Spalding was born and raised in Kansas. She is the author of several novels and
two acclaimed works of nonfiction, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was
short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust
Non-Fiction Prize, and Who Named the Knife. Her novel The Purchase
received Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for English-language
fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of the literary magazine Brick.