Leslie Anne Cowan is another new fresh face on the Canadian fiction scene. Cowan has a BA in English Literature and a Diploma in Education from McGill University. She has also graduated from the Humber School for Writers. Although As She Grows is her debut novel, she is not a stranger to publishing as her works, such as her short fiction was published in The Antigonish Review as well as in the anthologies Ten Short Stories and She’s Gonna Be. In January 2002 she published a striking short story, “Immaculate Conception,” which I found on the website of Niagara’s Lifestyle Magazine (www.downtownermag.com). She currently resides in Toronto where she is working with at-risk youths as a teacher.