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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 is at work on her next novel.


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Empress of the Night by Doubleday Canada

Empress was published in March, and I am still promoting it both in Canada and the US, meeting with readers and talking about the novel and Catherine the Great.

Next week (May 14 and 15) I will have two readings in Seattle. If you live close by, or have friends there please spread the word and come!

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


Rochelle Jewel  Shapiro Nice to hear from you, Eva. Best, Rochelle Shapiro


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