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Ibi Kaslik (1974 - )
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Ibolya "Ibi" Kaslik (born August 20, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Hungarian-Canadian novelist and journalist.
Kaslik has a bachlors degree in creative writing from Concordia University and her short stories and articles have appeared in literary magazines such as Matrix and Geist. Her debut novel, Skinny, was published by HarperCollins in May 2004. It was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2004, the CLA Best Young Adult Book in 2005 and the Borders Original Voice Award in 2006. Skinny also appeared on the New York Times best sellers list for two consecutive weeks in 2008.
Her second novel, The Angel Riots, about a rising indie rock band from Montreal, was published by Penguin Canada in February 2008. It has been suggested that the band in the novel is based partially on Broken Social Scene. She attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts with members of the band and helped them on their first tour of Canada and the United States. Although Kaslik says "It's definitely based on a world that I know", she has brushed off claims that the connection goes very deep, saying "it would be mistaken and scurrilous to try to identify individual people". She warns against "scouring the pages for thinly disguised characterizations of […] Kevin Drew, […] Emily Haines or […] Amy Millan".
In 2007/08, Kaslik served as the 22nd writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library in Regina, Saskatchewan. As a high school student at Etobicoke School of the Arts, she was part of the short-lived rock band Edith's Mission with Emily Haines.
Broken Social Scene refers to her in their song "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)". She is also quoted on the inside of the album Set Yourself on Fire by the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars.