Member Profile

Susan Swan

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Susan Swan is the Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada for the 2007-2008 year.

Fiction by Susan Swan has been published in sixteen countries, including Canada, Spain, the U.S., Poland, Germany, the U.K. Australia, Italy and Holland. One of her novels, The Wives of Bath, was made into a feature film Lost and Delirious which has shown in 31 countries after its debut at Sundance 2001 and the Berlin Film Festival. Swan's latest novel, What Casanova Told Me, was nominated for Canada's
2004 Regional Commonwealth Prize and
has been widely translated.

Swan is also an associate professor of Humanities at York University and in 2000 she was Millennial Wisdom Scholar at York's Robarts Centre. She has given talks at Stratford's Celebrated Writers' Series, the University of Athens, Greece, the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and the Adelaide Writers' Festival in Australia.

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Publications

The Wives of Bath. US: Knopf, 1993.
The Last Days of the Golden Girls. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1989.
Arcade. US: Little Brown, 1990.
The Biggest Modern Woman of the World. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1983; US: Ecco, 1986; UK: Pandora, 1988.
Unfit for Paradise. Dingle, 1982.
What Casanova Told Me. Knopf Canada, 2004
Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With. Toronto: Somerville House, 1996

Awards

Finalist, UK Fiction Award for The Wives of Bath.
Finalist, Ontario Trilliam Award for The Wives of Bath.
Finalist, W.H. Smith Best First Novel Award for The Biggest Modern Woman of the World.
Finalist, Governor General's Award for Fiction for The Biggest Modern Woman of the World.
National Magazine Award, for fiction, silver medal, 1977.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

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