Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first novel, What the Body Remembers, the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean region). Her second novel, The Tiger Claw, the story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent searching for her beloved through occupied France, was a finalist for Canada’s Giller Prize and optioned for film. The Selector of Souls, her third novel, received the Council for Wisconsin Writers fiction prize.

Shauna is the author of two cross-cultural story collections: We Are Not in Pakistan and English Lessons and Other Stories. She is co-author of A Foreign Visitor’s Survival Guide to America. Her play, We Are So Different Now, in which Draupadi of the Mahabharat leads a privileged Indian woman to feminism, premiered in Canada in 2016. Her Indian awards include a Nehru Award (gold medal) for public speaking and the Shastri Award for English Prose.

Shauna received an MBA from Marquette University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has served on several fiction juries including the Governor General’s Prize and the Giller Prize. Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Non-fiction was published in 2016. She lives in Milwaukee, WI and on the net at


The Selector of Souls (Knopf, September 2012)




The Tiger Claw optioned for film by Industry Pictures (Knopf Canada, Sept 2004, Penguin India 2005, De Geus, Holland 2005) Shortlist, Giller Prize, 2004 Shortlist



What the Body Remembers (Nan Talese/Doubleday U.S.A.; Knopf Canada – 12th printing; Transworld, UK; Editions du Seuil, France; Bertelsmann, Germany; Psichogios, Greece; Editorial Anagrama, Spain; Keter, Israel; Uitgeverij De Geus, Holland; Mondadori Editore, Italy; Prószynski I Ska, Poland; Enciclopedia Catalana, Spain; Epsilon Yayincilik, Turkey; Prosoretz Publications Bulgaria 1999-2006; Goose Lane Between the Covers Audio 2000, Sirius Satellite Radio, 2008) Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean), 2000
Longlist, Orange Prize, 1999
Editor’s Choice, Village Voice Literary Supplement 1999
Outstanding Achievement Literary Award, Wisconsin Library Journal

Agent: Samantha Haywood