Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher known for her innovative storytelling that often blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction. Her works frequently explore themes of memory, love, and the nuances of human relationships through a unique blend of narrative, illustration, and photography. Notable works include 'Swimming Studies,' a memoir that won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and 'Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry,' a novel in the form of an auction catalog.


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  1. 1. Swimming Studies

    This memoir offers a unique and introspective look into the world of competitive swimming and how it shapes one's identity and life beyond the pool. The author, a former Olympic trial swimmer, uses her experiences in the water to explore broader themes of discipline, memory, and the passage of time. Through a blend of personal narrative, vivid watercolor illustrations, and photographs, the book delves into the minutiae of swimming - from the smell of chlorine to the textures of different pools - and how these sensory experiences and the rigorous demands of training have influenced her artistic career and personal growth. It's a reflective and beautifully crafted exploration of the intersection between athleticism and artistry, and how past passions can continue to influence and inform our lives in unexpected ways.

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