Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam. He completed his medical training in Toronto, where he now works as an emergency physician. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, his first collection of stories, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. Lam's biography of Tommy Douglas is part of Penguin Canada’s Extraordinary Canadians series. The Headmaster’s Wager, the story of a Chinese gambler and school headmaster in wartime Vietnam, is Lam’s debut novel.