Sofi Papamarko is a former regular columnist for The Toronto Star, Sun Media Newspapers and Metro Canada. She’s also written for The Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Flare, CBC, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Exclaim! and many other publications, both living and dead. Her short stories have appeared in Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve, Room, The Quarantine Review and The Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children.

Radium Girl is a collection full of dark wonder where Sofi Papamarko explores the boundaries of love, death, loneliness and justice. In these twelve deft stories, we are introduced to a cast of unforgettable characters: Margie and Lu, teenaged conjoined twins; Rosie who cruises funerals; Pete the predatory magician; the subconscious mind of Marie Curie; Elda the Radium Girl and many more. These are magical stories; they twist and turn in unexpected ways, leaving the reader sometimes shocked, sometimes delighted and often breathless. With pitch-perfect writing, Papamarko shows us how human beings cope, break and triumph in the face of often unbearable circumstances.


“The stories in Radium Girl are majestic, thought-provoking worlds unto themselves, full of wit, humour, big ideas and superlative writing. If there’s any justice in the world, Sofi Papamarko’s brilliant creations will find a wide, dare I say viral, audience not only amongst aficionados of the short story form, but readers of all stripes.”

– Andrew David MacDonald, bestselling author of When We Were Vikings


“So many of these stories lingered with me, whispering in my ear long after I’d finished reading them. They unsettled and alarmed me. Some characters in Radium Girl are trapped in unbearable circumstances. Others say or do upsetting things, or think disturbing thoughts. But Sofi Papamarko has an enormous heart, so she manages – skillfully, tenderly, magically, and with fierce humour – to reveal the deep, yearning humanity in everyone within these pages.”

– Jessica Westhead, author of Worry and Things Not to Do


“Sofi Papamarko is a brilliant observer of her world.”

– Dennis Bock, author of Going Home Again and The Ash Garden

Other Writing

Canadian Business

June 2023 – Can Your Boss Actually Demand You Return to the Office?

June 2022 – ‘People Work for Money’: Pay Transparency Is More Important Now Than Ever


May 2019 – The New TV Comedy That Helped Me Love My Body—No Matter What Size I Am

May 2019 – Why Dating in Your Thirties and Forties Can Be Pure Hell


April 2014 – The Secret Life of Vivian Maier


August 2012 – Ms. Chatelaine: Tanis Rideout


September 2011 – Radioactive Fears


THIS Magazine


July 2012 – Made With Love: Public Displays of Affection create crush-worthy community art and design

Report on Business Magazine


March 2011 – Desperately Seeking Oscar



November 2010 – How The Sims turned me into a homewrecker

Sun Media Newspapers (Syndicated nationally)


September 27, 2012 – Pre-marriage doubts can sometimes be a saving grace


September 12, 2012 – Tips to survive long distance relationships


August 29, 2012 – Singles events can help shy guys and gals open up


August 8, 2012 – Fifty Shades of Grey good for opening dialogue


July 18, 2012 – Can men and women really just be friends?


July 4, 2012 – Women hesitant to propose marriage, happy to put on the pressure


June 20, 2012 – Manscaping a hairy business


June 5, 2012 – Sex and the single mom


May 23, 2012 – Sext regret?


May 9, 2012 – Should you date a ‘mamma’s boy’?


April 24, 2012 – ‘Positive power’ of feminist porn


April 11, 2012 – How new parents can find time for sex


April 3, 2012 – Birds, bees? Oh puh-leeze!


March 27, 2012 – Is marriage good for the heart?


March 21, 2012 – Sleeping (around) on the job


March 12, 2012 – Can you survive an on-off relationship?


March 7, 2012 – Younger men are opting for vasectomies


February 29, 2012 – Is ‘living with parents’ a deal-breaker?


February 22, 2012 – Service with a smile


February 15, 2012 – Fromance is in the air


February 8, 2012 – Improving your online odds


February 1, 2012 – Up close and extremely personal


January 25, 2012 – Can open relationships work?


January 18, 2012 – Don’t let winter cool your libido


January 10, 2012 – Resolve to improve your social life


January 4, 2012 – Couples, resolve to get closer


December 28, 2011 – Shy guys finish last


December 20, 2011 – Single bells!


December 7, 2011 – Gifts from the heart


November 29, 2011 – Multiple marriages, multiple questions


November 22, 2011 – Eat – and be merry!


