Stephen Law

BIOGRAPHY

Stephen Law writes on his couch, in alternative coffee shops and libraries, grows garlic, mediates conflicts, faciiitates workshops, assists in refugee resettlement and raises his two daughters (not in that order). His latest novel, Under Her Skin, a story of family dysfunction, race and the experience of refugees, to be released in the Fall of 2017. (Roseway). His first novel, Tailings of Warren Peace is a social justice thriller that explores issues of Canadian mining companies, communities that struggle against them and a guy who repossesses gravestones. It is a story of love, memory, the way the past haunts us and the power of solidarity to save us.

Here is what has been said about Under Her Skin:

“Stephen Law’s writing rings with compassion and curiosity – for his characters and about the human condition. His richly-peopled Halifax is infused with detail that brings this story to life.” – Stephanie Domet, author of Falsy Downsies 

“A story of emotional challenges, family conflicts and fateful decisions that can happen in any community… A must read!” – Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Dalhousie University

“This is an engrossing story with a time signature all its own. With lovely lyricism, Stephen Law bravely imagines his way under the skin and into the heart of Shaz. A compassionate and thoughtful novel, it is shot-through with moments of breathtaking writing.” – Semi Chellas, writer on the Romanoffs, Mad Men and The Eleventh Hour.

And, Tailings of Warren Peace, was named “one of the best novels of 2013” by the Charlottetown Guardian.

Atlantic Books Today named it said “it is a first rate thriller…impossible to write this off as merely a good read.”

And rabble.ca called it “…a page-turning thriller, complete with unsavoury villains and life-and-death chases through the jungle…a novel with literary ambitions that makes creative use of newspaper clippings, stock exchange data and other non-narrative text to comment on the importance of story itself.”

Check out his website: www.stephenlaw.ca for more.

​He lives in Kennetcook, Nova Scotia with his partner Evelyn Jones and their two daughters.

Publications:

  • Under Her Skin, Roseway, September 2017, ISBN 9781552668474
  • Tailings of Warren Peace. Roseway, March 2013, ISBN 9781552665152

 Articles:

  • Profile of Human Rights Activists – This Magazine, 2015
  • Why we don’t like Canadians – Halifax Media Coop March, 2014
  • “While we mine for gold” Canadian Dimension May/June 2013
  • Sustainble Rural Development Assessment Report – CCN News 2009
  • A Taste of Peru – Report on Human Rights in Latin America

  Essays:

  • “A Recipe for Social Justice” – Re-Generations: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (2013)

Awards:

  • Arts Council of Nova Scotia – Presentation Grant
  • Shortlisted for John and Margaret Savage First Novel Award (2014)

 


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