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Danila Botha

Danila Botha

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Danila Botha is the author of three short story collections, Got No Secrets, which was published in 2010 by Tightrope books, For All the Men (and Some of the Women I've Known) which was published in 2016 and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature and ReLit, and her new collection, Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness, will be published by Guernica Editions in 2024. Stories from it have appeared in the Humber Literary Review, Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, and She is also the author of the novel Too Much on the Inside, which won a Book Excellence Award and was short listed for a ReLit Award. She is currently finishing her new novel, A Place for People Like Us. Danila was the 2020-2022 writer in residence at the Toronto Heliconian Club. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto SCS and is part of the faculty at Humber School for Writers.

I write professionally in the following language(s):


Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness . 2024, Guernica Editions
For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I've Known. 2016, Tightrope Books
Too Much on the Inside. 2015, Quattro Books
Got No Secrets. 2010, Tightrope Books
Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, Anthology (contributor, short story). 2020, Guernica Editions


Book Excellence Award, Contemporary Novel for Too Much on the Inside, 2016
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Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Presentation Length:
Usually an hour or more if writing and workshopping is involved
Fiction, literary fiction, novel writing, short stories/short fiction
all ages are fine
Audience Size:
Any size is fine
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Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
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