Shaena Lambert

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Oh, My Darling
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Die fallende Frau

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Shaena Lambert is a novelist, short story writer and teacher. Born and raised in Vancouver, she has lived in Toronto, New York, the Okanagan Valley, and now splits her time between Vancouver and Cortes Island, a northern gulf island in Desolation Sound.

Shaena’s most recent book of stories, Oh My Darling, was published to critical acclaim by HarperCollins Canada, Patrick Crean Editions. The stories circle around ‘family, love and contemporary life’. The collection was chosen as a top book of the year by The Globe and Mail and The National Post, received rave reviews across Canada, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award, and won the CBC Bookie Award for best story collection of 2013.

Radiance, her first novel – about an enigmatic Hiroshima survivor who comes to New York for surgery on her face & the complex relationship she has with her hosts – was published by Random House Canada in February 2007, also to widespread critical acclaim. Virago Press, in the United Kingdom, launched the book in May, 2007, distributing it within the European Union and to New Zealand and Australia, where it was also met with high praise. Radiance was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Award and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.

Shaena’s first book of short stories, The Falling Woman (Vintage, 2002), was chosen by The Globe and Mail as a top book of the year, and was short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Award. The Falling Woman was also published internationally by Virago Press in the United Kingdom and by Berlin Verlag in Germany in 2003.

Shaena’s fiction and poetry have appeared in many prominent journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All Story, Toronto Life, Image (Dublin), Marvels & Tales – The Journey of Fairytale Studies, The Walrus, Nimrod, Descant, The Malahat Review, The North American Review and Prism International, as well as being selected four times for Best Canadian Stories, and for The Journey Prize Anthology.

Lambert received her BFA in Honours Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has studied fiction with Margaret Atwood, Bonnie Burnard and Peter Carey. She  has taught fiction and memoir writing through the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University, the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, the Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre and with Humber College in Ontario. She also provides critical feedback to writers on a freelance basis (see Thoughts on Writing).

Shaena is a regular on-stage host at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival, and has moderated intriguing discussions with dozens of writers, including Emma Donaghue, Kathleen Winter, Alistair MacLeod, Paul Quarrington, David Adams Richard, Lynn Coady, Teva Harrison and Jack Hodgins.

A dedicated environmentalist, Shaena was arrested with her daughter at Burnaby Mountain for crossing a police barrier, to protest the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and continues to actively oppose oil pipelines, logging of old growth, and other policies leading to climate change and environmental destruction. She was the coordinator for the Canadian Peace Alliance in the 1980s, and helped to build and lead campaigns against cruise missiles, the Iraq war and nuclear arms buildup and proliferation.

She lives with her partner, Bob Penner, who runs a national communications company, Strategic Communications. They have two grown children – Peter and Lucy. Shaena splits her time between Vancouver and Cortes Island, a northern Gulf Island in Desolation Sound.

You can hit the icon below to watch a TV interview with Shaena, about her book Oh, My Darling, on the Fanny Kiefer show.




Blocking the gates of Kinder Morgan.