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Hilary Scharper is a Canadian novelist. “Perdita” (Simon& Schuster) is the first in a series of five mysteriously-waterly novels—each unfolding along the shores of the Great Lakes.
“A normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.” – Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, 2017.
Hilary’s writing-with the Great Lakes embraces ecogothic themes. Her fiction is guided by a deep love for the natural world, especially its wildness.
She is also a professor at the University of Toronto. For 2020-2021 she was writer in residence at the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, Ontario.