Reluctant Rebellions Publishes with the University of the Fraser Valley

RELUCTANT-REBELLIONS---black-border-Thumbnail-144x216RELUCTANT REBELLIONS: New and Selected Nonfiction, an essay collection featuring yet unpublished pieces by Giller Prize finalist and internationally bestselling novelist Shauna Singh Baldwin, has been released by the CICS/Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley today! Happy Book Birthday to Shauna!

Says the University of the Fraser Valley of the book, “In Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Nonfiction, Baldwin presents essays and speeches on the act of writing as a feminist author, while at the same time writing about the resistance of cultural communities to false presumptions and definitions imposed by the dominant community. ”

Shaunsbaldwina will be launching her book tonight at a Reading and Book Launch Reception at the UFV Centre for Indo Canadian Studies.  For further details, please visit

Shauna will also be on tour in India from November 2nd to the 29th, for more information and event dates visit

Check out the book trailer!

Please visit Shauna Singh Baldwin’s website at the following link:


“Put simply, this book is a gem. Shauna gives us a compilation of essays and speeches that offer readers a primer on how to live with compassion and empathy in an ever increasing multicultural world, and it offers writers invaluable craft-focused lessons for documenting the terrible stories and the suffering that characterizes the human condition in the absence of such kindness and consideration.” – Rosalia Scalia of

Advance Praise:

“A beautiful, powerful book of essays and speeches that traverse continents and decades to examine the complicated experience of being a South Asian woman who belongs to many tribes, some of which are in conflict with others. Intelligent, informed, and unafraid of asking tough questions, this book is sure to delight intelligent readers of all backgrounds.” -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Author of Oleander Girl and Before We Visit the Goddess

“In this highly personal, lucid, intellectually stimulating, beckoning yet always challenging volume, Shauna Singh Baldwin moves seamlessly from her already proven mastery of fiction to this collection of meticulously researched essays.   Exploring tensions in and through the power of language and naming, histories of colonialism and privilege, relations between women and between women and men, she intuitively grants her readers space for pause and reflection. Her varied fictional characters, who have become for many of her readers beloved and familiar friends, are creatively interwoven into her narrative, beacons of wisdom or critique. Baldwin shines a light on hallowed institutions, inviting her readers to question preconceived notions of ‘the way things are’, to name, take responsibility and resist injustice through acts, big or small, of reluctant rebellions.” – Doris R. Jakobsh, Department of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo

“A wonderfully illuminating and personal exploration of cultural, racial, religious and gender perspectives…  [Shauna Singh Baldwin] has an intimate knowledge of multiple worlds, which she describes with insight and sympathy. The essays and addresses in this book, by extending and amplifying her earlier writing, make invaluable and enlightening companions to her fiction.” – Hugh Johnston, Simon Fraser University

Rights Sold: University of the Fraser Valley, World English

Deal News- Reluctant Rebellions by Shauna Singh Baldwin

sbaldwinGiller Prize finalist and internationally bestselling novelist Shauna Singh Baldwin’s provocative collection, RELUCTANT REBELLIONS: New and Selected Non-Fiction, featuring a collection of yet unpublished pieces to Satwinder Bains of CICS/Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, for publication Fall 2016 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (World).

CBC announces top 100 must-read Canadian novels

CBC announced their top 100 must-read novels written by Canadian authors. Transatlantic congratulates ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter, HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE by Zoe Whittall, THE BISHOP’S MAN by Linden MacIntyre, WHAT THE BODY REMEMBERS by Shauna Singh Baldwin and WHALE MUSIC by Paul Quarrington, and all novelists of CBC’s “100 Novels that make you proud to be Canadian.”

When making the selection, CBC Books considered aspects such as cultural impact, reader response and critical reception.

For the full list please visit the CBC website.


The Selector of Souls awarded the Anne Powers Fiction Prize

Congratulations to Shauna Singh Baldwin whose novel THE SELECTOR OF SOULS has been awarded the 2012 Anne Powers Fiction Prize by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

“The writing in the book is simply gorgeous, and the scope of the book is enormous. Singh Baldwin skillfully interweaves the lives of her two main characters over the course of a turbulent decade, blending their personal stories with the politics, policies, and deep­rooted misogyny that promoted female infanticide and abortion in India during the 1990s. Her message comes through clearly without didacticism as each of her characters deals with complex problems that have no easy answers. This author also does a superb job of illuminating a variety of Indian cultures for a Western audience that is ignorant or oblivious, and usually both. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and recommend it highly”
– Patricia Valdata, Anne Powers Fiction Prize jury citation, 2012

World Rights Available Ex:
Canada English & French, Knopf, September 2012
UK and India, Simon & Schuster, September 2012
Turkey, Epsilon Yayincilik
Optioned for film by Industry Pictures

Represented by Samantha Haywood.