Claire Cameron

Claire Cameron grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen’s University. Her father, from Truro, NS, advised her to “always chat up the locals” which she takes as sage advice for writing.  Cameron was a canoe-trip leader in Algonquin Park and taught all manner of outdoor adventure sports in Oregon.  She lived in San Francisco and London, UK, until moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Globe and MailLos Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. Her first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, The Bear, was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. @clairecameron


The Last Neanderthal

The Last Neanderthal (Doubleday) combines the story of Girl, a young Neanderthal living 40,000 years ago who was intent on saving her people, and of contemporary archaeologist Rosamund Gale, studying Neanderthals at the end of her pregnancy.  The two stories “examine the often taboo corners of women’s lives.” Read a review of The Last Neanderthal here.