Bina Shah is a Karachi-based author and novelist. Her novels, A Season for Martyrs and Before She Sleeps, a feminist dystopian novel, have received critical acclaim. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and The Huffington Post, Bina has been a frequent guest on the BBC. She has contributed essays and op-eds to Granta, The Independent, and The Guardian, and writes a regular column for Dawn. She was the president of the Alliance Française de Karachi for three years and in 2020 was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France.