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Leona Theis

Leona Theis

Leona Theis's novel-in-stories, If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (Freehand 2020), offers her protagonist nine different chances to "get life right." The novel won several awards, including the High Plains Book Award. Leona's first book, Sightlines, linked stories that form a portrait of a town, won two Saskatchewan Book  Awards. Excerpts from her novel The Art of Salvage were shortlisted for novella awards on both the east and west coasts of Canada. Her personal essays have been published in literary magazines in Canada and the United States, won creative nonfiction awards from the CBC and Prairie Fire Magazine, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Journey Prize Stories, and American Short Fiction, where her work won the story prize. She lives on Treaty 6 territory, in Saskatoon,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Fiction, Personal essay, Memoir
I write professionally in the following language(s):


If Sylvie Had Nine LIves. 2020, Freehand
The Occupations of Muriel Thompson (chapbook). 2008, JackPine
The Art of Salvage. 2006, Coteau
Sightlines. 2000, Coteau
Coming Attractions. 1998, Oberon


High Plains Book Award for If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, 2020
Saskatchewan Book Award, Fiction for If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, 2020
Glengarry Shortlist for Literary Excellence for If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, 2020
CBC Creative Nonfiction Literary Award, finalist for Sturnella Neglecta (Overlooked Little Starling), 2020
John V Hicks Award for If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, 2016
American Short Fiction Short Story Award for How Sylvie Failed to Become a Better Person through Yoga, 2015
Saskatchewan Book Award, Fiction for Sightlines, 2000
CBC Creative Nonfiction Award for The Occupations of Muriel Thompson, 2006
Saskatoon Book Award for Sightlines, 2000
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Readings, short talks, Q&A

Fiction, memoirs, personal essays
Readers and writers.
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Emerging and experienced writers
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