Anne Michaels was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1958. She is the author of one novel, Fugitive Pieces, which explores the possibility of love and faith after the Holocaust, with language marked by power, elegance, and integrity. Ms. Michaels, who has also composed musical scores for the theater, has said “when you put a tremendous amount of love into your work, as in any relationship, you can’t know—you can only hope—that what you’re offering will in some way be received. You shape your love to artistic demands, to the rigors of your genre. But still, it’s a labor of love, and it’s the nature of love that you must give it freely.” Ms. Michaels, whose two collections of poetry, Miner’s Pond and The Weight of Oranges were published in one volume in 1998, teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.