Shani Boianjiu was born in 1987 in Jerusalem, and she served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years. Her fiction has been published in Vice magazine, Zoetrope and the New Yorker. Shani is the youngest recipient ever of the US National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award. Her first novel, The People of Forever are Not Afraid, was published in 2013 and longlisted for the Women's Prize. She lives in Israel.