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Darcy Tamayose

Darcy Tamayose lives in Lethbridge, Alberta where she wrote for a local magazine and also worked as a graphic designer. Today she is a communications officer with the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. She is also a PhD candidate. She was born and raised in southern Alberta.

Fiction (Short stories)

Ezra’s Ghosts

Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2022.
e-book (Access restricted to members of the TMU community)

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Award-winning author Darcy Tamayose returns with Ezra’s Ghosts, a collection of fantastical stories linked by a complex mingling of language and culture, as well as a deep understanding of grief and what it makes of us. Within these pages a scholar writes home from the Ryukyu islands, not knowing that his hometown will soon face a deadly calamity of its own. Another seeker of truth is trapped in Ezra after her violent death, and must watch how her family—and her killer—alter in her absence. The oldest man in town, an immigrant who came to Canada to escape imperial hardships, sprouts wings, and a wounded journalist bears witness to his transformation. Finally, past and present collide as a researcher reflects on the recent skinwars that have completely altered the world’s topography. Binding the stories together is an intersect of arrival and departure—in a quiet prairie town called Ezra.

Awards and Honours

2022 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Finalist)
2023 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction (Writers’ Guild of Alberta) (Finalist)
2023 Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction (Alberta Book Publishing Awards)(Winner)
2023 Trade Fiction Book of the Year (Alberta Book Publishing Awards)(Winner)
2023 Book Design: Natalie Olsen / Kisscut Design (Alberta Publishing Awards)(Finalist)


Fiction (Juvenile)

Katie Be Quiet

Regina: Couteau Books for Kids, 2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Still reeling from the sudden death of her composer father, 13-year-old Katie faces bullies at school, her mother’s weird new friends, and a mystery that must be solved before it’s too late.

Awards and Honours

2008 Foreword Indie Juvenile Award (Finalist)



Odori: A Novel

Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2007.
PS8639 .A553 O34 2007

Publisher’s Synopsis

In the spring of 1999, Eddie Lanier loses control of his old Ford and together with his wife, Mai Yoshimoto-Lanier, crashes through the guardrails of the bridge over the Belly River in Rainmaker Hills, Alberta. Eddie dies. Mai falls into a coma, which takes the form of a dream world, somewhere between heaven and earth, in which the ghost of her basan (great-grandmother), a kataribe (storyteller) from Okinawa, tells her the history of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, myths of the Tree Gods, the Sky Gods, human lumps of clay, and the story of her own family.

Awards and Honours

2008 Canada-Japan Literary Award (Winner)
2008 Alberta Writer’s Guild Georges Bugnet Award (Finalist)


Publisher Cormorant Books via Thomas Allen & Son Limited

Publisher NeWest Press