Danila Botha, photo by Ayelet Tsabari

Danila Botha 

Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has also lived in Israel, and in Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets, was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011, and was also published in South Africa. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside, was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit award, and won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel.  Her critically acclaimed sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women)I've Known was named a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Awards, and was short listed for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature, and the ReLit awards. Danila has been the Writer in Residence at Open Book, a host, panelist  and delegate at Toronto International Festival of Authors , and has contributed to the National Post's The Afterword, the 49th Shelf, Humber Literary Review, the Hamilton Review of Books and more. She has been invited to read at festivals and reading series' across the country. Danila is the current writer -in- residence at the Toronto Heliconian Club. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and at the Humber School for Writers. She studied Creative Writing at York University, and Humber's School For Writers and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Guelph University. She is currently finishing her second novel and finishing a new collection of short stories. One of her recent short stories, Sometimes I Like To Shoot Kids appears in the Dane Swan edited anthology Changing the Face of Canadian Literature.