Jennifer Manuel is a novelist, a writer of short fiction, a mentor and an activist. Her debut novel ‘The Heaviness of Things That Float‘ (Douglas & McIntyre, 2016) offers her unique perspectives on this time of ‘truth and reconciliation’. She has received the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference for short fiction, and she was a Finalist for a Western Magazine Award. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, and Little Fiction. Jennifer is a TA for Sarah Selecky’s The Story Intensive, and she is a long-time activist around Aboriginal peoples’ colonial issues.
Jennifer taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, and her art is reflective of her experiences. ‘A lot of her writing explores life at these remote edges, often focusing on the Aboriginal student/non-Aboriginal teacher relationship, which she sees as fruitful yet ultimately flawed.’ (Sarah Selecky). Jennifer now lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jennifer will be our Featured Author. More about the event is here: april-22-gathering