Esmé Claire Keith
Esmé Claire Keith’s debut novel, Not Being on a Boat (Freehand Books), is a darkly comic story of Rutledge, a wealthy and manipulative man, and Raoul, his trustworthy and resourceful steward on an ill-fated luxury cruise ship. The National Post calls it “an ambitious satire of luxury culture” and readers and reviewers alike have appreciated its biting wit. Not Being on a Boat was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and won the 2012 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Keith was born in Montreal, and lives now in Winnipeg.