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Lauralyn Chow was born, raised, and educated in Edmonton, Alberta. Her first summer job was at a radio station, and she later worked as the first in-house lawyer for the Calgary Board of Education. She has a B.A. in Psychology, minoring in Sociology, and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta. When she visits Hawaii, which she does frequently, she is often mistaken for a local and once won an air ukulele contest during the Aloha Festivals. She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Paper Teeth, her first story collection, was released September 2016. Paper Teeth is the winner of the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, is shortlisted for the 2017 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and for Trade Fiction Book of the Year at the 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and was a finalist for the 2017 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction at the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist.
Lauralyn Chow’s debut, Paper Teeth, follows the lives of the Lees, a Canadian-Chinese family and their friends who reside in Edmonton, Alberta. While playing with time and place, from Edmonton in the 1960s and 70s up to present-day Calgary, Lauralyn Chow creates a world of walking dolls, family car trips, fashion and frosty makeup, home renovations inspired by pop culture, and moving up to big, new houses. The interconnected stories found in Paper Teeth are fun, funny, and heart-warming journeys about the pursuit of identity and the crafting of home.
With domestic tomfoolery and through deft observation and prismatic-voiced humour—including ironic asides—Lauralyn Chow reveals how family nourishes hope.