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JOAN SULLIVAN: Claire Wilkshire’s ‘The Love Olympics’ owns the podium with wit, muscle and heart (SaltWire)

  • Joan Sullivan reviews Wilkshire's novel.

2022 Book Awards Celebration featuring: The Love Olympics by Claire Wilkshire (2022 Book Awards)

  • Promotional video for The Love Olympics, when it was a finalist for an Atlantic Book Award and a Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award.

Let’s Get Writing, Season 4 Episode 21

  • Podcast host Kathryn Taylor brings Wilkshire on the podcast to talk about her new novel.


Book cover for The Love OlympicsWarm, funny, and stylistically savvy, these stories follow an interlocking set of characters and the people they love.

Characters weave their way in and out of The Love Olympics, a collection of short fiction set in St. John’s. The book is about various forms of love—the ways love grips us, shakes us, releases or envelops us. The stories are smart, witty, funny, warm, and surprising; they capture the preoccupations of characters from different generations who are closely or only tangentially connected to one another. This collection explores people’s aspirations, fears, and vulnerabilities; their generosity and desire for connection; their willingness to see past flaws and appreciate other human beings in all their complexity.

(Source: Breakwater Books)

About the Author

Photo of Claire WilkshireDr. Claire Wilkshire is an experienced editor, teacher, translator, and writer. Her editing clients have included the Canadian government and several provincial government departments, the C-NLOPB, e-learning specialists, insurers, writers, musicians, and  professors and graduate students working at universities in Canada and internationally. As a translator, Claire has worked primarily on medical documents and compensation claims.

Claire taught French and English at Memorial University for fifteen years before starting her business. She has taught adults in both languages, individually and in groups, in academic, corporate, and community settings.

Claire’s collection of short stories, The Love Olympics, was released in October 2021 and her novel, Maxine, in March 2013, both by Breakwater Books. Her stories, book reviews, and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies.

(Source: Author Website)