Laisha Rosnau
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 "One could never consider Rosnau anything but a deft explorer of the heart; she writes with passion, honesty and precision." - Globe & Mail

"Rosnau is one writer whose book lives up to the jacket hype... juicy, fresh, original, funny and rife with insight. " - Toronto Star

 "Having Laisha as my trusted mentor has helped me, very quickly, make huge strides in my work." - Nicole Breit

Little Fortress

Based on an extraordinary true Canadian story: In the 1920s, the eccentric and royal Caetani family fled facism in Italy and emigrated to Vernon, BC—only to retreat from the outside world entirely. Charting the secrets and turmoil that create these mysterious circumstances, Rosnau shares a moving interrogation of isolation and belonging. 

Moving from lavish Italian palaces to jazz era Paris, from bustling Cairo to rugged interior British Columbia, Little Fortress is an atmospheric, absorbing international journey, vividly capturing 20th century upheaval as the age of nobility disintegrates and leaves the once-splendid Caetani family with only each other.

Untangling the complex ties between an agoraphobic duchess, her artistic daughter and their loyal secretary, Rosnau paints a fierce, nuanced portrait of the relationships between three women, illuminating how we are shaped and tested by class, power and love. 

to be released September 2019!

For media, reading, and event requests, please contact Rebecca Peng
e: t: +1 604 336 3822

Fall Book Tour

With events in Vernon, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, Vancouver and Toronto.

Our Familiar Hunger

Our Familiar Hunger
Won a BC Book Prize!

Our Familiar Hunger went ahead and won the Dorothy Livesay Award. It was an incredible honour to be nominated alongside books by Eve Joseph, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Fred Wah and Rita Wong, and Onjana Yawnghwe, which made it all the more a surprise when Our Familiar Hunger won. It was an absolute gift to be able to thank some of those who helped the book come to be. I ended in thanking my Baba, whose strength, resiliency, and humour were an inspiration for the book (& for how to live in the world, really). I continue to feel thrilled and humbled by it all.

Go on over here if you want to learn more about Our Familiar Hunger.

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Write Mind

Do you struggle with maintaining a writing practice, identifying markets, or moving closer to publication? Are you neck deep trying to find your way through a mess of a manuscript? Do you want to know how to take your ideas, scraps of paper, and partially finished writing projects and shape them into something you can publish?

I know how difficult it is to face both the blank page and the early drafts when what appears on the page seems far scrappier than the brilliant vision in our minds. Trust you are doing the right thing, that you are in your Write Mind. You are getting the words - and worlds - on to the page. You can work with that.

To find out how we can work together, explore Write Mind.

photo credit Renee Leveille Biebly

photo credit Renee Leveille Biebly


Laisha Rosnau is an award-winning poet and novelist, university instructor, editor, and writing mentor. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. She teaches Creative Writing in the Creative Studies Department at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.

But that’s just the shiny surface.

I write a little every day, without hope, without despair.
— Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dineson)