Christine Estima

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Toronto, Ontario
York University
Backpacking, Budget-travel, Europe
  • Christine's debut book, "The Syrian Ladies Benevolent Society" (House of Anansi Press), came out in November 2023 and was named one of the Best Books of 2023 by CBC.
  • She was short-listed for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism, long-listed for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative NonFiction prize and was a finalist in the 2011 Writers' Union of Canada short-prose competition.
  • Her short story "Your Hands Are Blessed" was included in the "Best Canadian Stories 2023" anthology.


Based in Toronto, Christine Estima is an author, freelance writer, playwright, and spoken word artist. She has wowed audiences at many live storytelling events, like The Moth, Spark London, Raconteurs, True Stories Told Live, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, and more. She has covered the Toronto International Film Festival, North by Northeast, and Canadian Music Week. She has judged major journalism awards like the Digital Publishing Awards, the National Magazine Awards, and the AJAC Journalism Awards. Her work has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious publications, like The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, VICE, The Toronto Star, CBC, Fodor's, and many more.


Christine holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from York University; she double-majored theatre and creative writing for her bachelor's degree.
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