Barbara Lambert is a Canadian writer with roots in British Columbia’s Okanagan valley, where her artist parents settled in the 1920s. She has published 3 books, most recently The Whirling Girl. The title novella of her collection, A Message for Mr. Lazarus, won the Malahat Review Novella Prize, was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize in 2001, and the collection itself won the Danuta Gleed Award. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including the Journey Prize Anthology. She now divides her time between Vancouver and her family's Okanagan cherry farm.
Before devoting herself to fiction, Lambert spent some years as a textile designer, founding “Tree House Studio,” creating a line of fabric dyes, and working with artist and design partners to do custom printing for fashion and interior design. Her novel The Allegra Series -- about an artist who steals scenes from the life of a lover -- is partially based on these experiences.
The Whirling Girl, was written after time spent in Cortona, Italy, where she and her husband rented a 500-year-old mill house and Lambert researched Etruscan archaeology.
Her new novella, Wanda, reaches back to the Okanagan valley during the years of World War II.
Lambert now divides her time between Vancouver and her family's Okanagan cherry farm.