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Pure Fiction — About The Authors

Looking for the freshest voices on the Canadian literary scene? Read about the diverse talents and backgrounds of Penguin's Pure Fiction feature authors below...
Kevin Armstrong, Night Watch
A first mate aboard an eighty-foot sailing yacht, Kevin Armstrong's life at sea inspired his critically acclaimed collection of stories, Night Watch. Armstrong has won numerous awards for his writing including the prestigious Journey Prize for "The Cane Field." Armstrong lives in Vancouver.

Tim Bowling, The Paperboy's Winter
Tim Bowling is the author of the novel Downriver Drift and the poetry collections Low Water Slack, Dying Scarlet, The Thin Smoke of the Heart and Darkness and Silence. He has won numerous prizes for his work, including first place in the National Poetry Contest and the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize. A native of the West Coast, he now lives in Edmonton. His novel The Paperboy's Winter is in stores March 2003.

Claudia Casper, The Continuation of Love by Other Means
Claudia Casper's acclaimed first novel, The Reconstruction, was published by Penguin in 1996. Her most recent piece was the short story "Victory," which appeared in the bestselling anthology Dropped Threads. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons. The Continuation of Love by Other Means will be released in Fall 2003.

Kevin Chong, Baroque-a-Nova
Kevin Chong was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, where he attended the University of British Columbia. He received his MFA from Columbia University in New York City, and is the author of Baroque-a-Nova. He currently lives in Vancouver and is writing a second novel.

Lesley Anne Cowan, As She Grows
Lesley Anne Cowan's short fiction has been published in The Antigonish Review as well as anthologies Ten Stories High and She's Gonna Be. Currently living in Toronto, Cowan is a secondary school teacher who works with at-risk youth. Lesley's first novel, As She Grows, releases this spring.

Kim Echlin, Dagmar's Daughter
Kim Echlin has traveled the world in search of stories and has shared them as a broadcaster and writer as well as a teacher. Echlin's first novel, Elephant Winter, won the TORGI Talking Book of the Year Award. Her latest book is Dagmar's Daughter. She currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Will Ferguson, Generica/Happiness TM
Will Ferguson’s debut book, Why I Hate Canadians, was a national bestseller. His follow-up book, I Was a Teenage Katima-Victim! was a hilarious memoir of his days as a cross-Canada volunteer. Most recently, Ferguson and his brother co-authored the national bestseller How To Be a Canadian. Ferguson's latest work of fiction, Generica, won the 2002 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. He lives in Calgary with his family.

Stephen Finucan, Foreigners
In addition to his work as a creative writing teacher and reviewer, Stephen Finucan has won numerous accolades for his fiction. In 2000, he was Write Magazine's New Writer of the Year, he won the Humber School for Writers Prize in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Brewing Company's Writer's Craft Award in 2000 and the Ian St. James Award for Short Fiction. His latest short story collection, Foreigners, releases this spring.

Lee Henderson, The Broken Record Technique
Lee Henderson was born in Saskatoon and raised there and in Edmonton. He now lives in Vancouver. His journalism has appeared in Saturday Night, and one of the stories ("Sheep Dub") from his collection, The Broken Record Technique, was included in the 2000 Journey Prize Anthology.

Lesley Krueger, The Corner Garden
Lesley Krueger was born in Vancouver. Her previous books include the short-story collection Hard Travel, two novels, Poor Player and Drink the Sky, and the critically acclaimed Foreign Correspondences: A Traveller's Tales. A creative writing teacher and freelance journalist, Krueger lives in Toronto with her family. Her new novel, The Corner Garden, releases this spring.

Cynthia MacDonald, Alms
Cynthia MacDonald spent eight years as a film and book critic, as well as a reporter and interviewer for a variety of award-winning radio and television programs, most notably TVO's Imprint and CBC Newsworld's On The Arts. Like her protagonist, MacDonald has done extensive volunteering including work as a literacy tutor, a counsellor and interpreter for recent immigrants, and as an intake worker at a drop-in centre and food bank. MacDonald's first novel, Alms, will be released in Fall 2003.

Donna Morrissey, Downhill Chance
A national bestseller, Kit's Law won the 2000 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award, as well as the Winifred Holtby Prize, an international award that recognizes the best in regional fiction. Morrissey's follow-up book, Downhill Chance, has continued to win her rave reviews and fans worldwide. Donna Morrissey lives in Halifax.

David Odhiambo, Kipligat's Chance
Born in Nairobi in 1965, David Odhiambo moved to Canada in 1977. Odhiambo began writing while working with street kids in Vancouver. Since then he has produced a play, Afrocentric, for audiences in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and a novel, diss/ed banded nation, published in 1998. Odhiambo's latest novel, Kipligat's Chance, is in stores now. David lives in Massachusetts, where he is pursuing a graduate degree.

Anne Simpson, Canterbury Beach
Anne Simpson is the author of the poetry collection Light Falls through You, as well as the novel Canterbury Beach. Her short stories have been published in Quarry, The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review as well as in the Journey Prize Anthology. Simpson is the co-ordinator of the Writing Centre at St. Francis Xavier University and lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Brad Smith, All Hat
Brad Smith is a critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter. His last novel, One-Eyed Jacks, was short listed for the Dashiell Hammett and Arthur Ellis Awards, and his new book, All Hat is in stores this spring. Smtih lives in Dunnville, Ontario.

Carrie Snyder, Hair Hat
Carrie Snyder was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua, and Ayr, Ontario. She now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and two children and is working on a novel. Hair Hat, a collection of stories, is in stores this winter.

Ania Szado, Beginning of Was
Ania Szado teaches creative writing at Toronto's Humber College and works as a freelance copywriter. Her first novel, Beginning of Was, published by Penguin in February 2004, was called "a beautiful book, honest and unflinching, yet in the end also hopeful and oddly buoyant..." by Nino Ricci. Ania lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.