Lisa Pasold


Lisa Pasold is a Canadian writer and journalist who lives part of the year in Paris. Her most recent book, ANY BRIGHT HORSE, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. Her first book of poetry WEAVE, was hailed as a masterpiece by Geist.  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 creates walking tours inspired by research for her books. She has led story-telling walks all over Paris, telling stories and investigating the lives of writers throughout the centuries in the City of Light. She has also created story-telling walks for various locations in Canada. 

Lisa is the host of PARIS NEXT STOP, a travel show about Paris on Discovery World. Each episode focuses on a single Paris neighbourhood, starting with a metro stop. "We went all over the city...the Opera, Saint-Germain, I had a chance to share my favourite secrets about the city. I even got to hold an original key to the infamous Bastille Prison! And I ate fabulous pastries for every episode...someone had to do all that research for the perfect dessert, right?" The shows are also available on youtube, here.

More seriously, Lisa occasionally writes commentary & reviews for online publications. One particularly close to her heart is this Public Books opinion piece about the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, January 2015.

Lisa leads annual workshops about inspiration and about writing family history/memoir. She has taught Creative Writing at the American University in Paris, and has led workshops for the Paris Writers' Workshop and WICE (Women's Institute of Continuing Education, France). While writer-in-residence at the Berton Writer’s Retreat in Dawson City, Yukon, she organized a community writing workshop; in Toronto, she co-led a writing workshop for children in the Jane & Finch area. She has also led workshops at the American Library in Paris.  

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. Below are links to a few of her favourite journalism gigs:


Dawson Film Fest - Yukon News

The Klondike capital is one of my favourite places on this wonderful planet of ours, and it was a special thrill to drive from Whitehorse to Dawson in a van with 5 film-makers, 12 cameras and a banjo, to cover Dawson City's International Short Film Festival.


Jan Gehl Inspires Toronto - BlogTO

I was thrilled to cover Danish urban planner extraordinaire, Jan Gehl's talk at Toronto's Design Exchange for BlogTO. Founder of Gehl Architects and a retired Urban Design professor at Copenhagen's School of Architecture, Gehl is an incredibly charming, articulate, and exuberant proponent of the walkable city. 


Guide to the Da Vinci Code

I had a blast working on the Paris section of this Fodor's Guide to Dan Brown's best-selling novel, edited by the fabulous Jennifer Paull. The book has a great team of contributors, and we had a lot of fun sorting through the real & the invented history in the novel.