Sonja Larsen

As a child, Sonja Larsen went to nearly a dozen different schools and lived in several communes and one cult. As an adult, she has worked as a telephone solicitor, a bartender, a freelance writer and a teacher. She is currently a youth worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has a lot of stories to tell. Larsen’s writing has been published in magazines, newspapers and literary journals, including Room, Descant, Scissors and Spackle, THIS Magazine and the Globe & Mail, and in the anthology Flash 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse. She is the author of the memoir Red Star Tattoo (Random House Canada, 2016).

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Author photo by Emily Cooper


LSRedStarcovRed Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada, 2016)

Winner of the 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
Selected one of National Post 2016 Books of the Year
Selected one of NOW Magazine’s 2016 Books of the Year
Selected one of CBC’s 2016 Books of the Year