Sarah Henstra

Sarah Henstra is a Canadian novelist.
Sarah Henstra is a novelist and English professor. (

Sarah Henstra is a Canadian novelist and professor of English literature at Ryerson University. Originally from British Columbia, Henstra now lives in Toronto. Her books include Mad Miss Mimic, a historical YA novel published in 2015, and The Red Worda novel about a college student torn between the politics of a radical feminist group and the notorious frat house her boyfriend belongs to. Her next book is a YA novel called We Contain Multitudes, due to be published in the spring of 2019.

The Red Word won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. She wrote an original short story called Perseus/Andromeda/Medusa for the special CBC Books series Borders.

Books by Sarah Henstra


Sarah Henstra on exploring campus politics, rape culture and the issue of consent in her debut novel, The Red Word. 3:09
Winners of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards address our challenge to create an original piece of writing on the theme of borders. In forms ranging from poetry to fiction and personal essay, they reflect on the idea of divisions, and on the other side, reconciliations. They'll talk about their work, read from it, and give their views on the way borders, boundaries and limits - real and imagined, psychological and political - are at work in our world and lives now. Presented by IDEAS and CBC Books, with the Canada Council for the Arts. 53:59


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