Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa to a big Lebanese family. The daughter of a shopkeeper, she had access to all the treats she wanted. Years ago she belly-danced her way across Northern Japan and taught English there, too. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers.
Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest.
She has two poetry collections Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter and A Samurai’s Pink House.
Her novel, The Allspice Bath, is the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal winner for Multicultural Fiction.
Her first children’s picture book is soon to be released by Renaissance Press.
She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street, which was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant.
Sonia has been a part of Art in the Neighbourhood for 3 years.
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