Winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Creative Non-Fiction Award
Listed on the best books of 2016 by CBC and the National Post.

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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Press & Reviews for Red Star Tattoo
Reviews: Metro News  –   Sonja Larsen pens memoir about being a teenage revolutionary  – January 12 2016"…For Sonja Larsen, rebellion meant joining a radical left-wing political party and becoming the …
Red Star Tattoo nominated for 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Ficton
When does the revolution begin?
Thirty-three years ago today the second American revolution was supposed to begin. I sometimes wonder if it was all an elaborate joke the Old Man (aka Gerald Dodein aka Gino …
Writers Resist: Readings for change
As part of my commitment to #writersresist and to celebrate the first anniversary of Red Star Tattoo I am looking to fundraise for social and climate justice causes through readings and …
Red Star Tattoo videos
National Post best books of the year
“Larsen’s memoir is a mesmerizing story of an often-forgotten part of history.” National Post – The NP99: The best books of the year, vol. 4 (24–2) – December 8 2016 
NOW Toronto ten best books of 2016
"Raised in a hippie commune, a teen winds up in a revolutionary collective in Brooklyn where the charismatic leader’s sexual abuse doesn’t reduce her revolutionary fervour. Sounds like some wild …
CBC The Next Chapter
Why you should read Sonja Larsen's Red Star Tattoo CBC The Next Chapter
Red Star Tattoo shortlisted for Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction Award
Celebrating the best in Canadian non-fiction, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize finalists have been revealed. How many have you read? Click #linkinprofile to shop. #IndigoBooks #WestonPrize #CanLit #Books A …
The Back To School Feeling Never Ends
Fall Thoughts It's cliché but the September light just gets me every time. And this feeling of renewal. Fresh pencils, fresh pages. The metaphoric made real. I often dreaded school …
TVO The Agenda
How author Sonja Larsen turned her scars into tattoos
The many names and faces of the National Labor Federation
The organization I belonged to during my teenage years had many  names and many faces and continues to operate thirty years later. In Redding California, the public face of the organization was …
CBC radio north by northwest
Interview with Sheryl MacKay
Conversations about secrets and story-telling
First there was the silence, The years and years of silence. Then slowly there were a few stories. I let it slip that my entire alternative school use to go skinny dipping …

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