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Ian Thomas Shaw

Ian Thomas Shaw is a Canadian novelist, who also writes under the pen name Con Cú (owl in Vietnamese). The pen name was derived from a nickname given to him by a Vietnamese friend, whose stories about her childhood in Vietnam and coming to Canada as a refugee inspired his first novel, Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls (Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2011). Shaw was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last 34 years, he has worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He currently lives in Aylmer, Quebec (just outside of Ottawa). His second novel, Quill of the Dove (Guernica Editions 2019), is a blend of literary fiction and political thriller set against the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Original Pictures (Toronto) has optioned Quill of the Dove for adaptation as a TV limited series. Éditions L'Interligne has acquired the French language rights, Ediciones Dokusou the Spanish rights and Editorial Gregal the Catalan language rights. Snowdog Professional Services (Audiobook Division) has acquired the audiobook rights. Shaw is an active member of the Canadian literary community, serving as the President of the Ottawa Independent Writer from 2015 to 2018 and founding Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Prose in the Park Literary Festival and the Ottawa Review of Books. He is a member in good standing of The Writers' Union of Canada, the Quebec Writers Federation and the Ottawa Independent Writers.

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Publications

Quill of the Dove. Guernica Editions (MiroLand Imprint), 2019
Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls. Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2011
The Marginal Ride Anthology. Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2019
The Unending Journey (translation from Spanish). Editorial Mapalé, 2020
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