Ibi Kaslik


Ibolya (Ibi) Kaslik is a novelist and poet. A graduate of Concordia University, she holds both a BA (with distinction) with a Major in Creative Writing, and a Master of Arts in English from that institution. She teaches creative writing and English in Montreal, and writes regularly for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Matrix, and Hour.

Author photo by Trevor Hopkins

Fiction

The Angel Riots A brilliant new novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Skinny.
(Penguin, Spring 2008)World Rights Available Ex:
English Canada: Penguin Books Canada, 2008 Finalist, 22nd Annual Trillium Book Award
Skinny Ibi Kaslik’s startling and bestselling debut novel captures the story of two sisters struggling to come to terms with their adult selves.

World Rights available Ex:
Canada: HarperCollinsCanada (2004), Harper Perennial (2005)
U.S.: Walker & Company (2006)
A/NZ: Text Publishing (2007)
Netherlands: AW Bruna (2007)
Israel: Yanshuf Publishers (2007)
Russia: Centrepolygraph (2008)
French: Éditions Intervista (2009)
Brazil: Editora Novo Conceito #7, Children’s Bestseller List, Paperbacks,
New York Times Book Review, January 27, 2008
Shortlisted, Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Shortlisted, 2005 Young Adult Canadian Book Award
Canadian Library Association “[A] beautifully written first novel … . The prose is nuanced, eloquent and occasionally gruesome. Giselle’s downward spiral is Lowryesque in its freefall, but there are many flashes of joy and humour, and hope.”
Quill & Quire “Intricate and heartbreaking… . Kaslik’s unblinking eye shows a psyche fatally incapable of digesting life’s hurts, turning every blow into another round of self-abuse. … Imitating life more than fiction, Kaslik’s last chapters bring a bitter end as engrossing as it is uncompromising.”
The Globe and Mail “Ibi Kaslik’s debut novel is a luminescent read….Kaslik’s harsh realities are well-painted, her characters’ emotions and mistakes vivid…. The book’s emotional grip is fierce, and the hunger of its characters for love and understanding is compelling.”
eye weekly “Kaslik is a talented storyteller. This book captured something visceral and alive in every family: the power of its secrets and how we can choose to be either haunted or healed by them.”
The Georgia Straight

Anthologies

Tales from the Tundra A Collection of Inuit Stories
edited by Ibi Kaslik
illustrated by Anthony Brennan(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010)

Honours

  Finalist, CBC Short Story Competition (Quebec), 2004
Finalist, Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose
Competition for Developing Writers, 1999
Winner, Irving Layton Award for Prose, 1995
Winner, Irving Layton Award for Poetry, 1994