Mona Awad is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer. Her debut book, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a novel (structured using linked short stories) about a woman's lifelong struggle with body image issues, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2016. She was inspired to write the book because of her own experiences growing up and struggling with her own body image. In the Los Angeles Times, Awad has been quoted as saying, she "made [music] playlists for every chapter" in 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl because it helped her "immerse" herself in the story, helping her to better "access it." 
|Born||August 22, 1978|
|Occupation||novelist, short stories|
|Notable works||13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and Bunny|
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she spent her teen years in Mississauga, Ontario, then studied English literature at York University and went on to earn a masters in English at the University of Edinburgh, an MFA at Brown University, and a PhD at the University of Denver. Her short fiction and non-fiction writing has been published in magazines including McSweeney's, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and Maisonneuve. When Awad began writing as a columnist for Maisonneuve, she used the pseudonym Veronica Tartley.
Awad desires for her stories to provide readers with "a sense of connection" so that "people [may] feel less alone."
She has lived in the US since 2009, currently in Boston.
- "Mona Awad gives us 13 ways to look at 'fat girls'". Toronto Star, February 21, 2016.
- "Review: Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl is beautifully told and profoundly sensitive". The Globe and Mail, February 19, 2016.
- "Mona Awad wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award". CBC Books, May 26, 2016.
- "Thien, Barwin, Donoghue make Giller Prize shortlist ". The Globe and Mail, September 26, 2016.
- "Mona Awad Wants You to Confront the Word "Fat"". ELLE. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- Graham, By Latria. "Mona Awad on her sharp-voiced debut, '13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "Mona Awad wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award: ‘When I was writing the book, frankly, I never thought it would see the light of day’". The Globe and Mail, May 26, 2016.
- "We Do Adjust Our Reality for Other People: An Interview with Mona Awad". Electric Literature. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "LARB Lit: Woman Causes Avalanche - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "28 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in spring 2019". CBC Books, January 25, 2019.
- Official website
- Mona Awad: For award-winning writing and fearless storytelling, Canadian Arab Institute, Institut canado-arabe, CAI, Toronto