Douglas Coupland was born in 1961 on a Canadian Armed Forces base in what was then West Germany. The family moved to West Vancouver in 1965, where Coupland has lived and worked for most of his life. He graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art + Design in 1984, and since then he has spent several years working in Sapporo, Honolulu, Milan, Tokyo, Toronto, Montreal, and Los Angeles. He is best known as an author. His novels have been published in twenty-seven languages and are sold on all continents. In 2000 he resumed his visual art work. His work finds ways to connect that part of human life that is highly influenced with mass media and manufacturing, with the organic dimension of being human and alive.