Leslie Shimotakahara

Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir The Reading List (Variety Crossing Press, 2012) won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize in 2012, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award.

ATBCover2Her debut novel is After the Bloom (Dundurn Press, 2017). In a starred review in Booklist, the novel has been praised as “personal and entrancing, unflinchingly shining a light on this difficult part of history.” Leslie has a Ph.D. in English from Brown University. She and her partner divide their time between Toronto and Hong Kong.