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Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter, published in 2010. It was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller, and was translated into over 30 languages and countries worldwide. Secret Daughter was shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublic Literary Award, and was an IndieNext Great Read and Target Book Club Pick.

Her second novel, The Golden Son, was published in 2015-2016 around the world, was also a #1 international bestseller and a Target Book Club Pick, and was awarded the French literary prize, Prix des Lyceens Folio. Her first two novels have sold over two million copies worldwide, and her third novel, The Shape of Family, will be published in October 2019 in Canada, March 2020 in the U.S.

Shilpi holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Children's Defense Fund, and is a Patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India. She lives in California with her husband and children.


Interviews & Talks

Shilpi introducing The Golden Son at the Toronto Public Library Appel Salon.

Shilpi discusses The Golden Son on Canada AM.

Shilpi discusses The Golden Son on Canada AM.

Chatting about THE GOLDEN SON on the Global Morning Show

Chatting about THE GOLDEN SON on the Global Morning Show

Shilpi in conversation with Indigo Books CEO Heather Reisman about Secret Daughter, an Indigo Heather's Pick.

Shilpi discusses the inspiration for her debut novel, Secret Daughter

Shilpi speaks at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC