Lisa Pasold


Lisa Pasold is a Canadian writer and journalist. Her most recent ebook is THE BOOK OF CAKES written in a single Labour Day Weekend, and set in Finn Slough, British Columbia.

Her latest book of poetry is ANY BRIGHT HORSE, which was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Award. The book alternates between the story of Marco Polo and that of a contemporary dancer, living life on tour in today's mad travelling world. Lisa's first book of poetry WEAVE, was hailed as a masterpiece by Geist Magazine. Her second book of poetry, A BAD YEAR FOR JOURNALISTS, was nominated for an Alberta Book Award. The Globe and Mail called this new poetry collection "critical, darkly funny and painstakingly lyrical."

Her debut novel, RATS OF LAS VEGAS, was described as "enticing as the lit-up Las Vegas strip and as satisfying as a winning hand at poker" by The Winnipeg Free Press. And Freefall described the book as "the incredible experience of being told a story rather than reading a book. As if reading a fairy tale, you are pulled into Millard's world, and it is a world so compelling that you can't bring yourself to leave."

Lisa is also the host of Discovery World's TV program "Paris Next Stop" a travel show about Paris. Each episode focuses on a single Paris neighbourhood, starting with a metro stop.. Lisa creates walking tours inspired by research for her books. She has led walks all over Paris, investigating the lives of artists & writers throughout the centuries in the City of Light.

As a journalist, Lisa has published articles in newspapers and magazines such as The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Tribune, The National Post, Billboard Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has also written for guidebooks such as Fodor's, Time Out, and Michelin.

Lisa leads annual workshops on writing poetry and writing family history/memoir. She has taught Poetry with Classical Pursuits summer workshops in Toronto, taught Creative Writing at the American University in Paris, led Community Writing workshops for the Paris Writers' Workshop and the Women's Institute of Continuing Education, France as well as in Dawson City, Yukon and Toronto, Ontario.

Where to find Lisa Pasold online

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Rats of Las Vegas book trailer
The book-trailer by Kit Pasold for RATS OF LAS VEGAS features vintage footage from 1930s Vancouver to 1940s Las Vegas. RATS OF LAS VEGAS stars Millard Lacouvy, a fiercely independent girl prodigy in the male world of poker. Millard learns her craft in Depression-era Vancouver and graduates to high stakes games on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Her ambition leads her to Bugsy Siegel's Las Vegas—where she is followed by the handsome conman she has known all her life.

From Any Bright Horse
Lisa Pasold reading from her new book of poetry 'Any Bright Horse' at the Frontenac Quintet launch at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival, 2012. 'Any Bright Horse' was later nominated for a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry - one of Canada's top literary prizes.


Rats of Las Vegas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,670. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » Canada
Millard Lacouvy is a short, stylish, fiercely independent poker prodigy fighting her way to a place in the masculine world of 1940’s professional gamblers. After learning her card skills in Vancouver’s Depression-era saloons, she graduates to high-stakes Las Vegas. There she is haunted by the handsome con man she has known all her life, and learns that love can also be a game of chance.
The Book of Cakes
Price: Free! Words: 31,190. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Moira has created a perfect life in a perfect city: she bakes delicious cakes at a San Francisco bakery. She lives, blissfully, alone. So why has she suddenly gone North to hide out in a tiny cabin? Maybe because she’s just found out she’s pregnant—and the father is her best friend, a successful lounge singer and drag queen. Moira needs time to think.

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