Lauren B. Davis’s most recent work is the bestselling novel, The Empty Room (HarperCollins, 2013), a searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism. Named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press, “Editors’ Pick” by Amazon and a “Critics’ Pick” by The Coast (Nova Scotia). Told with compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humor, The Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.
Against A Darkening Sky, a novel set in 7th c. Northumbria, will be published by HarperCollins (Canada) and Chizine (US) in April, 2015.
Her previous novel, Our Daily Bread, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe.
She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and The Stubborn Season, a named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon.ca and Books in Canada. She has also published two short story collections, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, the ReLit Award and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Lauren reviews books for Truthdig.com, The Globe & Mail and The Literary Review of Canada. A well-respected creative writing teacher who has taught in Geneva, Paris and Ireland, as well as in the USA and Canada, she is also a past Mentor with the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program, and past Writer-in-Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton. She now leads monthly Sharpening the Quill writing workshops in Princeton, New Jersey.
Lauren was born in Montreal but lived in France for ten years from 1994-2004. She and her husband, Ron, moved to Princeton in 2004, where they now live with their dog, Bailey, known as the Rescuepoo.