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Eva Stachniak

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Eva Stachniak was born in Wrocław, Poland. She moved to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and humanities. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. Her first novel of Catherine the Great, The Winter Palace, has been included in the Washington Post 2011 list of most notable fiction and was a #1 international bestseller. Empress of the Night, her second Catherine the Great novel was published in March of 2014.
Stachniak lives in Toronto, where she has just finished writing her next novel, The Chosen Maiden, to be published in January of 2017.

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I am happy to announce that The Winter Palace is now available in French:

Le palais d'hiver


Empress of The Night is also available from the same publisher:

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Eva Stachniak Happy 2016!
Best wishes of happiness and joy and many wonderful books!


Lady Alexandrine HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 Eva! MAY IT BE FULL OF JOY, LOVE AND GREAT BOOKS !

LET'S ENJOY THE PARTY AND CHAMPAGNE :)

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Patricia Happy new year, Eva!! Another year ahead for sharing the good times, which, of course, includes books.


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