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Sonia Saikaley

Sonia Saikaley

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Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada 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 collections Turkish 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 and a finalist in the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers. Many years ago she belly-danced her way across Northern Japan and taught English there, too. Her first children’s picture book Samantha's Sandwich Stand was published in 2021 by Renaissance Press. Visit her website at

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Samantha's Sandwich Stand. Renaissance Press, 2021
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
Finalist in the Ottawa Book Awards for The Allspice Bath, 2020
Co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest for The Lebanese Dishwasher, 2012
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