Kyo Maclear’s first novel was The Letter Opener, a finalist for the in Canada 2007 First Novel Award and the 2008 Evergreen Award. It was first pub­lished by Harper­Collins Canada under the Phyllis Bruce imprint in Spring 2007, and released in paperback by Harper Perennial in Spring 2008. Her sec­ond novel, Stray Love (2012), also pub­lished by Harper­Collins Canada, received a starred review from Quill and Quire and was a 2012 Amazon Editor’s Pick.

Kyo is also the author of Beclouded Visions: Hiroshima-Nagasaki and the Art of Witness, pub­lished by the State Uni­versity of New York Press in December 1998. The book was praised by The National Post as an “original and philo­sophical treatise” and by Books in Canada for its “articulate and elegant prose”.

Her essays have been anthol­ogized in: Private Inves­ti­gators: Undercover in Public Spaces (Banff Centre Press); Witness & Memory: The Dis­course of Trauma (Routledge); Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung (Insomniac Press); ReMem­bering the Body (Hatje Cantz); Inter­secting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose (Bamboo Ridge Press); and Taking Risks: Literary Jour­nalism from the Edge (Banff Centre Press)

She is the author of six inter­na­tionally pub­lished children’s books: Spork and Virginia Wolf, Mr. Flux, Julia, Child, The Specific Ocean and The Good Little Book.


Kyo’s essays, reviews and articles have been pub­lished in Shambhala Sun, Brick, Canadian Art, The Millions, The Literary Review of Canada, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, This Magazine, Fuse, Prefix Photo, Azure, Quill and Quire, Asia Art Pacific, Toronto Life and C Magazine.


In addition to her own writing, she has also had the privilege of editing several art, archi­tectural, and design mono­graphs, including:

Andrew Rucklidge Paintings 2005 – 2007 (Christopher Cutts, 2008); Incomplete Man­ifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau (BMD, 2007); Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg: A Monograph (Birkhauser, 2003); Aiko Suzuki: Selected Works 1973 – 2003 (Gendai Gallery, 2003); Tokyo Think Zone Life Style (Mori Gallery, 2002); Mark di Suvero (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); Pop Art: The John and Kimiko Powers Col­lection (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); Lepanto: Cy Twombly (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); and Life Style by Bruce Mau (Phaidon, 2000).