About the author

 

"My favorite weirdo in American letters." —J robert lennon

Sharma Shields

 
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Praise

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is deeply strange and strangely moving. Like Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, it demands and rewards surrender.
— RICHARD RUSSO
Shields’s engaging, surreal tale is equal parts David Lynch and Harry and the Hendersons.
— MARIE CLAIRE
A story that easily qualifies as one of the most wonderfully weird debuts of the new year . . .At heart it’s a family saga, and a cautionary tale about frailties—greed, mania, ego, anger—that make us much too human.
— ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Sparkling…Eli’s quest is not unlike Ahab’s, and Shields writes with piercing insight about the monsters that keep us from connecting with one another in this funny and wise first novel.
— BOOKLIST
Imagine a mash up of Moby-Dick and Kafka’s Metamorphosis (with a hearty dash of Twin Peaks thrown in), and you’ll begin to get an idea of what Shields’s ambitious tale of disenchantment sets out to do.
— KIRKUS
A hell of a book . . . A mosaic, a narrative game of spin the bottle that accrues meaning by focusing on one perspective at a time.
— PAUL CONSTANT
I’ve never read a stranger and more beautiful meditation on familial love and guilt than this novel. Plus, baby-snatching eagles, sea monsters, sasquatches, unicorns, octopus grandmas, and ghosts. Sharma Shields is my favorite weirdo in American letters.
— J. ROBERT LENNON
What a wonderful world Sharma Shields has created in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, this epic of Northwest weirdness, this tense, funny tale of obsession, this terrific introduction to her fierce and inventive talent.
— JESS WALTER
This novel hunted me, tore out my heart, and left it by the side of a dark fairy-tale road. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is the most startling and beautiful book I’ve read all year.
— KATE BERNHEIMER
Always a halfstep ahead of the reader, Sharma Shields dares us to follow her through the twisted mazes of her dark rides, tantalizing us with just enough shocks so that when we come out the other side, we immediately want to go again.
— STEWART O'NAN
With her trademark mix of humor and darkness, Sharma Shields weaves one man’s childhood trauma into a weird and wonderful fairytale. Brimming with flesh-and-blood characters, deft prose, and astonishing insights into love and family, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is a novel you’ll retain like a beautiful memory; you’ll run your fingers over it whenever you pass your bookshelf. Truly a tour de force.
— DIANA SPECHLER

 

THE SASQUATCH HUNTER'S ALMANAC: A NOVEL

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.


About

Photo by Young Kwak for The Inlander

Photo by Young Kwak for The Inlander

The Spokane Medusa

From a broadside of Favorite Monster, courtesy of Whitman University

From a broadside of Favorite Monster, courtesy of Whitman University

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, SliceThe New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as 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. With poet Ellen Welcker, she co-founded and organizes Scablands Lit. She is a newly appointed board member for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane's Ink Art Space.


Recent Publications

Books

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, Henry Holt 2015

Favorite Monster, Autumn House Press, 2012

Stories

"Sharpen Your Knives: Three Mother Stories" in Crab Creek Review

"Our Christophers" in Okey Panky

"The Bottomless Pit" in Electric Literature

"Harmony" in Slice

Non-fiction

"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

Press

“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.