In 2008, Miriam Toews of Ontario became the 2008 UBC Centennial and the Arnold and Nancy Cliff Writer-in-Residence at the UBC Creative Writing Program. Known as the author of A Complicated Kindness, which received the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the CBA Fiction Book of the Year Award, the CLA Book for Young Readers Award and the Margaret Laurence Novel of the Year Award, she has also received a National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Humour. Her first novel, Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996) was also nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the John Hirsch Award. Her second novel, A Boy of Good Breeding, and her memoir about her father, Swing Low, were each honoured in McNally Robinson's list of Books of the Year. Toews has also written for the CBC, This American Life (on National Public Radio), Saturday Night, Geist, Canadian Geographic, Open Letters and The New York Times Magazine. Toews has a B.A. in film studies and a degree in journalism.

[BCBW 2008] "Fiction"