In her own words:
“People travel much farther with you,” Lai notes, “when they don’t feel that the finger is being pointed at them. If you talk to people directly, they often tell you to go away. But if you start to tell them a story, they invite you in and listen.”
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“I’m interested in writing from the point of view of the monster.”
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Just the facts (via her website):
- She was born in La Jolla, California and grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland
- She has a PhD in English from the University of Calgary and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
- She has authored three novels: The Tiger Flu, Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a Thousand; two poetry books, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s
- She is the recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award and the Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary where she directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing.
- She lives in Calgary.
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Larissa Lai returns to the realm of speculative fiction with her first novel in 16 years, Amanda Leduc, Nov 2018, Quill & Quire
Larissa Lai builds a maximalist and surprisingly enchanting vision of post-Peak Oil dystopia, Brett Josef Grubisic, Nov 2018, Toronto Star