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Ian Thomas Shaw

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I am a Canadian novelist, who writes both under the pen name Con Cú (owl in Vietnamese) and my own name of Ian Thomas Shaw. My pen name was derived from a nickname given to me by a Vietnamese friend, whose stories about Vietnam and coming as a child to Canada inspired my first novel, Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls. I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last 34 years, I have worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. I currently live in Aylmer, Quebec (just outside of Ottawa). My second novel, Quill of the Dove, is a blend of literary fiction and political thriller set against the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Quill of the Dove was pu ...more

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My mother passed away this spring. As I spent the last few days at her bedside, I was inspired to accompany her on her journey beyond this…more
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My mother passed away this spring. As I spent the last few days at her bedside, I was inspired to accompany her on her journey beyond this existence by writing this poem. In the end, a few lines of verse is sometimes all we can share with those who are leaving us behind.(less)
Ian Thomas Shaw Most of my book launches are in Canadian cities. I keep an updated list of them on my website at https://www.ianthomasshaw.com/events

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Most of my book launches are in Canadian cities. I keep an updated list of them on my website at https://www.ianthomasshaw.com/events

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German Rights bought by LiteraturWissenschaft

I am pleased that LiteratureWissenschaft Verlag has bought the rights to translate and publish Quill of the Dove in German. The German edition should be out by October 2020 in time for the Frankfurt 2020 Book Fair, where Canada is will be the guest country of honour.
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This anthology is an important collective account by more than 100 Quebec writers of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. It should be in every library and school in Quebec and Canada! Highly recommended.
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Under its Arachnide translation imprint, the House of Anansi is launching this spring Mirror Lake, a widely acclaimed work of fiction by Quebec’s award-winning novelist Andrée A. Michaud. They are pitching the novel as “a playfully genre-mixing psych ...more
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I really loved translating this novella. Andrée-Anne Gratton is an author of considerable talent with a flair for offering original perspectives on human behaviour.
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“The Empty Door

I will meet you,
At the empty door,
Enter the atrium,
Of dreams once bold,
Regrets untold,
Walk the corridor,
Of restlessness,
Bathe in the pool,
Of forgetfulness,
And in the grand salon,
Where the threads of life,
Now grey,
Fray in the dying light,
Share verses,
Forged by the night.”
Ian Thomas Shaw

“In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you. Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.”
Nizar Qabbani

“País

Tus ojos son de donde
La nieve no ha manchado
La luz y entre las palmas
El aire
Invisible es de claro.”
Luis Cernuda

“The Empty Door

I will meet you,
At the empty door,
Enter the atrium,
Of dreams once bold,
Regrets untold,
Walk the corridor,
Of restlessness,
Bathe in the pool,
Of forgetfulness,
And in the grand salon,
Where the threads of life,
Now grey,
Fray in the dying light,
Share verses,
Forged by the night.”
Ian Thomas Shaw

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