R.6 Nancy Richler

Author: Nancy Richler

Profile: Nancy Richler was a Canadian novelist. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was Jewish and a lesbian. She completed her studies in Brandeis University and University of Denver. She won two international awards and was shortlisted for 3 awards. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year award. When Nancy was 18 years old, she moved to the United States and graduated at Brandeis University with a degree in history. Later she studied social work and worked with younger people. She completed the Master of Arts degree in international studies at the University of Denver Graduate School, specializing in the Soviet Union.

After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1988, she started to write fiction. Throwaway Angels is a novel based on unresolved crimes in real life of women sex workers who disappeared in downtown east side of Vancouver. Short stories written by Richler have been published in anthologies and magazines including A Room of One’s Own, Prairie Fire, New Quarterly and the Journey Prize Anthology.

Vicki Trerise, a mediator and lawyer was her partner. Richler went back to Montreal to look after her aging parents. She has been writer-in-residence in 2013-2014 at the University of Ottawa.

Writing style: Nancy Richler’s genre is fiction.

Published Texts:

1996 – Throwaway Angels (debut novel)

2003 – Your Mouth is Lovely (historical novel)

2012 – The Imposter Bride

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2003 – Won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction (Your Mouth Is Lovely)

2004 – Won the Adei Wizo Award in Italy (Your Mouth Is Lovely)

2012 – Shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

2013 – Shortlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award (fiction category - The Imposter Bride)

2013 – Shortlisted for the Libris Award in the Author of the Year category

Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel (Throwaway Angels)

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