Emily Schultz came to national attention in 2009 with her novel, Heaven is Small, which was a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Book Award alongside books by Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
She had already made a literary reputation for herself, however, with a collection of short stories Black Coffee Night, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Best First Fiction; a novel Joyland; and a collection of poetry, Songs for the Dancing Chicken, which was a finalist for the 2008 Trillium Prize for Poetry.
Emily recently moved to New York City, which is the setting for her hilarious and deeply disturbing dystopian novel, The Blondes. Lately, Emily has been blogging “The Science of the Blondes,” in which she explores how a rabies-like virus could only affect women with natural and bleached blonde hair. Read this book, and you will never look at blondes the same again.
In Heaven is Small, Emily placed Heaven somewhere in North Toronto. In The Blondes, the refuge from the plague is somewhere near Georgian Bay. For Emily herself, home has been Richmond, Virginia; Toronto and Windsor, Ontario; and now Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder of the literary journal Joyland, a hub of short fiction.
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