Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, from Mexico, is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist, with 25 published works of fiction. He is one of the founding members of the Crack, a literary movement that made its debut in the Mexican literary scene during the 1990s. He has received many national and international prizes for his novels, short stories and books for children. In 1999 he received an honorable mention for the prestigious Premio Casa de las Américas. His novels El día del hurón and El final de las nubes have been finalists for the Premio Internacional de la Novela Negra Dashiel Hammet in Gijón, Spain (1998 and 2000). He has been a guest speaker and has participated in readings, conferences and creative writing workshops at numerous universities in Mexico, Spain and the United States. Professor Chávez Castañeda received his B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and his Master's Degree in Latin American literature from New Mexico State University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College.