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|Member Since||August 19, 2015|
|Branch Affiliation||Member at Large (no branch affiliation)|
|Bio||Liisa Kovala is a Finnish-Canadian teacher and writer living in Sudbury, Ontario with her husband, Michael, and two children, Mia and Kieran. Surviving Stutthof, published by Latitude 46, recounts her father’s experiences as a Finnish merchant marine imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. It was short-listed for a Northern Lit Award in 2018. Her current writing, for which she received a Literary Creation Project Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, explores the life of a former Lotta Svärd as she navigates a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's and her fading memories of life during the Winter War. Liisa is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association, and secretary of the Sudbury Writers' Guild. Her work explores her Finnish heritage and celebrates the northern landscape she calls home.|
|Publications||Surviving Stutthof: My Father's Memories Behind the Death Gate, Latitude 46 Publishing (2017)|
|Other Memberships||Writers' Union of Canada Sudbury Writers' Guild|
|Awards||Surviving Stutthof: My Father's Memories Behind the Death Gate (Latitude 46, 2017): short-listed for the Northern Lit Award (2018)|
|Available For||Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements|