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IRINA BOGATYRYOVA was born in Kazan in 1982 and raised along the Volga River (Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk). Since 2000, she has lived in Moscow and studied at the Gorky Literary Institute. Her works have been published widely in Russia, and in 2002 she became a member of the Moscow Union of Writers. Her first book, AutoSTOP came out in 2008. She was a Debut Prize finalist and winner of the Eureka, Oktyabr Magazine, and Ilya prizes.