While living in Saltair on Vancouver Island, visual artist Karen McLaughlin wrote an unconventional novel Choral (Press Gang, 1995) that was heralded as 'a dazzling performance of subterranean voices.' It features a mother and daughter named Cora and Choral respectively. Her second novel From This Distance (Cormorant, 2009) takes the form of a one-woman road trip from the Bay of Fundy to her home in Calgary, during which the protagonist Robyn Gallagher comes to terms with her life.

According to publisher's biographical material, Karen McLaughlin lives on a small island in British Columbia and enjoys fast cars, gardening, and walking with her cat. She has a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and has studied at the University of Regina and Saint Mary's University in Halifax. She has won a Steeple Artworks Artist's Society scholarship and an EM/Media Scholarship.


Choral (Press Gang, 1995)
From This Distance (Cormorant, 2009) $21 978-1-897151-40-2

[BCBW 2009] "Fiction" "Women"