Karen Connelly is the author of seven books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being The Lizard Cage. She has read from and lectured on her work in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She is also a working photographer. Her best-selling book, Touch The Dragon, A Thai Journal, won the Governor Generalís Award for Non-Fiction in 1993, and was a New York Times Notable Travel Book of the Year in 2002. The Lizard Cage won Britain's 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers, as well as being shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize 2006 and longlisted for the Dublin Impac Award, 2006. The novel illuminates the tragic story of modern Burma by focusing on the lives of two people: a Burmese political prisoner and the child-labourer he befriends. A deeply layered work about the transforming power of language and of love, it has also been hailed as a suspenseful, page-turning thriller.
Her other books include Grace and Poison, One Room in a Castle, This Brighter Prison, The Disorder of Love, and The Small Words in My Body.
Festivals: 2001, 2009 (fall)