Books·Canada Reads 2019

Thea Lim

Thea Lim is a Toronto-based novelist and nonfiction writer.

Thea Lim's novel An Ocean of Minutes is on the Canada Reads 2019 longlist. The final five books and the panellists defending them will be revealed on Jan. 31, 2019.

The 2019 debates are happening on March 25-28, 2019 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan.

More about Thea Lim

Thea Lim is a Singaporean-Canadian novelist and short story writer. She was the nonfiction editor for the Gulf Coast. Over the years, she has received artists' grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been published in various publications, including the Guardian, Salon and Grist.

In 2018, Lim released her debut, a speculative fiction novel entitled An Ocean of Minutes. She also wrote a novella called The Same Woman in 2007.

An Ocean of Minutes was on the shortlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Why Thea Lim loves science fiction

"I love alternate worlds. Science fiction is a useful and fruitful genre. It gives us the ability to talk about things that feel otherworldly and are beyond language, like contradictions that are deeply human but escape common expression — how we miss homelands we've never been to or feel a sense of loss toward things before they're gone.

Being able to set stories in other worlds and places enables us to amplify those situations and explore them.- Thea Lim- Thea Lim

"These are things that don't make logical sense but are such a huge part of our world. Being able to set stories in other worlds and places enables us to amplify those situations and explore them."

Read more of Thea Lim's interview with CBC Books.

Books by Thea Lim


'How is it we are able to love so recklesslessly?' Thea Lim ponders in An Ocean of Minutes

4 years ago
Duration 1:06
The first-time Giller finalist explores the human ability to love despite impermanence, heartbreak and loss.
Thea Lim talks about her first novel An Ocean of Minutes.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?