Saleema Nawaz

Last updated
Saleema Nawaz
Saleema Nawaz - Eden Mills Writers' Festival - 2013 (DanH-2205).jpg
Nawaz at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2013
Born1979 (age 3940)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
CitizenshipCanada
EducationB.Hum. (Carleton University)
M.A. in English (University of Manitoba)
OccupationAuthor
Notable work
Mother Superior
Awards2006 Robert Kroetsch Award
2008 Journey Prize

Saleema Nawaz (born 1979) is a Canadian author whose works of short fiction have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Grain, The Dalhousie Review , and The New Quarterly. [1] Nawaz was born in Ottawa, Ontario and later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in order to study English at the University of Manitoba, where she received her M.A. with a creative writing thesis. [2] Her first complete collection of short fiction, entitled Mother Superior, was published by Freehand Books in 2008. Nawaz completed her first novel, Bone and Bread, published by Anansi Press in 2013, while residing in Montreal, Quebec. [3]

Contents

Biography

Early life in Ottawa

Saleema Nawaz was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. An only child, Nawaz was raised solely by her Caucasian Nova Scotian mother in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Centretown, in the absence of her Indian father. [4] [5] Nawaz claims to have begun showing interest in writing fiction as early as the first grade. [6] During her high school years she attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute, a highly regarded public school near her Centretown home. Upon graduation from high school Nawaz attended Carleton University in Ottawa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Humanities. [4]

Winnipeg, Banff, and Montreal

After receiving a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton, Nawaz moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to pursue her M.A. at the University of Manitoba. The M.A. program at the University of Manitoba interested Nawaz because it offered a Creative Thesis option. [6] Since obtaining her degree, Nawaz has attended a writing studio program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently resides in Montreal, Quebec where she does administrative work for McGill University.

Writing career

Influences

Nawaz cites her biggest short fiction influences as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and Raymond Carver. [7]

Early work

Nawaz' novella "The White Dress" (which would later appear in her collection, Mother Superior) won her the Robert Kroetsch Award for Best Creative Thesis in 2006. This award is given to the writer of the best creative thesis each year out of all University of Manitoba M.A. graduates. [8] In the following years, Nawaz published several individual short stories in various literary publications across Canada (see "List of published works" below).

Mother Superior

In 2008, Nawaz published a collection of seven stories and two novellas entitled Mother Superior. The collection includes five previously published short stories as well as two previously unpublished short stories and two previously unpublished novellas. Mother Superior has generally been met with positive reviews, even receiving a nomination for the prestigious McAuslan First Book Prize from the Quebec Writers' Federation. [8] The stories in Mother Superior follow a diverse cast of female protagonists struggling with issues such as racism, abuse, death, anorexia, pregnancy and motherhood. Mother Superior is published by Freehand Books.

Bone and Bread

Nawaz's first novel was called Bone and Bread. Its narrative follows two sisters from her previously published short story "Bloodlines" (found in The New Quarterly and as a part of Mother Superior) twenty years after their original story. [6]

List of published works

Individual short stories

Collections

Novel

Awards and honours

Related Research Articles

Carol Ann Shields, was an American-born Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the U.S. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Governor General's Award in Canada.

Sandra Louise Birdsell, CM is a Canadian novelist and short story writer of Métis and Mennonite heritage.

Lynn Coady Canadian writer

Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist and journalist.

Lynn Crosbie is a Canadian poet and novelist. She teaches at the University of Toronto.

Robert Paul Kroetsch, OC was a Canadian novelist, poet and nonfiction writer. In his fiction and critical essays, as well as in the journal he co-founded, Boundary 2, he was an influential figure in Canada in introducing ideas about postmodernism.

Anne Hébert,, was a French Canadian author and poet. She won Canada's top literary honor, the Governor General's Award, three times, twice for fiction and once for poetry.

