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Immigrant Pens Story About Her Canadian Experience

With her third novel, Meira Cook has officially cut her literary ties with her native South Africa and declared herself a true Winnipegger.

Her first two novels – The House on Sugarbush Road (2012) and Nightwatching, which was published in 2015 and won the Margaret Laurence Award for fiction – were set in South Africa.

“A writer is supposed to write about what she knows,” Cook points out. “I have been away from South Africa for so long now that the South Africa I knew no longer exists.”

And the place she knows best now – after 25 years in Canada – is Winnipeg, which is the setting for her newlya published third novel, Once More with Feeling. “I found a new home in Winnipeg,” she notes. “Winnipeg is the type of medium-sized city where it seems that everyone is separated by two degrees of separation. You seem to always be running into people you know, or who know you.”