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Mary Soderstrom

Photo: Anne Richard 2017

A novelist, short story and nonfiction writer, Mary Soderstrom's most recent book is Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move (University of Regina Press, 2017.) Her most recent novel is River Music (Cormorant Books, March 2015. ) In 2013, Oberon Press pubished her short story collections Desire Lines, work on which was supported by a grant from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.  CALQ also supported work on her  novel The Violets of Usambara (Comorant Books, 2008) which allowed her to do research in East Africa. That experience also shows up in her  book Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places (Véhicule Press.) Tanga, Tanzania, the gateway to the East Usambara mountains, is one of the 11 cities she uses in Green City as points of departure for discussing the way people have brought nature into cities over history .

This travel, as well as what she did for her non-fiction book The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs' Streets and Beyond (Véicule Press, 2008) prompted her too consider the role of the Portuguese over the last 700 years in the European exploration of the world.  Their fascinating story lies at the heart of Making Waves (Véhicule Press, 2010.)

E-mail: msoder@aei.ca
Phone number:
514 276-9257

Publications

Re-creating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens. Véhicule Press, 2001.
The Truth Is. Oberon Press, 2000.
The Words on the Wall; Robert Nelson and the Rebellion of 1837. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1998.
Finding the Enemy. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1997.
Endangered Species. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1995.
After Surfing Ocean Beach. Dundurn, 2004
Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places. Véhicule Press, 2006
The Descent of Andrew McPherson. McGraw Hill-Ryerson Press, 1976
Maybe Tomorrow I'll Have a Good Time. Human Sciences Press, 1982
The Violets of Usambara. Cormorant Books, 2008
The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacob's Streets and Beyond. Véhicule Press, 2008
Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure. Véhicule Press, 2010
Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography. Oberon Press, 2013
River Music. Cormorant Books, 2013
Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move. University of Regina Press, 2017

Awards

Shortlisted, QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for Finding the Enemy, 1997.
Shortlisted, QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for Endangered Species, 1995.
Finalist, Books in Canada First Novel Award, 1977.
One of The Globe and Mail's 100 best books of 2007 for Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places, 2007
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

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