Saleema Nawaz

Saleema Nawaz was raised in Ottawa by her Nova Scotian mother. She completed a master of arts degree in English in 2006 at the University of Manitoba with a thesis entitled The White Dress. Her short story “My Three Girls” that is reprinted in Mother Superior won the 2008 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Nawaz now lives in Montreal.


Bone and Bread

Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2013.
9th floor PS8627 .A97 B66 2013

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

A heady, powerfully emotional novel that is part family saga, part love story, and part mystery.

Awards and Honours

2016 CBC Canada Reads (Finalist)

Fiction (Short stories)

Mother Superior: Stories

Peterborough, Ont.: Freehand Books, 2008.
9th floor PS8627 .A94 M68 2008

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

The seven stories and two novellas in Mother Superior are a heady blend of misfits and mothers, of sisters and complex, mysterious others. Nawaz traces the scars left by family secrets and sings the complex, captivating language of lust and of love.

Awards and Honours

2008 McAuslan First Book Prize–Quebec Writers’ Federation (Nominated)

2008 The story “My Three Girls” was first published in the journal Prairie Fire. It was awarded the 20th annual Journey Prize and appeared in The Journey Prize: Stories: The Best of Canada’s New Writers (Toronto: Emblem/McClelland & Stewart, 2008).


Publisher Broadview Press (publisher of Freehand Books)

Publisher House of Anansi Press

Saleema Nawaz on Bone and Bread, part of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers,  episode “Tanis Rideout, Saleema Nawaz” first broadcast May 6, 2013

Melissa Bull’s “Interview with Saleema Nawaz” from Maisonneuve March 28, 2013.