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Marilyn Bowering is an award-winning novelist, poet and playwright whose first novel, To All Appearances A Lady, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1990. Her second novel, Visible Worlds (1997) was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Visible Worlds was praised by The Independent as “a tour de force … a wonderful piece of storytelling” and by The New York Times Book Review as “a vast, sprawling feast of a book.” Marilyn Bowering’s third novel, Cat’s Pilgrimage is a psychological map in the form of an album of human and animal stories, a “rich act of the imagination that alternately dazzles, puzzles and thrills.” (Ottawa Citizen). Her most recent novel What it Takes to Be Human is also a map—of survival in a world where human qualities are increasingly under threat. The Globe and Mail called it “a great novel… [Bowering] does not seek moments to be brilliant: those moments just arrive.” Bowering’s poetry includes Human Bodies: Collected Poems 1987-1999, Green, an interplay of form and conversations ,and a new book of poems, Soul Mouth. Her poetry has received many awards including the Gwen MacEwen Poetry prize, Pat Lowther Prize, the Dorothy Livesay Prize, several National Magazine Awards, nominations for the Governor General’s award, the Prix Italia and Sony Award. Bowering’s work has been translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Finnish, German and Greek and Punjabi. Marilyn Bowering was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Victoria, BC. She has lived in the United States, Greece, Scotland, Spain: she now makes her home on Vancouver Island.