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Leslie Shimotakahara

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Leslie Shimotakahara's memoir, The Reading List, won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award. She has written two critically acclaimed novels, After the Bloom and Red Oblivion, published by Dundurn Press. Red Oblivion, released last fall, was The Word On The Street’s Book of the Month for January, included in the 49th Shelf’s “Great Books for the Moment,” and praised in Kirkus Review for showing “virtuosity in this subtle deconstruction of one family’s tainted origins.” Earlier this year, she enjoyed being Open Book's writer in residence, and she served on the jury for the 2018 Governal General's Non-fiction Award. Leslie has a PhD in American Literature from Brown University. More information about her writing can be found at:

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The Reading List: Literature, Love and Back Again. Variety Crossing Press, 2012
After the Bloom. Dundurn Press, 2017
Red Oblivion. Dundurn Press, 2019


Canada-Japan Literary Award for Canada Council for the Arts, 2012
Shortlisted for KM Hunter Artist Award for Ontario Arts Council, 2012
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