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Shauna Singh Baldwin

Photo: Dave Baldwin 2012

Shauna Singh Baldwin was born in Montreal and grew up in India. She is the author of English Lessons and Other Stories and coauthor of A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America. Her short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in literary magazines in the U.S.A., Canada, and India. She has been an independent radio host and producer, a systems project manager, and a restaurateur -- all of which fed her need to tell stories.

Her first novel, What the Body Remembers, was published in 1999 by Knopf, Canada; Nan Talese/Doubleday, and Transworld UK. It has been translated into fourteen languages, and was awarded the 2000 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book in the Canada/Caribbean region. A 20th Anniversary edition was published in 2020 by Tara Press, India.

Her second novel The Tiger Claw was published by Knopf in 2004 and was a finalist for the Giller Prize. It has been optioned for film.

We are not in Pakistan : stories was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2007. 

The Selector of Souls: a novel (Knopf Random Canada, Simon and Schuster UK)  was published in 2012.

Shauna received a WI Arts Board Fellowship in 2003. She has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts and received four residency fellowships at the Ragdale Foundation. She received the 1995 Writers' Union of Canada Award for short prose and the 1997 CBC Canadian Literary Award. English Lessons received the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award.

Shauna holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

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A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America. John Muir Publications, 1992
English Lessons and Other Stories. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 1996
What the Body Remembers. Toronto, ON: Knopf Canada, 1999.
The Tiger Claw. Knopf Canada, 2004.
We are not in Pakistan. Goose Lane Editions, 2007
Play: We Are So Different Now. Amazon Kindle, 2009
The Selector of Souls. Knopf Random Canada, Simon and Schuster UK, 2012
Reluctant Rebellions. Indo-Canadian Center, University of the Fraser Valley, 2016


The Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers for Jassie, 1995.
CBC Radio/Canada Council Literary Award (short story) for Satya, 1997.
Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada Caribbean Region) for What the Body Remembers, 2000.
Friends of American Writers Prize for English Lessons and Other Stories, 1996
Wisconsin Library Association for What the Body Remembers, 2000
WI Arts Board Fellowship, 2003.
Short-listed - The Giller Prize for The Tiger Claw, 2004.
Council for Wisconsin Writers Anne Powers Fiction Award for The Selector of Souls, 2012
South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Writer Award for various, 2018
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