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Mireille Silcoff

Mireille Silcoff (born February 1, 1973, in Montreal) is a Canadian author, journalist, and editor. She is the author of four books, including the award-winning work of fiction Chez L'arabe (Anansi). Silcoff was a longstanding columnist with the National Post[1] and is a contributor to publications including The New York Times Magazine,[2][3][4] The Guardian, and Ha'aretz. She is the founding editor of Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly, "a magazine of new Jewish writing and ideas" (2005-2007), and the founder of a Toronto-based discussion salon[5] (2004-2006) that was connected to the magazine.[6] In 2006, Silcoff stepped away from all journalism, magazine work, and public appearances after developing the rare neurological syndrome, Chronic Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks.[7] After years of being bedridden,[8] she began writing again for the National Post in 2010 and for the New York Times Magazine in 2011. The partially autobiographical [9] Chez L'arabe describes her cloistered world of severe illness.[10]

From the age of 19 to 24, Silcoff was a music journalist specializing in nightclub culture. Up until 2001, she published under the pen name Mireille Silcott, authoring two books under that name, Rave America (ECW Press, 1998) and The Book of E (Omnibus Press, 2000, co-authored with Push).

Chez L'arabe

The short story collection Chez L'arabe was named one of The Globe 100: The best books of 2014 by The Globe and Mail.[11] Reviews were unanimously strong throughout Canada and internationally.[12][13][14][15] It was named one of the best books of the year by The Montreal Gazette, CBC Books, The Walrus, and others.[16][17] Chez L'arabe won prizes, including the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Short Story Collection[18] and second prize for the Danuta Gleed Award for the Short Story;[19] it was also long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Prize for the Short Story.[20] It was voted Canada's favourite short story collection of 2014 on CBC Canada Writes.[21] The collection came out in French translation in the fall of 2016, published by Marchand de feuilles. Individual short stories from the collection were published on Electric Literature[22] and Five Dials.[23]


  1. ^ "Mireille Silcoff | National Post". National Post. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  2. ^ "Who Said Girls Can't Jump?". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  3. ^ "A Mother's Journey Through the Unnerving Universe of 'Unboxing' Videos". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  4. ^ "Why Your Grandpa Is Cooler Than You". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  5. ^ "Please people, smaller party food. And ix-nay on the juice bars". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  6. ^ "For Jews, a guilt trip worth taking". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  7. ^ "Mireille Silcoff: How I wrote Chez l'arabe". Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  8. ^ "Mireille Silcoff on The Next Chapter". CBC Player. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  9. ^ "Mireille Silcoff on The Next Chapter |".
  10. ^ "Chez l'arabe brilliantly depicts a world of largely cloistered lives". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  11. ^ "The Globe 100: The best books of 2014". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  12. ^ "Chez L'Arabe | Quill And Quire". Quill and Quire. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  13. ^ "Severely ill Jewish Canadian finds the write way to health". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  14. ^ "Off the Shelf: Mind Field". NUVO Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  15. ^ "Short Stories That Are Sick | Hazlitt". Hazlitt. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  16. ^ "Books of the Year - CNQ". CNQ. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  17. ^ "CHEZ L'ARABE by Mireille Silcoff | Emily Donaldson". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  18. ^ "Canadian Jewish Literary Awards". Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  19. ^ "Danuta Gleed Short List | The Writers' Union of Canada". 4 May 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  20. ^ Irel, Short Story (2015-04-29). "Frank O'Connor Longlist 2015 Announced". Short Story Ireland. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  21. ^ "Chez L'arabe". Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  22. ^ ""Champ de Mars" by Mireille Silcoff, recommended by House of Anansi Press". Electric Literature. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  23. ^ "Five Dials No. 15". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
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