Esme Claire Keith

Author of Not Being on a Boat

Esme Claire Keith was born in Toronto in 1964. Her librarian mother supervised weekly library visits while her father read exclusively from J.B. Priestly’s list of great novels. Her older sister began to study Latin at the age of ten. A natural contrarian, Esme gave herself to Mad magazine, Star Trek (the original series), and the holy trinity of glam, disco, and punk. At university she finally investigated the canon and saw that it was good. She has divided her attention ever since between high culture and pop. She currently lives in Winnipeg, where she has good access to both.

Author photo by Jeremy Hiebert