Ann Yu Kyung Choi

Ann Y.K. Choi

Ann immigrated to Canada from South Korea in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. She is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and National University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. Published by Simon & Schuster Canada, her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a 2016 Toronto Book Awards finalist and One of CBC Books 12 Best Canadian Debut Novels of 2016.  The novel was also longlisted for the 2017 Frank Hegyi Award (Ottawa Independent Writers) and a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the literary fiction category.

Once Upon An Hour, Ann’s children’s picture book, was published in October 2020 by Orca Books. Listed as one of the Most Anticipated Fall Books for Younger Readers by CBC Books, the story explores the traditional practice of timekeeping, where the 12 animals of the Asian zodiac are assigned to 2-hour sections of the 24-hour clock.

The Korean Canadian Heritage Awards committee recognized Ann for promoting Korean culture within Canada. The award was presented to her by Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Kang Jeong-Sik. Ann’s personal essays have appeared in several publications including Quill & Quire, Writer’s Digest, and the Toronto Star. Much of her writing touches on issues around cultural identity and promoting diverse Canadian voices.  She lives in Toronto.

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Read Ann’s essay “Possibilities” published in Taddle Creek magazine and online at

See a list of published essays.

Praise for Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

“[An] explosive and heartfelt debut.” – Toronto Star

“A gratifying read, a story clearly and honestly told.” – Publishers Weekly

“There’s lots of heart and candour … a thoughtful examination of ties between women … Choi sifts through the forces that cause those ties to strain and even snap, and the hard work required to knit them together again.” – National Post

Once Upon An Hour was published in October 2020 by Orca Books.

“A curious premise with captivating illustrations.”  – Kirkus Reviews