Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, Ellen Keith is a Canadian writer and a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in creative writing. She currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New Quarterly and the Globe and Mail. Her debut novel, The Dutch Wife (Patrick Crean Editions) became an instant Canadian bestseller following its publication in April 2018, reaching #1 for Canadian fiction on The Globe and Mail’s bestsellers list. The Dutch Wife has since been published internationally in the United States (Park Row Books), the Netherlands (Uitgeverij Prometheus) and the Czech Republic (Pavel Dobrovský – Beta), and is forthcoming in Serbia (Vulkan izdavaštvo) and Italy (Newton Compton).
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More about me:
I’m 29 and originally from St. Albert, Alberta. In 2012, I traded in my office cubicle for a camera and a backpack and set off alone on a 10-month trip across Europe and South America, which set the stage for a long-term move.
My maternal grandparents are Dutch, and I've always felt really at home in the Netherlands, so there was no question in my mind about settling in Amsterdam. For the past year, I've worked for a Dutch labour-rights NGO (yes, back in an office!).
I'm crazy about dancing salsa.
I speak Dutch and Spanish.
I've travelled to over 50 countries.
I can't go a day in Amsterdam without cycling.