Shaena Lambert

Shaena Lambert’s latest book of stories, Oh, My Darling (HarperCollins, 2013), was published to critical acclaim across Canada; won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Story Collection of 2013; and was selected as a top book of the year by both the Globe and Mail and the National Post. The National Post described it as “touchingly human tales about big subjects, told with beauty and dexterity.” The Globe and Mail wrote: “Lambert’s beautiful stories are lives in miniature, each one bringing us familiar settings and situations, yet finding surprising and unexpected turns within.” The book was also long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story.

Her novel, Radiance (published in Canada by Random House and in the U.K., New Zealand and Australia by Virago Press/Little Brownis about a Hiroshima survivor who comes to New York in 1952, and the complex relationship she has with her hosts. It was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award, the BC Book Prize and the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award. Her first book, The Falling Woman, was published to critical acclaim in Canada, the U.K. and Germany, was also a Globe top book of the year and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. Shaena's stories have appeared four times in Best Canadian Stories, and in The Walrus, Zoetrope: All Story, Toronto Life, Ploughshares, The Journey Prize Anthology and many other publications.

Shaena has taught and mentored dozens of writers who have gone on to publish their fiction in Canada and internationally. She has taught writing at Canada’s Humber School for Writers, The Writers’ Studio of Simon Fraser University, The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, The Surrey International Writers’ Conference, and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. She is currently at work on a new novel.


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