Emily Schultz

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Emily Schultz (born 1974) is an American fiction writer raised in Canada and now living in Brooklyn, New York.

Life and career[edit]

During an onstage interview[1] with Margaret Atwood, Schultz described how her own family settled in Canada from Michigan in the early 1970s when her father deserted the U.S. Army at the height of the Vietnam War. Schultz's father had used a guide for draft evaders and deserters issued by one of her future publishers, House of Anansi.

She is the author of Black Coffee Night, a Danuta Gleed nominated 2002 collection of stories. A story from that collection ("The Value of X") was adapted by Lynne Stopkewich, director of Kissed. In 2005 Schultz published her first novel, Joyland.[2] and was included in a Globe and Mail round table discussion with Sheila Heti titled "Tomorrow's Ondaatjes and Munros."[3]

In 2009 House of Anansi Press published Schultz's second novel, Heaven Is Small. [4] The satirical novel was based on her year spent as a night shift proofreader for Harlequin Enterprises.[5]

In 2014 a glitch on Amazon caused customers to buy her novel Joyland by mistake, believing they were purchasing a novel by Stephen King with the same title. Schultz chronicled her experiences on a Tumblr called Spending the Stephen King Money.[6]

Her novel The Blondes was published by St. Martin's Press in 2015[7] and listed as a Best Fiction Book of the Year by Kirkus[8] and BookPage.[9]

Schultz is the co-founder of the literary website Joyland: A hub for short fiction.


  1. ^ "The Survival Of CanLit". Vancouver Writers' Festival. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Theissen, Cherrie (2006-01-30). "The Summer of '84". January. Retrieved 2006-01-30. 
  3. ^ Gzowski, Alison (2005-01-30). "Tomorrow's Ondaatjes and Munros". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2005-01-30. 
  4. ^ Beattie, Steven (2009-04-29). "Anansi and Shortcovers team up to give away digital book". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ Medley, Mark (2009-04-18). "To Hell In A Harlequin". National Post. Retrieved 2009-04-18. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Shamsian, Jacob (2014-06-18). "Stephen King responds to 'Joyland' mixup". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  7. ^ Keeler, Emily (October 10, 2013). "The writer who was mistaken for Stephen King http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-writer-mistaken-for-stephen-king-20131010,0,6270560.story#ixzz2uvX9T87D". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 March 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ Editors, Editors (2015-12-03). "Best Fiction Books of 2015". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  9. ^ Editors, Trisha (2015-11-25). "Best Books of 2015". BookPage. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 

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