November 16, 2011 – Is Nickelback a dealbreaker?


November 9, 2011 – Online obsession


October 31, 2011 – Busy singles turning to modern-day Cupids


October 26, 2011 – Signs he’s having an affair


October 18, 2011 – Reignite your relationship spark


October 22, 2011 – Fun with fertility


October 5, 2011 – Equal love, but different paycheques


September 21, 2011 – Can annoying habits cause breakups?


September 14, 2011 – Short, dark and handsome


August 31, 2011 – Staying safe on school grounds


August 24, 2011 – Nerd love


August 17, 2011 – The lowdown on breakups


August 9, 2011 – Unattainable beauty


July 12, 2011 – Navigating toxic in-laws


July 7, 2011 – First date tips for clueless dudes


June 28, 2011 – Out in the open


June 22, 2011 – Divorce parties can mark a new, fresh start


June 14, 2011 – Losing weight, gaining problems


June 8, 2011 – The dark side of online dating


May 30, 2011 – Smartphone dating apps localize love


May 25, 2011 – Forgiving infidelity


May 15, 2011 – Couples want weddings to have a personal touch


May 10, 2011 – Website matches suitors and dream dates – for a price


May 4, 2011 – Political bedfellows


April 27, 2011 – Bedroom aids due for a natural update


April 19, 2011 – Texting and dating


April 12, 2011 – Love really is a pain


April 4, 2011 – Finding love is all about timing


March 30, 2011 – Women still the victim in the blame game


March 21, 2011 –Teenage highs on heartthrobs


March 14, 2011 – The science behind beer goggles


March 9, 2011 – Finding love in 140 characters


March 1, 2011 – Is female sexual dysfunction fact or fiction?


February 22, 2011 – The six real reasons why women are single


February 15, 2011 – The art of ‘picking up’


February 2, 2011 – The mystery of male attraction





October 2013 – Ark Angel


August 2014 – Sartorial Matchmaking

Reader’s Digest


February 2014 – 13 Things Your Matchmaker Won’t Tell You

The Globe & Mail


September 13, 2012 – Conan O’Brien broke my heart


August 2, 2012 – Tawkify: Online dating with a traditional twist


October 13, 2011 – For transgender singles, online dating is a minefield


February 3, 2011 – Love the one who loves what you love

The Toronto Star


September 6, 2016 – Couples should invest in talking about money matters


August 23, 2016 – Hiring a cleaner can save your marriage


August 2, 2016 – Male fertility has less longevity than you might think


July 19, 2016 – Dating when you reach a certain age is a liability


June 27, 2016 – Stop turning down men under six feet tall


May 24, 2016 – Apartners are long-term couples who choose not to live together


April 28, 2016 – Grieving the beautiful strangers


April 12, 2016 – Words of advice for the baby boys


March 28, 2016 – The strange allure of narcissism


February 16, 2016 – Banish your inner Bridezilla before she emerges


February 9, 2016 – Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be full of self-pity if you’re single


January 26, 2016 – As Valentine’s Day approaches, be kind to singles


January 14, 2016 – Why decluttering guru Marie Kondo is wrong


December 30, 2015 – How to have a less-terrible-than-usual new year’s eve


December 8, 2015 – 33 ways to tell if you’re a grown-up


December 1, 2015 – Eight creative holiday gifts for people in new relationships


November 24, 2015 – Should ma’am offend me? How about miss?


October 6, 2015 – How to avoid awkward family conversations this Thanksgiving


September 14, 2015 – 10 rules for being a good roommate


May 19, 2015 – Sorry hipsters, but it’s time to shave!


