Lydia Kwa

Lydia Kwa is the author of the novels This Place Called Absence (shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award), The Walking Boy (shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize), and Pulse, as well as two books of poetry, The Colours of Heroines and sinuous. Her latest book, Oracle Bone (Arsenal Pulp), is a magic-realist novel set in seventh-century China. Featuring ghosts, martial arts, and the transformative oracle bone, it subverts traditional tropes of Chinese mythology to tell a tale of greed, faith, and female empowerment with a modern sensibility. Born in Singapore, Lydia Kwa lives and works in Vancouver as a writer and psychologist.