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Leslie Shimotakahara

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Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir The Reading List was winner of the Canada-Japan Literary Prize in 2012. Her fiction has been a finalist for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. She has a Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Her debut novel After the Bloom was published by Dundurn Press in 2017 to critical acclaim, receiving a starred review in Booklist and praise in the National Post as a "deep and beautiful story." Her second novel Red Oblivion is forthcoming in September 2019. She served on the jury for the 2018 Governal General's Non-fiction Award. Leslie lives with her partner in Toronto.

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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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