Kaslik, Ibi 1973–
Kaslik, Ibi 1973–
Born August 20, 1973, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Education: Concordia University, M.A. (creative writing and English literature).
Home and office—Toronto, Ontario, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]
Author, teacher, and freelance journalist.
Best First Novel Award shortlist, Amazon.com/Books in Canada, 2004, Best Young-Adult Novel designation, Canadian Library Association, 2005, and Borders Original Voice award, 2006, all for Skinny.
Skinny, HarperCollins (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2004, Walker & Company (New York, NY), 2006.
Contributor to periodicals.
Ibi Kaslik has a flair for thought-provoking topics, as readers of her debut novel Skinny can attest. Skinny centers on a twenty-something medical student named Giselle, who suffers from anorexia. Kaslik noted in an interview with the Danforth Review online that the development of Skinny began in a creative-writing class during graduate school. She was inspired to write a book about anorexia because it was "a topic that I experienced directly in my personal life and social group," as she explained in her interview. "I never saw eating disorders represented in the media discourse in the way it played itself out in life." According to Kaslik, her goal in writing the novel "was to demystify clichés about anorexia."
In Skinny Kaslik exposes the stereotypes surrounding the eating disorder by providing an intimate look into the anorexic protagonist's mindset, revealing the many contradictions within the young woman's thoughts and perceptions. Kaslik also weaves additional themes into her novel, including aspects of sibling rivalry and the struggles of identity experienced by children born to immigrant parents. A Kirkus Reviews critic noted that the author's prose is enriched by "intense and masterful poetic imagery" and added that the novelist tells her story "with clarity and truth." Kim Dane, in a review of Kaslik's debut novel for School Library Journal, commented that Skinny "hits the mark with characters with whom teens will empathize, and tackles a relevant and painful subject with grace."
Biographical and Critical Sources
Booklist, December 15, 2006, Gillian Engberg, review of Skinny, p. 43.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November, 2006, review of Skinny, p. 130.
Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2006, review of Skinny, p. 957.
Library Media Connection, February, 2007, Luke Arnols, review of Skinny, p. 79.
Publishers Weekly, December 18, 2006, review of Skinny, p. 65.
School Library Journal, November, 2006, Kim Dare, review of Skinny, p. 138.
Voice of Youth Advocates, December, 2006, Kimberly Paone, review of Skinny, p. 425.
AELAQ Web site,http://www.aelaq.org/ (November 17, 2007), Ian McGillis, "Food for Fiction: Ibi Kaslik Dissects a Misunderstood Disorder."
Danforth Review Online,http://www.danforthreview.com/ (November 17, 2007), interview with Kaslik.
Found in the Margins Web site,http://www.foundinthemargins.com/ (March 20, 2007), Chris DePaul, "Ibi Kaslik."
Ibi Kaslik Home Page,http://www.ibikaslik.net (November 17, 2007).