About Me

My new book, You Are Not Needed Now, is a collection of short stories. Many of these stories are strange, in a way that I hope people will enjoy.  There’s the city full of severed hands, the pregnant arsonist loose in the woods, the tooth-collecting witch …  Yeah. Oddly, much closer to “realist” fiction than you’d expect, though that might say a fair bit about my world-view.

Read Stephen W. Beattie’s review of You Are Not Needed Now in The Globe & Mail!

My second novel, Whitetail Shooting Gallery, was published in 2012, and was a finalist for both the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year and the ReLit Prize in 2013.

My first novel, Stolen, was published in 2006. It won Saskatchewan Book Awards for First Novel and Novel from Saskatoon, and resulted in my being named the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer of 2007. Stolen was nominated for the Giller Prize and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was a “best of the year” choice in the Globe & Mail.


What I do when I’m not writing:

Many years ago, I decided I liked school and wanted to live there.  After I finished high school in rural Saskatchewan, I attended the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) for my B.A., started my M.A. at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St John’s) before migrating back to the U of S.  I taught Gender Studies at the U of S and ESL in Seoul and Jinju, South Korea.  Migrated thence to Winnipeg to do my PhD at the University of Manitoba.  I’ve taught English and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

The universe calls out and we go where it leads.  In the summer of 2012, I tilted my head, listened, and gathered up home and family for a long trek northwest.  I now live in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  I teach English and creative writing at Grande Prairie Regional College.  I have great students, and I edit The Waggle magazine.

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9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Ms. Lapointe,
    I wanted to drop a quick note to say that I’ve just read your review of TC Boyle’s ‘Outside Looking In’. While I thought your idea about the title of the book relating to the status of Fitz as an outsider makes sense, the title is actually in reference to the lyrics of a song called ‘Legend Of The Mind’ by the Moody Blues about Timothy Leary. Just thought you might want to know:)

  2. Dear Mrs Lapointe,

    I just finished reading your book “Stolen” (or at least the French version/edition of it) and I just wanted to thank you for that piece of art! I enjoyed every sentences of it and I adore it! I have been studying literature for the past five years at the University of Ottawa and my brain have been greatly stimulated by your book! I wished I was able to fin better words to describe my enjoyment, but my English is quite bad : I apologize!

    Thank you anyway,
    I ordered your second book that should arrive in two or three days now. I can’t wait to read it!

    Have a nice week,

    Envoyé de mon iPhone

    • Dear Beverly –

      Apologies for taking so very long to get back to you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Vole! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me.

      thanks again,
      Annette Lapointe

  3. Hi, I was wondering if you had any French background (a father, a grand-father…?), since you have a French name. I can’t seem to find any information on this subject. Hope you will read and answer this…

    • I do have some French-Canadian heritage, but it’s a number of generations back. My family is related to most of the Lapointes in Canada, if you go back far enough (1600s), but we don’t know most of them.

  4. Somehow managed to find your blog and think it’s awesome. Can’t wait to read what you’ve got coming. Best English prof ever!

    • I’m so sorry to be long in answering! The comment went to my spam folder for some reason. It may be too late, but if it’s not, sure, fire away! The student can reach me directly at anna [at] queenofspiders [dot] com

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