Red Star Tattoo My Life as Girl Revolutionary

  • Winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the Writer’s Trust Hilary Weston award for Creative Non-Fiction
  • Named one of the 2016 Best Books of the year by CBC Books, National Post and Now Magazine

“I picked up the book in an afternoon and – each page turned in steady anticipation – did not put it down until I was finished.” Globe and Mail

Press for Red Star Tattoo

Other writing projects

  • Winner of the Sub-Terrain Lush Triumphant non-fiction 2018
  • Creative Non-fiction Society 2019 long list
  • Geist postcard contest shortlist
  • Contributor to the Better Next Year Christmas Anthology

  • Better next year

    I’m so grateful to JJ Lee for encouraging me to write a Christmas story for BETTER NEXT YEAR An Anthology of Christmas Epiphanies. My story Tortue de Noel will be in this anthology of stories that […]

  • ICSA Meet the author interview

    I am sometimes cautious about who I use the word ‘cult’ around when I talk about my past since I think it can get interpreted to mean ‘one who believes and works towards big ideas’ and […]

  • Little Fiction | Big Truths – “Millions”

      My piece “Millions” is now available in the amazing (and free!)  flash non-fiction issue of Little Fiction | Big Truth. Packed with little stories about big moments, it’s a real honour to keep such great […]

  • My tattoo story

    Red Star Tattoo, the title of my memoir comes from the time I spent as a teenage radical. Some of the founding members inside the secret revolutionary organization I’d joined had home-made red star tattoos. And […]

  • Brevity blog – What I learned about writing from dog training

    “Here is a thing you should know about me. Sooner or later it will all come back to dogs….” Read about how what I learned in dog training class helped my writing class on the Brevity […]

  • Radio & Podcasts

    CBC On the Coast Radio Interview January 11 2016 RoundHouse Radio Interview January 12 2016 CJOB 680 Radio Interview January 14 2016 Sirius FM The Charles Ader Show January 14 2016  CJAD 800 Radio Interview January […]

  • Video Interviews

    Global morning Monday February 1st 2016 TVO The Agenda

  • BBC Interview

    Asked to prove my loyalty with murder BBC News Outlook

  • Red Star Tattoo wins 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

    “As is the case with lives themselves, all memoirs are unique, but this seems especially true of Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary,” said Bruce Gillespie, an award juror and professor in Wilfrid […]

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