Born in Philadelphia, writer and painter Mary Meigs wrote her first novel, Lily Briscoe: A Self-Portrait, at the age of 60. For the next two decades, Meigs chronicled her extraordinary life as a writer, a painter, an actress, a social activist and a lesbian feminist. In 1988, Meigs played herself in the critically acclaimed film The Company of Strangers, which resulted in the publication of In the Company of Strangers (1991), a fascinating work documenting her experience during the production of the film. Mary Meigs died in 2002 at the age of 85, shortly before the completion of Beyond Recall.
Lise Weil was founder and editor of the feminist literary review Trivia: A Journal of Ideas based in North Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1988 and 1989, two issues of the journal were devoted to the Montreal International Feminist Book Fair of ‘88. Mary Meigs’s work appeared in the first of those issues, which focused on Quebec women writers. Weil moved to Montreal in 1990; since then her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines in both Canada and the US. She has been a regular reviewer for The Women’s Review of Books and a literary translator from both French and German.