Nancy Lee (writer)

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Nancy Lee
Cardiff, Wales
Occupationshort story writer, novelist
Period2003 - present
Notable worksDead Girls; The Age

Nancy Lee is a British-born Canadian short story writer and novelist.

Born in Cardiff, Wales to parents of Chinese and Indian descent, she moved with her family to Vancouver, British Columbia in childhood.[1]

She published her first book of short stories, Dead Girls, in 2003. That book was named book of the year by NOW, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The Age, Lee’s debut novel, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.[2]

She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and is an Assistant Professor in the creative writing department at University of British Columbia. She has taught in the writing and publishing program at Simon Fraser University and has held a visiting professorship at the University of East Anglia. She was a panelist in the 2003 edition of Canada Reads, defending Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi. In the spring of 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, the writing program that takes place in the childhood home of the author Joy Kogawa (Obasan).

In 2016, when her former colleague Steven Galloway was being investigated for sexual misconduct, Lee admonished Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood and other authors for signing a letter that appeared to take his side of the events.[3]



  1. ^ "Asian Heritage in Canada: Nancy Lee", Ryerson University.
  2. ^ "The Age: The threat of nuclear annihilation hangs over Nancy Lee's latest novel". The Globe and Mail. 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ Bethune, Brian (2016-11-23). "How the Steven Galloway affair became a CanLit class war". MacLean's. Retrieved 2017-10-29.