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Antanas Sileika

Photo: Irmantas Galunas 2019

 Antanas Sileika, worked on the literary journal, Paris Voices, published out of a room above a bookstore called Shakespeare and Company in 1978 and 1979. In the eighties, he began teaching at Humber College and working as a co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant, where he remained until 1988.

After writing for newspapers and magazines, Antanas Sileika published his first novel, Dinner at the End of the World (Mosaic, 1994), a speculative story set in the aftermath of global warming.

His second book, a collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time (Porcupine's Quill 1997), was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and was serialized on CBC Radio's Between the Covers. The book traces the lives of a family of immigrants to a Canadian suburb between the fifties and seventies. Some of these stories were anthologized in Dreaming Home, Canadian Short Stories, and the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour. The book was long listed for Canada Reads.

His third book, Woman in Bronze (Random House, 2004), a novel, compared the seasonal life of a young man in Czarist Lithuania with his subsequent attempts to succeed as a prominent sculptor in Paris in the twenties. The novel was selected as one of the Globe's 100 best books of the year.

His next novel, Underground, was published by Thomas Allen & Son in spring of 2011. Underground is a love story set in the underground resistance to the Soviet Union in the late 1940's.

This novel was chosen as one of The Globe and Mail's top 100 books of 2011. A film option was sold to Donelos Studija.

His memoir, The Barefoot Bingo Caller, was published by ECW in 2017. It received a starred review in Quill and Quire and the translation won Book of the Year in 2018 in Lithuania, where most of his works have been published.

Provisionally Yours, an espionage novel set in 1921 in Eastern Europe (Biblioasis) , appeared in 2019. Publisher's Weekly described it as "an urbane thriller." the title is currently under negotation for both TV serial and film rights.

Antanas Sileika was the director for the Humber School for Writers from 2002-2017 and contines to teach a few  students for the school each year.

A past winner of a National Magazine Award, he continues to review occasionally on CBC radio 1 and print venues such as the Globe and Mail.

Phone number:
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Woman in Bronze. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2004.
Buying on Time. Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1997.
Dinner At the End of the World. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1994.
Underground. Thomas Allen, 2011
The Barefoot Bingo Caller. ECW, 2017
Provisionally Yours. Biblioasis, 2019


Shortlisted, Stephen Leacock Award for Humour., 1997
Shortlisted, City of Toronto Book Award., 1997
Globe 100 Best Books, 2004 and 2011
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