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Heighton StevenSteven Heighton is a Governor General Award winning poet and a fiction writer. His first novel was the critically acclaimed bestseller The Shadow Boxer, which went on to be published in five countries. His second novel, Afterlands, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His 5th poetry collection, The Waking Comes, won the Governor General Award for poetry in 2016. His work has been translated into nine languages, has appeared in Poetry, Brick, The Independent, Malahat Review, The New York Times, Agni, Stand and Revue Europe, has been internationally anthologised (Best English Stories, Best of Best English Stories, The Minerva Book of Stories and others) and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award. He has received the Lampert Award, The Petra Kenney Prize, the Air Canada Award, gold medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in the Literature category (2010), and most recently the 2011 P. K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry. His short story collections include Flight Paths of the Emperor (Trillium award finalist) and On earth as it is. One of the stories Steven’s collection of short stories from Knopf Canada (2011) won gold at the 2010 National Magazine Awards, and another, “Shared Room on Union” was included in Best American Mystery Stories (2015 edition), selected and edited by James Patterson. He lives in Kingston, Ontario. 

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Steven’s Books:

The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep

new-heightonHamish Hamilton Canada, March 2017

The Dead Are More Visible

Heighton_The Dead Are More Visible       Knopf Canada, May 2012

A National Post Best Book of 2012

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2012

Finalist for the Trillium Book Award

Every Lost Country

Heighton_Every Lost Country   Knopf Canada, May 2010

Ambo/Anthos, Holland

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National Bestseller

An Best Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Award

Globe 100 Best Book of the Year 2010

A Maisonneuve Magazine Best Book of the Year 2010


Heighton_Afterlands    Knopf Canada, Canada, Fall 2005

Houghton Mifflin, US, Spring 2006

Hamish Hamilton, UK, Spring 2006

Ambo Anthos, Holland, Fall 2006

Rowohlt, Germany, Fall 2007

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by Scotland on Sunday, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Province, and the Vancouver Sun

A Scotland on Sunday pick of 2007

An Independent Best Book of 2007

Finalist for the Evergreen Award

Included in 100 Must-Read Historical Novels, Nick Rennison (Bloomsbury, 2010)

The Shadow Boxer

Heighton_The Shadow Boxer

Knopf Canada, Canada, May 2000

Granta Books, UK, June 2000

Houghton Mifflin, U.S., March 2002

Edizioni e/o, Italy, May 2003

National bestseller 

A Globe and Mail Best Book

A Toronto Star Best Book

A Publishers’ Weekly Best Book

Now in a third paperback printing, with Vintage Canada