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Keith Maillard

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KEITH MAILLARD is the author of fourteen novels, one book of poetry, and two memoirs. Twelve of his titles have been shortlisted for or won literary prizes. Light in the Company of Women was a runner-up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; Motet won that prize. Hazard Zones was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Literary Prize, and Gloria was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Dementia Americana won the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. The Clarinet Polka was awarded the Creative Arts Prize by the Polish American Historical Association. Of his quartet, Difficulty at the Beginning, the first three volumes — Running, Morgantown, and Lyndon Johnson and the Majorettes — were shortlisted for the Weatherford Award while the quartet’s final book, Looking Good, was longlisted for the Relit Award. His novel Twin Studies was awarded the 2019 Alberta Book of the Year Award in the fiction category.

Throughout his long career Maillard has published nonfiction essays and articles in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. In 2018 he contributed to Refuse: Canlit in Ruins, edited by Julie Rak, Hannah McGregor, and Erin Wunker. The Bridge is his second book-length work of creative nonfiction.

Maillard has taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia for over thirty years. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, author and editor Mary Maillard. For further information on Keith, including a complete publication list, please visit his website:

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