexican literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and directs the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. With an academic background in law and literature, he holds a PhD in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca.