Mary Novik's first published novel Conceit (Doubleday, 2007) is about Pegge Donne, the daughter of the poet John Donne, who audaciously rebels against her father's plans for her arranged marriage, desperate for passion against the backdrop of London and the Great Fire of 1666, in the 17th century. It received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2008.

As a follow-up to Conceit, Mary Novik crafted Muse (Random $22.95) about the woman who inspired Petrarch's love poetry. As Pope Clement VI's mistress in Rome, Solange LeBlance rose to prominence in Renaissance Europe only to be accused of sorcery when a plague killed one-third of Avignon's population. The novel recalls how Solange was forced to reinvent herself in order to survive. 978-0-385-66821-7

Novik's unpublished first novel, A Bracelet of Bright Hair, was a finalist in the Chapters/Robertson Davies competition in 2000 and two excerpts were published in The New Quarterly #85 and 86 in 2003.

Born in Victoria, Novik received her Ph.D from University of British Columbia. Also the author of Robert Creeley: An Inventory (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1973), Novik has been a literature and creative writing instructor at Langara College and reviewed poetry for The Vancouver Sun for five years. As well, she has written articles for Books in Canada, The Globe & Mail and magazines such as West Coast Review. She has been a member of the writing group SPiN which also includes Jen Sookfong Lee (The End of East, Knopf, March 2007) and June Hutton (Underground, Cormorant, February 2009).


Robert Creeley: An Inventory (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1973)
Conceit (Doubleday, 2007) 978-0-385-66205-5

Conceit (Doubleday, 2007)

Muse (Random House, 2013)

[BCBW 2013] "Literary Criticism" "Fiction"