Mary Novik is a Canadian novelist.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in Victoria and Surrey, Novik now lives in Vancouver. Her debut novel, Conceit (Doubleday Canada, 2007) is about Pegge Donne, the daughter of the Metaphysical poet John Donne, and is set in 17th century London. Other fictional characters based on historical people are Donne's wife Ann More, the diarist Samuel Pepys, and the fisherman Izaak Walton.
Conceit won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was chosen as a Book of the Year by both The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire and as a Canadian Book of the Year by Abebooks.
- Conceit (2007) - ISBN 978-0-385-66205-5
- Gudrun Will. "17th-century immersion: Donne & Daughter", Vancouver Review, No. 15 (Fall 2007), p. 25.
- Edward O'Connor. "The Poet and His Headstrong Daughter", The Fiddlehead, No. 238 (Winter 2009), pp. 98-100
- Jim Bartley. "Mary Novik's Conceit: A Magnificent Novel of 17th-century London", The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2007, pp. D1, 8, 25
- Holly Faith Nelson. "Milton and Poetry, 1603-1660", The Year's Work in English Studies, Vol. 88, No. 1 (2009)
- Author's official website
- Publisher's website for Conceit
- Interview with Mary Novik
- Five Questions with Mary Novik