Lauren B. Davis

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Lauren B. Davis (née Cargill) is a Canadian writer. She is best known for her novel Our Daily Bread, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by The Globe and Mail and The Boston Globe.[1][2] She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey where she runs a writers workshop.


Born in Montreal, Quebec, on September 5, 1955, Davis lived in France for over a decade (1994-2004), and now resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where she runs the SHARPENING THE QUILL WRITERS WORKSHOPS and is past writer-in-residence at Trinity Episcopalian Church.[3][4]

She studied creative writing at Indiana University. Early in her career, Davis was mentored by Timothy Findley, at the Humber College School for Writers, where went on to be mentor herself (2007-2009). She was past European editor for the Literary Review of Canada from 1999 to 2002.

Davis has taught fiction writing at the WICE (Paris); the American University of Paris; the Geneva Writers' Conference; and Seattle University's Writers' Conference in Allihies, Ireland. Davis has also lectured on writing at Trent University, Rider University, Humber College and The Paris Writers' Workshop, and has done numerous readings.[5]


Her novel Our Daily Bread was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and named as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Globe and Mail, and "Best of 2011" by The Boston Globe; The Radiant City (2005) was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The Stubborn Season (2002), was chosen for the Robert Adams Lecture Series. Adams's lecture was televised on TVOntario's program Imprint. An Unrehearsed Desire (2008) was longlisted for the ReLit Awards. Her short fiction has also been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, in 2000 and 2006.


  • Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives. Oakville, ON: Mosaic, 2000.
  • The Stubborn Season. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2002.
  • The Radiant City. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2005. (Short-listed for the Roger's Writers' Trust Fiction Prize)
  • An Unrehearsed Desire. Toronto: Exile Editions Canada, 2008. (Long-listed for the Re-Lit Prize)
  • Our Daily Bread. Wordcraft of Oregon, 2011. HarperCollins Canada 2012 (Long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize)
  • The Empty Room. HarperCollins Canada, 2013 (named as one of the Best Books of the Year by the National Post and The Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Against A Darkening Sky." HarperAvenue Canada, 2015 and Chizine Publications (US), 2015


  1. ^ "The Globe 100: The very best books of 2011". The Globe and Mail. 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Best fiction books of 2011". The Boston Globe. December 18, 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Melora Koepke (April 9, 2005). "Face to face with reality: Lauren B. Davis's radiant city is a Paris far removed from the city of light". The Vancouver Sun. 
  4. ^ Eva Tihanyi (June 8, 2002). "A 10-year-old as her mother's keeper: Davis's Margaret is a startling portrait of the deeply disturbed". National Post. 
  5. ^ PAT DONNELLY (March 12, 2005). "The Radiant City takes readers on a trip to Paris: Insightful Novel tells story of an expatriate Canadian journalist". The Gazette. 

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