Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she trained as a maps specialist in the rare books department at Bonhams and pursued journalistic work that took her from Belgium to the Philippines. An AHRC studentship allowed her to complete a PhD that in turn produced her second adult novel.
Her first children's book, the critically acclaimed Medina Hill, was followed by Stones for My Father, which won the TD Children's Literature Award and was included in CBC Writes' 100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian. Her third book for young people, Once, In a Town Called Moth, was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Her first non-fiction title, The Vanishing Past, will be published in 2022.
She teaches, writes and edits in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a cat.