Delighted to learn that Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward island (Acorn Press), co-written with Jesse Francis, is short-listed for an Atlantic Book Award and for a PEI Book Award. Winners of categories to be announced May 21 at Atlantic Book Awards Gala in Charlottetown.
Linda Zeman-Spaleny was born in the Czech Republic and came to Canada at the age of 12 with her sister and parents. Linda has earned university degrees in psychology and law, and worked as an assistant in a social psychology lab researching early childhood development. After completing law school Linda was admitted to the Bar of Ontario and became an associate lawyer at a Toronto intellectual property law firm.
But Linda was born into a filmmakers’ family, and throughout her pursuits, creativity and artistic expression remained her true passion. She worked as a freelance photographer, photo editor and assisted in the writing of her mother’s books (www.ludmilazeman.com). She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Canada. In 2004 she co-wrote with her mother a feature film script, Gilgamesh The King. Later she directed a short documentary about the pre-production of the film.
Recently Linda wrote a children's picture book called Lord of the Sky, illustrated by her mother, Ludmila Zeman, and published by Tundra Books. Linda is working on a documentary about her grandfather, Karel Zeman and a new picture book based on her grandfather's award-winning film Baron Munchhausen.
Linda lives in Toronto with her husband Mark and daughter Helena.