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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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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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Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls - Third Edition (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: On her last day, Dr. Han Thieu, a Vietnamese doctor in Montreal, reminisces about her life, her husband, daughters, adopted son Quan, and friend Mathieu Hibou. In an act of love, she has decided to spare them her descent into unbearable pain and eventual death. Each of her remaining moments is like the rustling of papaya leaves—a sound only audible to those who choose to listen. Each memory brings sorrow and joy. For in life, love is but the counterface of suffering. Then with her last gasp, the story begins. The dark pain of post-war Vietnam and Cambodia blends into the youthful resilience of Malaysia and Thailand, the discovery of Canada and then new tragedies in Africa and the Middle East. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is a story teller’s tale. With every page you turn, let the ink lament a land lost, the paper sigh for past love and the letters paint desire for life renewed.
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Ce mémoire est un brillant compte-rendu de la période la plus sombre de l'histoire du Cambodge. Écrit de manière captivante, il raconte l'histoire d'une jeune fille au Cambodge qui voit ses proches lui être enlevés, un par un, alors que les Khmers ro ...more
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The Teardown is a reasonably good study of absence, and the prose and dialogue demonstrate the skills of a seasoned writer. However, the plot, especially the passages in Serbia, is hollow, and the character arc is flat. I felt that the novel really f ...more
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"This Country of Mine is a standalone contemporary novel written by Didier Leclair and translated from the French by Elaine Kennedy. It centers on Apollinaire, an immigrant to Toronto, who works at a call centre by day and a cabbie/physician by night." Read more of this review »
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"I highly recommend Ian Shaw's Quill of the Dove. A gripping political thriller, it is driven forward by a cast of richly drawn characters entangled in a welter of battle and intrigue spanning more than 30 years of Middle Eastern warfare from 1975 to " Read more of this review »
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When fantasy pushes aside the lucid remonstrances of the banal, that is where you will find Michael Mirolla. He has delivered in his newest novella, The Last News Vendor, the quintessential metamorphosis of the observer to the observed and at the cut ...more
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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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