Kim Echlin and Marci Ien in conversation.
845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4, Canada
Kim Echlin graduated from McGill University, where she got a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English in 1976.
75005 Paris, France
Kim Echlin studied French at Sorbonne, University of Paris, in 1979.
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
Echlin earned a doctorate in Ojibway storytelling from York University in 1982.
50 Fairwood Pl W, Burlington, ON L7T 1E5, Canada
Kim Echlin attended Aldershot High School.
(When Sophie Walker leaves Zimbabwe to return to her famil...)
When Sophie Walker leaves Zimbabwe to return to her family's home in Ontario to care for her dying mother, she questions her nomadic existence until she spies a herd of elephants on the adjacent property and begins a relationship with the animals and their trainer, Jo Mann
(Long before the Bible and the Koran, before the myths of ...)
Long before the Bible and the Koran, before the myths of the Greeks and Romans were set down, the people of Sumer recorded the stories of their gods and kings on cuneiform tablets. The world’s oldest epic poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a hero who was part god, part man. But just in the past century, a thrilling discovery was made – the 4,000-year-old stories of his powerful sister, the goddess Inanna.
(A fiercely beautiful love story for the ages, The Disappe...)
A fiercely beautiful love story for the ages, The Disappeared traces one woman’s three-decades-long journey from the peaceful streets of Montreal to the war-torn villages of Cambodia, as a brief affair turns into a grand passion of loss and remembrance, set against one of the most brutal genocides of our time. When sixteen-year-old Anne Greves first meets Serey, a Cambodian student forced to leave his country during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, she never considers the consequences of their complicated romance.
(Fatherless Katherine carries the stigma of her mixed-race...)
Fatherless Katherine carries the stigma of her mixed-race background through an era that is hostile to her and all she represents. It is only through music that she finds the freedom to temporarily escape and dream of a better life for herself, nurturing this hard-won refuge throughout the vagaries of unexpected motherhood and an absent husband and relying on her talent to build a future for her family.
Kim Echlin attended Aldershot High School. She graduated from McGill University, where she got a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English in 1976. She earned a doctorate in Ojibway storytelling from York University in 1982. Also, she studied French at Sorbonne, University of Paris, in 1979.
Echlin is a writer, journalist, and educator. She was a producer at the CBC's "The Journal" (art documentary) from 1985 to 1990, fiction editor of the Ottawa Citizen from 1999 to 2003, a creative writing instructor at the University of Toronto School for Continuing Studies from 1997 to present. Echlin has taught at Ryerson School of Journalism, University of Guelph, and York University, and she has worked and traveled in Europe, China, the Marshall Islands, Africa, Cambodia, Honduras, Pakistan. As editor and participant, Echlin has worked at The Banff Centre Literary Journalism Program and the Banff International Literary Translation Program. She is currently the Pugh-Taylor Writer in Residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library.
Echlin is a founding trustee of the Loran Scholars Foundation and co-chairs national selections. She is a founding board member of El Hogar Projects, Canada.
Kim Echlin’s first novel, Elephant Winter, garnered several positive reviews. It is the story of Sophie, recently returned from Africa to tend to her dying mother who has cancer at age forty-nine. Her mother’s Ontario farm abuts a safari park now closed for the winter, and there Sophie meets the elephant’s caretaker, Jo. They soon become lovers and Sophie finds herself pregnant as her mother’s life continues to ebb away. Sophie begins compiling the sounds made by the elephants to create a dictionary of sorts. Through an unexpected turn, by the end of the book, Sophie is the elephant’s new keeper. “Elephant Winter is enormously engaging,” wrote Maureen Garvie in Quill and Quire, “unusual enough to catch the popular imagination, and well and wisely enough written to endure.” In the story, observed Frank Moher of Saturday Night, Sophie “relearns the language of empathy” which Echlin awakens in her readers through “prose that is as extravagant in feeling as it is in expression.” Moher concluded, “This is fine and brave writing.”
(A fiercely beautiful love story for the ages, The Disappe...)2009
(When Sophie Walker leaves Zimbabwe to return to her famil...)1999
(Long before the Bible and the Koran, before the myths of ...)2003
(Fatherless Katherine carries the stigma of her mixed-race...)2015
“A soul protects itself from what it cannot bear.”
“People do not really change; we are only undefeated because we have gone on trying.”
“The strangeness of my love for you is that it has made me dead in life and you alive in death.”
Kim Echlin does most of her writing between 4:45 and 7 a.m. “I find that’s a really nice time to write because it’s untainted,” she says. “It’s about keeping the pot on the backburner boiling... Then it’s working always inside you somehow.”
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Marci Ien voiced her admiration for Echlin’s work, stating:
“Kim is a wordsmith of the highest order. The characters she creates not only touch the heart, they pierce it. Just amazing. To shape these experiences and to have us care about these characters the way we do with Kim’s books is an extraordinary gift. And an extraordinary talent.”