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Eva Stachniak

Photo: Zbigniew Stachniak 2000

Eva Stachniak was born in Wrocław, Poland, and came to Canada in 1981 on scholarship to the Department of English, McGill University, in Montreal. In Poland she taught English literature at the University of Wroclaw. Her first short story, "Marble Heroes," was published by the Antigonish Review in the summer of 1994. Since then her short stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Grain, and Prairie Fire. 

She has been a radio broadcaster and college English and Humanities lecturer. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the in Canada First Novel Award, and her second novel, Garden of Venus, has been translated into seven languages. Her third novel, The Winter Palace, has been published in Canada (Doubleday), US (Bantam) and the UK (Transworld) and will soon appear in Holland, Germany, Poland, Serbia and Albania. Eva Stachniak lives in Toronto, where she is working on her second historical novel about Catherine the Great. 

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Garden of Venus. London: Harper Collinns, 2005; Harper Collins Canada, 2005.
Necessary Lies. Toronto: Simon & Pierre Fiction, 2000.
The Winter Palace. Doubleday, 2012

Awards in Canada First Novel Award for Necessary Lies, 2000
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