Author and editor, Eva Hoffman was born in Kraków, Poland, and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, at the age of thirteen. She describes this as the formative experience of her life, and much of her writing is infused with issues of identity. Educated at Harvard, she worked at The New York Times from 1979 to 1990 and has written widely on cultural and political subjects She is the author of the memoir Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language, for which she received the Academy of American Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award. The book is been called "a gripping biography tackling the issues of emigration, loss, language and culture acquisition in a new country." A return to Poland in 1990 is detailed in Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe. Her most recent book, Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town in the World of Polish Jewry, was published in 1997, and received the Bronislaw Malinowski Social Science Award from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences.