Johanna Skibsrud


Johanna Skibsrud was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canadas most prestigious literary prize. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and is currently translated into five languages. 
Johanna received her BA in English Literature at the University of Toronto, her MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal, and her PhD in English Literature at the Université de Montréal.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Johanna Skibsrud recommends
All Is Beauty Now (2017)
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"At once an intimate family portrait, a mystery, a romance, and a stylistic tour de force."
A Song from Faraway (2020)
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"Powerful, intimate, and compelling, Béchard’s novel will take your breath away. He shows us how fiction meets and transforms history to become fiction again, how what seems faraway?our fathers’ battles, ancient art, the people we love?is nearby, and how mystery continues to propel both our histories and our private lives."
Speechless (2020)
Anne Simpson
"Passionate and ambitious . . . Simpson introduces us to a cast of fully realized characters and spins a fast-paced and gripping narrative, with high stakes. What does it mean to speak for yourself, or for others?"

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