New Novel Forthcoming from Henry Holt in January 2019
From Publishers Marketplace: "Author of THE SASQUATCH HUNTER'S ALMANAC and winner of the Washington State Book Award Sharma Shields's THE CASSANDRA, a re-imagining of the Greek myth, in which an alienated young woman goes to work in a remote research facility during World War II to help develop a secret weapon of incomparable power, and starts to have terrible visions of what will happen to humankind if the project is successful, again to Caroline Zancan at Holt, by Julie Stevenson at Massie & McQuilkin (NA)."
THE SASQUATCH HUNTER'S ALMANAC: A NOVEL
Winner of the 2016 Washington State Book Award in Fiction.
A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive Sasquatch he encountered in his youth.
FAVORITE MONSTER: STORIES
Selected by Stewart O'Nan as the winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize.
The Spokane Medusa
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington (2000) and her MFA from the University of Montana (2004). Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children. A Public Services Specialist at the North Spokane and Spokane Valley Libraries, she is a board member for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane's Spark Central.
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, Henry Holt 2015
Favorite Monster, Autumn House Press, 2012
"Sharpen Your Knives: Three Mother Stories" in Crab Creek Review
"Our Christophers" in Okey Panky
"The Bottomless Pit" in Electric Literature
"Harmony" in Slice
"Heroes of Weirdness: In Honor of Katherine Dunn," Seattle Review of Books
"A Drinking Memoir" in The Inlander
"Parenting on the Dark Side" in The New York Times
“A Guest Review of Sharma Shields’s The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac" by Shawn Vestal. Omnivoracious.
“An Interview with Sharma Shields and Caroline Zancan” by Celia Johnson. Slice Magazine.
“Finally, a Novel About Sasquatch that Really Gets It Right” by Paul Constant. The Stranger.
“13 Novels to Devour This February” by Natalie Beach. O Magazine.
“What We’re Reading Now,” by Steph Opitz. Marie Claire.
“Ten Titles to Pick up Now,” by Natalie Beach. O Magazine.
“Sharma Shields’ Debut Novel Makes Fantastical Footprint,” by Carolyn Lamberson. The Spokesman Review.
Bookey, Mike. “Monsters & Demons: The Dark Yet Oddly Lovely World of Sharma Shields.” The Inlander.
“Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, a Search for Mom and Monster,” by Barbara Lloyd McMichael. The Seattle Times.
Jones, Nicole. “Bleak Books to Read in January,” by Nicole Jones. Vanity Fair.
“The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2015,” by Mark Medley. Globe and Mail.
“Breaking Big: Stars on the Rise in 2015. Names to put on your radar in movies, TV, music, books, and stage.” Entertainment Weekly.
“20 Books We’ll Read in 2015.” Entertainment Weekly.
“A Total Hot Mess of Bookage: Books for Dudes,” by Douglas Lord. Library Journal.
“Bigfoot, Myths and Bedtime Stories,” by Samuel Dunnington. Spark, The Online Magazine of Humanities Washington.
“The Book to Read in 2015? The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac,” by Misha Stone. The Booklist Reader.
Dombrowski, Chris. “Monstrous Truths: Sharma Shields aims for the funny bone,” by Chris Dombrowski. The Missoula Independent.
“Long Story Short, She Embraced Her Hometown,” by Carolyn Lamberson. Spokesman Review.