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 and The Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her partner and his son.

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.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“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


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

Salon

 

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 

Chatelaine

 

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

 

May 2019 – How The New TV Comedy Shrill Helped Me Love My Body

 

April 2014 – The Secret Life of Vivian Maier

 

August 2012 – Ms. Chatelaine: Tanis Rideout

 

September 2011 – Radioactive Fears

Flare

 

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

Exclaim!

 

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

iVillage.ca

 

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

Coming Soon

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