Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter.[1]

Lori Lansens
BornChatham, Ontario
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter
Notable worksSouth of Wawa, Rush Home Road, The Girls

Lansens was a successful screenwriter, whose credits included the films South of Wawa, Wolf Girl and Marine Life, before publishing her first novel Rush Home Road in 2002.[1] The novel was a shortlisted finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.[2]

Lansens' follow-up novel, The Girls, was published in 2005.[3] The Girls received recognition as a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association.[4] and was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2007.[5]

She followed up with The Wife's Tale in 2009,[6] and The Mountain Story in 2015.[7] In fall 2019 Lansens published her latest novel, This Little Light, an explosive story about the bombing of a Calabasas Christian school, and the rebellious young girl who is falsely accused. It deals with themes of sex and religion, which Lansens has always explored in her work.[8]

Originally from Chatham, Ontario,[9] Lansens currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Milan Cheylov, a television director and producer, and their children.[10]


  • Rush Home Road (2002) ISBN 978-0-307-36328-2
  • The Girls (2006) ISBN 978-0-676-97796-7
  • The Wife's Tale (2010) ISBN 978-0-307-37304-5
  • The Mountain Story (2015) ISBN 978-0-345-80902-5


  1. ^ a b Judy Stoffman, "Toronto writer signs big U.S. deal ; Lori Lansens' novel tells of descendants of runaway slaves". Toronto Star, April 10, 2002.
  2. ^ "Finalists named for Writers' Trust Awards". The Globe and Mail, February 12, 2003.
  3. ^ Ali Riley, "Inseparable twins: Lori Lansens' Girls live life joined at the head". Calgary Herald, September 24, 2005.
  4. ^ American Library Association (2007). "2007 Best Books for Young Adults". Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  5. ^ Linda Rosborough, "Canadians on list for Orange Prize". Winnipeg Free Press, March 25, 2007.
  6. ^ Rebecca Wigod, "Mary Gooch, overweight Everywoman; Lori Lansens' compulsive overeater is pushed into changing her life". Vancouver Sun, September 12, 2009.
  7. ^ Jamie Portman, "High Anxiety; Wilderness park provides hostile setting for tale of conflict, despair and redemption". Calgary Herald, May 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Sue Carter, "Lori Lansens’ The Little Light about girls growing up in Trump era". Toronto Star, August 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Vit Wagner, "C-K native releases second novel". Chatham Daily News, October 4, 2005.
  10. ^ Sarah Hampson, "'I've always been drawn to people on the fringes'". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 2009.

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