Kenneth Radu

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Kenneth Radu
Born1945 (age 73–74)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Occupationnovelist, poet, short story writer
Notable worksThe Cost of Living, Distant Relations, A Private Performance

Kenneth Radu is a Canadian writer. He was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1988 Governor General's Awards for his short story collection The Cost of Living.[1]

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, he resided in Quebec as an adult, where he taught at John Abbott College in Montreal.[1]

He was a shortlisted nominee for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989 for Distant Relations,[2] and has won the Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction in 1989 for Distant Relations[3] and in 1991 for A Private Performance.[4]

He has also served as co-editor of Matrix, a literary magazine devoted to English-language writing in Montreal.[5] He wrote the afterword for the New Canadian Library edition of Yves Beauchemin's novel The Alley Cat.[6]



  • Distant Relations (1989)
  • Home Fires (1992)
  • Strange and Familiar Places (1999)
  • Flesh and Blood (2001)
  • Purest of Human Pleasures (2004)

Short stories[edit]

  • The Cost of Living (1987)
  • A Private Performance (1990)
  • Snow Over Judaea (1994)
  • Sex in Russia (2010)


  • Letter to a Distant Father (1987)
  • Treading Water (1992)
  • Romanian Suite (1996)


  • The Devil Is Clever: A Memoir of My Romanian Mother (2004)


  1. ^ a b "Senneville author Radu wary of pretentious labels". The Gazette, February 9, 1989.
  2. ^ "Birdsell book wins in tie-breaker, takes first novel award for 1989". Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1990.
  3. ^ "Three writers win QSPELL prizes". The Gazette, November 4, 1989.
  4. ^ "Kenneth Radu wins MacLennan Prize; Look at suburban family life wins QSPELL's fiction award". The Gazette, November 16, 1991.
  5. ^ "Matrix, a Montreal-based magazine focusing on English writing in Quebec, is becoming an increasingly important document of what it means to be a non-francophone living in the province". The Globe and Mail, September 8, 1990.
  6. ^ "New Canadian Library is where CanLit begins". The Gazette, April 1, 1995.