Biography

Antanas Sileika
Sileika writes with a spare style that suits the action sequences as well as the rare moments of tenderness or humour. Entertaining and sometimes shocking, the book describes a little-known period of European history that has been kept underground far too long.
— National Post

Antanas Sileika was born in Weston, Ontario to Lithuanian-born parents. In 1979, Antanas began teaching at Humber College and working as a co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant, where he remained until 1988. After writing for newspapers and magazines, Antanas Sileika published his first novel, Dinner at the End of the World: a speculative story set in the aftermath of global warming.

His second book, a collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time traces the lives of a family of immigrants to a Canadian suburb between the fifties and seventies. Some of these stories were anthologized in Dreaming Home, Canadian Short Stories, and the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour.

His third book, Woman in Bronze, compared the seasonal life of a young man in Czarist Lithuania with his subsequent attempts to succeed as a prominent sculptor in Paris in the twenties. His fourth novel, Underground, is a love story set in the underground resistance to the Soviet Union in the late 1940s.

He is the director for the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada, and a past winner of a National Magazine Award. Antanas Sileika appears occasionally on Canadian television and radio as a free-lance broadcaster.

Visit the author at antanassileika.ca.

Works by Antanas Sileika

Barefood Bingo Caller
Underground: A Novel
Woman in Bronze
Buying on Time
Dinner at the End of the World