May 6, 2011 – Childless by choice through sterilization


January 12, 2011 – Taped Crusaders


September 9, 2010 – Quilt complex


February 15, 2009 – Songs in the key of heartache

The Toronto Sun


October 23, 2010 – Clear your desk, clear your head

EYE Weekly


November 12, 2008 – Goodbye, greasy spoon

The Kingston Whig-Standard


May 14, 2005 – Kingston’s “I Hate Sally” Get Punk’d


May 5, 2005 – When good deeds go bad (2 pages, cover story)


May 3, 2005 – Collective Soul: The world anew


April 30, 2005 – Brushes with fame (profile on Sarah Fairbairn)


April 23, 2005 – Pillow Talk with the Tijuana Bibles


April 23, 2005 – Malcolm singing for the shelter

The Montreal Gazette


November 28, 2004 – The truth will set you free, but not everywhere



May 2009 – King Khan @ The Shrines Have Answers


September 2007 – Lee Hazlewood Profile: Psychedelic Cowboy Rides Off

Chart Magazine


September 2005 – Cuff The Duke take their success and run

The Queen’s Alumni Review


Spring 2010 – Former GW editor celebrates life’s Awesome Things

Metro Canada


June 17, 2010 – Good dads remember the rules of every card game


June 03, 2010 – Love can have a way of coming back around


May 06, 2010 – Couples choose to live together…alone


May 06, 2010 – Mother (sometimes) knows best


April 22, 2010 – Inspiring teachers will never be forgotten


March 25, 2010 – Read between the lines


March 25, 2010 – Think outside the jewelry box for that special ring


March 11, 2010 – Charting the hazards of ‘peep culture’


February 25, 2010 – The smart guy’s guide to meeting women


February 11, 2010 – Plotting the perfect, no frills wedding


February 11, 2010 – The lady in red is never out of style


January 28, 2010 – Adding bitter foes to Facebook to keep the ego in check


January 14, 2010 – Sometimes old friends just happen to fade away


December 31, 2009 – New Year’s, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing


December 17, 2009 – Potential pitfalls of the office Christmas party


December 03, 2009 – Tiptoeing around your friend’s sub-par partner


December 03, 2009 – Drawing relationship battle lines


November 19, 2009 – Facebook status updates as pixelated PDAs


November 05, 2009 – Do funny girls have the last laugh?


October 22, 2009 – Check your inhibitions


October 15, 2009 – A fresh style (Joe Mimran profile)


October 08, 2009 – Embrace breakups


September 30, 2009 – A fashion innovator (Coco Chanel)


September 24, 2009 – Textual innuendo


September 10, 2009 – Take time to know thy neighbour


September 10, 2009 – Victoria’s Secret coming to Canada


August 27, 2009 – Silver foxiness is a powerful force


August 13, 2009 – Saluting gay boyfriends


July 30, 2009 – Girls (not) gone wild


July 16, 2009 – It’s all in the approach


July 13, 2009 – Beautiful hair, naturally


May 28, 2009 – Pretty and fragrant fingers


March 4, 2009 – Torontonian joins Best Job finalists

Yahoo! Shine


May 11, 2012 – Are we more attracted to those that others find attractive?


May 10, 2012 – Interactive music lessons for babies improves brain development: study


May 9, 2012 – Is the lunch break becoming obsolete?


May 8, 2012 – Caviar potato chips? Pepsi cappucino? Companies cater to unusual flavours overseas


May 8, 2012 – “Plus Ones” at weddings: new rules have emerged and not everyone’s following them


May 7, 2012 – Bride gives birth on wedding day, still makes it to evening reception


May 4, 2012 – When it comes to workplace discrimination, body size matters: but is this news?


May 3, 2012 – BBC ‘Play School’ hosts stoned during 1970’s children’s show


May 3, 2012 – Uggs awarded $686M in lawsuits against Chinese counterfeit boots


May 2, 2012 – Mom takes 5-year-old to tanning salon, makes court appearance


May 2, 2012 – Pacifiers don’t interfere with breastfeeding: study


May 1, 2012 – Baby Boomer models are on the rise, catering to consumers of their generation


May 1, 2012 – Birth control failures are more common than women think: study


April 30, 2012 – Christian wife stands by her man


April 27, 2012 – Are refreshing summer drinks sabotaging your diet?


April 27, 2012 – Botox provides mild relief for chronic migraine sufferers: study


April 27, 2012 – Mom punishes daughter on Facebook profile image


April 26, 2012 – Left side of face looks best, says study


April 25, 2012 – Teens getting drunk on hand sanitizer: the latest trend?


April 25, 2012 – Controversial Miss Travel website proves there’s no such thing as a free trip


April 24, 2012 – “Six Weeks to OMG” diet preaches black coffee, cold baths


April 24, 2012 – Study claims some canned foods healthy as fresh, cheaper too


April 24, 2012 – Nudie website founder has a change of heart


April 23, 2012 – Scientists predict sexual activity, weight-gain in female university students


April 20, 2012 – Commentary: Is Earth Day still relevant?


