Katherine Monk is a Vancouver-based movie journalist for Ex-Press.com. She has served as the national film critic for CanWest, and Canada's largest string of newspapers. Prior to becoming a national reporter, Monk worked at The Vancouver Sun as a movie critic, pop music critic, news reporter and news editor. In 2001, Raincoast Books published Monk's first book, Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena, which hit the Canadian bestseller list and was adapted to the screen by Omni Film in 2004 under the direction of Jill Sharpe. Monk is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, and can be seen (and podcast) on market leader Global BC's Early News every Friday. She is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Writer's Union of Canada. She recently sat on the 2007 FIPRESCI Jury at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to her duties as a film writer, Monk also teaches and lectures, with recent engagements at Simon Fraser University, the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, McGill University's Centre for Canadian Studies, and Capilano College. She is a graduate of the University of B.C., with an honours degree in English Literature and a post-grad diploma in Film Production and Theory. When she's not stuck in a dark theatre watching movies, or staring at her computer screen, Monk spends her time skiing Whistler or playing a sweaty game of squash.