Mona Awad was born in Montreal and has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL, published on February 23, 2016 (Penguin Books) won the Amazon Best First Novel award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. It was also longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Her new novel, BUNNY (Viking) will be released in 2019.
Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, TIME magazine, Electric Literature, VICE, The Walrus, and elsewhere. She has worked as an instructor in the Literary Arts department at Brown University and as a bookseller for various independent bookstores including Pages in Toronto, The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and Blackwell Books in Edinburgh. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and a food columnist for the Montreal-based magazine Maisonneuve.
She earned an MFA in fiction from Brown University and an MScR in English from the University of Edinburgh where her dissertation was on fear in the fairy tale. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver.