Brigitte Sidjanski was born in 1931 in Zürich, Switzerland, where she spent her childhood and attended a commercial college. Later she enrolled in a secretarial school, where she only got one good grade, for good behavior! Between working as a secretary and training to be an actress, she married a refugee and emigrated to the United States, where in1961 she and her husband founded North-South Books. She has devoted herself to discovering talented young artists, many of whom are famous worldwide today. In 2005 she retired from publishing and became an author. Ms. Sidjanski has five children and ten grandchildren. She lives near Zürich.