Susan Currie is a winner of Second Story Press’ Aboriginal Writing Contest, resulting in The Mask that Sang, her second book. Her first book was Basket of Beethoven, a finalist for the Silver Birch Award, the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children. Susan has an MA in children’s literature and an ARCT in piano performance from The Royal Conservatory. For the last 17 years, she has been an elementary teacher with the Peel District School Board, for which she received an Award of Distinction. Prior to teaching, she worked as a piano teacher, music director and accompanist. Susan is an adopted person who made contact with a birth aunt a few years ago and subsequently learned about her Cayuga heritage. The Mask That Sang grew out of the experience of discovering those roots, and of learning that her grandmother attended residential school. Susan lives in Brampton, Ontario with her family.