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Susan Olding

Susan Olding

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Susan Olding is the author of Big Reader: Essays, and Pathologies: A Life in Essays, selected by 49th Shelf and as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines throughout Canada and the U.S., including Arc, The Bellingham Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and the Utne Reader, and have won a National Magazine Award, the Edna Staebler Prize for the Personal Essay, and other honours. She lives in the traditional territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, in Victoria, British Columbia.

British Columbia


Pathologies: A Life in Essays. Freehand Books, Fall, 2008
Big Reader: Essays. Freehand Books, Spring, 2021


CNFC Readers' Choice Award, 2010
National Magazine Awards Foundation for Silver Medal and Honourable Mention in Personal Journalism, 2012
Edna Award for The New Quarterly, 2012
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