Madeleine Thien

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Madeleine Thien
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Madeleine Thien in 2007.
Born Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian

Madeleine Thien (born 1974) is a Canadian short story writer and novelist.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was educated at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Thien was a finalist for Writers' Trust of Canada's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in 1999, and in 2001 she was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award for most promising Canadian writer under age 30. In 2008, she was invited to participate in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Thien's first book, Simple Recipes (Toronto: M&S, 2001; New York: Little, Brown, 2002), a collection of short stories, received the City of Vancouver Book Award, the VanCity Book Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Her novel, Certainty (Toronto: M&S, 2006; New York: Little, Brown, 2007; London: Faber, 2007), has been published internationally and translated into 16 languages.[1] It won the in Canada First Novel Award, the Ovid Festival Prize[2] and was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize[3] for Fiction.

Her second novel, Dogs at the Perimeter (Toronto: M&S, 2011; London: Granta Books, 2012) was a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the 2014 International Literature Award - Haus der Kulturen der Welt.[4] The novel, about the aftermath of the Cambodian genocide,[5] has been translated in 8 languages.

Thien was the Simon Fraser University Writer-in-Residence 2013-2014, a position held for 8 months starting in October. She is part of the International Faculty in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at City University of Hong Kong.[6]


  • Simple Recipes — 2001
  • The Chinese Violin — 2002
  • Certainty — 2006
  • Dogs at the Perimeter - 2011

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  6. ^ Thien, M.; Jacobsen, S.D. (22 February 2014). "Madeleine Thien: Writer-in-Residence, Simon Fraser University". In-Sight (3.A): 25–33.