Diane Schoemperlen

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin US published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. Her latest book, published in 2014 in both Canada and the U.S. by Biblioasis, is By the Book, a collection of stories drawn from old textbooks from the early 1900s and illustrated with her own full-colour collages. Diane is currently working on a memoir called This Is Not My Life. She has lived in Kingston since 1986.

First Things First: Selected Stories (Biblioasis, June 2017)





This is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications (HarperCollins Canada, 2016)