Karen Connelly is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the most recent being the novel, The Change Room, published by PenguinRandomHouse. The Change Room has been called “revolutionary” and “boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s sexuality. Connelly is also the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, which was the winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Novelist’s Prize, shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize, and compared, in the New York Times Book Review, to the work of Mandela, Solszhenityn and Mandela. Set in a prison in Myanmar, the novel was banned in that country for almost a decade and finally published there in translation last year. Touch the Dragon, her nonfiction travelogue about living in Thailand as a teenager, won the Governor General’s Award and was a Canadian bestseller for over two years. She has also received the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry. Her works have been translated into fourteen languages and published in seventeen countries. She lives with her family in Toronto and, during the summers, in Greece.

Events Karen Connelly was involved in

  • Lit Jam 2018

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM

    An interactive night of storytelling where teams composed of emerging writers from various creative writing programs will compete by improvising stories on stage.

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  • IFOA Weekly presents Danila Botha & Karen Connelly

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:30 PM

    We are delighted to have award-winning author Danila Botha and best-selling author Karen Connelly share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new works.

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  • IFOA Oliver Paipoonge

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    Distinguished authors, Karen Connelly, Andy McGuire and Cordelia Strube, will read live from their latest work!

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  • IFOA Thunder Bay

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00 PM

    Distinguished writers Karen Connelly, Amy Jones, Andy McGuire, and Cordelia Strube will be reading live in Thunder Bay!

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  • Myanmar@IFOA

    Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 1:00 PM

    Join authors as they discuss the state of literature in Myanmar.

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