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Sonia Saikaley

Photo: Sylvia Saikaley 2020

Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa to a big Lebanese family. The daughter of a shopkeeper, she had access to all the treats she wanted. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. She has two poetry collectionsTurkish Delight, Montreal Winter and A Samurai’s Pink House. Her novel The Allspice Bath was the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal winner and the 2020 International Book Awards winner for Multicultural Fiction. She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street, which was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers. Her first children’s picture book is forthcoming with Renaissance Press. Visit her website at

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The Allspice Bath. Inanna Publications, 2019
A Samurai's Pink House. Inanna Publications, 2017
The Lebanese Dishwasher. Quattro Books, 2012
Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter. Mawenzi House, 2012


Winner, 2020 International Book Awards – Multicultural Fiction for The Allspice Bath, 2020
Winner, 2020 IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction for The Allspice Bath, 2020
Co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest for The Lebanese Dishwasher, 2012
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