Eva Stachniak

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Eva Stachniak
Stachniak at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2014
Stachniak at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2014
Born November 27, 1952
Wrocław, Poland
Occupation novelist
Nationality Polish-Canadian
Period 2000s-present
Notable works Necessary Lies, The Winter Palace

Eva Stachniak (born 1952 in Wrocław, Poland) is a Polish-Canadian novelist.[1]

Stachniak came to Canada in 1981 to study at McGill University,[1] and remained in the country after the imposition of martial law in Poland prevented her from returning home.[2] She worked for Radio Canada International from 1984 to 1986, and then moved to Toronto to teach at Sheridan College.

Her debut novel Necessary Lies, published in 2000, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award.[3] Her second novel, Garden of Venus, followed in 2005.[4] The book was also published under the title Dancing with Kings in the United Kingdom.

Her third novel, The Winter Palace, was published in 2012.[5] A historical novel about Catherine the Great,[5] The Winter Palace became Stachniak's first Canadian and international bestseller.[5] She followed with a sequel novel, Empress of the Night, in 2014.[6]

She has also published short stories in literary magazines and anthologies.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Roncesvalles Avenue lands on Toronto's literary map". The Globe and Mail, April 16, 2011
  2. ^ "Stachniak wins first novel award". Kingston Whig-Standard, September 27, 2001.
  3. ^ "Necessary Lies wins first-novel award". The Globe and Mail, September 26, 2001.
  4. ^ "Final journey culmination of trip from poverty to luxury". Edmonton Journal, July 24, 2005.
  5. ^ a b c "Eva Stachniak: In search of Catherine's greatness". The Globe and Mail, January 20, 2012.
  6. ^ Ruth Myles, "Eva Stachniak returns to the court of Catherine the Great with Empress of the Night". Calgary Herald, March 31, 2014.

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