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Con Cu

Bio: Ian Thomas Shaw is a Canadian novelist, who writes under the unusual pen name Con Cu (owl in Vietnamese). The pen name is derived from a nickname given to him by a Vietnamese friend, whose stories about Vietnam and coming as a child to Canada inspired his first novel, Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls. Shaw was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended U.B.C. and earned graduate degrees from McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal. For the last 28 years, he has worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He currently lives in Aylmer, Quebec (just outside of Ottawa) and is now writing his second novel 'Photos and Lost Memories,' a love story set against the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shaw is also the founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, a micropress dedicated to discovering new Canadian novelists.