With honesty, love, and humour, in this moving memoir, Kelly S. Thompson explores her relationship with her older sister, Meghan. Tested by addiction, abuse, and illness, the sisters’ relationship crumbles, only to be rebuilt into an everlasting bond.

“Heroic and unforgettable.” Lindsay Wong, Writer’s Trust Award-Winning Memoirist

Kelly S. Thompson

Writer, Editor, Educator

Kelly S. Thompson is an award-winning writer of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She is author of national bestselling memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, which the Globe and Mail listed as one of the top 100 books of 2019. She has been long listed for the CBC nonfiction prize and is an MFA mentor at University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction program. 


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Shortlisted for Nova Scotia Book Prize!

Still, I Cannot Save You, has been shortlisted amongst great company for the Evelyn Richardson Creative Nonfiction Prize! This is a huge honour, with the ...
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New Podcast Episodes on STILL, I CANNOT SAVE YOU

I had a great opportunity to speak to several new interviewers about my grief memoir, STILL, I CANNOT SAVE YOU. Grief Trails: Loving Well with ...
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More Podcasts and Press for Still, I Cannot Save You

I’ve been lucky recently to appear on some new podcasts and make some new articles about my second memoir, Still, I Cannot Save You. Check ...
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Shortlisted for 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize

My essay, “The Edge of Change,” originally an early chapter of my book, Still, I Cannot Save You, was shortlisted this year for the 2023 ...
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Podcast with Dougy Center

I’m amazed by the work done by the Dougy Center, so it was wonderful to join Jana to discuss my memoir, Still, I Cannot Save ...
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Appearance on The Agenda for STILL, I CANNOT SAVE YOU

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