April 20, 2012 – Nerdy Lothario tracks online dates on spreadsheet


April 19, 2012 – Dutch sperm donor has fathered 87 children the natural way


April 19, 2012 – Morning-after pill delivered by courier in the UK


April 18, 2012 – Online dating sites not helping those who need it


April 18, 2012 – Choosing career over family tied to lack of marriageable men


April 17, 2012 – Tube-feeding diet used by U.S. bride to slim down


April 17, 2012 – International survey says women more moral than men


April 13, 2012 – H&M’s eco-conscious red carpet collection hits stores


April 13, 2012 – “Chork” combines chopsticks and fork in one utensil


April 13, 2012 – Biologist fathered hundreds at own fertility clinic


April 12, 2012 – Pheromone parties attempt to match singles by scent


April 12, 2012 – Niceness may be genetic, says new research


April 11, 2012 – Are there fewer job opportunities for attractive women?


April 10, 2012 – Condiment woes: is relish on its way out?


April 10, 2012 – Ashley Judd’s “puffy face” essay launches a thousand tweets


April 9, 2012 – Video games foster cooperation, says new study


April 5, 2012 – Samantha Brick defends cattiness claims: don’t hate her because she’s beautiful


April 5, 2012 – Can the likeliness of divorce be ingrained in a woman’s genes?


April 4, 2012 – Labour takes longer than 50 years ago: study


April 3, 2012 – Girlfriend for hire? New website gives single guys fake companionship for a price


April 2, 2012 – Play date waivers: A bizarre new trend in parenting


July 13, 2014 – Are Chafing Thighs Ruining Your Summer? 6 Chub Rub Methods Tested


June 3, 2014 – Post-Baby Body? Breasts Surgically Removed? Cellulite Everywhere? Put a Bikini On It!


April 25, 2014 – New Kitestring App Contacts Loved Ones If You Don’t Make It Home


April 23, 2014 – When To Ignore Your First Impression And Go On A Second Date


April 6, 2014 – Are Your Coupled Friend Thwarting Your Dating Life?


March 19, 2014 – Your Awesome Wedding Invitation Gives Me The Single Girl Blues


March 11, 2014 – The Lammily Effect: Finding a Doll That Looks Just Like Me


March 4, 2014 – Idina Menzel Lets It Go With Jimmy Fallon (Take That, Travolta!)


February 5, 2014 – I Don’t Care If I Look Fat In This Photo


September 19, 2013 – Online Dating: What You’re Doing Wrong and How To Fix It

The National Post


September 2014 – “The Answer to Everything” by Elyse Friedman (reviewed)

Now Magazine


April 2015 – R&D restaurant (review) and sidebar of Canadian masterchefs



1250 Ghost girls and glow-in-the-dark (Myshara Herbert-McMyn, The Ormsby Review, 15/10/2021)
“Papamarko’s writing is complex and fascinating. She draws the reader in with each story and leads them along a twisting path past pregnancy, baking competitions, funerals, and many other events – to a truly brilliant finale.”


A radiant debut (Dave Williamson, Winnipeg Free Press, 28/08/2021)
“A varied collection of a dozen short stories, and most of them are blessed with lively first-person narration and scintillating dialogue.”


Loneliness, Longing, and Other Poisons: Review of Sofi Papamarko’s Radium Girl (Anuja Varghese, Canthius, 04/08/2021)
Radium Girl closes the book with a bittersweet combination of sadness and magic, leaving readers with the faintly glimmering hope that even in our darkest moments, there is always some part of us that will continue to shine.”


Radium Girl (Rhonda Waterfall, Rhonda Waterfall, 21/07/2021)
Radium Girl is a grab bag of serious fun, serious situations, and startling revelations.”


31 Days of Stories 2021, Day 19: “Radium Girl” by Sofi Papamarko (Steven W. Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag, 19/05/2021)
“Papamarko’s story is a kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy about a radium factory worker who watches her colleagues get horribly sick while she herself grows stronger and more powerful.”


RADIUM GIRL (Tanisha Rule, Foreword Reviews, May/June 2021)
“Easy and engrossing, the short stories of Radium Girl provoke unease and careful thought about diverse human experiences.”




