About the author Sharma Shields, novelist & short story writer


Sharma Shields


New Novel Forthcoming from Henry Holt in February 2019

Preorder at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane


The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is deeply strange and strangely moving. Like Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, it demands and rewards surrender.
Shields’s engaging, surreal tale is equal parts David Lynch and Harry and the Hendersons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



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.



Selected by Stewart O'Nan as the winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize.


Photo by Rajah Bose

Photo by Rajah Bose

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. Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019. 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 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. Sharma is the President of the Board of the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane's Spark Central.

Recent Publications


The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, Henry Holt 2015

Favorite Monster, Autumn House Press, 2012


"Residents of the Air" in Catapult

"Boy Toy" in Hobart

"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.