Aritha Van Herk Canadian writer

Aritha van Herk,, is a Canadian writer, critic, editor, public intellectual, and university professor. Her work often includes feminist themes, and depicts and analyzes the culture of western Canada.

Guy Clarence Vanderhaeghe, OC, SOM is a Canadian novelist and short story writer, best known for his Western novels trilogy, The Englishman's Boy, The Last Crossing, and A Good Man set in the 19th-century American and Canadian West. Vanderhaeghe has won three Governor General's Awards for his fiction, one for his short story collection Man Descending in 1982, the second for his novel The Englishman's Boy in 1996, and the third for his short story collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories in 2015.

Dianne Warren is a Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer, who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

David Bergen Canadian writer

David Bergen is a Canadian novelist. He has published nine novels and one collection of short stories since 1993. His most recent novel, Stranger, was published in 2016.

Bill Gaston is a Canadian novelist, playwright and short story writer. Gaston grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto, Ontario, and North Vancouver, British Columbia. Aside from teaching at various universities, he has worked as a logger, salmon fishing guide, group home worker and, most exotically, playing hockey in the south of France. He is married with four children and lives in Victoria BC, where he teaches at the University of Victoria.

Marina Endicott Canadian writer

Marina Endicott is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Her novel, Good to a Fault, won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Canada and the Caribbean and was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was long-listed for the Giller and short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award. Her latest novel, Close to Hugh, was long-listed for the Giller Prize and named one of CBC's Best Books of 2015.

Peter Behrens is a Canadian-American novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. His debut novel, The Law of Dreams, won the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction, and was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the CBA Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

Zoe Whittall Canadian poet and novelist

Zoe Whittall is a Canadian poet, novelist and TV writer. She has published four novels and three poetry collections to date.

Freehand Books is a Canadian literary imprint started in 2007 by Broadview Press, a Canadian academic publisher. Freehand publishes literary fiction, literary non-fiction, memoir and poetry.

Ian Williams is a Canadian poet and fiction writer.

Snare Books is a Canadian independent book publisher. Founded in spring of 2006, and located in Montreal, Quebec, Snare Books is a publisher of contemporary poetry and prose fiction. They make a point of publishing Canadian authors who specialize in experimental literature. Although their main focus is on poetry, Snare Books has more recently expanded to pushing a limited number of experimental novels and short stories.

Dora Dueck is a Canadian writer. She is the author of three novels and a collection of short fiction. Her second novel, This Hidden Thing, was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award at the 2011 Manitoba Book Awards. What You Get at Home, a collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Award at the 2013 Manitoba Book Awards. It won the High Plains Book Award for Short Stories. The Malahat Review, a Canadian literary magazine, awarded its 2014 Novella Prize to her story "Mask". All That Belongs, her third novel, was published in 2019. Her stories and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and on the CBC.

Alice Zorn is a Canadian author.

<i>Ruins & Relics</i> book by Alice Zorn

Ruins & Relics is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Alice Zorn. It was published on March 1, 2009 by NeWest Press. Each of the stories feature people who harbor relics from their past. The collection received generally positive reviews from critics and was selected as a finalist for the Quebec Writers' Federation's McAuslan First Book Prize.

References

  1. Nawaz, Saleema (2008). Mother Superior. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Freehand Books. pp.  288. ISBN   978-1-55111-927-4.
  2. "Saleema Nawaz". Thinairwinnipeg.ca. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. Nawaz, Saleema (2008). Mother Superior. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Freehand Books. ISBN   978-1-55111-927-4.
  4. 1 2
  5. Sanyal, Aparna. "The Human Protest". Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Saleema Nawaz: Tapping the melancholic muse". Publications.mcgill.ca. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/afterword/archive/2009/05/13/short-story-month-a-q-amp-a-with-saleema-nawaz.aspx . Retrieved 2011-03-06.Missing or empty |title= (help)[ dead link ]
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 Archived February 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. "Nawaz, Gollner take top QWF honours". Montreal Gazette. November 20, 2013. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2018.