Susan Swan


Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in fifteen countries and translated into eight languages. Swan’s last novel, The Western Light published in 2012 is a prequel to The Wives of Bath, her bestselling gothic novel about a murder in a girls’ school. A finalist for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award, The Wives of Bath was made into the feature film Lost and Delirious, shown in 32 countries. A finalist for the Evergreen Award, The Western Light is currently being adapted for a TV mini-series.

A previous novel What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; it was named a top book of the year by The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Now Magazine and the Sun Times.  Published by Knopf in Canada and in the U.S. by Bloomsbury it has also been published in Spain, Russia, Poland, Serbia and Portugal.

Swan’s other novels include The Last of the Golden Girls, published in Canada and the U.S., and The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, published in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. The Biggest Modern Woman of the World was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and Books in Canada’s first novel award; it is currently being adapted for stage by Montreal playwright Hannah Moscovitch.

Swan lives in Toronto. She was awarded York University’s Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies in 2000. Her story collections are Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With and Unfit for Paradise. As a former chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Swan brought in a new benefits plan for writers and artists.