Author of the Month – Emma Donoghue


I don’t think that there was any doubt in my mind who I would blog about this month.  Her book, Room, was simply amazing.  There are so many things that I loved about that book that I can’t even begin to list them. When she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, I thought it was a sure shoe-in-the-box.  Unfortunately, it was not to be (this time!).  However, according to the Q&Q interview in it’s December issue, this hasn’t put a dent in Donoghue’s upbeat attitude.

Donoghue is originally from Ireland, immigrating to Canada in 1998 to London, Ontario.  Since the age of 23 she has been able to concentrate solely on her writing, thanks to a book deal with Canadian publisher Penguin Group (Canada).  This has definitely been helpful for this successful writer, allowing her to create 16 plot-lines that would give her a reputation as a “must-read” author in Canada and the UK.

Emma Donoghue knew that she loved making words into stories early on in her life.  In 1990 she graduated from the University College of Dublin with a degree in English and French, later on receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge.  Her first work of fiction, Stirfry, was written in 1994; her first play, I Know My Own Heart, in 1993.  Her books have been translated into 22 languages.

I’ve watched a couple of her readings from Room, and I keep checking her tour schedule to see if she will be coming to Vancouver soon.  Barring that she will be in Kamloops and Kelowna in February 2011. Perhaps I will be making a small roadtrip up north to get my copy of Room autographed.

If you want to read more about Emma, you can check out the very well written interview article in the Q&Q’s December issue, or you can go to her website (clicking on the tour schedule link will take you there!).

Other important but boring info!

Rating: 5/5 – Emma’s writing style is very down-to-earth, written for a common reader.  She draws you in effectively with her characters and her plot, which flows gracefully throughout the entire book. Highly recommend reading any of her books.

Re-Readability: Would I read another of Emma’s books?? Or even re-read them? You better believe it.  They are going to be shelf staples… or virtual staples…

Availability: All of her books are available (although not all have been published in Canada) at Chapters or online at Amazon. ca/.com.  However, only Room and Inseparable are available in e-book format with Kobo, and only The Sealed Letter and Inseparable are available in e-book format with Kindle.  And while I don’t truly know why Amazon hasn’t jumped on board with the award winning, best-seller Room, I can only hypothesize that this is due to publisher rights.  Anyone else know?

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