Silke Scheuermann (Germany) was born in 1973, Silke Scheuermann lives in Offenbach. She studied Drama and Literature in Frankfurt, Leipzig and Paris. Her poems, short stories and novels have been translated into various languages and have been awarded with numerous grants and awards. She received the prestigious Leonce-und-Lena-Preis in 2001 for her debut collection Der Tag an dem die Möwen zweistimmig sangen (The Day on which the Sea Gulls Sang in Two Parts). She was quickly recognised as the promising talent of the young generation of German writers. Alongside her collections of poetry Der zärtlichste Punkt im All (The Most Tender Place in the Universe) in 2004 and Über Nacht ist es Winter (Winter has Come Overnight) in 2007, she has also published the collection of short stories Reiche Mädchen (Rich Girls, 2005), the much-praised novel Die Stunde zwischen Hund und Wolf (The Hour between Dog and Wolf, 2007) and the more recent novel Shanghai Performance in 2011.