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About Daria Salamon

novelist, freelancer and travel writer


-What are you doing?
-Writing my bio.
-What’s that?
-A summary of my work and life?
-Can I read it?
-This isn’t very good.
-Well, do you think you could do better?

Daria Salamon, bio

-Written by Isla Blue-

My mom’s writing career began when she was just 27 years old. She had entered a “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” contest. She won with her very interesting summer story about when she went backpacking to Costa Rica and a sloth almost fell on her head.

Daria Salamon | freelance author and writer located in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Her first published novel was The Prairie Bridesmaid (Key Porter Books, 2008) and she co-wrote Don’t Try This At HomeOne Family’s (mis)Adventrues Abroad(Turnstone Press, 2019) with her husband, Robert Krause. This travel memoir is about our trip around the world and all the strange and funny events that occurred.  She is currently working on a new fiction novel. She is also a freelance and travel writer who has contributed to Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent and Washington Post.

My mom has two university degrees and is getting a master’s degree in writing so she can have more degrees than my dad. 

Her books have been nominated for and won many awards.

She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, Rob, two kids- one of which is me, Isla and my brother Oskar, and our cat, Craig, who has FIV which is HIV for cats. My mom works her butt off to make sure her writing is joyful and funny to read. She is kind, funny and worth reading plus she gives great cuddles. 




Kobzar Literary Award ($25,000) Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home (one of seven contributors to the book)

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author, The Prairie Bridesmaid

Shortlisted by public voting for CBC/McNally Robinson Manitoba Reads Competition , The Prairie Bridesmaid

Honourable Mention - Foreward Magazine - Best General Fiction – The Prairie Bridesmaid

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award – Finalist, The Prairie Bridesmaid

John Hirsch Most Promising Manitoba Writer – Finalist

Writers Union of Canada Emerging Short Fiction Award

Larry Turner Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Canadian Author’s Association North of 55 Writing Competition – Runner Up

National Screen Institute Writers Roundtable – Script Finalist

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Books by Daria Salamon

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The Prairie bridesmaid

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Don’t try this at home


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