Ep. #697: Sofi Papamarko (Vish Khanna, Kreative Kontrol, 28/06/2022)
Sofi talks to Vish Khanna about her award-winning short story collection, life as a new mom in Toronto during a pandemic, our friend Jordan Howard, whether or not she was ever a journalist, dating and matchmaking, Honest Ed’s and allegories, human behaviour, writing a novel, future plans and more.


Surprisingly Dark Moments (Bruce Geddes, Prism international, 02/09/2021)
Radium Girl is Sofi Papamarko’s debut collection of short stories, exploring themes of loneliness and alienation, and women reclaiming their power. What follows is a conversation between Sofi and Bruce Geddes about vengeance, flawed characters, and the inspirations behind the collection.”


E244 with SOFI PAPAMARKO (Jamie Tennant, Get Lit, 22/07/2021)
Jamie Tennant and Sofi Papamarko talk about her book, Radium Girl.


July Book Talk: Sofi Papamarko (The Word on the Street, 17/07/2021)
Watch the Word on the Street’s July Book Talk with author Sofi Papamarko in conversation with fellow author and friend Jessica Westhead.


“Their Story is Already Complete” Sofi Papamarko on Commitment in Short Fiction and Writing the Outsider (Open Book, 08/06/2021)
Sofi talks about how and why “Radium Girl” became the collection’s title story, what the very different characters in each of her stories have in common with each other and how she researched the real-life counterparts who inspired her characters.


12 or 20 (second series) questions with Sofi Papamarko (rob mclennan’s blog, 02/06/2021)
“I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to writing, so short stories have been my comfort zone.”




Canadian writer Sofi Papamarko among the winners of the 2021 Foreword INDIES Awards (Nikky Manfredi, CBC Books, 21/06/2022)
A lovely write up of Sofi Papamarko’s win in the Foreword INDIES awards.


23 Canadian collections to read for Short Story Month (CBC Books, 17/05/2022)
A round-up of collections of short stories to read for short story month.


Short fiction from Norma Dunning, David Huebert, Alix Ohlin among works shortlisted for 2022 ReLit Awards (CBC Books, 09/05/2022)
A nice write-up about the ReLit Awards shortlist.


2021 Foreword INDIES Finalists in Short Stories (Foreword INDIES, 14/03/2022)
Radium Girl is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Award in Short Stories.


Introducing the 49th Shelf Summer Books List: Part 1 (Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf, 24/06/2021)
Sofi’s collection of stories makes 49th Shelf’s Summer Books List: Part 1


Something to Cry About (Sofi Papamarko, The Quarantine Review, 22/06/2021)
Sofi shares an excerpt from Radium Girl with The Quarantine Review.


Cooking with Off/Kilter Volume 2 (All Lit Up, 09/06/2021)
Sofi’s collection of stories is featured in the Off/Kilter kitchen, where All Lit Up is cooking up a batch of recommendations for those with discerning tastes that lean towards the slightly strange.


Do-Lit-Yourself: Spring Nails Edition (All Lit Up, 03/06/2021)
Sofi’s collection of stories is featured on this round-up of literary-inspired nail art!


Short is sweet: Radium Girl author Sofi Papamarko shares her favourite Toronto short-story collections (Sofi Papamarko, the Toronto Star, 16/05/2021)
“Toronto is a great city for short-story writers — and writers in general — because just about anything can happen here.” Sofi shares her favourite short story collections set in Toronto.


She Blinded Me With Science (Krista Foss, 49th Shelf, 03/29/2021)
Sofi’s collection is included on this list of books featuring women in STEM.


58 Canadian works of fiction coming out in spring 2021 (CBC Books, 02/02/2021)
Sofi’s short story collection makes the CBC’s list of 58 Canadian works of fiction coming out in spring 2021.


2021 Spring Preview: Fiction (Quill & Quire, 11/01/2021)
Sofi’s book is mentioned in Quill & Quire’s Spring Preview


Most Anticipated: Our 2021 Spring Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 07/01/2021)
Sofi’s short story collection is one of 49th Shelf’s most anticipated!

**Gold Winner of the 2021 Foreword INDIES Award for Short Stories**

**Finalist for the 2023 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Speculative Fiction**

**Shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Award for Short Fiction**